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Comic - Dale Evans.jpgMANCHESTER, NH - NOVEMBER, 2016 THROUGH APRIL, 2017: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce a new series of monthly Saturday Vintage Markets in Manchester New Hampshire!

Held in the new Falls Event Center adjacent to the new La Quinta Hotel in Manchester, NH, the Vintage Marketplace will run once-monthly on Saturdays from November, 2016 through April, 2017. The Falls Event Center is a modern, sophisticated function space paired with a full service hotel, conveniently located just off exit 6 on I-293 in the heart of downtown Manchester, NH.

The Vintage Marketplace will feature everything and anything Vintage: Antiques, Repurposed, Collectibles, Ephemera, Books, Photography, Furnishings, Textiles, Memorabilia, Unusuals, Decor, Jewelry, Housewares, Fashion, Electronics, Music, Political, Historical, and Much, Much More. The only items we do not permit are firearms, edged weapons, Nazi, fascist, extremist, and hate-related.

Space is available either by 8’-tables, or by 8’X8’ furniture areas. Pricing is extremely reasonable, and you may purchase as many tables or furniture areas as you wish. Setup is 7-9am, open to the public 9am-1pm. There’s plenty of free parking, and on-site food service will be provided for purchase.

Available only at Flamingo Shows, Appraisals will be available by John Bruno 11am-1pm at $5/item.

The Premier Vintage Marketplace at Manchester will be held November 12, 2016 - please visit our website for a full list of upcoming show dates. All interested parties: Sellers, Customers, and Groups, should contact Flamingo Eventz via phone at 603.509.2639 10am-7pm Monday through Friday, via e-mail at info@flamingoeventz.com, or visit their web-site at flamingoeventz.com.

Dates: Saturday, November 12, 2016 - following dates to be announced

Hours: Seller Set-up 7-9am, General Admission: 9am-1pm

Sales Space: Individual 8’ tables or 8’X8’ furniture areas

Admission: Over 16: $5, Under 16: Free; Plenty of Free Parking

Directions: The Falls Event Center is at 21 Front Street, Manchester, NH 03102. Conveniently located just off Exit 6 on I-293, adjacent to the La Quinta Hotel

Appraisals: By John Bruno 11am-1pm at $5/item

Miscellaneous: Food service available on-site

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

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

38-Julia-Margaret-Cameron copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, October 25, Swann Galleries will offer Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks, an auction featuring examples of the medium from its inception in the early nineteenth century through contemporary works.

Early masterpieces on offer include Julia Margaret Cameron’s luminous circular image of Kate Keown (No. 4 Series of 12 Life Sized Heads), 1866. This albumen print, estimated at $50,000 to $75,000, is one of the artist’s first in her series of life-sized portraits. From 1870 comes Vischer’s Pictorial of California, with 170 photographs, including 17 after works by Russell, Watkins, Muybridge and others; and compiled by Edward Vischer. This historic set, a deluxe presentation copy bound for a discerning client, is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.

The top lot of the sale is Robert Frank’s emotive 1956 silver print, Political Rally, Chicago. The print, executed in the 1970s, is signed and dated by the artist and expected to bring $60,000 to $90,000. Frank, known for his captivating visual records of American life, is represented by a run of scarce works in this sale, including Bar, Gallup, New Mexico, silver print, 1956 ($30,000 to $40,000), as well as Detroit (Drugstore), 1955, and 1950’s Tulip, Paris, both estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. Also on offer is a signed first edition of arguably the most important photobook of the twentieth century: Robert Frank’s The Americans, published 1959 ($6,000 to $9,000).

Among further American photography is At the Time of the Louisville Flood, Kentucky, a silver print by Margaret Bourke-White first taken in 1936 and printed circa 1970 ($40,000 to $60,000). Dorothea Lange is well represented in the sale, led by her 1933 silver print White Angel Breadline, which shows destitute San Franciscans waiting for food, their faces obscured by their hats ($30,000 to $45,000).

Highlights continue with Yousuf Karsh’s elephant portfolio Karsh—Fifteen Portraits. The loose photographs, printed in 1983, are each marked by the artist with the edition number, 23/100. The set includes personal and luminous portraits of such notables as Muhammad Ali, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Helen Keller and Pablo Picasso ($40,000 to $60,000).

A very special offering is the complete series of 291, the art and literary magazine edited by Alfred Stieglitz. The series of 12, published in nine issues, ran from 1915 to 1916. The extremely rare set includes the large-format edition of Stieglitz’s famous photogravure The Steerage, which Pablo Picasso once called “two photographs in one” and which Stieglitz himself described as his first Modernist photograph. Stieglitz destroyed most unsold copies of the magazine so complete sets are scarce; this set is in excellent condition with only minor wear, and is estimated at $30,000 to $40,000.

Contemporary works featured include Barbara Kasten’s Site 16: Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, cibachrome print, 1987 ($6,000 to $9,000); Philip-Lorca DiCorcia’s Untitled (Strip Club), chromogenic print, 1980s ($5,000 to $7,500); Tracey Moffatt’s Beauty (In Wine), chromogenic print, 1994 ($5,000 to $7,500) and Adam Fuss’s Butterfly daguerreotype from the artist’s My Ghost series, 2000 ($10,000 to $15,000).

Vernacular examples from the sale include a remarkable suite of fifty unbound silver print photographs by Martin Chambi showing scenes of Peru in the 1920s. Subjects include pre-Columbian archaeological ruins and contemporary indigenous occupational scenes, and details of Machu Picchu. Each photograph is accompanied by a hand-written caption in Spanish ($20,000 to $30,000).

The auction will be held Tuesday, October 25, beginning at 1 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, October 24 from noon to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. Also available by appointment.

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

For further information and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Daile Kaplan at 212-254-4710, extension 21, or via e-mail at dkaplan@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 38 Julia Margaret Cameron, Portrait of Kate Keown, circular albumen print, 1866. Estimate $50,000 to $75,000.

New York - Christie’s announces two Photographs sales to be offered in October 2016, which include exciting works for new and seasoned collectors alike, featuring the Evening Sale on October 4, and a Day Sale following on October 5. Christie's will display over 180 photographs for public exhibition leading up to the auction.

Photographs: The Evening Sale showcases 27 works by artists such as Man Ray and his highly-published Rayograph, 1922 (estimate: $250,000-350,000), Edward Weston’s Shells, 6S, 1927, among the rarest of Weston’s iconic shells series (estimate: $400,000-600,000), Thomas Struth’s grand photograph of El Capitan (Yosemite National Park), 1999 (estimate: $150,000-200,000), Irving Penn’s glamorous Black and White Vogue Cover (Jean Patchett), New York, 1950 (estimate: $150,000-250,000), Robert Frank’s masterful statement with Parade-Hoboken, New Jersey, 1955 (estimate: $100,000-150,000); and Constantin Brâncuși’s Golden Bird, c. 1920 (estimate: $30,000-50,000).

The Day Sale features Spotlight: Robert Mapplethorpe, a celebration of the artist’s aesthetic, political and social contributions to the medium of photography. The twenty lots included present a panoramic overview of Mapplethorpe’s career: from his experimentation with photographic assemblages to his formalist exploration of flowers and his groundbreaking portraiture in which sex and identity were questioned, subverted, and brought to the foreground of the collective consciousness. Nearly three decades since his untimely death in 1989, Mapplethorpe’s work remains a source of controversy and admiration.

Additional highlights from the Day Sale include works by Paul Strand, Harry Callahan, Alfred Stieglitz, and Naoya Hatakeyama.

Cataloguing and complete details of the sales are available on www.christies.com.

Related Sale Sale 12203

Photographs Day Sale

4 October 2016

New York, Rockefeller Plaza

Sale 12204

Photographs Evening Sale

5 October 2016

New York, Rockefeller Plaza

BOSTON, MA - The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair celebrates its 40th Anniversary at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay, October 28-30, 2016. For the anniversary, organizers are offering free admission on Saturday and Sunday to encourage a broader audience to attend this rare literary event that happens in only two other U.S. cities annually. Attendees will experience a vast selection of rare and collectible books, modern first editions, fine and decorative prints, photographs, manuscripts and pop culture ephemera that has been delighting loyal audiences for years.

More than 120 dealers from the United States, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Australia will exhibit and sell all weekend. Whether just browsing or buying, patrons will find something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, science, sport, natural history, gardening, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to bibliophiles and first-timers alike. 

Special events at this year’s Fair includes Collecting the Boston Music Scene: 1976-2016, a curated exhibition of a select group of one-of-a-kind items from the vast David Bieber Archives of Boston music memorabilia; the popular Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters; a talk by Boston College English professor Paul Lewis on Edgar Allen Poe and the rediscovery of Boston’s citizen poets after the American Revolution; and The 15th Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of professional librarians from New York and New England talking about their own personal collections. Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for complete event listings.

Among the highlighted items for sale will be rare and first editions of works by James Baldwin, Jonathan Swift, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Lewis Carroll, and Sylvia Plath; a souvenir program and scorecard for the 1915 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies, won by Boston in five games and Babe Ruth’s first as a rookie; a rare original watercolor drawing by British artist Arthur Rackham; one of the earliest printed works in the world, Hyakumanto Dharani, a 1250 year old relic of East Asian high culture; Albert Einstein’s childhood building blocks; signed photos from the horror films The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Psycho; Elvis Presley’s first record; two sketchbooks by the renowned Ukrainian-born Jewish-American sculptor and graphic artist Chaim Gross; a very unusual autographed press book for the 1968 legendary film Night of the Living Dead; the original watercolor painting depicting Hogwarts, for the British edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; a masterfully illustrated Japanese version of Don Quixote; and a signed & inscribed photo of legendary illusionist Harry Houdini.

For attendees wanting to start a collection without breaking the bank, there will be dealers offering “Discovery” items, including a selection of children's books and decorative cloth bindings, priced at $100 or less. On Saturday, an expert “Discovery” panel will give tips on the best ways to shop a book fair and start your own collection. And on Sunday from 1-3pm, attendees are invited to bring in their own books for free appraisal.

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

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

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

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

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is produced by CommPromo, Inc. www.commpromo.com

EVENTS AT THE FAIR - CALENDAR LISTINGS

SPECIAL EXHIBITION!  Collecting the Boston Music Scene: 1976-2016

On display all weekend - October 28-30

David Bieber, formerly of WBCN and the Phoenix Media Group, displays highlighted selections from his extensive archive of rock posters, albums, and ephemera chronicling 40 years of Boston’s music scene. View items from Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, The Cars, and many one-of-a-kind pieces.

DISCOVERY: Starting Your Own Collection

Saturday, October 29 1:00pm

Panel Discussion - A rare opportunity to ask the experts the best way to start your own collection. Afterwards, shop the Fair and visit our “Discovery” exhibitors for items $100 and under to help you begin your collection. 

Typewriter Rodeo

Saturday, October 29, 2:00-5:00pm

The Typewriter Rodeo poets will be on hand to write an original poem for you on any topic you choose on their eclectic collection of vintage typewriters.

Librarians Who Collect: Ticknor Roundtable

Saturday, October 29, 3:00pm

The Ticknor Society collectors’ roundtable will feature Mindell Dubansky (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) on her collection of blooks (objects that look like books), Christian Dupont (Boston College), Silvia Dupont (Newton North High School) collection of 18th and 19th century Italian grammar books and Joshua Lupkin (Harvard University) on a collecting books about cats and dogs - discussing interesting collections outside of their institutional holdings.

Adventures in Literary Archaeology - Edgar Allen Poe & Boston

Sunday, October 30, 12:30pm

Paul Lewis, professor of English at Boston College and president of the Poe Studies Association, discusses his work on Edgar Allan Poe’s relation to Boston’s literati and on recovering a generation of poets who published in Boston during the early national period.

FREE Expert Appraisals!

Sunday, October 30, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Bring your books & ephemera to get expert free appraisals. You might find you have a valuable treasure!

Red Planet copy.jpgDALLAS — Two iconic images of 20th century science fiction and pop culture  — Red Planet, 1974, by Frank Frazetta and John Alvin’s original painting used as the movie poster for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial  — highlight Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 12 Illustration Art Auction in Dallas. The hand-curated selection touches every corner of the illustration world, from Robert Crumb to classic pin-up art and pulp fiction cover art.

“The amount of fresh-to-market artwork in this auction is simply staggering,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of at Heritage Auctions. “We are offering the finest examples from highly sought-after artists right now.”

High-end science fiction artwork is expected to take top lot honors as Frank Frazetta’s Red Planet, 1974 (est. $150,000+), crosses the block barely two months after Heritage set a seven-figure world auction record for the artist.

Another auction first, the Original Promotional Movie Poster Illustration for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, is offered at auction for the first time after hanging on Hollywood writer and producer Bob Bendetson’s office wall for the last 13 years ($150,000+). “Every time my son’s or daughter’s friends would see the painting they’d stand in front of it with their fingers touching in the same way,” recalled Bendetson.

Universal Pictures outsourced the poster to a company called Intralink and its master movie poster artist John Alvin. Utilizing his daughter's hand as a model and taking inspiration from Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam, Alvin’s painting became the most well-associated image for the 1982 film, which many critics call director Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece and one of the greatest movies ever made.

Heritage’s global reputation for offering the finest of Gil Elvgren’s pin-up art holds true as A Lot at Steak, a Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration from 1955 (est. $50,000-$70,000) and Tasteful Design, circa 1960s, will be available to collectors for the first time in nearly a decade ($50,000-$70,000). Elvgren’s playful Hold Everything (Making Friends; Puppy Love), 1962 (est. $40,000-$60,000) and Worth a Gander, 1951, another Brown and Bigelow calendar illustration (est. $40,000-$60,000) were both created at the height of the artist’s career. The original art for Vargas Girl, February 1946, a classic Esquire calendar illustration by of Antonio Vargas, another king of the American pin-up genre, also appears in the auction ($30,000-$50,000).

Additional fresh-to-market artwork by America’s most revered and beloved illustrators include Robert Crumb’s Elvis Tilley, the original cover art for the February 21, 1994 The New Yorker magazine (est. $30,000-$50,000) makes its auction debut, as does a set of two works in one lot by Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Suess. The works titled Suess Navy, National Motorboat Show -- Standard Oil advertisements, 1934-41 (est. $8,000-$12,000).

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

A selection of artwork by LeRoy Neiman, including Haute Cuisine, 1964, which makes its auction debut at Heritage (est. $20,000-$30,000).

Artist Tom Lovell’s The Occupation of Paris, Cosmopolitan magazine interior illustration, 1943 (est. $15,000-$25,000). 

Murder's Madcap Mermaid, 15-Story Detective magazine cover, June 1950, by Norman Saunders (est. $8,000-$12,000) highlights a selection of pulp fiction cover art from artists such as Boris Vallejo, Peter Driben, and John Hilkert

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 over 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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The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division, along with the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, the Fellowship of American Bibliographic Societies and the Grolier Club have announced the winners of the National Collegiate Book-Collecting Contest. The contest is made possible with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

The winners will receive their awards during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The special guest speaker for the ceremony is Toni Tipton-Martin, a food and nutrition journalist and community activist. She is the author of "The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks," a James Beard Award-winning annotated bibliography that tells the story behind her rare collection of African-American cookbooks and food culture.

The 2016 winners are:

  • First Place: Luke Kelly, Harvard University, "A Collection of Eugene Walter, King of the Monkeys"
  • Second Place: Megan Jones, University of Kansas, "The Life and Times of Sacco and Vanzetti"
  • Third Place: Micaela Beigel, Goucher College, "Once We Were Dreamers: A Collection of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust"
  • Essay Award: Samantha Flitter, Princeton University, "The Sand and the Sea: An Age of Sail Library in Rural New Mexico"

Established in 2005 by Fine Books & Collections magazine to recognize outstanding book-collecting efforts by college and university students, the program aims to encourage young collectors to become accomplished bibliophiles. The magazine conducted the annual competition before turning over leadership in 2010 to the new institutional partners.

In 1815, the Library of Congress acquired the personal library of Thomas Jefferson, the basis of its future development. Later collectors such as Lessing J. Rosenwald, John Boyd Thacher and Otto H. Vollbehr, among many others, conveyed their book collections to the Library, where they are conserved and made available in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. More recently, the Library received the gift of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of rare books, manuscripts and other early American materials. The reconstructed library of Thomas Jefferson and selections from the Kislak collection are on view in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (www.abaa.org) is a trade association of more than 450 professionals who specialize in fine and rare books and printed matter. Members are united in a passion for books and related material and are bound by a code of ethics.

The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (www.fabsbooks.org) is an association of collecting organizations with a mission to communicate, share and support bibliocentric activities, experience and ideas among member clubs for mutual benefit and pleasure.

The Grolier Club of New York City (www.grolierclub.org) is the oldest existing bibliophilic club in North America. It fosters "the study, collecting and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production and commerce."

The Jay I. Kislak Foundation (www.kislakfoundation.org) is a nonprofit institution engaged in the collection, conservation, research and interpretation of rare books, manuscripts, maps and indigenous art and cultural artifacts of the Americas and other parts of the world. It exists to advance knowledge and understanding of cultures and history through its collections and programs.

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

The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit read.gov.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books, internationally renowned specialist dealer in maps, atlases and rare books, is to open a gallery in New York, enabling the business to expand its operation into the United States.

The gallery will be at 24 East 64th Street, in the heart of New York’s Upper East Side. The premises will include exhibition space and offices and will open on 25 January 2017. The launch is timed to coincide with the Winter Antiques Show (20 - 29 January) and Bibliography Week (23 - 28 January) - two leading events in New York’s cultural calendar.

Daniel Crouch and Nick Trimming, partners in Daniel Crouch Rare Books, have appointed Noah Goldrach to manage the New York gallery for them. Daniel Crouch said, “We are delighted to expand our business further into the US market. We have exhibited at fairs in New York, Miami, Palm Beach, San Francisco and Los Angeles for several years and believe that the time is now right to have a permanent space in the US. With premises in both London and New York we are better able to find wonderful items for collectors on both sides of the Atlantic. We prefer to think of ourselves less as “Brexiles”, and more as “Englishmen in New York”.”

Crouch added, “Noah Goldrach is knowledgeable, young, enthusiastic, and well known in New York. He has gained impressive experience in both the auction and dealing sectors before joining us this year”.

Daniel Crouch placed many great maps and atlases in both private and institutional collections, including both the first and second most expensive atlas ever sold: the 1477 “Bologna Ptolemy” for £2.14m in 2007, and the “Doria Atlas” for £1.5m in 2005, as well as the (then) second (now fourth) most expensive printed map ever sold: the 1602 “Ricci” map, which he sold for $1m in 2009. 

The company’s interest in the field isn’t just commercial: Daniel Crouch Rare Books gives a fixed proportion of its profit to charity, and recently paid for the digitization of the atlases in the King’s Topographical Collection at the British Library.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books is a specialist dealer in antique atlases, maps, plans, sea charts and voyages dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The carefully selected stock also includes a number of fine prints and globes, and a selection of cartographic reference books. The company is particularly celebrated for stocking unusual and quirky maps that are in fine condition.

(Victoria, BC, Canada - September 26, 2016) AbeBooks.com today launched a new method of shopping for collectibles - including art, ephemera and books - that combines the expertise of sellers around the world with the ability to discover hundreds of diverse, eclectic and often surprising items in a matter of seconds. 

Collections is a new highly visual section of the AbeBooks online marketplace that contains thousands of themed lists curated by independent professional sellers in more than 40 countries. A vast array of first edition and signed books are displayed alongside collectible art and photography, historic maps and atlases, and multiple types of ephemera.

The art and photography category offers drawings and sketches, original art, paintings, photographs and prints. The ephemera section displays broadsides, vintage magazines, pamphlets, postcards from numerous nations, and posters covering cinema, politics, travel, and other topics.

Customers can easily move from one collection to the next, going deeper into niche subjects. Virginia-based seller Lorne Bair offers a curated collection of obscure books about Eccentrics, Cranks & Difficult People. Hungarian seller Földvári Books offers intriguing Eastern Bloc propaganda ephemera. New York-based seller Donald A. Heald offers historic American pocket maps. Dutch seller Librarium of The Hague offers beautiful military prints from the 19th century. San Diego’s Charles Lewis Best offers detailed black and white engravings of invertebrates.

“Anyone who enjoys hunting through used bookstores, antique shops and art galleries for obscure treasures will relish Collections,” said Arkady Vitrouk, CEO of AbeBooks. “Collections allows sellers to define the topics and offer an innovative discovery experience. We think customers are going to love this new way of browsing.”

Collections are created when sellers upload items to AbeBooks and curate each one into a list.

Customers can browse lists curated by individual sellers or view ‘Master Collections’ that combine similar Collections into a single curated list that can extend into thousands of items. Related Collections are continually recommended, and AbeBooks’ editors highlight some of the most eye-catching lists.

Among the sellers offering Collections are New York’s Strand Book Store, Powell’s Books in Portland, Royal Books from Baltimore, Hennessey + Ingalls from Los Angeles, and Powell’s Bookstores of Chicago.

Visit https://www.abebooks.com/collections/

About AbeBooks Inc

AbeBooks is an online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books, as well as art, ephemera and other collectibles. Millions of items are listed for sale by thousands of sellers around the world. Visit http://www.abebooks.com/

LOS ANGELES, September 26, 2016—A set of over 50 rarely available first edition books featuring works by Sir Isaac Newton, William Faulkner, John Hancock, J.R.R. Tolkien and James Fenimore Cooper will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on September 29. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online.

The books being auctioned include well-recognized fiction and non-fiction works from the troves of notable collectors. Among the books being auctioned are the following: 

● Nobel laureate William Faulkner's breakthrough novel The Sound and the Fury includes a first printing color dust jacket with a price of $3.00 on the rear cover. The 1929 first edition copy comes from the collection of noted Faulkner collector Clifton Barrett.
http://natedsanders.com/Very_Rare_First_Edition_of_William_Faulkner_s___Th-LOT45142.aspx

● British author J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy first edition set was printed in 1954 and 1955. Fellowship of the Ring and Return of the King are first printings while Second Towers is a first edition, second printing.
http://natedsanders.com/First_Edition_Set_of_Tolkien_s___Lord_of_the_Rings-LOT45198.aspx

● The first edition, first printing of 19th Century American novelist James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans dates back to 1826. Two volumes are bound into one leather book.
http://natedsanders.com/James_Fenimore_Cooper_s___Last_of_the_Mohicans___F-LOT45135.aspx

● A personal edition from Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock’s private library.  The 1747 book is titled Universal History, From the Earliest Account of Time, Vol. VII features John Hancock’s signature on the inside front cover.
http://natedsanders.com/Extremely_Rare_John_Hancock_Signed_Book__From_His_-LOT45110.aspx

● A rare first edition by British scientist Sir Isaac Newton's The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy is going under the hammer. The 1729 book is considered one of Newton’s most important books.
http://natedsanders.com/Rare_First_Edition_of_Sir_Isaac_Newton_s___The_Mat-LOT45127.aspx

Additional information on the books can be found at http://natedsanders.com/Category/Authors_and_Literature-3.html

About Nate D. Sanders Auctions

An industry leader in documents and autographs, Nate D. Sanders Auctions has conducted auctions in Los Angeles since 1990 and now holds major auctions on a monthly basis. Owner Nate Sanders is recognized for his knowledge of sports, historical and Hollywood memorabilia. To learn more visit natedsanders.com.

Another fun-filled, action-packed Library of Congress National Book Festival is underway at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This, the 16th annual event, was notable for several debuts - the first major public appearance of newly-sworn-in Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, and the festival debut of best-selling author Stephen King, who was recognized for his contributions to literacy.

Hayden introduced King on the festival’s first ever Main Stage. The 2,500-seat auditorium, the largest in festival history, featured authors across genres ranging from fiction to contemporary life to graphic novels.

"Stephen has continuously brought us spellbinding fiction that makes us read, keeps us reading, and fixes us to the edges of our seats," Hayden said. "What you might not know is how devoted Stephen has been all these years to promoting the indispensable tools of reading and literacy. We are proud to single him out now. An individual who not only gives back to his readers, but ensures that the number of readers grows."

In another festival first, the presentation was streamed live on Facebook to more than 150,000 viewers.

The Main Stage also featured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shonda Rhimes.

Hayden also presented the Library’s Prize for American Fiction to author Marilynne Robinson to open the day’s activities.

Nodding to the festival poster art, depicting a small boat filled with books floating in a sea of blue by painter Yuko Shimizu, Hayden noted the year’s them of journeys. "Books are journeys, and a story is a voyage unto itself, taking us places we otherwise might never go," she said.

The 2016 event continues into the night, but news about next year’s festival was broken early. The date for the 2017 event was revealed to be September 2, 2017. While thanking festival benefactor and co-chairman David M. Rubenstein, Hayden announced next year’s date.

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 are 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, Centro Primo Levi, 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, Lissa Muscatine and Bradley Graham, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Small Press Expo, SPAIN arts & culture and Split This Rock. Media Partners are 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.

2014-31-19_Henner-StaphorstAmmunitionDepot_recto_email copy.jpgKansas City, MO, September 2016--Surveillance cameras in the 21st century are practically everywhere-on street corners, in shops, in public buildings, silently recording our every movement. Yet this is not a construct of modern times. As soon as cameras were introduced in the 1880s, anyone could be unknowingly photographed at any time. It was an unfortunate fact of life. The exhibition Surveillance opened at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City September 16, examining the role of surreptitious photography from the mid-19th century to the present day.

“This body of work represents a sign of our times,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “Cameras have been recording our movements, many times secretly, since photography began. But it was the tragedy of 9/11 that increased our awareness of this constant presence and brought a new and chilling meaning to the art, and the intention, of surveillance.”

Dating from 1864-2014, the works in Surveillance fall under these categories: spying or hidden cameras, photography of the forbidden, military surveillance, areas of heavy surveillance and mapping satellites and drones. There are also examples of counter-surveillance that either prevent watching or surveille the watchers.

“Twenty-first century technology—like Google Earth View and drone photography—have provided photographers with a treasure trove of surveillance images,” said Jane L. Aspinwall, Associate Curator, Photography. “This work provokes uneasy questions about who is looking at whom and the limits of artistic expression.”

Photographer Roger Schall, formerly a French news reporter, secretly recorded the Nazi occupation of Paris beginning in June 1940. His photographs document his daily routine and illustrate how completely the Nazis permeated every facet of Parisian life.

British photographer Mishka Henner, in his series Dutch Landscapes, uses Google satellite views of locations that have been censored by the Dutch government because of concerns about the visibility of political, economic and military locations. Many countries blur, pixilate or whiten sensitive sites. The Dutch method, however, employs bold, multi-colored polygons. The resulting photograph is an artistic, visual contrast between secret sites and the surrounding rural environment, providing an unsettling reflection on surveillance and the contemporary landscape.

Other photographers employ techniques to circumvent surveillance. Adam Harvey creates “looks” that block online facial recognition software. The contours of the face are manipulated in such a way that a computer is not able to identify a person, which can be a useful tool for social media sites like Facebook, in which users can search an entire archive for one particular face.

A series of critically acclaimed films will be shown in Atkins Auditorium in October in conjunction with this exhibition. Belgian photographer Tomas van Houtryve will discuss his work as it relates to contemporary warfare on Thursday, Oct. 6. For more information about programming, go to nelson-atkins.orgSurveillance closes on Jan. 29, 2016.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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

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

Image: Image caption: Mishka Henner, Belgian (b. 1976). Staphorst Ammunition Depot, 2011. Inkjet print, 31 1/4 × 35 1/8 inches. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2014.31.19.

OAKLAND, CA - The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, returns to Northern California to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and featuring the collections and rare treasures of nearly 200 booksellers from over 20 countries around the world, the three-day Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, graphics, photographs, fine bindings; children's and illustrated books, and ephemera from many centuries and countries.

This year’s Book Fair will include a special exhibit from The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, which has a long history of collecting the literary fiction of California. In more recent years, that scope has expanded to include mystery and detective fiction, fantasy and science fiction, and western fiction. This special exhibit will highlight California authors’ notable contributions in genre fiction and will emphasize recent donations to the library by featuring materials from the extensive collection of influential author, critic, and literary mentor Anthony Boucher, first editions by early members of the Northern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, selections by popular western and adventure writer Kenneth Perkins and MWA Grand Master Ross Macdonald, and more.

The Book Fair will work with local “book art” artists and organizations to create an interactive, informative, and entertaining area at the Fair. Local libraries and universities will be exhibiting one-of-a-kind works from their collections. Calligraphers, bookbinders and a small press operator will once again be creating unique souvenirs for attendees to take home. Fun for all ages!

The Book Fair’s schedule will also include the following events and special exhibits, free with Fair admission:

Saturday, February 11

9:00 am - 10:30 am: California Rare Book School presents: “The Other Book: The Ames Almanack Opens a Window on Colonial America.” Two books were commonly found in eighteenth century households in North America: the Bible and the Other Book, or the Almanach.  Susan M. Allen, who teaches "History of the Book, 200-1820,” at California Rare Book School, willshare an illustrated lecture from her course demonstrating how to “read” almanachs, both bibliographically and culturally, and how to decipher their puzzling tables.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: California Rare Book School presents: Bound for El Dorado: Collecting California and the Far West. Presented by Gary F. Kurutz, Director of the Special CollectionsBranch, California State Library.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Meet Mr. Blake, An illustrated lecture on the life, work, and influence of William Blake, given by John Windle, ABAA specialist in the literary and artistic output of this English genius. Jointly presented by the ABAA and the Bibliographical Society of America.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: California Rare Book School presents: Printers, Collectors, Bibliographers, and the Inquisition: A Brief Introduction to the History of the Book in Hispanic America. Presented by Daniel J. Slive, Head of Special Collections at the Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University and David Szewczyk, proprietor, Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co.

Sunday, February 12

12:30 - 1:15 pm: Book Collecting 101,Learn from ABAA member Vic Zoschak, Jr., Tavistock Bookshop to create a strategy for collecting books, as well as how to spot a “first edition,” judge a book’s condition, and learn bookish terms and jargon. 

1:15 - 2:00 pm: What’s This Book Worth? - Vic Zoschak, Jr., Tavistock Books will discuss the primary factors that give books commercial and monetary value, as well as strategies for appraising and selling books.

2:00 - 3:30 pm: Discovery Day is the public’s chance to discover if those old books gathering dust are worth something.  The public will receive free, expert oral appraisals on up to three books. Appraisals are limited to a first come, first served basis - within the scheduled times.

The Book Fair’s venue in downtown Oakland is an added convenience for bibliophiles. The Oakland Marriott City Center is just steps away from the 12th Street BART Station, making it easily accessible to attendees from San Francisco and all over the East Bay.  Out-of-town visitors will appreciate staying onsite at the Marriott, plus fair visitors arriving at both Oakland and San Francisco airports can take BART directly to the new venue.

Moreover, downtown Oakland is within easy walking distance to diverse and eclectic cuisine, hip nightspots, historic Old Oakland, museums, Lake Merritt and the waterfront at Jack London Square.

Tickets and Information

The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center at 1001 Broadway in downtown Oakland from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, February 10; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 11; and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 12.

Three-day admission tickets are available at the door on Friday for $25.  Tickets purchased on Saturday and Sunday are $15 and all tickets allow return admission for the remainder of the fair. For more information about tickets or exhibiting, visit www.cabookfair.com. All tickets will be available to purchase online for a pre-event discount.

For more information about the 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, please visit the website at www.cabookfair.com or the ABAA website at www.abaa.org; or contact Fair Managers, White Rain Productions at, cafair@whiterainproductions.com, (800) 454-6401.

Screen Shot 2016-09-21 at 10.22.45 PM.pngNew York, 19 September 2016--Sotheby's is privileged to present an extremely rare and important photograph, The First Inaugural of Abraham Lincoln, 4 March 1861 (estimate $20/30,000), to be included in our autumn Photographs auction in New York on 7 October. This salt print is a landmark in the histroy of photography and among the most impressive examples of early documentary photography. Captured with remarkable clarity are the swelling crowds of thousands gathered outside of the Capitol Building to witness the inauguration of the 16th President of the United States. The pre-sale exhibition is open to the public from 1 October. 

As in the case with many photographs of Lincoln, definitive authorship of this image remains a long debated and fascinating question. A handful of artists, including Winslow Homer, witnessed Lincoln's first inauguration, as did at least three photographers, among them Alexander Gardner. In the late 1850s and early 1860s, Gardner ran the operations of Mathew Brady's Washington studio, and it is known that both Brady and Gardner were present during Lincoln's first and second inaugurations. No other single photographer captured Lincoln's likeness as many times as Gardner, and the photographer's documentation of Lincoln provides an invaluable character study of one of our most important presidents at a pivotal juncture in this country's history. 

Extant prints of this historic image are scarce and it is believed that no other early print of this image has been offered at public auction. 

BOSTON, MA - (September 21, 16)  An exceptionally rare Al Capone letter that reveals softer side and the particulars of his day-to-day life at Alcatraz will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.

The three page handwritten letter in pencil, signed “Love & Kisses, Your Dear Dad Alphonse Capone #85,” January 16, no year [likely 1938]. A lengthy and affectionate letter to his son, written while imprisoned at Alcatraz. In part: “Well Son, here is your dear Dad, with a letter for you, and pray to God, it will find you, in perfect health. Junior keep up the way you are doing, and don’t let nothing get you down. When you get the blues, Sonny, put on one of the records with songs I wrote you about to Ma, to you, which I sure go to town playing them and about 500 more on my Mandola, I also have to transpose my music, from Piano Copy, as the Music people don’t print Music for the Mandola, So I transpose to one key to another. Sonny I got a Song like Rainbow on the River, that was sung by Bobby Breen, in the Rainbow on the River picture, I sure hope you seen it as we saw it out here, now what I mean by transposing is the Song, Rainbow on the River, was in the Key of 3b, I have to transpose it down to 1b and Son of mine when I come home, I will play not only that song, but about 500 more, and all mostly Theme Songs from the best Shows. In other words Junior, there isn’t a Song written that I can’t play. You know my Mandola is got eight strings, and tuned exactly as the Tenor Banjo A-D-C-G. The only difference is the Mandola is played mostly for Solo work, but the Tenor Banjo plays Cords in the Orchestra, and I mean it too when I was playing in the band in here. First I learned a Tenor Guitar and then a Tenor Banjo, and now the Mandola, but for Solo work only. 

Well now Sonny, I am sure happy, to hear about you and your pals, had nice holidays at Miami and that you all had a good time, Well heart of mine, sure hope things come our way for next year, then I’ll be there in your arms, and maybe that sure will be a happy feeling for Maggie and You. Well Sonny keep up your chin, and don’t worry about your dear Dad, and when again you allowed a vacation, I want you and your dear Mother to come here together, as I sure would love to see you and Maggie.

Now Son about me please do not worry, as when you see me again, you sure will be surprised, in fact Junior I am 7 1/2 pounds under 200 Ha Ha, and in good shape, my routine here is Morning Yard, I mean the amusement Yard, Baseball, Horseshoes Courts, and Hand-ball courts, Checkers and Dominoes, I and a friend of mine keep all items in perfect shape, and work all morning, and afternoons yard if its sunny otherwise I play my music, until 3 P.M., and from 3 P.M. I write songs. Tell Mother to order for you a Monthly Magazine I get here, Called ‘Fortune, ’as to my estimation I think it is the most sensible Magazine written. Well Son, there isn’t much I can write, but chin up, always, and at any time, there is something you need or want, please don’t forget Son, that whatever you ask for, it will be done irregardless…I know Maggie gets out to your College suite often, as that sure breaks up the old Blues, and when you see her again give her a couple dozen kisses Capone style and a first class hug. God bless you my dear Son, and it’s short time Son, I will be with you in less than a year.” 

In this remarkable, intimate letter penned from prison, Capone reveals the particulars of his day-to-day life at Alcatraz and shares his enthusiasm for the mandola, which is similar to a mandolin. 

After being transferred to Alcatraz in 1934, Capone lobbied the warden for a year before prisoners were allowed musical instruments. Upon receiving permission, Capone had his family send top-of-the-line guitars, banjos, and music charts to the prison. 

“He learned how to play the banjo and formed a prison band, The Rock Islanders, which included George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly on the drums,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.  

After a violent outburst between band members, Capone turned solo and other inmates took his place. 

At this time Capone’s son, Albert Francis ‘Sonny’ Capone, had begun college at the University of Miami; ‘Maggie’ is the elder Capone’s wife and Sonny’s mother. 

“It’s an exceedingly rare personal letter showing the softer side of the notorious gangster,” said Livingston. 

The Remarkable Rarities live auction from RR Auction will take place on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1PM, in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit the RR Auction web site (www.rrauction.com).

147-Euclid copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, October 18, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books, featuring works of major theoretical and historical importance with a focus on mathematics and exploration.

The top lot of the sale is a copy of Euclid’s Elementa geometriae, printed in Venice in 1482. This first edition of the foundational text of geometry and the first major mathematical work to appear in print is a Latin translation by Adelard of Bath from an Arabic version of the original Greek. The present volume, printed by Erhard Ratdolt, is notable for its innovative printing of extensive and often complex geometrical diagrams, which influenced the design of subsequent editions and similar works into the sixteenth century. This copy is estimated at $60,000 to $80,000.

            Another highlight of the sale is the first edition, first issue, of Sir Isaac Newton’s Opticks, London, 1704. The work concerns the renowned mathematician’s discoveries on color theory and the spectrum of light. This excellent example, in contemporary paneled calfskin, is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.

            From the travel section of the sale comes Compendio del Arte de Navegar, the standard Spanish navigational manual of the period, by cosmographer and pilot Rodrigo Zamorano. Estimated at $20,000 to $25,000, is the 1588 fourth edition of the manual; all editions are extremely rare. Also on offer is the 1735 first edition of the most comprehensive European work on China at the time, the Description Géographique, Historique, Chronologique, Politique, et Physique de l’Empire de la Chine, by Jean-Baptiste du Halde. This four-volume set boasts 65 engraved plates and maps, including the first appearance of Vitus Bering’s report and map of his expedition to northeast Asia and northwest America. The set, in good condition in contemporary calf gilt, is expected to bring in $15,000 to $20,000.

            Also from the travel section is mountaineering literature from the estate of California collector Timothy Treacy, comprising early works that stimulated the growth of interest in mountain climbing as well as later classics. Among highlights are Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, Voyages dans les Alpes, Neuchâtel, 1779-96, estimated at $2,000 to $3,000; Albert Smith, The New Game of the Ascent of Mont Blanc, London, 1852 ($2,000 to $3,000); Edmund Thomas Coleman, Scenes from the Snow-Fields, London, 1859 ($4,000 to $6,000); Douglas Freshfield, Across Country from Thonon to Trent. Rambles and Scrambles in Switzerland and the Tyrol, London, 1865, the author’s first book, inscribed ($3,000 to $5,000); and Oskar Eckenstein and August Lorria, The Alpine Portfolio, London, 1889 ($2,500 to $3,500).

            Early printed books include Dat boek dat men hiet Fasciculus temporum, the first Dutch edition of the popular world history book by Werner Rolewinck, printed in Utrecht in 1480 ($8,000 to $12,000). William Shakespeare’s A Winters Tale, extracted from the first folio, is expected to fetch $6,000 to $9,000. Printed in London in 1623, this early example of the Bard’s work is bound in red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.

            From a private collection comes a diverse selection of sixteenth to eighteenth century Greek books including the first edition of Hesychius of Alexandria, Dictionarium, Venice, 1514, estimated at $6,000 to $9,000. Another highlight from the collection is the second edition in the original Greek of Pindar’s Olympia. Pythia. Nemea. Isthmia, 1515, the first book in Greek printed in Rome, estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.

The auction will be held Tuesday, October 18, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Friday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, October 15 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Early Printed Books Specialist Tobias Abeloff at 212-254-4710, extension 18 or tabeloff@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 147 Euclid, Elementa geometriae, first edition, Venice, 1482. Estimate $60,000 to $90,000.

From works inspired by campy B movies to those addressing contemporary psychological fear, It’s Alive! explores the many approaches that book, paper, and print artists use to express horror. Works include: artists’ book in their many derivations; visual narratives; installations; traditional and digital printmaking and other works on paper; sculptural book works; independent publications; mixed media; assemblage; and interactive art.

This exhibition is presented as part of the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This global celebration encompasses a wide variety of public programs, exhibits, art projects, and learning opportunities exploring the novel’s colossal scientific, artistic, cultural and social impacts.

It’s Alive! will be on display in MCBA’s Main Gallery through October 31, 2016. The show will conclude with a Frankenstein Read-a-Thon at 6pm to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as community members read chapters aloud throughout the evening.

MCBA's Main Gallery

On display through October 31, 2016

Free and open to the public

www.mnbookarts.org/itsalive

About Minnesota Center for Book Arts

A respected and dedicated champion of the field, Minnesota Center for Book Arts is the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind. We celebrate the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. Our mission is clear: to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form.

MCBA is committed to book art, artists and appreciators. Our mission is achieved through quality programs that support a broad continuum of creators, learners and admirers. We lead the field by promoting innovation, sustaining traditions, educating new enthusiasts, inspiring creative expression and honoring artistic excellence. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding to new methods of art-making and communication, MCBA supports the limitless creative development of book arts.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts at Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave S, First Floor, Minneapolis MN 55415

Phone 612.215.2520 . Fax 612.215.2545 . mcba@mnbookarts.org

Screen Shot 2016-09-21 at 9.35.31 AM.pngPHILADELPHIA, September 7, 2016—The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia presents The Art of Ownership: Bookplates and Book Collectors from 1480 to the Present, on view September 21, 2016 - January 17, 2017. The primary function of a bookplate is simply to indicate the owner of a book, yet book collectors across the centuries have commissioned ornate and evocative designs that do more than designate property. From coats of arms and etched portraits to scenes of libraries and fantastical creatures, these miniature artworks may reveal a great deal about the ancestry, occupation, artistic taste, or philosophy of the men and women who used and circulated them.

The Art of Ownership features beautiful and curious specimens from five centuries of books in the Rosenbach's collection, along with examples from the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the University of Delaware’s William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection, and other regional repositories. Notable bookplates include the oldest known printed bookplate, a hand-colored woodcut circa 1480; bookplates from the personal libraries of King George III and Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt; an Irish landscape designed by Jack Butler Yeats; and prints by Art Nouveau illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. Some bookplates offer whimsical portraits of the book collectors: William Keeney Bixby's bookplate depicts the owner as an octopus grasping books with all eight tentacles, and a lithographic print belonging to E. Norman Sabel depicts an attentive reader who has not noticed that his coattails are on fire. Several remarkable examples belonged to Philadelphian collectors, such as Harry Elkins Widener and Lucy Wharton Drexel.

The Art of Ownership was made possible by a grant from the Pine Tree Foundation of New York and endowment grants from the Marilyn M. Simpson Trust and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To learn more about the Art of Ownership exhibition, visit rosenbach.org.

Image Credit: Edwin Davis French (1851-1906), bookplate of William Keeney Bixby. Engraved print and black printing ink on paper. New York, 1906. In Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), The scarlet letter: a romance ...Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. [AL1 .H399s]

Screen Shot 2016-09-21 at 9.22.57 AM.pngAt the Ordinary General Meeting on 20th September 2016 in Budapest the presidents of ILAB’s 22 national member associations voted for Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes (Spain) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Norbert Donhofer (Austria) who served as President from 2014 to 2016; and he will be supported by ILAB Vice‐President Sally Burdon (Australia).

Gonzalo Fernandéz Pontes is well prepared for the duties he will be facing in the upcoming two years of his ILAB presidency. He has been a member of the ILAB Committee for many years and has served as Vice‐President under Norbert Donhofer. In his work for ILAB he has put special emphasis on the prevention and detection of book thefts. As Security Chair he has been coordinating ILAB’s efforts in this important field. Pontes has been a rare book dealer for nearly 28 years. He holds a degree in classical history and archeology and took part in several excavations in the Middle East before he established his bookshop in Madrid in 1991. He specializes in travel, exploration and Spanish history. He is a lecturer at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid where he teaches summer courses in the antiquarian book trade. As President of the Spanish Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (AILA) Pontes not only organized the 38th ILAB Congress and 22nd ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair in Madrid in 2008, but also the ILAB Presidents’ Meeting in Seville in 2015.

Sally Burdon is widely known as the organizer of the worldwide ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day 2015 and 2016. She has been a member of the ILAB Committee since 2014. She is particularly interested in supporting younger and newer members of the book trade through educational projects such as the ILAB mentor program and campaigns to promote and support rare book schools worldwide. Sally Burdon is a member of the Burdon family of antiquarian booksellers, in effect she was a bookseller in training from the age of 10. After a period of living overseas, she returned to Canberra in 1982 and started working full time in the family business now known as Asia Bookroom. She is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), served on the faculty of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar for 3 years and has organized several conferences on bookselling in Australia.

In further elections the presidents voted for Michel Bouvier (France) as General Secretary, he follows Ulrich Hobbeling (Germany) in this position. Fabrizio Govi (Italy), Robert Schoisengeier (Austria) and Michael Graves-Johnston (United Kingdom) became new members of the ILAB Committee.

Tom Congalton was elected President of Honour.

ILAB Committee 2016

President: Gonzalo Fernández Pontes 

Vice President: Sally Burdon 

Treasurer: Rob Shephard

General Secretary: Michel Bouvier

Immediate Past President: Norbert Donhofer

Members: Stuart Bennett, Fabrizio Govi, Michael Graves-Johnston, Robert Schoisengeier

42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair, 21-25 September, Budapest (Hungary)

It is the biannual gathering of the world’s leading experts in the antiquarian book trade: The day after the Ordinary General Meeting ILAB booksellers from across the world will meet in Budapest for their 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair. For one week and for the first time ever in Hungary, Budapest will become the center of the professional antiquarian book trade.

For more information, please visit: www.ilab.org

 

lincoln copy.jpgDALLAS - The 1852 medal honoring Secretary of State Henry Clay - struck by the U.S. Mint in nearly 30 ounces of solid California gold and lovingly passed down through his family - sold for $346,000 to lead a record-setting special auction of memorabilia relating to Abraham Lincoln Sept. 17 at Heritage Auctions. The event’s $2.4 million finale was a joint endeavor between Heritage Auctions and The Rail Splitter, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the respected publication for enthusiasts of Abraham Lincoln and related memorabilia.

“This was indeed one of the most important Lincoln auctions of the last 50 years,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. “Never have I been so impressed and amazed at both the quality of the material and the passion of Lincoln collectors from all over the globe.”

Top lot honors were claimed by the solid gold medal presented to Henry Clay, a leader Lincoln himself called “revered as a teacher and leader.” Bidding for the 3-1/2 inch diameter medal opened at the minimum of $75,000 and quickly advanced to $346,000.

The history behind the medal is as captivating as the design itself: three-time presidential candidate, Secretary of State, Speaker of the House, and titan of the U.S. Senate Henry Clay was by 1852 confined to his rooms in the National Hotel in Washington, slowly dying of consumption. A group of prominent New York members of Clay’s Whig Party resolved to make a very special presentation to the statesman to honor his nearly half century of public service, which they accomplished shortly before Clay’s death.

A perfectly signed carte-de-visite card image of a thoughtful Lincoln set a world record for an image of its type after seven bidders pushed the auction price to $175,000. The 1862 card carried an inscription on the back by Presidential Secretary John Hay certifying its authenticity.

The most intimate of keepsakes, relics and memorabilia relating to Lincoln’s personal life and that of those closest to him also brought record-setting prices. One of the most highly anticipated lots was a love letter from Lincoln to his first fiancée, Mary Owens, which sold for $137,500. Mary Todd Lincoln’s extraordinary jet black Silk Mourning Dress Ensemble opened at a modest $5,000 and ignited a bidding war that ended at an astounding $100,000, Slater said. “Certainly this is a record for any piece of Mary Lincoln memorabilia ever sold at auction,” he said.

Rare campaign memorabilia included a Portrait Flag of political rival Stephen A. Douglas, which sold for $93,750; an 1860 Portrait Campaign Flag depicting a beardless Lincoln ended at $75,000; and a Unique 1864 Silk Parade Flag for “Lincoln and Johnson” brought $52,500.

One-of-a-kind, fresh-to-market relics from Confederate conspirators generated collector interest as the First National Confederate Flag presented by Belle Boyd, aka the “Siren of the Shenandoah,” thought lost to history until recently discovered in Switzerland, sold for $62,500. A rare lock of hair from Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth - snipped from the top of his head during his autopsy - sold for $31,250. Not to be outdone, an Evocative Lincoln Mourning Relic of a log cabin fashioned from a lock of the President’s hair also sold for $31,250.

Additional highlights include:

A superlative, signed carte-de-visite signed by Lincoln sold for $75,000.

Tastefully framed, a Lincoln and Hamlin Graphic Name Political Flag brought $35,000. 

An 1858 Silk Presentation Banner for Stephen A. Douglas ended at $25,000.

A moving and Monumental Sculpture cast in .999 Fine Silver titled “Seated Lincoln” (after the original by Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum) sold for $23,750.

Rare and important, a Bloodstained Piece of the Collar of the Coat Worn by Lincoln the night of the assassination sold for $18,750.

A Life Mask of a beardless Lincoln sold for $16,250, against a $5,000 opening bid.

A single, 9-inch China Dinner Plate created for the Lincoln White House sold for $16,250.

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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fed copy.jpgDALLAS - Rare early American texts with rock-solid provenance lead Heritage Auctions’ $1.2+ million Rare Books Auction, as a copy of The Federalist, previously owned by New York Post founder Samuel Boyd, sold for $175,000. The auction came in at an astounding 134 percent above expectations and had a sell-through rate of 97 percent. 

“Our selection of rare Americana and Modern Literature were particularly strong in this auction,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage. “We saw intense bidding that pushed many first editions well beyond our expectations.”

An influential copy of Joseph Smith’s The Book of Mormon - owned and annotated by press foreman Pomeroy Tucker sold for $100,000, against a $70,000 estimate. Ironically, Tucker would move on from his printing career 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.

Among the most valuable examples of fiction on offer, a three-volume set of the first edition, first impression of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, including The Fellowship of the Ring saw interest by six bidders who pushed the sale price to $30,000. A presentation copy of the third Tarzan adventure, The Beasts of Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, sold for $18,750, three times its pre-auction estimate. A 1923 first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s first book, Three Stories & Ten Poems sold for $15,625.

A first edition, first printing presentation volume of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism, inscribed and signed by Bill Wilson, sold for $17,500 following action by nine bidders. A 13-volume set of the Journals of Congress - spanning Sept. 5, 1774 to Nov. 3, 1788 and one of only 400 copies printed  - ended at $16,250 against a $6,500 estimate.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

A first edition, presentation copy of The Moon Maid, with an original drawing by Edgar Rice Burroughs: Realized: $12,500. The copy is from a private collection that will appear in Heritage’s next two rare book auctions.

An archive of the original production artwork for Carl Sagan’s Cosmos television program: Realized: $12,500.

A Further Account of the Tryals of the New England Witches, written by Increase Mather in 1693: realized $12,500.

An extraordinary and bright example of the hand-colored aquatint engraving by Robert Havel of John James Audubon’s Great Auk: Realized: $11,250, against a $3,000 estimate.

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 over 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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September 2016 - After being closed for more than two years for important repairs and restoration, The New York Public Library’s historic Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room will reopen to the public ahead of schedule on Wednesday, October 5.

The two adjacent rooms on the third floor of the landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan will reopen at 10 a.m., providing access to the Library’s research collections and space for quiet study. Daily public tours of the building at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will include both spaces.

“The Library has eagerly anticipated the reopening of these glorious rooms, architectural gems which for over 100 years have been home to scholars, writers, students, and all members of the public who want to access our renowned research collections, learn, and create,” said NYPL President Tony Marx. “As great stewards of all of our libraries, we are proud of this important project, which ensures that these spectacular spaces remain as inspiring as they were on they day they opened.”

The reopening comes more than two years after an ornamental plaster rosette fell from the Rose Main Reading Room’s 52-foot high ceiling overnight in May of 2014. The  Library decided to conduct a full inspection of the ceilings of both the Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room, building scaffolding and massive platforms the length of the room for access. Although the ceilings - built with the rest of the Library in 1911 - were found to be in good condition by WJE Engineers & Architects, P.C., the Library decided to make several improvements to the ceiling, including:

  • Recreating and replacing the rosette that fell
  • Reinforcing all 900 rosettes in both rooms with steel cables
  • Enlisting renowned muralists EverGreene Architectural Arts to recreate a 27 by 33 foot James Wall Finn mural on the ceiling of the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room. Unlike the murals in the Rose Main Reading Room by the same artist, the Bill Blass mural had not been restored in the 1990s, and a fine arts conservator determined that it sustained irreparable damage, loss of original paint, discoloration, patch jobs and unsophisticated over-paint.
  • Working with Aurora Lighting to restore the Room’s chandeliers, including putting in LED lights.

Tishman Construction Corporation, an AECOM company, was the project manager on the $12 million restoration, which was completed several months ahead of schedule. The room will be the site of this year’s Library Lions fundraising gala on Monday, November 7.

While the rooms were closed, the Library maintained service for researchers in other rooms throughout the building. With work complete, research functions will return to Bill Blass and the Rose Main Reading Room - with improvements.

The Library, along with global design firm Gensler Architects and Tishman Construction, recently completed construction of a second level of state-of-the-art collections storage under Bryant Park, creating capacity for 4.3 million research volumes at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The Library began moving materials into the new lower level of the Milstein Research Stacks in the spring; the process is expected to be completed in early 2017. With this increased capacity, the Library estimates that it can fill over 90 percent of research requests with materials located on-site.

The Library also installed a new, modern conveyor system to bring materials from underground storage to the Rose Main Reading Room. The $2.6 million system - 24 individual cars that each carry materials on a track - is more efficient and easier to maintain than the previous conveyor belt system.

The Library is offering a free exhibition on the third floor of its Stephen A. Schwarzman Building documenting the recent work in the building as well as historic efforts entitled Preserving a Masterpiece: From Soaring Ceilings to Subterranean Storage. It is on view through October 9.

BOSTON - September 16, 2016 - Boston Public Library is loaning 36 medieval and early Renaissance manuscripts and printed books from its collections to three area cultural institutions, part of an ambitious collaborative project entitled Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. The largest ever exhibition of medieval and Renaissance books held in North America, the BPL items date from the 10th century to the early 16th century, part of the Library’s Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts Collection of Distinction. The materials will be featured at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the McMullen Museum at Boston College, and Houghton Library at Harvard University from September 2016 to January 2017. For more information about the exhibitions, visit www.beyondwords2016.org.

“These illuminated manuscripts and bound books represent a crucial period in the Western evolution of writing and reading,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “This first of its kind collaborative exhibition is an exciting opportunity for the Boston Public Library to put our collection on display, and make these objects viewable and easily accessible to the public.” 

“The Boston Public Library’s early manuscripts collection is astounding in its breadth and overall quality. Scholars come to Boston from around the world in order to study these artifacts,” said Jay Moschella, Curator of Rare Books at the Boston Public Library and one of the facilitators of the exhibition for the library.

In preparation for the exhibition all of the BPL’s 36 items have been appraised, cataloged, and in some cases conserved and/or digitized. This work has been made possible with funding support from The Associates of the Boston Public Library, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the Boston Public Library's special collections of rare books, manuscripts, prints, and other items of historic interest. 

“The Associates of the Boston Public Library is honored to have helped make this extraordinary exhibition a reality,” said Vivian Spiro, Board Chairman of the Associates of the Boston Public Library. “The collaboration among area institutions, as well as the manuscripts themselves, show that Boston is still a major cultural center, relative to the rest of the country. “

These unique and ancient manuscripts are some of the best sources for understanding the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Revealing many elements of the artistic, intellectual, and spiritual life of the period, they date from the 10th through early 16th centuries and cover a wide range of subjects. They also represent a wide variety of schools of both script and illumination in France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, and England.

Many of the exhibited items from the BPL’s collection are superbly illuminated with exquisite miniatures. Some noteworthy volumes include a 10th-century lectionary from the Benedictine Abbey of St. Allyre in Clermont, one of the earliest codices in New England; the so-called Rosary Joan the Mad, an extraordinarily beautiful Psalter prepared for Joan, Queen of Castile by the master Flemish miniaturist Simon Bening; the Chronique Anonyme Universelle, a 34' 15th-century genealogical scroll detailing the history of the world from creation through the 1440s; an early 15th-century copy of Christine de Pisan's Le Livre de Trois Vertus, considered by scholars to be among the earliest and truest versions of her text; and the only surviving Dutch illuminated manuscript of Saint Augustine's City of God, written in the late 15th century.

The very nature of these texts renders them unique and rare. Executed in European monasteries or later in scriptoria, these manuscripts document the history of human thought from the 10th through early 16th centuries.

Totaling 260 objects, Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections features materials from 19 Boston-area institutions, including the BPL, Museum of Fine Arts, and Wellesley College, among many others. The manuscripts assembled are included in a single catalog with contributions from 85 international scholars, edited by co-curators Jeffrey Hamburger, William P. Stoneman, Anne-Marie Eze, Lisa Fagin Davis and Nancy Netzer and published by the McMullen Museum.

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

NEW YORK, September 15, 2016—The Museum of Modern Art announces the release of an extensive digital archive accessible to historians, students, artists, and anyone concerned with modern and contemporary art: a comprehensive account of the Museum's exhibitions from its founding, in 1929, to today. This new digital archive, which will continue to grow as materials become available, is now accessible on MoMA's website, at moma.org/history.

Providing an unparalleled history of the Museum's presentation of modern and contemporary art on a widely available platform, the project features over 3,500 exhibitions, illustrated by primary documents such as installation photographs, press releases, checklists, and catalogues, as well as lists of included artists. By making these unique resources available at no charge, the exhibition history digital archive directly aligns with the Museum's mission of encouraging an ever-deeper understanding of modern and contemporary art and fostering scholarship.

"The Museum of Modern Art has played a crucial role in the development of an audience for modern and contemporary art for nearly 90 years," said MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry. "In making these materials freely available, we hope not only to foster and enable scholarship, but also to encourage a wider interest in this important chapter of art history that the Museum represents."

The exhibition history project was initiated and overseen by Michelle Elligott, Chief of Archives, and Fiona Romeo, Director of Digital Content and Strategy, The Museum of Modern Art. Over the course of the last two-and-a-half years, three MoMA archivists integrated over 22,000 folders of exhibition records dating from 1929 to 1989 from its registrar and curatorial departments, performed preservation measures, vetted the contents, and created detailed descriptions of the records for each exhibition. 

The digital archive can be freely searched, or browsed in a more structured way by time period or exhibition type. Each entry includes a list of all known artists featured in the exhibition. Artist pages likewise list all of the exhibitions that have included that artist, along with any of their works in MoMA's collection online. The index of artists participating in Museum exhibitions now includes more than 20,000 unique names.

Screen Shot 2016-09-16 at 8.28.45 AM.pngLONDON—On 20 October 2016 Sotheby’s London will offer a previously undocumented and unpublished sketch-leaf for Ludwig van Beethoven’s most renowned piano concerto, his “Emperor” Concerto, estimated at £150,000-200,000. Simon Maguire, Director and Senior Specialist in Books & Manuscripts said “This is a rare opportunity to acquire an unpublished draft for one of Beethoven’s greatest works”. Offered on the open market for the first time in “The Library of an English Bibliophile, Part VI”, this sketch-leaf is one of the earliest for this great work, possibly containing Beethoven’s first draft of its famous themes. 

Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto in E Flat Major, Op. 73 is dedicated to Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1788-1831), the brother of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor and Beethoven’s great friend, patron and pupil. The Archduke began taking lessons from Beethoven aged 15 or 16 and he was the only pupil that Beethoven taught composition to. The composer dedicated fourteen works to the Archduke in total, more than any of his other patrons. 

The Fifth Piano Concerto is now known simply as “Emperor”: legend has it that it was described by one of Napoleon’s officers as “an emperor of a concerto” due to its grandeur and ambition. It is a revolutionary work in which Beethoven boldly reinvents the Piano Concerto, demolishing the older structure of the eighteenth-century form. It is by far the composer’s most forward-looking statement in the genre. 

In “Emperor”, Beethoven’s innovation and the radical rethinking of the relationship between solo and accompaniment heralded a new kind of music. The scale of the work was unprecedented for Beethoven; the first movement is longer that any of his previous concertos. The composer used the full scope of the piano and orchestra, with previously scarcely used keys such as C flat and B major, and the highest and lowest ranges of the piano. 

In this sketch-leaf, Beethoven’s working process is laid bare. The concerto evolves before our very eyes; fragmentary sketches at the top of the page would later be included in two different movements and by the bottom of the page, the sketch for the first movement has been further developed by the composer. The sketch-leaf gives an insight into his experimental approach, as much of the later passagework was not incorporated by Beethoven in his final version. 

Most of the surviving drafts for the Fifth Piano Concerto are in two sketch-books in the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek, Berlin. A few sketches elsewhere are related to these books, notably a leaf in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York. The watermark evidence of the present manuscript does not allow any firm identification with either sketchbook.

EXHIBITION

Sunday 16 October

12 noon - 5 pm

Monday 17 October

9 am - 4.30 pm

Tuesday 18 October

9 am — 4.30 pm

Wednesday 19 October

9 am — 4.30 pm

Los Angeles, California - (September 15, 2016) - Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house to the stars will present one of the world’s most extraordinary collections of autographed Hollywood photographs - Harold Lloyd’s Rogue’s Gallery - on Friday, September 23, 2016 in Los Angeles. The collection features nearly 200 rare, signed photographs from Hollywood’s Golden Era. The auction will take place at the highly-anticipated Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction event that weekend at Julien’s Auction Gallery in Los Angeles.

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.”  This one-of-a-kind collection is a time capsule of Hollywood, Americana the politics of the day.

“The King of Daredevil Comedy,” Harold Lloyd is best remembered today as the young man dangling desperately from a clock tower in the 1923 classic “Safety Last.” At the height of his career, Lloyd was one of the most popular and highest-paid stars of his time. He made more films than his contemporaries Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton combined.

With hits like his 1922 film Grandma’s Boy, Lloyd became a strong force in bringing about the advent of the “feature-length” film. 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. He was the recipient of the Academy Award for Master Comedian and Good Citizen in 1952, two George Eastman Awards in 1955 and 1957 and the Cannes Film Festival Award in 1962. 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. This marks the first time this collection is being publicly offered.                                                  

Just as remarkable as the collection is the story on how it all came together in the 1930s.When Harold and his wife Mildred moved into their magnificent Beverly Hills estate “Greenacres” in 1929, one would not have imagined such a collection to become such a prominent place in their home. The house, which would later be named to the National Register of Historic Places had been designed with a tunnel that led from the main house, under the formal lawn, to a game room and bar area. Harold had originally planned to install a bowling alley but Mildred had other ideas…most importantly how “not” to install a bowling alley.

As a Christmas gift in 1937, Mildred and her close friend, actress Marion Davies invited friends of Harold to send him a singular gift; their favorite portrait of themselves. Hundreds of Harold’s friends came through resulting in a collection of Hollywood’s legendary stars and iconic actors all seen through the lens. From film luminaries to sports heroes to United States presidents, each portrait was then displayed in this underground corridor,  and The Rogue’s Gallery was born. Harold adored and cherished every photograph sent to him with almost of all of them being inscribed to Harold. One such memorable photograph signed by famed director Cecil B. DeMille is inscribed “May the public never find my spectacles as funny as they find yours.”

“If the walls could talk” could be the motto for such an extensive historical collection. The collection features signed photographs from such legendary Hollywood stars as Fred Astaire, Marlene Dietrich, Clarke Gable, Ginger Rogers, John Barrymore, Jack Benny, Clara Bow, Bob Hope, Cecil B DeMille, Errol Flynn, Boris Karloff, Ginger Rogers, Louella Parsons, Feg Murray, Zane Grey, Harry Blackstone, Samuel Goldwyn, Hal Roach, Walt Disney, Irene Hervey, Sonja Heine, Loretta Young, George Burns, Bing Crosby,  Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy,  Joel McCrea, Claudette Colbert, Bette Davis and many more.

In addition to legendary film stars, the collection includes autographed photos from history’s greatest legends 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.                                                                                   

JULIEN’S AUCTIONS LOS ANGELES PUBLIC EXHIBITION & LIVE AUCTION LOCATION

741 North La Cienega Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90069

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION

Friday, September 23, 2016

Harold Lloyd’s The Rogue’s Gallery

Session I: 10:00 a.m. PDT

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Carla D. Hayden, longtime chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term, by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr.

Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in February; she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July. She took the oath on a Bible, held by her mother, Colleen Hayden, which had been used by Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Obama to take their oaths of office.

"The Library is one of the greatest gifts and legacies the Congress has given to the American people," Hayden said.

"When I contemplate the potential of harnessing the power of technology with the unparalleled resources at the Library of Congress, I am overwhelmed with the possibilities," she said. "The Library of Congress, a historic reference source for Congress, an established place for scholars, can also be a place where we grow scholars, where we inspire young authors, where we connect with those individuals outside the limits of Washington and help them make history themselves."

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

She succeeds Acting Librarian David S. Mao, who has served since the Sept. 30, 2015 retirement of former Librarian James H. Billington.

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

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

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

She served as 2003-2004 president of the American Library Association.

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

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

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

The Library of Congress has recently placed online the diaries, notebooks and address books of John J. Pershing, commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, and the diaries of George S. Patton, a tank commander in World War I and a U.S. Army general in World War II.

These items join thousands of original materials from the World War I era that the Library of Congress has digitized and made accessible for use, ahead of the centennial of America’s entry into the Great War in April 2017.

Pershing’s digitized diaries, notebooks and address books describe his command of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I and his postwar service as army chief of staff until 1925. Patton’s diaries, 1910-1945, illustrate his activities during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, World War I and World War II.

The online materials of both men are part of larger collections held by the Library of Congress that are available for research and can be viewed on-site in the Library’s Manuscript Division Reading Room.

The entire collection of Pershing papers spans the years 1882-1971, with the bulk of the material concentrated in the period 1904-1948. It consists of correspondence, diaries, notebooks, speeches, statements, writings, orders, maps, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, picture albums, posters, photographs, printed matter and memorabilia.

The entire collection of Patton’s papers spans the years 1807-1979, with the bulk of the papers concentrated from 1904-1945. The collection documents Patton’s military career, including his attendance at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 1904-1909; his service on the Mexican border as a member of John J. Pershing’s Mexican Punitive Expedition, 1916-1917; his service as an aide-de-camp to Pershing and later as a tank commander in World War I, 1917-1919; and his military career from 1938-1945. The majority of the papers chronicle Patton’s World War II service.

Other World War I-era original-source materials that the Library has digitized include posters; sheet music; military battles and campaign maps; and newspapers, including The Stars and Stripes. These items can be searched for and viewed on the Library’s website at loc.gov.

On April 4, 2017, the Library of Congress will open a major exhibition, "Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I," to commemorate the centennial of the United States’ entry into the Great War. The exhibition will examine the upheaval of world war, as Americans experienced it—domestically and overseas. It will close in January 2019. Initially, the exhibition will feature 200 items, but during its 18-month run, numerous other artifacts will be rotated into the display.

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 Aug. 19, 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/.

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.

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.

Screen Shot 2016-09-12 at 9.24.55 AM.pngNew York, NY, September 9, 2016 — Five hundred years ago a monk in a backwater town at the edge of Germany took on the most powerful men in Europe—the Holy Roman Emperor and the Pope—and he won.
 
Martin Luther’s Reformation ranks among the most successful religious movements in history, altering western society and culture forever, and was a testament to his creative use of communications, notably rapidly evolving print technology, to promote his views. To mark the historic anniversary of Luther posting the Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg in 1517, Word and Image: Martin Luther’s Reformation, a new exhibition opening at the Morgan Library & Museum on October 7, explores the evolution of his movement and its triumphant propagation in text and art. The exhibition will remain on view through January 22.
 
Word and Image includes more than ninety objects, highlighted by one of the six existing printed copies of the Ninety-Five Theses, and nearly forty paintings, prints, and drawings by the celebrated German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Elder. Also on view will be Luther’s manuscript draft of his famous Old Testament translation, sculptor Conrad Meit’s exquisite statues of Adam and Eve, and over thirty of Luther’s most important publications. The majority of the works in the show are loans from German museums and have never before been exhibited in the United States.  
 
“The Morgan is internationally recognized for its outstanding collections of early printed books and Northern European prints and drawings, so an exhibition on Martin Luther’s deft use of such material to spread his views is an important and exciting opportunity for us,” said Colin B. Bailey, the museum’s director. “Luther understood that his ideas and public image required textual and visual support on a large scale to engage a mass audience. He took advantage of new developments in printing and befriended accomplished artists such as Cranach the Elder to help him in this effort.  The result was a sophisticated melding of word and image, that helped launch a religious and cultural revolution.”

THE EXHIBITION

I. Young Martin 

Martin Luther (1483-1546) was raised in Eiselben, Saxony. His father Hans Luder (later changed by Martin) came from a wealthy farming family, and Margaretha Lindemann, his mother, was from a middle-class background. Hans was a respected and influential mining operator in Mansfeld. The family was quite prosperous judging from the size of their home and the material found there through archaeological digs. Martin was sent to the best schools and brought up in a world structured by Christianity. Devotion was expressed through daily prayers and performing a set of prescribed rituals or good works (attending Mass, going to confession and on pilgrimage, buying indulgences). Artworks, books, and all manner of visual material focused piety on the active presence of the divine in daily lives. The fear of sin was real. There was a constant need to seek the aid of Christ and the saints to save you from the fires of Hell. This was the world Martin was born into.

II. Indulgences and the Ninety-Five Theses

Martin Luther was not the first to speak out against the sale of indulgences, which were customarily prayers or fasts undertaken to reduce punishment and seek forgiveness for sins, but in time evolved into the payment of fixed sums of money attached to various offences. Many at the time thought that the practice of purchasing salvation was an abuse of faith and merely a way to fill papal coffers. Through his groundbreaking lectures on the Bible at the University of Wittenberg, Luther came to doubt the validity of indulgences and other Church practices that were not explicitly supported by Scripture.

In 1517, Luther summarized his views on how to reform the church in his landmark Ninety-Five Theses, which he boldly nailed to the church door at Wittenberg Castle, as would be done for any other university announcement. The heading of Luther’s Theses states that they were a series of points for a university debate on the scriptural validity of the practice of selling and buying indulgences. Luther’s criticisms partly reacted to a popular notion that buying an indulgence was akin to a ‘get out of jail for free’ card. The disputation never happened, however, as news of Luther’s criticisms reached his ecclesiastical superiors, both through Luther’s own actions and the fact that the theses were printed and distributed in single-sheet broadside and pamphlet editions. In addition to two broadside editions, the Theses also appeared in quarto (pamphlet) format from a press in Basel, nearly 450 miles away. The printing press helped Luther’s words spread far beyond Wittenberg, which turned a local university debate into an international event. In this case, it is both Luther’s words and their method of distribution that are important to understanding how the Reformation happened. We do not know how many copies of the Ninety-Five Theses were originally printed—perhaps 100 or less for each edition—but today only 6 copies of the broadsides exist and 15 of the quarto.

III. Luther Goes to Trial

Luther willingly submitted his Theses and other writings to his superiors. However, arguing against centuries of Church tradition, even when claiming the Bible as primary source material, was dangerous. Ultimately, Luther was called before Emperor Charles V and the full assembly of imperial nobles at the Diet of Worms in 1521 to defend himself and his publications against the charge of heresy. Both in his trial and his dealings with the pope and emperor, Luther stood firm in his conviction that all religious doctrine and practice should be based upon Scripture and that everyone wa s entitled to share in the grace of God.

While his famous statement, “Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise,” is a later interpolation, it nonetheless perfectly encapsulates his conviction that what he wrote was based on Scripture, and Luther could not recant what he wrote without denying Scripture, which was ideologically impossible.

IV. Luther’s Translation of The Bible

After leaving Worms, Luther was ‘kidnapped’ by his friends and taken to Wartburg Castle to protect him from the emperor. Artist Albrecht Dürer, a strong adherent to the Lutheran movement, feared that Luther was dead. Removed from the demands and dangers of the outside world, however, Luther now had uninterrupted time to focus on his most important endeavor: translating the Bible into German. Scripture held ultimate authority for Luther, and he recognized that the doctrine lay in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament and Greek of the New Testament rather than in the Latin Vulgate or existing German versions. To this end, he wanted a clear and accurate translation of the Bible available in the popular tongue, so that it could be easily understood by the common man. Luther thought that the printing press was God’s greatest gift for the spreading of the Gospel, and he employed the relatively new technology to print and disseminate his Bible in German.

V. Art of the Reformation

Contrary to popular opinion, Luther was not against art. He thought that religious imagery was of the utmost importance when it supported Scripture. Fortunately for Luther, he lived down the street from Lucas Cranach the Elder, the court painter of the electors of Saxony. The two men developed a very close personal relationship, and Cranach was instrumental in crafting Luther’s public image. Due to his rapid and prolific production, Cranach was known as pictor celerrimus, the fastest painter. In addition to creating the famous images of Luther, the artist also produced portraits of his Reformation colleagues as well as Protestant and Catholic dignitaries, works on religious and secular-themed subjects, and designs for hundreds of woodcuts for book illustration. Art in Northern Europe in the early 1500s stood at the bridge between medieval and modern conceptions of the individual and religion, and this imagery conveyed Protestant ideas to a wide public in tandem with Luther’s own words.

VI. Spreading the Word

The printing press revolutionized mass communication, and Luther’s message likely would have fallen flat had it not been for the new technology. From the dissemination of his Ninety-Five Theses to the intended promotion of specific sermons and theological arguments, the Reformation was as much a product of the printing press as it was Luther himself. Every aspect of the Reformation came out in print. The two sides unleashed scathing polemical texts on each other, both in short pamphlet format and single-leaf broadsides with eye-grabbing illustrations that clearly conveyed their message. Luther had to put the Reformation into words, from his composition of key theological points, such as the Augsburg Confession, to guides on how to perform a church service and appropriate church music. The Reformation is not only a reflection of Luther’s message, but also the medium that communicated that message.

VII. Luther Archeology

A series of archeological digs in 2003-2008 at locations connected with Martin Luther uncovered a treasure trove of material related to the reformer and his family. Never before had Luther’s material culture been so well documented, and the finds radically altered some perceptions about his life. Coins, jewelry, tablewares, and toys recovered from his parents’ house prove that—unlike Luther’s claimed later in life—his family was actually rather affluent. Digs at the Luther House, Cranach’s workshop, and other sites around Wittenberg uncovered early sixteenth-century home décor that reveal how Luther and his colleagues lived. The finds from the Luther House include a vast array of decorative tiles, common local as well as imported housewares and glasses, and, not surprisingly, a large amount of writing and book paraphernalia, all of which help us to understand the home life of Martin Luther.

Image: Martin Luther, Biblia: das ist die gantze heilige Schrift, Deutsch (Bible, That Is the Complete Holy Scripture, in German), Wittenberg: Hans Lufft, 1541. Evangelische Marktkirchengemeinde, Marienbibliothek, Halle, Cat. No. 215.

Figure1.jpgPROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —The Grolier Codex, an ancient document that is among the rarest books in the world, has been regarded with skepticism since it was reportedly unearthed by looters from a cave in Chiapas, Mexico, in the 1960s.

But a meticulous new study of the codex has yielded a startling conclusion: The codex is both genuine and likely the most ancient of all surviving manuscripts from ancient America.

Stephen Houston, the Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and co-director of the Program in Early Cultures at Brown University, worked with Michael Coe, professor emeritus of archeology and anthropology at Yale and leader of the research team, along with Mary Miller of Yale and Karl Taube of the University of California-Riverside. They reviewed “all known research on the manuscript,” analyzing it “without regard to the politics, academic and otherwise, that have enveloped the Grolier,” the team wrote in its study “The Fourth Maya Codex.”

The paper, published in the journal Maya Archaeology, fills a special section of the publication and includes a lavish facsimile of the codex.

The study, Houston said, “is a confirmation that the manuscript, counter to some claims, is quite real. The manuscript was sitting unremarked in a basement of the National Museum in Mexico City, and its history is cloaked in great drama. It was found in a cave in Mexico, and a wealthy Mexican collector, Josué Sáenz, had sent it abroad before its eventual return to the Mexican authorities.”

Controversial from the outset

For years, academics and specialists have argued about the legitimacy of the Grolier Codex, a legacy the authors trace in the paper. Some asserted that it must have been a forgery, speculating that modern forgers had enough knowledge of Maya writing and materials to create a fake codex at the time the Grolier came to light.

The codex was reportedly found in the cave with a cache of six other items, including a small wooden mask and a sacrificial knife with a handle shaped like a clenched fist, the authors write. They add that although all the objects found with the codex have been proven authentic, the fact that looters, rather than archeologists, found the artifacts made specialists in the field reluctant to accept that the document was genuine.

Some ridiculed as fantastical Sáenz’s account of being contacted about the codex by two looters who took him—in an airplane whose compass was hidden from view by a cloth—to a remote airstrip near Tortuguero, Mexico, to show him their discovery.

And there were questions, the authors note, about Sáenz’s actions once he possessed the codex. Why did he ship it to the United States, where it was displayed in the spring of 1971 at New York City’s Grolier Club, the private club and society of bibliophiles that gives the codex its name, rather than keep it in Mexico? As for the manuscript itself, it differed from authenticated codices in several marked ways, including its relative lack of hieroglyphic text and the prominence of its illustrations.

“It became a kind of dogma that this was a fake,” Houston continued. “We decided to return and look at it very carefully, to check criticisms one at a time. Now we are issuing a definitive facsimile of the book. There can’t be the slightest doubt that the Grolier is genuine.”

Digging in

Houston and his co-authors analyzed the origins of the manuscript, the nature of its style and iconography, the nature and meaning of its Venus tables, scientific data — including carbon dating — of the manuscript, and the craftsmanship of the codex, from the way the paper was made to the known practices of Maya painters.

Over the course of a 50-page analysis, the authors take up the questions and criticisms leveled by scholars over the last 45 years and describe how the Grolier Codex differs from the three other known ancient Maya manuscripts but nonetheless joins their ranks.

Those codices, the Dresden, Madrid and Paris, all named for the cities in which they are now housed, were regarded from the start as genuine, the authors note. All of the codices have calendrical and astronomical elements that track the passage of time via heavenly bodies, assist priests with divination and inform ritualistic practice as well as decisions about such things as when to wage war.

Variations among the codices, as well as the assumption that because manuscripts such as the Dresden were authenticated first made them canonical, fed scholars’ doubts about the Grolier, according to the study. The Grolier, however, was dated by radiocarbon and predates those codices, according to the authors.

The Grolier’s composition, from its 13th-century amatl paper, to the thin red sketch lines underlying the paintings and the Maya blue pigments used in them, are fully persuasive, the authors assert. Houston and his coauthors outline what a 20th century forger would have had to know or guess to create the Grolier, and the list is prohibitive: he or she would have to intuit the existence of and then perfectly render deities that had not been discovered in 1964, when any modern forgery would have to have been completed; correctly guess how to create Maya blue, which was not synthesized in a laboratory until Mexican conservation scientists did so in the 1980s; and have a wealth and range of resources at their fingertips that would, in some cases, require knowledge unavailable until recently.

Use and appearance of the Grolier Codex

The Grolier Codex is a fragment, consisting of 10 painted pages decorated with ritual Maya iconography and a calendar that charts the movement of the planet Venus. Mesoamerican peoples, Houston said, linked the perceived cycles of Venus to particular gods and believed that time was associated with deities.

The Venus calendars counted the number of days that lapsed between one heliacal rising of Venus and the next, or days when Venus, the morning star, appeared in the sky before the sun rose. This was important, the authors note, because measuring the planet’s cycles could help Maya people create ritual cycles based on astronomical phenomena.

The gods depicted in the codex are described by Houston and his colleagues as “workaday gods, deities who must be invoked for the simplest of life’s needs: sun, death, K’awiil — a lordly patron and personified lightning — even as they carry out the demands of the ‘star’ we call Venus. Dresden and Madrid both elucidate a wide range of Maya gods, but in Grolier, all is stripped down to fundamentals.”

The codex is also, according to the paper’s authors, not a markedly beautiful book. “In my view, it isn’t a high-end production,” Houston said, “not one that would be used in the most literate royal court. The book is more closely focused on images and the meanings they convey.”

The Grolier Codex, the team argues, is also a “predetermined rather than observational” guide, meaning it declares what “should occur rather than what could be seen through the variable cloud cover of eastern Mesoamerica. With its span of 104 years, the Grolier would have been usable for at least three generations of calendar priest or day-keeper,” the authors write.

That places the Grolier in a different tradition than the Dresden Codex, which is known for its elaborate notations and calculations, and makes the Grolier suitable for a particular kind of readership, one of moderately high literacy. It may also have served an ethnically and linguistically mixed group, in part Maya, in part linked to the Toltec civilization centered on the ancient city of Tula in Central Mexico.

Beyond its useful life as a calendar, the Grolier Codex “retained its value as a sacred work, a desirable target for Spanish inquisitors intent on destroying such manuscripts,” the authors wrote in the paper.

Created around the time when both Chichen Itza in Yucatán and Tula fell into decline, the codex was created by a scribe working in “difficult times,” wrote Houston and his co-authors. Despite his circumstances, the scribe “expressed aspects of weaponry with roots in the pre-classic era, simplified and captured Toltec elements that would be deployed by later artists of Oaxaca and Central Mexico” and did so in such a manner that “not a single detail fails to ring true.”

“A reasoned weighing of evidence leaves only one possible conclusion: four intact Mayan codices survive from the Precolumbian period, and one of them,” Houston and his colleagues wrote, “is the Grolier.”

Image:  A detail of an image from page 4 of the Grolier Codex with red underpainting visible. Credit: Justin Kerr. 

Chiswick Auctions is proud to announce its upcoming sale of Canal and River ephemera which will be taking place on Wednesday 21st September.  

From the private collection of Mark Baldwin, one of the UK’s most prolific canal book collectors, the auction is set to be an industry game changer.  

Having bought his first waterway book in the 1950s ‘The Wanderings of the Beetle’ (1885) as a teenager, he has been avidly collecting until very recently. Much of his library was sold by Chiswick Auctions last year, and this year we will be selling a couple of thousand smaller items - Acts of Parliament (from 1695 onwards), canal prints, monographs, publicity material, canal tokens and medallions, and postcards (some hundreds of which are around a hundred years old), as well as some books.

It was the acquisition of Charles Hadfield’s waterway collection in the 1970s which instigated Mark’s ascent into the world of more serious collecting, as it vastly extended his own collection and gave him the impetus to build one of his own. This was facilitated by becoming a book-seller in 1978, part-time at first before progressing to full-time in 1986. In between this time, Mark became an author, publishing the first comprehensive bibliography on British canals, In addition, he has also gone on to lecture on the subject. 

Available in the auction will be a strong waterway collection featuring material from not just the United Kingdom, with some foreign material as well. With over 2000 items across 150 lots, the sale is set to be an exciting one. 

Star lots include: 

Framed glazed Share Certificate for the Wey & Arun Junction Canal Co. Share no 846 issued to William Newland, 4 June 1836, with red wax seal. 34 x 41. Sl browning, gen VG.
Estimate: £200 - £400

Black ceramic plaque depicting James Brindley, holding surveying instrument on tripod, with mill and canal in background. Individually numbered 185 on rear, and stamped Elliott and J. Bromley. Mounted and framed (unglazed). ND (c1990). F.
Estimate: £40 - £75

Basingstoke Canal shilling token, copper, 1789, depicting navvies’ tools and sailing vessel. In excellent condition with some orig lustre. D&H Hants.
Estimate: £200 - £400

Two superb commercial handbooks published by the Aire & Calder Navigation Company:

‘Aire & Calder Navigation: the water route between Lancashire & Yorkshire and the East Coast’. ND [c1925?]. 230 x 295 mm. [i] + 30 pp, art ppr throughout, many photos and diagrams. Orig 4-col card cover, cord tie. Stamp of British Transport Commission Archive, o/w VG with modest wear.

together with

‘Aire & Calder Navigation: the water route between Lancashire & Yorkshire and the East Coast’. ND [c1927?]. 245 x 300 mm. [iii] + 29 pp, 3-col printing art ppr throughout, many photos and diagrams. Orig dark brown card cover, printed in 3 cols, cord tie. VG. Loosely inserted is a 5-col fldg.map, 56 x 45 cm, in F condition.
Estimate: £50 - £100

The ‘Idle Women’ and the Grand Union Canal in wartime.

The Second World War saw a revival of inland waterway traffics, but the shortage of crews led to the creation of a new scheme to recruit women to crew narrow boats. These intrepid young women were given badges bearing the letters ‘IW’ (for Inland Waterways), which was jocularly interpreted as standing for ‘Idle Women’. This was ironic because, efficient or not, they were the very reverse of idle. Here is a group of badges from those days, which were the property of Eily ‘Kit’ Gayford, an early recruit, who subsequently trained several dozen ‘Idle Women’.

The original ‘Idle Women’ badge, blue-grey plastic with pin, 25 mm dia.

A lapel badge with the GUCCC arms, surrounded by the legend ‘GRAND UNION CANAL CARRYING CO. ON NATIONAL SERVICE’. Blue and white enamel, 26 mm dia, stamped ‘311’ on rear.

A cloth badge to be sewn onto a jumper, navy blue, with GUCCC arms and legend in gold. 90 mm dia. VG.

A small cloth badge, to be sewn onto clothing, navy blue with G.U.C.C. in red. 96 x 33 mm. VG.

A brass collar badge formed of the letters GUCC, as issued to GUCC police, with retaining pin.52 x 15 mm VG,

A complete issue of the weekly periodical ‘Picture Post’, 16 Sep 1939. 68 pp. 35 x 26cm. Minor wear, but sound and clean. Page 40 carries a rare photo of a Grand Union Canal Co policeman wearing a brass GUCC collar badge.

MIN OF INFORMATION. Transport Goes To War. HMSO, 1942. 80 pp in ppr covers. 23 x 17 cm. The 7-page chapter on inland waterways includes 2 photos of Idle Women.

RAMSAY, C. ‘On Canal Boats in War Time’ photocopy of 9-page illd article from Geographical Magazine, June 1945, written by an ‘Idle Woman’.

MIKRON THEATRE CO. Theatre programme for the play ‘Imogen’s War: wartime trainees on the inland waterways’. 1992. A5. NP [32 pp]. F.

MIKRON THEATRE CO. Theatre programme for the play ‘Imogen’s War: wartime trainees on the inland waterways’. 1993. A5. NP [36 pp]. F. A4 poster loosely inserted.
Estimate: £200 - £350

Large film poster for THE BARGEE. Full colour poster, 101 x 75 cm, for this 1964 Galton-Simpson film starring Harry H. Corbett as The Bargee - ‘The Casanova of the Canals . . . a bird in every lock!’ Also starring Hugh Griffith and Eric Sykes, co-starring Julia Foster, Ronnie Barker, Eric Barker and Miriam Carlin. Folded, but in VG condition, with no splitting on folds, no discolouration.
Estimate: £50 - £100

There are lots of ways you can bid. Visiting our saleroom at 1 Colville Road, Chiswick W3 8BL, in person is always an exciting experience but if you cannot make it, then you can bid online from your computer via saleroom.com. For added convenience, you can also request a telephone bid, or indeed leave an absentee/commission bid prior to the sale. View the catalogue

Viewing: 

The items will be available to view on Sunday 18th from 12 - 6pm, Monday 19th from 10am - 6pm, Tuesday 20th from 10am - 6pm and on Wednesday 21st before the sale starts from 10am - 1pm. This is a chance to come and take a closer look at the collection in full. 

MIAMI—September 2016— Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is proud to announce its major acquisition of over 400 language-based artworks from the world-renowned, Miami-based collection of Ruth and Marvin Sackner. The acquisition is a combined gift and purchase made possible thanks to the generosity of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Marvin Sackner and his late beloved wife Ruth of 59 years, co-founder of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. The museum will receive the contents of PAMM’s well-regarded 2013 exhibition, A Human Document, which was part of the museum’s inaugural exhibition series. Additionally, PAMM curatorial staff selected another 150 pieces representative of the collection’s breadth and historical importance. A new exhibition celebrating this milestone currently scheduled for 2017 will be unveiled in the Diane and Robert Moss Gallery.

“The Sackner Archives are like no other, just like Miami. The collection challenges conventional understanding of words and poetry and presents them as concrete art,” said Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen. “Ruth and Marvin created this world-class collection over a lifetime in Miami, making PAMM its perfect home.”

“Ruth and Marvin Sackner put together a singular, prescient collection, one that preserves the history of numerous distinct fields of twentieth-century art while celebrating radical experimentation,” adds PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. “This is a unique resource, for the public and scholars alike. And, rightly, the bulk of this treasure, collected over several years by a very special collecting couple, will remain here in Miami. The acquisition, thanks to our collaborators at Knight Foundation, further elevates PAMM as a requisite destination for art and scholarship, not just in Miami, but in the world. It also gives the museum another bridge in the discussion of modern art going back to its formation in the early 20th century.”

Consisting of over 70,000 objects, the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry constitutes the largest private collection of verbal/visual creative production in the world, with notable strengths in typewriter art, artist books, micrography, sound and performance poetry, mail art, experimental calligraphy, and numerous other subcategories. The collection is grounded in the early 20th-century European avant-garde, bringing together vibrant examples of the linguistic and typographic experiments that emerged from several foundational modernist movements, from Italian Futurism to Dada, Russian Constructivism, Surrealism, and Situationism.

“It’s a great pleasure to see this selection at PAMM,” says Marvin Sackner. “Ruth and I spent decades collecting, regarding each piece as a work of art, a piece of history, and a constant source of knowledge. Now the works can have the same effect on countless others.”

The Sackner Archive’s contemporary holdings are also expansive, encompassing important works by thousands of artists including Carl Andre, Öyvind Fahlström, León Ferrari, Ian Hamilton Finlay, John Giorno, Jenny Holzer, Paul Laffoley, Shirin Neshat, and Tom Phillips. PAMM’s selection was determined with an eye toward representing the Sackner collection proportionally and in both breadth and depth, preserving its unique conceptual framework for future generations.

Highlights from the PAMM acquisition:

Jenny Holzer
Jenny Holzer is best known for artworks that take the form of short, barbed statements, such as “Protect me from what I want,” or “Abuse of power comes as no surprise.” The PAMM acquisition includes Holzer’s Olympian Sign (1986), an LED device that displays a continuous scroll of Holzer’s aphorisms drawn from her TruismsThe Living Series, and The Survival Series.

Carl Andre
Minimalist Carl Andre is considered one of the most important visual artists of the 20th century, yet his significant contributions to the field of English-language visual poetry remain under-recognized. PAMM’s acquisition from the Sackner Archive includes five notebooks containing a total of over 350 individual Xeroxed sheets. In his poems, Andre uses words as modular units arranged in sequential formations, in ways that evoke the bricks, blocks of wood, and sheets of metal that he employed in his seminal sculptural practice. The PAMM acquisition also includes a rare original typewriter poem titled July 26 Movement Cuba Side 2, from 1965.

Guillaume Apollinaire 
Guillaume Apollinaire was a profoundly influential art critic, theoretician, and advocate of the early 20th-century Parisian avant-garde. He was also one of the first practitioners of modern visual poetry. PAMM’s acquisition from the Sackner Archive includes rare editions of Apollinaire’s Les Soires de Paris (1914), and Calligrames (1918). It also includes Apollinaire’s Peintures de Léopold Survage (1917), an exhibition catalogue that features 13 striking picture poems taking the form of horses, clocks, flowers, and other visual motifs. This extremely rare, signed edition is one of only ten copies that Apollinaire tinted by hand with watercolor.

Marcel Broodthaers/Stéphane Mallarmé
The PAMM acquisition includes a rare 1897 publication of Stéphane Mallarmé’s “Un Coup de dés” (“A Throw of the Dice”). As the first modern concrete poem, it is considered a landmark in the history of experimental literature. The acquisition also includes Marcel Broodthaers’s 1969 adaptation of “Un Coup de dés,” in which Mallarmé’s words are struck through with black lines, preserving only the poem’s visual structure. By printing his version on translucent paper, Broodthaers allows the observer to view the poem’s configuration across multiple pages simultaneously; each turn of the page generates a new abstract-geometric composition. The PAMM acquisition also includes a 1972 print diptych by Broodthaers titled Ðas Recht.

Augusto and Haroldo de Campos
The PAMM acquisition includes rare, unpublished manuscripts by Augusto and Haroldo de Campos. The de Campos brothers were among the principal progenitors of the pivotal strand of concrete poetry that emerged in Brazil in the 1950s.

Ian Hamilton Finlay
The PAMM acquisition includes several dozen examples of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s “poster-poems,” in which the Scottish artist adopted the silkscreen technique and format associated with the ordinary, mass-produced poster: what appear at first glance to be mundane advertisements for retail stores, rock concerts, movies, and other forms of popular consumption are actually sly conceptual interventions in disguise.

Tom Phillips
The PAMM acquisition includes several selections from Tom Phillips’s A Humument, which is considered a classic of the artist book genre. The work is based on a little-known Victorian novel titled A Human Document, by W. H. Mallock, which the artist discovered by chance in a secondhand bookstore in South London in 1966. Employing various techniques, from painting and drawing to typewriting and collage, Phillips eradicated all but a few words or lines of text on each of the tome’s 367 pages. In the process, he transformed his source material into an epic work of visual poetry.

About the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry
Founded in 1979, Ruth and Marvin Sackner’s "archive of archives" initially focused on concrete and visual poetry—including rare manuscripts and published works by international luminaries such as Augusto and Haroldo de Campos, Oyvind Fahlström and Eugen Gomringer. The collection subsequently grew to encompass a broad array of historic and contemporary works that synthesize word and image. Rooted in the early to mid-20th-century European avant-garde, the collection provides a unique lens through which to examine the foundational movements of modernism, including Italian Futurism, Russian Constructivism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Dada and Lettrisme, among others. The Sackners’ contemporary holdings are also expansive, with special strengths in artist books and "assemblings" (limited-edition groupings of materials by numerous contributors), as well as various subgenres such as typewriter art, performance poetry and micrography (abstract or representational designs comprised of minuscule lettering).

About Pérez Art Museum Miami
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. A 32-year-old South Florida institution formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM), Pérez Art Museum Miami opened a new building, designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013. The facility is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming and features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with flexible galleries; shaded outdoor verandas; a waterfront restaurant and bar; a museum shop; and an education center with a library, media lab and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit www.pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

Kestenbaum & Company’s early Fall 2016 auction of Judaica will be held on Thursday, September 22nd. The sale opens with an extremely fine collection of important Soviet, German and early Zionist posters followed by a strong section of Fine Art, the highlight of which is a striking painting by Isidor Kaufmann, one of the most outstanding of all Jewish portrait painters.

The historic, richly illustrated Soviet posters in the sale feature highly politicized themes promoting a Communist utopia to Russian Jewry. Topics touch upon elections, economics, military buildup and the new Jewish autonomous center of Birobidzhan. Also included are Soviet movie posters with Jewish themes. Some truly stellar examples include:

  • “Remember The War…Be Vigilant.” Yiddish text, c. 1939 Estimate: $10,000-15,000 (Lot 4)
  • “Who is an Anti-Semite?” Text in Russian. Designed by Nikolai Denisovski. c. 1927 Estimate: $7,000-9,000 (Lot 5)
  • “Only in Russia do Jews have the Right to Work the Land” in Yiddish text, Moscow, 1928. Estimate: $5,000-7,000 (Lot 3)

Nazi-related posters include:

  • An early election poster issued by the German Nazi Party featuring a “horse-race” between the candidates, Bayreuth, c. 1932. Estimate: $4,000-5,000 (Lot 15)
  • A poster promoting a benefit concert for German-Jewish refugees to be held at the Municipal Theater of Amsterdam, 1933. Estimate: $5,000-7,000 (Lot 14)

Early Zionist related posters include:

  • “To Me Belongs Vengeance and Recompense!” Hebrew text, depicting soldiers attacking under the flag of the Jewish Brigade, 1945. Estimate: $3,000-5,000 (Lot 21)
  • “Blockade-Running - For Life and For Renewal”, Hebrew text, encouraging the clandestine entry of Jews into Palestine, May, 1947. Estimate $3,000-5,000 (Lot 22)

The auction catalogue cover lot is Isidor Kaufmann’s Portrait of a Hassidic Rabbi, Austro-Hungarian, 1853-1921, estimate $200,000-250,000. This fine, beautifully detailed painting, never before seen at auction, has a stellar provenance having remained in the family of the late Edmund Traub of Prague and London for almost a century. (Lot 29)

Further noteworthy Fine Art offerings include works formerly in the Collection of Lady Charlotte Louise Adela Evelina Rothschild Behrens (Lots 49-52), Samuel Hirszenberg’s oil painting Nach der Sonntagmesse, 1906, estimate $10,000-15,000 (Lot 30) and Artur Markowicz’s The Cemetery, early 20th century, at an estimate of $6,000-8,000 (Lot 31). Further selections include works by noted artists such as Jakob Steinhardt, Max Liebermann, Jozef Israels, Hermann Struck and Roman Vishniac.

The Ceremonial Art offered in this sale is most unusual. Featured are not the typical menorahs and spice boxes but rather, interesting and uncommon Folk Art and items representative of the broad sweep of Jewish customs and culture such as textiles, synagogue appurtenances, coins, medals, novel cups, etc. Including:

  • A rare Afghan silver and wood Elijah circumcision staff, 19th century. Estimate $5,000-7,000 (Lot 62)
  • A Dutch wooden synagogue lavabo, 19th century. Estimate $4,000-6,000 (Lot 61)
  • A Land of Israel copper synagogue lavabo, c. 1900. Estimate $1,000-1,500 (Lot 60)
  • A Bezalel marble writing desk, Jerusalem, early 20th century. Estimate $4,000-6,000 (Lot 56)
  • An extensive mohel’s circumcision set with a suite of traditional tools along with related pharmaceutical components, all housed in a traditional apothecary-cabinet bag. Estimate: $5,000-7,000 (Lot 66)
  • A group of four ritual shechitah knives, 20th century. Estimate $1,200-1,800 (Lot 77)
  • A particular highlight is a signed, Boris Schatz sculpture of a reclining baby boy, Paris, 1893, at an estimate of $3,000-5,000 (Lot 55).

The sale continues with the fourth part a Singular Collection of Early Printed Books and Rabbinic Manuscripts sold by order of the Execution Office, District High Court, Tel Aviv. Prominent in this section are three German manuscript communal records including Pinkas HaKahal, Heidingfeld, 1773-1851, estimate $10,000-15,000 (Lot 96), Pinkas Witzenhausen-Barchfeld, 1765, estimate $3,000-5,000 (Lot 97) and Pinkas Bedek Habayith, Furth, 1787-1854, at an estimate of $5,000-7,000 (Lot 98). Sure to generate interest are manuscripts and autograph letters including those by Rabbis Ya’akov ibn Tzur, Moshe Meisels, Joseph Sinzheim and Yoseph Yehuda of Balta. 

Notable manuscripts from other properties include a lengthy autograph letter by Amram Blau, leader of Neturei Karta, concerning public opposition to his proposed marriage to a French convert, Jerusalem, 1965, estimate $5,000-7,000 (Lot 120) and a beautifully composed Spanish manuscript of Rabbi Saul Morteira’s magnum opus: “Treatise on the Truth of the Law of Moses,” Amsterdam, 1705, estimate $20,000-25,000 (Lot 132). Also featured are signed and inscribed books by Rabbis Chaim Joseph David Azulai, Meir Shapiro, the Rogatchover Gaon and Moshe Feinstein. 

The printed book section of the sale includes Incunabula, early 16th century texts, Passover Hagadahs, Chassidic books and Holocaust-related material among others.

Highlights include:

  • The Soncino Machzor, the very first Hebrew printed prayer book, 1485-6 (an incomplete copy). Estimate $30,000-50,000 (Lot 280)
  • A beautiful bibliophilic set of the first printing of the Talmud in Amsterdam, 1644-47. Estimate $20,000-30,000 (Lot 304)
  • Elimelech of Lizhensk’s No’am Elimelech, Slavuta, 1794. Estimate $15,000-20,000 (Lot 231)
  • A large number of Talmud tractates printed by Daniel Bomberg (Lots 183-193)
  • The highly important siddur of R. Asher, Koretz, 1796. Estimate $6,000-9,000 (Lot 232)
  • The first translation of the Hebrew daily prayer book into the English language, London, 1770. Estimate $4,000-6,000 (Lot 206)
  • The first anthology of the teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov, Zolkiew, 1794. Estimate: $3,000-5,000 (Lot 230)
  • Sholem Asch’s Der Got Fun Nekomeh, a first edition of his controversial Yiddish play focusing on lesbianism, Vilna, 1907, estimate $1,000-1,500 (Lot 215)
  • A rare Auschwitz concentration camp bank-note, 1943-44, estimate $15,000-20,000 (Lot 265) 
  • A Protective Passport (Schutz-Pass) issued and signed by Raoul Wallenberg, Budapest, 1944, estimate $8,000-12,000 (Lot 266)
  • A One Shilling banknote from the Hay Internment Camp, Australia, 1941, at an estimate of $3,000-5,000 (Lot 267).

The auction will take place on Thursday, September 22nd at 3:00 pm in our gallery located at 242 West 30th Street in New York City. The exhibition will be held from Sunday, September 18th through Wednesday, September 21st. For further information, to request images, or for any other queries, please contact Jackie Insel at 212-366-1197 or Jackie@kestenbaum.net

The Library of Congress today announced the winners of its "A Book That Shaped Me" Summer Writing Contest, a program that asks rising fifth- and sixth-graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives.

Nearly 300 young readers submitted essays to participating public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region in this fifth year of the contest. Launched in 2012 with the DC Public Library, "A Book That Shaped Me" expanded with the help of public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The local libraries offered the contest as part of their summer-reading programs.

Five finalists per state were chosen in an initial round of judging. The finalists each will receive a $50 gift-card prize.

Judging was conducted by members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The AASL works to ensure all elementary- and secondary-school librarians participate as collaborative partners in the teaching and learning process.

The grand-prize judging round, which selected state and grand-prize winners from the pool of state finalists, was conducted by a panel assembled by the Library of Congress that included educators, children’s authors and Library of Congress staff. This year’s guest author judge was Jason Reynolds, recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, who will also be a presenter at the 2016 National Book Festival.

Each state winner will receive another $50 gift-card prize. The first-, second-, and third-place grand-prize winners will be awarded additional gift-card prizes in the amounts of $200, $150 and $100 respectively.

Grand-prize winners will read their essays during the "A Book That Shaped Me" awards presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The contest presentation will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at 3:20 p.m. at the Children I Stage and will be emceed by Eun Yang, NBC4 Washington television anchor.

Grand Prize & State Winners

1st Place Grand Prize & Delaware State Winner
Rachel Smookler, New Castle County Libraries - Brandywine Hundred Library, who wrote about "Jack and Louisa: Act 1" by Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead.

2nd Place Grand Prize & Maryland State Winner
Julia Lucy Grumet, Montgomery County Public Libraries - Bethesda Library, who wrote about "The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan.

3rd Place Grand Prize & Pennsylvania State Winner
Mikayla Phasupong, Citizen’s Library, who wrote about "The Sneetches" by Dr. Suess.

Virginia State Winner
Isla Rodriguez, Richmond Public Library - Ginter Park Library, who wrote about "March" by John Lewis.

Washington, D.C. Winner
Abigail Kelso, DC Public Library - Chevy Chase Library, who wrote about "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio.

West Virginia State Winner
Alexia Rahl, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries - Martinsburg Public Library, who wrote about "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry.

State Finalists (winners indicated by asterisks)

District of Columbia Finalists
Atalia Berger, DC Public Library - Southeast Library
Noah Antonio Dooley, DC Public Library - The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
Lila Easton, DC Public Library - Northeast Library
Mason Gray, DC Public Library - Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
* Abigail Kelso, DC Public Library - Chevy Chase Library

Maryland Finalists
Zoe Antonishek, Montgomery County Public Libraries - Poolesville Library
Thomas Preston Berry-Mike, Montgomery Public Libraries - Aspen Hill Library
* Julia Lucy Grumet, Montgomery County Public Libraries - Bethesda Library
Grace Harvey, Montgomery County Public Libraries - Bethesda Library
Swathi Sevugan, Montgomery County Public Libraries - Quince Orchard Library

Virginia Finalists
Alexia De Costa, Arlington Public Library
Shelly Dimri, Arlington Public Library
Malayeka Khan, Prince William Public Library - Chinn Park Regional Library
* Isla Rodriguez, Richmond Public Library - Ginter Park Library
Viktor Vollen, Mary Riles Styles Public Library

Delaware Finalists
Molly Amerling, Frankford Public Library (of Sussex County Department of Libraries)
Emily Carpenter, Dover Public Library
Lucy Goodwin, New Castle County Libraries - Hockessin Library
* Rachel Smookler, New Castle County Libraries - Brandywine Hundred Library
Lauren Woods, New Castle County Libraries - Hockessin Library

Pennsylvania Finalists
Lindsey Baldwin, Western Pocono Community Library
* Mikayla Phasupong, Citizen’s Library
Brenna Pipkin, Chester County Library System
Gabrielle Stawski, Wissahickon Valley Public Library System
Sebastien Weaver, Montgomery County- Norristown Public Library

West Virginia Finalists
Sierra N. Deibert, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries - Martinsburg Public Library
Christien Janvier Morel, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries - Martinsburg Public Library
Declan Mungovan, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries - Martinsburg Public Library
Nessan Mungovan, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries - Martinsburg Public Library
* Alexia Rahl, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries - Martinsburg Public Library

The detailed list of current and previous winners, along with more information about the "A Book That Shaped Me" program, is available at loc.gov/bookfest/kids-teachers/booksthatshape/. For further details, contact booksshapecontest@loc.gov.

The Library of Congress National Book Festival, now in its 16th year, will gather 120 authors for readers of all ages to offer talks, Q&A and book-signings. The festival will be presented free of charge at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit loc.gov/bookfest/.

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 are 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, Centro Primo Levi, 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, Lissa Muscatine & Bradley Graham, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Small Press Expo, SPAIN arts & culture and Split This Rock. Media Partners are 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.

Los Angeles, Calif. - Hundreds of items from the estate of the late American author Gore Vidal, including selections from his personal library, choice correspondence and literary awards, will be auctioned on Sept. 18 by Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles.

A true man of letters, Vidal’s works of historical fiction, essays and political commentaries represent some of this century’s most famous works. The extensive sale will feature items ranging in value from approximately $400 to $10,000 from the former homes of Vidal and his partner Howard Austen: a villa called “La Rondinaia” in the resort town of Ravello, Italy and Mediterranean style home in the Outpost Estates neighborhood of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills. Both properties were featured in design magazines such as Architectural Digest and also frequented by royalty, Broadway and Hollywood writers and actors, important literary figures and politicians.

The live and online sale will start at 10 a.m. PST and include items notable to art and antique collectors such as an Italian Baroque giltwood and marble console; a porphyry marble table top; a Flemish Verdure tapestry; a pair of Italian Baroque painted and parcel gilt torchieres; an Italian walnut commode and secretaire; a Victorian walnut partner’s desk; a set of four Italian painted overdoors; a collection of Old Master paintings and drawings; a Roman marble funerary urn and Asian artifacts.

For those interested in unique personal effects and memorabilia, standout items include Vidal’s personal library of first edition works under his name and pseudonyms; awards and recognitions, including his elite “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” medallion for contributions to the arts in France; a typed note from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams; a letterman’s jacket from the animated comedy “The Simpsons”; and much more.

Vidal died in 2012 at age 86 and is remembered as one of America’s most prolific and versatile writers. Among his most famous works are “Lincoln,” “Myra Breckinridge” and “The City and the Pillar.” A member of an illustrious political family, he was the grandson of a U.S. Senator and twice ran unsuccessfully for public office. His mother’s second husband was the stepfather of Jacqueline Kennedy.

An auction preview will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Sept. 14 to 17 at the Abell gallery, 2613 Yates Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call 323.724.8102 or visit www.abell.com, where a complete catalogue will be posted on Sept. 2.

Auction Details

Live and online auction:  Sept. 18 at 10 a.m.

Onsite preview: Sept. 14 to 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Abell Auction Co., 2613 Yates Ave., Los Angeles (free valet parking)

For more information: www.abell.com or 323.724.8102

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Philadelphia, PA—In its first-ever photography exhibition, the Barnes Foundation is presenting over 170 vintage photographs that capture the spirit of France in the late 19th- to mid-20th century, a period of rapid transformation in every aspect of daily life. Nearly a third of these prints have never before been exhibited. Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890-1950 features work by a range of photographers who experimented in their documentation of modern French life, including such masters as Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget, Ilse Bing, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edgar Degas, André Kertész, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Dora Maar, and Man Ray. Titled after a remark by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Live and Life Will Give You Pictures will be on view in the Roberts Gallery from October 8, 2016, through January 9, 2017.

Live and Life Will Give You Pictures at the Barnes Foundation is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal; U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund; the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation; and the Rittenhouse Hotel.

In the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th, photographers and painters traded aesthetic ideas and were interested in many of the same features of contemporary experience, particularly as it touched Paris. Sometimes referred to as the “capital of modernity,” the city’s cultural fabric was radically transformed by industrialization, urbanization, and class stratification. Like other visual artists, progressive photographers responded to the spectacular aspects of developments that were shaping modern cities across the globe.

“This exhibition provides a fascinating counterpoint to the core holdings of the Barnes collection. The invention of photography in France produced a generation of innovative practitioners who were contemporaries of the impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern artists embraced by Albert C. Barnes,” said Thom Collins, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation. “By examining the shared social and historical context that produced these photographs along with many paintings from our collection, audiences can gain insight into the breadth of creative reactions to societal change at this time.”

Drawn from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg, Live and Life Will Give You Pictures will be hung salon-style and organized thematically. Subjects include Paris and Environs, Life on the Street, Labor and Leisure, Commerce, Personality and Publicity, Reportage, and Art for Art’s Sake.

Among the highlights are the earliest known print of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris, a celebrated example of his ability to capture life in motion, which made his work synonymous with “the decisive moment.” André Kertész’s Chez Mondrian is the only known vintage matte-surface enlargement print of this iconic image. Man Ray’s Kiki de Montparnasse features the flamboyantly bohemian cabaret singer and actress who became May Ray’s lover soon after he arrived in Paris. Kiki de Montparnasse also modeled for Modigliani and Pascin, who are among the many artists represented in the Barnes collection who lived and worked in the Montparnasse section of Paris. Edgar Degas’s Stéphane Mallarmé and August Renoir also functions as a mirror-reflected self-portrait of this painter, who immersed himself in photography for a one-year period; the Barnes collection includes 11 works by Degas and 181 by Renoir.

Never-before exhibited pictures from the collection include Brassai’s The Riviera from 1936 and Jacques-Henri Lartigue’s Bob race with neighbor Louis Ferrand and cousin Jean Haguet, Château de Rouzat, Puy-de-dome from 1911. Man Ray’s Rayograph with Swan and Starfish, from 1928, is a unique photogram with a provenance that can be traced directly back to the artist.

Live and Life Will Give You Pictures was organized by the Barnes Foundation in conjunction with Art2Art Circulating Exhibitions.

The exhibition is also made possible by the generosity of individual contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, and the Rittenhouse Hotel.

As part of the Art in our Communities® program, a display of sixteen photographs from the Bank of America Collection, which complement the works included in Live and Life Will Give You Pictures, will be on view on the Barnes Foundation’s Lower Level.

95-Seuss copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, September 29, Swann Galleries will hold its first fall auction of Illustration Art, offering work by beloved illustrators and artists, including rare and previously unknown works by Charles Addams, Aubrey Beardsley, Erté, Arthur Getz, Maurice Sendak and Garth Williams.

Debuting at auction is an original rediscovered 1950 watercolor by Dr. Seuss for Tadd and Todd, first published in Redbook Magazine. The sketch, which appears in the 2011 book The Bippolo Seed, is estimated at $12,000 to $18,000. Other works by beloved children’s book illustrators include Garth Williams’s 1953 pencil drawing of Pet and Bunny for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie; the pencil study and finished drawing for the cover of Frog and Toad All Year (1976) by Arnold Lobel; and a circa 1950s culinary-inspired watercolor by Ludwig Bemelmans titled Does Chef Find the Pheasant Pleasant?, all estimated at $4,000 to $6,000. Disney fans will be delighted by original illustrations for Fantasia, circa 1940, and The Three Caballeros, 1944 ($2,000 to $3,000 and $800 to $1,200, respectively).

The sale continues the Swann tradition of offering original New Yorker cartoons and covers, many with timely election themes. Arthur Getz dominates the field with three original casein tempera covers: Lincoln Banner, 1948 Republican National Convention, published June 19, 1948 ($4,000 to $6,000); Election Morning, published November 1, 1952 ($3,000 to $5,000); and Voting Booth, published November 3, 1962 ($2,500 to $3,500). A run of full-page cartoons by Charles Addams is led by Noisy Neighbor, published April 28, 1951, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, along with an Addams Family 1943 original, “This is Your Room. If You Should Need Anything, Just Scream,” watercolor, ink and wash, estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. Other favorites include Frank Modell, William Steig and contemporary cartoonist Tom Toro.

The top lot of the sale is the 1979 oil painting by Earl Moran, Lady in the Light (Marilyn Monroe at Age 20), estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. Also in the “man-caviana” section are a stunning pastel of Carol Lombard by Bradshaw Crandell titled Bathing Beauty (estimate $3,000 to $5,000) as well as cheeky works from Robert Abbett, George Gross, and Jack Kirby.

Coming to auction for the first time in 30 years is a run of original pen and ink drawings by Aubrey Beardsley, commissioned for the 1893 publication of Le Morte d’Arthur, London: Rose Bush ($3,000 to $4,000); Three Stylized Clematis Flowers ($3,000 to $4,000); Four Large Lilies ($2,000 to $3,000). Each flower served as an ornamental motif throughout various chapters of the book, representing different themes in each.

A strong selection of advertising art is led by Portrait of Charles Beach as the Arrow Collar Man, a 1920 ovoid oil painting by Joseph Christian Leyendecker of his longtime partner, for the eponymous popular campaign, estimated at $15,000 to $25,000. Sketches by Maurice Sendak for Bell Atlantic’s 1998 campaign introducing internet service, titled Wild Things Are Happening, feature his beloved Wild Things as well as recognizable images from his other books ($4,000 to $6,000). A pen, ink and watercolor drawing by Sendak, titled Kiko’s Ferryboat, 1965, is estimated at $5,000 to $7,500.

There are stunning gouache covers for Harper’s Bazaar by the graphic artist Erté, led by La Cage Improvisée, published July, 1922, which is expected to sell for $6,000 to $9,000. Man Ray makes an appearance with the mesmerizing pen and ink drawing La Femme Portative, 1937, estimated at $15,000 to $20,000. Among the earliest lots in the sale is the original drawing for the cover of the first edition of Rudyard Kipling’s Song of the English, 1909, by W. Heath Robinson.

After setting an auction record for a drawing by Howard Chandler Christy earlier this year, Swann will offer two original drawings by the artist in this auction: Enchanted Evening, charcoal, 1923 ($6,000 to $9,000); and Did You See The Way He Looked At Me?, ink and wash, 1922 ($5,000 to $7,00).

The auction will be held Thursday September 29, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public, with an exhibition opening Saturday, September 24 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

For further information and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Christine von der Linn at 212-254-4710, extension 20, or via e-mail at cv@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 95 Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), Tadd and Todd, ink and watercolor, for Redbook magazine, 1950. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.

Philadelphia, PA— Freeman's September 30 auction of Books, Maps & Manuscripts offers a rare view into the worlds of the statesmen, explorers, and visionaries that have shaped the policies and imaginations of Americans since the founding of our nation. From first editions of The Federalist, Twelve Years a Slave, and The Colossus, to the intimate letters of Teddy Roosevelt to his friend John Burroughs, and the captivating images of Robert Edwin Peary's final expedition to the North Pole, these books, letters and photographs tell our story.

This sale boasts a number of extraordinary first editions, foremost of which is The Federalist (later known as The Federalist Papers), a collection of essays written by founding fathers Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution. This series of writings (written under the pseudonym Publius) were published in various newspapers from October 1787 to April 1788, and lead to such public demand that the essays were bound together in book form.

This copy of The Federalist is just one of the many works from the prestigious collection of former Pennsylvania Governor & First Lady William & Mary Scranton on offer in this sale, a group that includes several rare and beautifully executed illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages. In the words of Books department head Benjamin Truesdale, the Scranton Collection "reflects that connoisseurship so characteristic of gentlemanly book-collecting in a bygone age."

Though not a true first edition, an uncorrected proof of Sylvia Plath's first collection, The Colossus, is also featured prominently in the sale. Included with this rare imprint is a letter from James Michie of William Heinmann Publishers in London, recommending Plath's work to Robert MacGregor of New Directions in New York. In a handwritten note, James Laughlin, famed writer and founder of New Directions passes on Plath's collection, writing "Not for us, I'd say." When The Colossus was finally published in 1960, critic Bernard Bergonzi was full of praise for the work, admiring Plath's "highly personal tone and way of looking at the world." This unique lot offers a glimpse into a world of what-ifs, where the course of Sylvia Plath's career might have changed dramatically.

Another first edition of note is Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir Twelve Years a Slave, his personal account of being a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep South. Though a best-seller when it first reached pre-Civil War readers, Twelve Years a Slave fell out of fashion with readers, and went out of print for nearly a century before discovering new a new life and new audience in the late 1960s (later adapted into the 2013 Oscar-winning film of the same name).

With the National Parks Service celebrating its centennial this year, who better to highlight this anniversary than Theodore Roosevelt, the "Conservation President?" Twenty-nine letters written to his friend and leader of the American conservation movement, John Burroughs are being offered in September. Typewritten on White House letterhead and hand-signed, the letters offer an intimate view of the bombastic 26th president's life, and his passion for America's forests and wildlife. He writes often to his friend of his personal observations of wildlife - from his fondness for bird watching to encounters with foxes. The letters are a romance unto themselves, a love letter to the wild beauty of Yellowstone and Yosemite, and beyond. As he writes in March of 1903, "...I look forward to being with you when we see the elk, antelope, and mountain sheep at close quarters. Bring pretty warm clothing, but that is all. Everything else will be provided in the Park."

Rounding out the September 30 auction of Books, Maps & Manuscripts highlighting the extraordinary lives of the statesmen, explorers, and visionaries is a one-of-a-kind album of photographs documenting the final expedition to the North Pole of famed (and controversial) adventurer Robert Edwin Peary. This remarkable photo album comes to auction from a descendant of expedition financier and member, the adventurer George Frederick Norton. Shot between 1908-1910, the collection includes 513 original silver gelatin photos detailing the expedition's activities from Newfoundland and Labrador to Greenland, north as far as Etah. Exceptional and rich images of Inuit life, local wildlife and expedition members comprise this truly unique collection of images that capture the spirit of adventure and exploration.

The Books, Maps & Manuscripts viewing and auction will take place at 1808 Chestnut Street.

Viewing Times

Saturday, September 24: 12pm-5pm
Monday, September 26-Thursday September 29: 10am-5pm Auction
Friday, September 30 at 10am

Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 9.31.52 AM.pngA rare and exciting collection of Modern Books and Works of Paper will be auctioned at 1 pm on 29 September 2016 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ London base, Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street. 

Expected to reach between £20,000-£30,000 is author Graham Greene’s own proof copy of bestselling novel, The Heart of the Matter (Lot 104). This auction highlight is an amazing collector’s piece, with Greene's corrections and the inscribed first edition showing how these corrections came into effect. The inscription to Greene's editor Frere reads: "For Frere with gratitude and affection from Graham Greene, April 1948."

Ian Fleming’s copy of Daniel Defoe’s The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders (Lot 78), inscribed by Fleming to his (future) wife, Ann is estimated at £3,000-£4,000. The inscription reads "A. p.27 / 'Thou foolish child, thou / art always crying'. / I.". An intriguing combination of book and inscription, taking into account the books salacious nature and considering that, at the time of the inscription, Ann and Fleming were involved in a passionate adulterous love affair.

One presumes it must pre-date the tragic death of their daughter at birth, as Ann later said that it was Fleming's kindness at the time that led her to truly fall in love with him, and this would not seem the most obvious gift in such circumstances, though the quote might suggest otherwise. Ann divorced Lord Rothermere in October 1951 and married Ian on March 24th 1952, Fleming finished writing Casino Royale six days beforehand on March 18th, utilising the pre-wedding nerves as a spur to creativity.

A further auction highlight is a first edition of Fleming’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Lot 92) inscribed to his friend John Hayward (1905-65): "To / John / To pick holes in! / from / Ian." 1963, estimated at £6,000-8,000.

-1.jpgNew York, NY (September 5, 2016) - Art lovers and picture book enthusiasts are in for a treat when The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art launches its eighth annual Carle Honors Art Auction, a key component of its annual benefit gala. The online auction will launch on Wednesday, September 7 and will close at the gala on Wednesday September 28 at 9:00 pm sharp. Bidding is open to all interested parties - winners need not be present at the Gala. Interested bidders worldwide can register now and begin placing bids online on September 7. All proceeds from the auction support the mission of The Carle to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books.

This year’s exceptional selection has been generously provided by 23 of the industry’s most distinguished artists, including Sophie Blackall, Ashley Bryan, John Burningham, Eric Carle, Lulu Delacre, Ying-Hwa Hu, Steven Kellogg, Jarrett Krosoczka, Grace Lin, David Macaulay, Will Moses, S.D. Nelson, Frank Remkiewicz, Allen Say, Peter Sis, Hervé Tullet, Chris Van Allsburg, Cornelius Van Wright, Rosemary Wells and Mo Willems. Artwork by the late Ezra Jack Keats, Robert McCloskey, and Leonard Weisgard have been donated by families of the artists and friends of The Carle.

Many artists created original works specifically for the event and others pulled from their personal archive to contribute works to benefit The Carle. Sophie Blackall, 2016 Caldecott Medalist, created an original piece in honor of her editor Regina Hayes, the recipient of the 2016 Carle Honors Mentor award, while Mo Willems dressed his famous Pigeon to take on the role of “Hamilton.” The 2016 Carle Honors Artist Allen Say donated a rare auction entry from his 1981 book The Bicycle Man and, in a nod to the 50th anniversary of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Eric Carle has donated a collage of a brown bear. Prior to the event, all artwork will be on display at Books of Wonder (18 West 18th Street, NYC) from September 7 through September 27. 

The Carle Honors Art Auction is a terrific opportunity to showcase the talent of renowned picture book artists, many of whom have direct ties to The Eric Carle Museum and to this year’s esteemed honorees,” said Ellen Keiter, Chief Curator at The Carle. “We are thrilled to share the chance for anyone to own a piece of original art for their home, their child’s room, or as a special gift, knowing that their purchase helps support art and literacy.”

The Carle Honors annual benefit gala recognizes individuals and organizations for their creative vision and long-term dedication to the world of picture books. Hosted by Museum co-founder Eric Carle and presented by Gregory Maguire, The New York Times bestselling author of Wicked, the 2016 Carle Honors will be awarded to:

Artist: Allen Say - award-winning children’s book artist and Caldecott Medalist trained in both Japanese and Western styles of art

Angel: Lee & Low Books, represented by Jason Low - the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States

Mentor, Regina Hayes - publisher for 30 years and now editor-at-large at Viking Children’s Books; and

Bridge, Steven Heller - co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design/Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program and co-author of over 170 books on design.

To purchase tickets or a sponsorship for the Gala, please visit the event web site or contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org or 413-559-6308.

Image: Sea House (c) 2016 Sophie Blackall.

NEW YORK - Bonhams announces its first Exploration and Travel auction, to include rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, pictures and relics describing and documenting the exploration of the world from 1482 to the early 20th century. The sale will be held on Sept. 20 in New York.

With 150 lots, the auction explores the first documentation of voyages to various important regions and water bodies around the world, as well as other historical events associated with these records.

EARLY EXPLORATIONS

A first edition of 16th century British writer Richard Hakluyt's The Principall Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nations... is described as "the most complete collection of voyages and discoveries, by land as well as by sea, and of the nautical achievements of the Elizabethan". This 1589 edition (estimate U.S. $50,000-80,000) also has unpaginated leaves of Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe — the first Englishman to do so.

MAPPING NORTH AMERICA

The auction has around 70 lots covering the exploration of North America, including a fine pair of library globes (terrestrial and celestial) by Dutch globe-makers Hondius and Jansson, dated 1623 and 1648 (estimate U.S. $400,000-600,000). The terrestrial globe is a unique unrecorded state and shows new and latest geographical knowledge of northern America. The globes (both 17 inches in diameter) are dedicated to the Dutch West Indian Company, which explains why the makers paid special attention to the North American possessions that Britain and Holland were fighting over.

In this section, there is also a fine grouping of manuscript road maps of colonial Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, one of the first road surveys of North America. A series of surveys was started by then governor of colonial Massachusetts, Sir Francis Bernard, who used a military surveyor Francis Miller, to carry out accurate surveys of the principal roads in the state. Miller carried out the project in 1765-1766.

LEWIS, JAMES OTTO. 1799-1858. The Aboriginal Port Folio 2Other highlights include:

- The Aboriginal Port Folio by James Otto Lewis, May 1835 - January 1836; estimate U.S. $50,000-70,000: A rare collection of portraits of Native American chiefs, believed to be the first attempt in United States at a large scale work devoted to the Native Americans.

- Sketches in North America and the Oregon Territory (1848) by Sir James Henry Warre; estimate U.S. $40,000-60,000: A folio of 20 hand-colored lithographed views and a hand-colored engraved map. This is the first edition of one of the rarest and most desirable of North American color-plate books.

SAILING THE PACIFIC

In the section devoted to the famous Captain James Cook, is a rare, lost relic from his voyages to the Pacific Islands, collected on his second voyage and given to his wife on his return to England — a tapa bark cloth collection (estimate U.S. $8,000-12,000). These pieces of Pacific tapa cloth were owned by the Cook family and exhibited in London in 1887. The seven tapa cloth pieces are probably connected to a special waistcoat that Elizabeth Cook made for her husband. Tapa cloth (made from the bark of the breadfruit tree) were highly valued in Pacific Island communities, either as clothing, a religious offering, or for trading.

Another standout grouping are objects related to the infamous HMS Bounty, a Royal Navy vessel sent out on a botanical mission, which ended tragically when a mutiny broke out among its crew in 1789, and the mutineers sailed to Pitcairn Island, where they burned the ship at anchor. The wreck and these objects were found by Luis Marden, a diver funded by the National Geographic Society in 1957, and include a wooden fragment (given to Admiral Richard Byrd), a collection of metal objects and a silver Spanish coin. Estimates range between U.S. $2,500-6,000.

COMMODORE PERRY AND RECORDS OF TREATY WITH JAPAN

Among the 19th century expeditions to the East, the most significant and earliest American expedition was by Commodore Matthew Perry, who negotiated a historic treaty with Japan that opened up trade with the West in the mid-19th century. The sale includes a collection of Japanese manuscript texts, and maps, documenting the Japanese reaction to Perry's arrival in 1853 and again in 1854. A rare "Black Ship Scroll" of Perry arriving at Uraga Bay near Tokyo, in 1853 will also go under the hammer (estimate U.S. $15,000-25,000).

The Exploration and Travel auction also includes a strong, historically significant selection of items related to expeditions to Africa and the Polar Regions — including a manuscript map of East Africa by Speke, identifying for the first time lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, from the famed Burton-Speke expedition (U.S. $20,000-30,000); a fine copy of Ernest Shackleton's Heart of the Antarctic, his account of the British Antarctic expedition, 1907-1909 (U.S. $22,000-28,000); and an important series of typescript drafts for Alone written by Richard Byrd, describing his experiences alone in a hut in Antarctica for four months in the winter of 1934, in complete darkness with temperatures dropping to minus 70°F, during his second expedition to the Antarctic (U.S. $20,000-30,000).

Auction preview hours (free and open to the public): In San Francisco, Sept. 9-11 from 12 - 5 p.m. PST. In New York, Sept. 17-18 from 12 - 5 p.m. EST; Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST; and Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST.

Image: Lot 18W. A Pair of Library Globes. Amsterdam: Terrestrial 1st State with unique printings, 1623: Celestial 2nd State, 1648. US$ 400,000 - 600,000. 

Jörn Günther Rare Books at Frieze Masters

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 11.44.41 AM.pngDr. Jörn Günther Rare Books returns to Frieze Masters (6 - 9 October 2016) with an impressive collection of museum-quality Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, miniatures and early printed books. The gallery will occupy a prominent stand (E3) and its display will be increasingly modern, with technically enhanced vitrines.

The highlights comprise a selection of important illuminated manuscripts, including the elaborately illustrated Beauchamp-Corbet Hours, which was made in London in 1328. Nearly every page is decorated with a multitude of small miniatures and bas-de-page scenes.

Fantastical creatures and wild men are placed aside political, economic and secular motifs, a juxtaposition which shows the bridge between the spiritual and temporal worlds and offers a rare insight into life in 14th-century England.

The manuscript was discovered in 2003 and is apparently one of the only early 14th- century English books of hours still in private hands. Cornelia Funke, the celebrated German author of children’s fiction, was a previous owner and this Book of Hours inspired her acclaimed novel Ghost Knight. That such a rare survival from the past continues to inform contemporary creations exemplifies the stimulating nature of Frieze Masters.

Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books is bringing another noteworthy highlight to the fair: a miniature Book of Hours (1474) measuring 93 mm x 70 mm, with the majority of the illuminations painted at a minute 50 x 40 mm. This incredibly delicate prayer book was created for Francesco Borromeo and was the work of the accomplished artist Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis, a friend and collaborator of Leonardo da Vinci. We know that Ambrogio de Predis was this Book of Hours’ artist because we have the record of payment (11 May 1474) from the Milanese Borromeo family to Ambrogio de Predis for its creation. The artist was a master of the miniature; the illuminations here show the most delicate details in the smallest of surfaces, composed using a brilliant and attractive colour palette.

Another extremely rare manuscript is a Pontifical, or liturgical service book, produced in Bruges for Ferry de Clugny, Bishop of Tournai, who edited the text himself. It was presumably made around 1475-1476 when Ferry de Clugny was in Bruges on a diplomatic mission. Its provenance is illustrious - having been owned by both Pope Sixtus IV and Queen Cristina of Sweden. After centuries, the sheer beauty of this magnificent creation still fascinates today’s public.

The illuminations have been attributed to two of the best Flemish illuminators and their workshops: Loyset Liédet and Lievan van Lathem. Here, they have created one of the richest cycles of miniatures in any Flemish manuscript, complete with a splendid Flemish binding. The borders present enchanting details like birds, apes, saints and contemporary figures.

Image: Beauchamp-Corbet Hours, manuscript on vellum, illuminated by the Milemete workshop, mainly by the De Bois Master. England, London, dated 1328

DALLAS - Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com), the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer, now has more than 1 million online bidder members using its platform to buy and sell fine art, jewelry, luxury real estate, fine wines, intellectual property and collectibles including rare coins, comic books and sports and entertainment memorabilia.  Heritage officials said the firm the world’s third largest auction house now is adding clients at a rate of about 5,000 a month.

“Our dedication to collectors, our early and continuing embracing of mobile technology, and Heritage's free database of more than four million prices realized have attracted users from all over the world,” said Steve Ivy, CEO of Heritage Auctions. “Our 1 million online bidder members, from the United States and 185 other countries around the world, are buyers and sellers seeking unique artworks, luxury goods and record-breaking collectibles.”

“We have added more than 150,000 new clients since January 2014, with an increasing number from fast-growing, affluent areas across Europe, Asia and Latin America. Institutions as well as individuals are increasingly joining the site to find rare and relevant additions to permanent exhibits and collections," explained Ivy.

Heritage’s website, HA.com, enables consigners and bidders to participate in sales across 40 categories, weekly auctions and the company’s Make Offer to Owner program that offers thousands of examples of fine art and collectibles for purchase or bids. The successful program is still in Beta state and Heritage is planning significant improvements to make it even easier to buy and register previously auctioned items.

“Each ‘Make Offer to Owner’ listing can be seen by thousands of users, and this popular feature has doubled in the past two years and ‘Make Offer to Owner’ is expected to reach $3 million by the end of 2016,” Ivy said. “The program is another example of how we’ve increased the number of convenient tools collectors can use to quickly locate and own precious objects,”

Additional services recently added include Domain Name and Intellectual Property auctions, and extended bidding on high-end sports collectibles auctions. HA.com also allows members to catalog their own collections, register their ownership of items sold at past auctions they have acquired from other sources, and draft want lists which instantly alert them when a desired item becomes available.

“Heritage was built - and is owned by - collectors, so we think like collectors,” Ivy said. “We want our clients to feel confident and comfortable so they can buy and sell on their own terms.”

Heritage Auctions celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, and now has 600+ employees, and total sales of more than $800 million in prices realized across 40 different collecting categories.

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 over 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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[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 and a substantial private collection of early New York State histories and atlases, along with titles from the Fruits of New York and similar series. Also of note is an array of decorative antique sets and additional cartographic offerings.        

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1819 and 1825 first editions of Herbert's "Londina Illustrata Graphic and Historic Memorials," published in two volumes, the 1852 two-volume printing of Stephens' "Incidents of Travel in Central America Chiapas and Yucatan," and five volumes from de Thou's "Historiarum sui Temporis," produced c1614. Other scarce titles include a 1929 first edition of Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms," the 1906 limited edition of Riat's "Gustave Courbet - Peintre," and the 1888 two-volume first edition of the "Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan," in decorative bindings and featuring folding maps.                 

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 Sieglin, Vogt and Watzinger's "Die Griechisch-Agyptische Sammlung," produced in three large-format volumes over the years 1924 to 1927. Decorative antique sets include histories dating back to the early 19th century and fiction collections by authors such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The New York State county histories and atlases are led by examples such as the 1875 first edition of D. G. Beers' "Atlas of Madison County, New York" and among the Fruits of New York titles, topics including grapes and peaches are offered, alongside other decorative New York State natural history titles.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of art and ephemera. Included is a scarce Theodore Roosevelt poster, original engravings dating back to the 17th century, and antique maps. Additional ephemera lots present material from categories such as antique Americana, lithographs, plates, original antique correspondence, black Americana, Egyptology, 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.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 11.25.15 AM.pngThis September, Sotheby’s will offer for sale a private collection of prints by Belgian artist James Ensor, one of the most comprehensive of its kind ever to come to auction. Sotheby’s sale precedes Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans, an exhibition this autumn at the Royal Academy of Arts, which will present the first major showing of Ensor’s work to be held in the UK in 20 years.* Ensor’s reputation as a painter of carnivals and crowds-“the painter of masks”-has perhaps overshadowed his extraordinary achievements in printmaking.

Intrinsically bound to the rest of his work as an accomplished painter and draughtsman, the artist’s prints reveal close connections between the different media. The broad range of subject matter encompasses delicate landscapes, townscapes and seascapes, celebrated self-portraits and sardonic portraits of politicians, religious and fantastical scenes-each suffused with Ensor’s uniquely imaginative vision. Comprising 78 lots and estimated to bring a combined total in excess of £300,000, the collection will be offered in Sotheby’s sale of Prints & Multiples in London on 27 September 2016.

Lucy Rosenburgh, Sotheby’s Prints Specialist, said: “This sophisticated collection of Ensor prints has been assembled with an academic eye and a serious depth of understanding for the artist. Many are very rare and extremely beautiful, where the nuances of the paper used and Ensor’s technique combined to produce prints of startling originality.”

One of the most prominent Belgian artists of early 20th century, James Ensor has long been a fixture in the modernist art canon. He turned to etching in 1886, pinning his hopes on printmaking as the best path to achieve commercial success, something which had eluded him up until this point. It is a measure of the significance of the prints that a representative group of them was the first of his work-in any medium-to enter a museum collection, in 1893. In 1899, the Albertina in Vienna, which housed one of Europe’s great collections of works on paper, bought a complete collection of his etchings to date, a further validation of his reputation as a printmaker.

Ensor rarely numbered his etchings, making it impossible to know how many prints were taken from each plate. He did not own a printing press, preferring to use three different printers in Brussels. With the exception of four later etchings, his graphic work was produced between 1886 and 1904 and features 133 etchings (zinc or copper plate) and dry-points, five lithographs-including two posters-and a further two albums (one containing lithographs, one containing reproductions).

In 1889, Ensor created his most potent and provocative satirical subjects, including two resoundingly political prints which have become particularly rare due to Ensor having withdrawn them from circulation in 1929 shortly after being made a Baron. An example each of these two subjects, produced during this seminal year, feature in the sale.

Alimentation Doctrinaire, première planche is arguably the rarest of Ensor’s prints, with only a handful of known impressions. Estimated at £30,000-50,000 (€35,800-60,000), this etching is a previously unrecorded impression and even more of a rarity in that is a counterproof, which is created by covering a freshly printed impression with a new sheet of paper and then running both sheets through the press again. In this highly satirical scene, the artist depicts the ruling classes of Belgium in the late 19th century perched above the masses and defecating into their open mouths. A grotesque King Leopold II sits in the centre surrounded by bloated clergymen, a general, and a politician, who hold placards representing the reform demands of Belgium’s socialist parties.

Le Belgique au XIXe siècle, estimated at £30,000-50,000 (€35,800-60,000), illustrates the unrest and dissatisfaction of the Belgian people relating to the policies of their King. With a prominent banner referencing the demands of the Socialists for national service, compulsory schooling and universal suffrage, Ensor depicts a fretful crowd of city-dwellers being charged by the gendarmes beneath the all-encompassing gaze of the King.

*Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans will be staged at the Royal Academy of Arts from 29 October 2016 until 29 January 2017, bringing together some 70 paintings, drawings and prints by the artist. The exhibition will be curated by the renowned contemporary painter and one of Belgium’s foremost artists, Luc Tuymans, who will bring a fresh perspective to the selection and presentation of Ensor’s work.

124.jpgFALLS CHURCH, Va. - The blue-chip contents of Waverly Rare Books’ Sept. 8 auction could easily be mistaken for a connoisseur’s library - collectively, they are that well refined. However, the 401-lot sale represents carefully chosen consignments from many advanced collectors and includes not only scarce and exceptional books, but also maps, autographs and manuscripts.

There are fine bindings, first editions, signed space and astronaut items; early printings, illustrated and plate books; religious and sci/tech books; and a number of lots devoted to American literature. The extensive cartographic section features Civil War maps and atlases, including maps of Virginia, New England, New York, the American West, and Europe. Additionally, the sale offers highly desirable historic and modern photographs including examples by Ansel Adams, Carleton E. Watkins, and William Christenberry. For collectors of children's literature, there are several important artworks to consider, including signed watercolors and drawings by Tasha Tudor.

“We have some really spectacular items in this sale,” said Monika Schiavo, Director of Waverly Rare Books. “The preview is expected to be quite active because there are so many unusual items that collectors will enjoy taking their time to examine. There are several books in the auction that just don’t come along very often.” For those who cannot attend the preview or auction in person, Schiavo suggests browsing through the online catalog and bidding absentee or live via the Internet.

A remarkable artistic accomplishment, Lot 15 is an 1870 double fore-edge book titled The Natural History of Man; Being An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Uncivilized Races of Men. The left half of the book’s fore-edge displays the color image of a Native American chief on horseback. When the book edge is manipulated in the opposite direction, a view is rendered of the chief standing in front of a tepee. This remarkable book is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.

Lot 124, a 1794 edition of Jedidiah Morse’s The American Geography; Or, a View of the Present Situation of the United States of America, includes three maps that show how the nation looked while still in its infancey. One of them, which has partial outline color, depicts the central US west of the Appalachians. The auction estimate is $2,400-$3,500. Another highlight is Lot 131, a heavily illustrated 1909 Plan of Chicago Prepared Under the Direction of The Commercial Club During the Years 1906, 1907 and 1908. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500.

An extremely rare, signed and limited-edition copy of the second and last edition of Artistas de America de Espana 2 by the South American art critic and author Ernesto Heine contains four original works of art. The artists represented are Jorge Damiani, Oscar Garcia Reino, Eduardo MacEntyre, and Bruno Widmann. Three of the works, which are on board laid to a heavy paper backing, are artist-signed. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000.

L. Frank Baum preferred for his name to be associated with children’s books, and rightly so, as he was the author of the timeless classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. As a result, the 1908 novel The Last Egyptian: A Romance of the Nile, was published without the author’s name. However, a first edition, third printing of the book, which is entered in Waverly’s auction with a $900-$1,500 estimate, is signed and inscribed: This little story, written in Egypt to see if I could do a novel, is presented to Capt. W.R. Wharton / on my birthday / L. Frank Baum / May 15, 1912. The estimate is set at $900-$1,500.

An excellent selection of autographed material is led by Lot 90, a framed presentation of cut signatures of George Washington and Edmund Randolph. A delegate to both the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, Randolph later served as US Attorney General, then Secretary of State. The lot carries a pre-sale estimate of $1,500-$2,500.

Vintage photographs appeal to collectors of all ages, as there are price points to please every budget. For the more advanced photo enthusiast, Waverly suggests a beautiful signed silver gelatin print by Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984). Adams’ work titled Port Angeles is an exceedingly rare image taken circa 1948 on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Measuring 15¼ by 17¼ inches (sight) and in near-fine condition, Lot 238 will cross the auction block with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.

Lot 246, a William Christenberry (American, b. 1936-) signed color photograph of a brick wall showing part of a faded Coca-Cola sign and “5¢” beneath it, is titled 5¢, Demopolis, Alabama, 1978. Printed in 1993, the photograph was purchased by the owner [an artist and private collector] directly from Christenberry, who pencil-signed it and wrote its title on verso. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500.

Waverly Rare Books is a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. Their Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 auction will begin at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Previews will be held at the company’s, gallery located at 360 S. Washington Street, Falls Church, Va., on Sept. 1 and 2 from 10-5; Sept. 3 from 10-2; Sept. 6 from 10-7; and on Sept. 7 and 8 from 10-6.

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

Image: Jedidiah Morse, The American Geography; Or, a View of the Present Situation of the United States of American, 1794, est. $2,400-$3,500. Courtesy of Waverly Rare Books

NEW YORK, NY, September 1, 2016―In remembrance of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 that changed New York and the United States’ history forever, the New-York Historical Society presents a special installation featuring the time-lapse photography of National Humanities Medal honoree  Camilo José Vergara. On view until late September, World Trade Center Four Decades: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara documents the ever-evolving landscape of lower Manhattan and the powerful role the World Trade Center has played in New York City’s identity.

This unique special installation of 30 time-lapse photographs examines the World Trade Center from every point of the compass, chronicling its changes over time―from the early days of the Twin Towers’ construction in the 1970s, to their dominance of the skyline in the 1980s and 1990s, to the emptiness of the city’s horizon in the aftermath of the events of 2001, to the slow rebuilding process that followed. Employing a method he developed of photographing the same site over a period of time, Vergara captures the transformation of an urban space, giving visitors the opportunity to reflect on their own memories of the World Trade Center.

Within days of the World Trade Center disaster in 2001, the New-York Historical Society started collecting artifacts related to the Center’s creation, the events of September 11th, and the rescue effort and public mourning that followed. Over the years, New-York Historical has presented a wide array of exhibitions and public programs offering diverse commentary on the meaning of the World Trade Center, the September 11th tragedy, and its aftermath.

Camilo José Vergara was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2002 and received a Berlin Prize Fellowship in 2010. In 2013, he became the first photographer to be awarded the National Humanities Medal. He is the author of numerous books, including Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery, The New American Ghetto, and Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto. Later this year, University of Michigan Press will publish Vergara’s newest book Detroit Is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age, a photographic record of almost three decades of Detroit’s changing urban fabric. Vergara’s time sequences of the transformation of the World Trade Center site are being presented simultaneously in an exhibition at the National Building Museum, online at the Library of Congress, and as a slideshow at the New-York Historical Society.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural, and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. For more information, visit: www.nyhistory.org.

53_Manet copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, September 22, Swann Galleries will inaugurate their Autumn 2016 season with a sale 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, featuring American and European masters from the last 200 years.

            The top lot of the sale is a Fernand Léger pencil study for his 1924 painting La Lecture, in the collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris. This eponymous preparatory drawing (estimate: $100,000 to $150,000) is an example of what the artist called ‘object figures.’ Two other studies for the painting are in museum collections. Another work in the sale related to an important painting is Édouard Manet's

L'Exécution de Maximilien de Mexique, lithograph, 1868 ($50,000 to $80,000). Manet created four oil paintings on the subject, currently in institutional collections.

            There is an impressive run of works by Salvador Dalí, including two of the top three lots for the sale that exemplify the artist's grotesque yet meticulous style. The Reality of a Dream, 1960, ($80,000 to $120,000), a pen and sepia ink drawing, is reminiscent of Dalí’s 1940 oil painting Daddy Longlegs of the Evening-Hope!, now in the Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida. Another Dalí pen and sepia ink drawing from the same year, Landscape with a Surrealist Head and Standing Figure, is estimated at $50,000 to $80,000.

Collectors of Joan Miró will be pleased by myriad offerings, led by Le Pitre Rose, a 1974 etching, and Le Grand Sorcier, an aquatint etching from 1968, both estimated at $35,000 to $50,000. Over a dozen more of the artist’s lithographs and etchings, spanning 1938-1981, round out the selection.

Also included is an excellent edition of the color lithograph Le Chapeau Épinglé, Deuxième Planche by Pierre-August Renoir, 1898 ($30,000 to $50,000). This print is one of the largest Renoir produced, and the current edition is among the richest in color.

In addition to works on paper, the auction will include a run of iconic terre de faïence ceramics by Pablo Picasso, including Bearded Man, 1953, and Laughing-eyed Face, 1969, ($20,000 to $30,000 and $25,000 to $35,000, respectively). Further highlights by Picasso include Portrait de Jacqueline en Carmen (L’Espagnole), color linoleum cut, 1963, and Jeunesse, lithograph, 1950 (both $35,000 to $50,000).

            Among American highlights is a broad offering of Regionalist prints, including an extensive collection of Thomas Hart Benton lithographs. From the urban landscape, there is a run of early twentieth century prints depicting the ever-changing New York City, featuring several of Martin Lewis's best-known prints, including Relics (Speakeasy Corner), drypoint, 1928 ($30,000 to $50,000). Also by American artists are rare prints by George Bellows, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, James A.M. Whistler and Grant Wood.

Representing Mexico are prints by Rufino Tamayo, a contemporary of Diego Rivera who pioneered a printing technique called “Mixografía” that allowed the artist to incorporate solid materials and textural dimension to a print. Examples of this medium include Busto en Rojo, 1984, ($4,000 to $6,000), and Hombre I and Mujercita, both 1981, together estimated at $2,000 to $3,000.

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

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

Image: Lot 53: Édouard Manet, L'Exécution de Maximilien, lithograph, 1868. Estimate $50,000 to $75,000.

September 1, 2016--The Library of Congress today opens "Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood," which replaces the three-year-old exhibition "Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784." The rare Abel Buell map remains on display, joined by seven state maps and a railroad map.

"Mapping a Growing Nation" is on view until December 2020 in the Ceremonial Gallery on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is the Buell Map, which is the first map of the newly independent United States that was compiled, printed and published in America by an American. It is the first map to be copyrighted in the United States. Seven copies of the map are known to exist, and this copy is considered the best preserved and, therefore, the most frequently chosen for illustration of Buell’s work.

Philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group, purchased the Buell Map through an auction at Christie’s in Manhattan in December 2010. Rubenstein, a longtime supporter of the Library of Congress, has generously placed the map at the Library so it can be publicly displayed and, by digital technology, made available for research purposes. He also funded construction of the map’s state-of-the-art display case.

The seven state maps on display in "Mapping a Growing Nation" feature Massachusetts, Maine, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The railroad map, published in 1856, shows the railroad networks in the Eastern United States. Over the next four years, maps of all the states will be rotated into the exhibition. They will be early maps of each state—often the very first map—printed in the United Sates after each state achieved statehood.

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

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

Kipling copy.jpg“Heath Robinson” - coined during the First World War - is still used today to describe anything mechanical that looks as though it is absurdly homespun and only just held together by a bit of string and sticking tape.

Of course the name came from the great illustrator and cartoonist William Heath Robinson, whose drawings of fantasy inventions and extraordinary rackety contraptions remain hugely popular today, more than a century on from when he first started including them in children’s books and in satirical cartoons.

As an artist, however, he began his career as a book illustrator, adorning editions of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, The Arabian Nights and others.

This watercolour, graphite, pen and ink design for A Song of the English, above right, Rudyard Kipling’s poetry collection, was used for the cover and spine when the poem and six others were first published as a separate edition by Hodder & Stoughton in London in 1909.

The book featured further black and white illustrations by Heath Robinson (not included here) but not even the published cover depicted the colour highlights picked out here, although the design adopted was otherwise identical.

This rarity will feature in the September 29 Illustration Art sale at Swann Auction Galleries of New York, where it carries an estimate of $1,500-$2,500.

Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries

 

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.37.51 AM.pngNEW YORK-On 17 October 2016 at 2pm, Sotheby’s New York will offer John F. Nash, Jr.'s 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Perhaps best known to the general public as the protagonist in the 2001 Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind, John F. Nash Jr. was a mathematical genius with graduate degrees from Carnegie Tech and Princeton University. His brilliance and, in particular, his numerous contributions to game theory including the Nash equilibrium - applied to fields as diverse as economics, banking, defense, politics and evolutionary biology - are commemorated in this Nobel Prize, awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1994.

Selby Kiffer, Senior Vice President, Books & Manuscripts, noted: “It has been very gratifying to work with the Estate of John F. Nash Jr. to bring this extraordinary man’s Nobel Prize to auction. Nash’s insights into game theory have become so pervasive that they affect our daily lives in ways in many ways, whether or not we are fully cognizant of the operation of the “Nash equilibrium.” Through the film A Beautiful Mind and Nash’s later work in the area of mental health, he has become a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit as well as an icon of twentieth-century mathematical thought. John Nash truly embodied Alfred Nobel’s stipulation that the prizes awarded in his name be given to ‘those who ... shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.’”

John F. Nash Jr. began his academic career at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) at the age of 17 as a chemical engineering major, and then a chemistry major, before switching over to mathematics, which allowed him the freedom to think, learn and understand in the intuitive and individual manner he preferred. After just three years, Nash graduated with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a letter of recommendation from Professor Richard J. Duffin, his faculty advisor, which simply read: “Mr. Nash is nineteen years old and graduates from Carnegie Tech in June. He is a mathematical genius”. With his diplomas and letter of recommendation in hand, John F. Nash Jr. relocated to Princeton University to continue his studies.

While at Carnegie Tech, Nash had taken an elective course in International Economics, which led to his first published paper, ‘The Bargaining Problem’. His nascent interest in game theory was fully kindled at Princeton and led to his 1950 dissertation, ‘Non-Cooperative Games’, which introduced to the world the Nash equilibrium- the concept of a stable solution to a game involving two or more players, which provides all players with their best outcome without adjusting their strategies to account for the other players’ own strategies. It was for this discovery, as well as his introduction of the distinction between cooperative and non-cooperative games, that the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded Nash the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 1994.

For John F. Nash, the accolade of the Nobel Prize was a transformative event, particularly in the context of his struggles with mental illness. During an interview at a 2004 meeting of Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences, Nash acknowledged that the Nobel Prize “had a tremendous impact on my life, more than on the life of most Prize winners because I was in an unusual situation. I was unemployed at the time...And so I was in a position to be very much influenced by the recognition of my earlier work...I had become widely known, but in a sense it wasn’t officially recognized. I was quoted very frequently in the literature of economics and mathematics, but it’s quite different to get official recognition”.

With its gold medal in its original red morocco case, accompanying calligraphic diploma with an original watercolor drawing by Bengt Landin, the original box and attaché case for the diploma, and official letters from the Nobel Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, John F. Nash, Jr.'s 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences is one of the most complete documentations of the Nobel Prize to ever be offered for auction (estimate $2.5/4 million).

Want to read how an 18th-century newspaper covered the inauguration of George Washington? How about learning what issues divided Congress in the early 1800s?

Going back into early American history is now possible due to new digital content that has been added to Chronicling America, the open access database of historic U.S. newspapers that is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

The newly available digital content is from 18th-century newspapers from the three early capitals of the United States: New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. At nearly 15,000 pages total, these early newspapers from the earliest days of the country are part of the database because of an expansion of the chronological scope of NDNP. The program is expanding its current time window of the years 1836-1922, to include digitized newspapers from the years 1690-1963. The expansion will further the program goal of capturing the richness and diversity of our nation’s history in an open access database, which anyone can use.

NEH recently awarded grants to cultural institutions in four states that will participate in NDNP for the first time: Alaska, Colorado, Maine, and New Jersey. There are now 43 states and one territory participating in NDNP, approaching the goal of having all states and territories represented.

"The more we expand the reach of Chronicling America, the more possible it will be for members of communities across the nation to see themselves and their history represented, regardless of where they live," said NEH Chairman William Adams.

"Following the American Revolution, newspapers contributed to the development of political parties and the national government by documenting speeches, legislation proposals and debates of the day," said Deborah Thomas, NDNP program manager at the Library of Congress. "These newly available issues cover the seminal years of the partisan press in the young nation."

Two of the early newspapers were established as national political publications. The Gazette of the United States (1789-1800) advocated a strong monarchical presidency and loyalty to the federal government. In opposition, the National Gazette (1791-1793), as the voice for the Republicans or Anti-Federalists, promoted a populist form of government.

The National Intelligencer (1800-1809) was the first newspaper published in the City of Washington and the first to document the activities of Congress. It recorded in great detail the actions of the young national legislature.

NDNP is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress and participating states. NEH awards grants to state libraries, historical institutions and other cultural organizations that allow them to select historic local newspapers to be preserved in digital form. The states contribute information on each newspaper title and its historical and cultural context. To date, more than 11 million pages of historic newspapers are available on Chronicling America.

Only public-domain newspapers may be selected—that is, either those published before 1923 or those published between 1923 and 1963 and not under copyright. Henceforth, all state and territorial partners will be able to select newspapers from the expanded date scope, provided they can prove the publications are in the public domain.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating its 50th anniversary as an independent federal agency in 2015-16, National Endowment for the Humanities brings the best in humanities research, public programs, education, and preservation projects to the American people. To date, NEH has awarded $5 billion in grants to build the nation’s cultural capital—at museums, libraries, colleges and universities, archives, and historical societies—and advance our understanding.

Library of Congress: 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.

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