October 2016 Archives


[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.  

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of artwork and ephemera. We will offer an array of early works dating back to 1566, along with antique chronicles of the opening of the American West. Another antique collection includes desirable early printings relating to travel and exploration, along with nautically-themed works.          

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1566 printing of the occult sciences work, "Chiromanci, War und Weissagungen," with engraved plates, the Visschers' Zinne-Poppen alle Verciert met Rijmen," produced c1620 with engraved plates and bound in vellum, and the 1685 printing of Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" containing engraved maps. Other scarce titles include four landmark nautical titles by David Steel, all published around the year 1800, an author-signed copy of the 1896 first edition of Booker T. Washington's "Daily Resolves," and Rowlandson and Combe's "The English Dance of Death," published in 1815 with hand-colored plates.                    

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted are additional early theological works from the 16th through 18th centuries and other rare nautical works such as Hedderwick's "Treatise on Marine Architecture," produced in 1830 with a separate textual volume to accompany the folio of engraved plates, and the 1805 two-volume edition of McArthur's "Principles and Practice of Naval and Military Courts Martial." Landmark travel and exploration titles are led by the first edition of Mavor's "Historical Account Of The Most Celebrated Voyages Travels And Discoveries," published in the years 1796 and 1797 and complete in twenty volumes. Period works relating to the opening of the American West and other areas of North America feature titles such as the 1800 printing of Weld's "Travels through the States of North America and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada," housing engraved plates and folding maps. A collection of vintage pulp including mysteries, westerns, romance and more, and displaying lurid and dramatic art covers will also be sold. 

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera. Highlighted are several antique albums housing photographs ranging from tintypes through cartes-de-visite. Cataloged individually is a carte-de-visite featuring Abraham Lincoln and his son, Tad, taken at the Brady studio in Washington in 1864. Other ephemera lots present items from categories such as railroad, agriculture, erotica, medical, maps, magazines, photography and more.   

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming 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.

143-Dickson copy.jpgNew York-Swann Galleries’ October 27 sale of Rare & Important Travel Posters set at least ten auction records. The selection reflected the rapidly changing technology and styles that epitomized the beginning of the twentieth century.

The top lot rare example of Paul George Lawler’s iconic Fly to South Sea Isles / Via Pan American, circa 1938, which set an auction record for the artist at $20,000*. The image, a variant with text rarely found at auction, features a massive “flying boat.” Another example of early aviation advertising is Jupp Wiertz’ 2 Days to Europe / Hamburg - American Line, 1936, which depicts a zeppelin hovering near the Empire State Building; this moody poster sold for $10,000. In a similar vein, an early airline advertisement for Imperial Airways / The “Silver Wing” De Luxe, by Charles C. Dickson, circa 1927, shows a passenger sticking her hand out of the airborne plane to wave at a friend on the earth. The charming reminder of just how strange it is to fly sold for $11,875, an auction record for the artist.

Another record was set for Frederic Kimball Mizen’s Fifth Avenue - New York / The World’s Greatest Shopping Street, 1932, which sold for $6,250. The price nearly doubled the previous record, set by Swann in 1999-the only other time this rare poster has been seen at auction.

Other notable lots include Percival Albert Trompf’s Australia, 1929. A view of the scenery and fashions at Bondi Beach and one of the first posters commissioned by the Australian National Travel Association, the poster sold to a private collector for $13,750.

Swann Galleries’ President Nicholas D. Lowry said of the sale, “This wonderfully curated sale moved briskly as dedicated collectors from around the world participated by phone and internet. The room was unusually crowded and active as several of the big buyers chose to attend in person. At least ten records were set, and as in any good auction there were some unexpected (pleasant) surprises as posters far exceeded their estimated value.”

The next sale of Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries will be Alphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection, on January 26, 2017. For more information, or to consign to future Vintage Posters auctions, contact specialist Nicholas D. Lowry at posters@swanngalleries.com or via phone (212) 254-4710, ext. 57.

Image: Lot 143 Charles C. Dickson, Imperial Airways / The "Silver Wing" De Luxe, circa 1927. Sold October 27, 2016 for $11,875, an auction record for the artist.

Lot 374 Conquista del Peru copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, November 17, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana, featuring coast-to-coast historical documents relating to Mormons, conquistadors, and more.

Early selections include the 1535 first Italian edition of Libro Primo de la conquista del Peru & provincial del Cuzco, a contemporary narrative of Peruvian conquest under Francisco Pizarro, written at his request by his secretary, Francisco Xerez ($12,000 to $18,000). Also available is A Philosophical Treatise of the Original and Production of Things by Richard Franck, 1687. Arguably the first work on philosophy written in North America, the book also discusses theology and natural history, referencing a fish called “the American Snite” ($3,000 to $4,000).

Materials related to the American Revolution include a collection of 38 issues of the Pennsylvania Gazette sent to a single subscriber from 1773-74, with such historical highlights as a justification and discussion of the recent Boston Tea Party; Observations on Inoculation for the Small-Pox; and an early printing of the Suffolk Resolves, presented to the Continental Congress ($5,000 to $7,500). Captain John Schenck’s original unpublished manuscript orderly book titled Preparing for the Most Vigorous Defence details the fortification of New York City from February to April 1776. The book includes passwords and countersigns, updated daily, as well as financial accounts and a log of goings-on in the camp ($6,000 to $9,000). Other highlights include the first announcement of the completion of the United States Constitution in convention (in a 1789 issue of the Pennsylvania Packet), estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

Also available is George Washington’s official printing of the Treaty of Greenville, 1795, which ended the ten-year Northwest Indian War. Only one other copy of the treaty has appeared at auction; the present copy is expected to sell for $6,000 to $9,000,

One unusual highlight from the sale is A Discourse Delivered in Charleston…before the Reformed Society of Israelites, a pamphlet recounting the 1827 speech by in South Carolina by Isaac N. Cardozo. The line of Cardozo and his common-law wife Lydia (they could not marry legally because she was an African American) continues to this day. The pamphlet, in excellent condition, is expected to sell between $12,000 and $18,000.

The top lot of the sale is the rare first edition of The Book of Mormon, released days before the official establishment of the church in 1830. This is the only version to list Joseph Smith as the “author and proprietor” rather than the translator; it is valued at $40,000 to $60,000. A manuscript diary by a preacher named Benajah Williams is also in the sale, concerning circumstantial associations to Smith's first vision ($10,000 to $15,000). Other Mormon offerings include a $1 banknote altered to read "Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Co." now valued at $4,000 to $6,000.

With highlights from the collection of Timothy Treacy, the sale offers selections that include most of the "Zamorano 80," a 1945 list of the most important early books on California. One of these, Edward Vischer's Views of California, 1862, a portfolio of 24 lithographs of what is now Calaveras Big Trees State Park, includes a view of the US Army’s herd of war camels approaching Mammoth Grove ($4,000 and $6,000).

Military artifacts include Elias B. Hillard’s set of mounted albumen photographs and biographies of the last six surviving veterans of the American Revolution, published in Connecticut in 1864; estimated at $3,000 to $4,000. Also available is an unusually large and complete archive of war-date correspondence by a lucky member of the ill-fated 16th Connecticut Infantry named Charles L. Taylor. The lot of nearly 450 items includes Taylor’s diary, letters to his new bride Harriet Tuttle and his parents, and their replies. The tone of each is markedly different, creating a multi-dimensional view of battles and life in the camps from 1862-65. Most of the 16th Connecticut Infantry was decimated in the Battle of Antietam; survivors were taken to the infamous Andersonville Prison. Taylor was one of very few that emerged from the war unscathed. The lot includes additional letters, family photographs and valuables, and one portrait; it is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000.

The Illustrated log of the USS Narragansett’s Pacific Cruise was kept by the Narragansett’s Midshipman George A. Calhoun from 1871 to 1872. The manuscript includes detailed maps, illustrations and albumen photographs recording the ship’s movements in the South Pacific, including Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Pago Pago and Samoa ($10,000 to $15,000).  

The auction will be held Thursday, November 17, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, November 12 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, November 14 through Wednesday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Book Department Director and Americana Specialist Rick Stattler via rstattler@swanngalleries.com or at 212-254-4710, ext. 27.

Image: Lot 374 Francisco de Xerez, Libro primo de la conquista del Peru & provincia del Cuzco, first Italian edition, Venice, 1535. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.

Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 9.09.54 AM.pngParis, October 2016: The day following the sale “Photographies” with photographs from various owners, Sotheby’s is selling a major European collection, "Photographs from Atkins to Warhol", on Friday 11 November. With 79 lots spanning the history of the medium, the sale offers outstanding highlights from the 19th century to the mid-20th century; the collection reflects the various experiments and developments in the art, including major works from Europe and America.

The rare album British Algae (estimate: €120,000-180,000) by Anna Atkins, considered as the first photography book in history, will lead the 19th Century section of the sale.

At the core of this collection, there is a particular focus on avant-garde photography, with artists including Karl Blossfeldt (famous for his study of the “forms of nature”), Rudolf Koppitz, internationally accalaimed for his Bewegungsstudie (Motion Study), and photographer and film director Leni Riefenstahl. 

American photography is also well represented, with a legendary work by the artist Alfred Stieglitz, and works by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.

British Algae: Anna Atkins 

British Algae (estimate: €120,000-180,000) is a seminal work in the history of photography for numerous reasons.

Its author, Anna Atkins, was one of the first female photographers, one of the very few women of her time to have studied science, and above all a famous botanist. Introduced to photography and the cyanotype technique by its inventor, Sir John Herschel, she saw it as the perfect means to represent her botanical research work. The scientist then became a pioneer in the use of photographs to illustrate books. 

British Algae is considered as the first book in the history of photography, solely using photographs. This album of 102 cyanotypes was produced between 1843 and 1853.

The definitive version of her book on plants can be found at the Royal Society, London, and copies of the album can be found in leading international museums: the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the British Museum in London and the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford. Only a few copies still remain in private hands, meaning that the book up for sale on 11 November is a rare opportunity in the market.

Avant-garde Photographs

Strongly inspired by the philosophy of nature (thinking that arose from the German tradition of philosophy), Karl Blossfeldte stablished himself as a photographer of plants and nature. The two works in the sale embody this vision perfectly. Hydrangea Macrophylla, a silver print from around 1920 (lot 23, estimate: €20,000-30,000) is a close-up of a hydrangea flower.

The photograph entitled Celosia Cristata Hahnenkamm, taken in around 1920 (lot 24, estimate: €30,000-40,000) is another example of his systematic work on plants.

We now leave the world of botany for Rudolf Koppitz. A collection of 74 postcards, produced between 1920 and 1930 (lot 17, estimate: €50,000-70,000) will be going under the hammer. Most of the cards demonstrate the artist's liking for powerful, graphic compositions of bodies: an expression of the modernist aims of the Viennese Secession. Belonging to his legendary Bewegungsstudie or Motion Study series, this iconic photograps exerts its magnetism through the enigmatic sensuality created by the arrangement of the bodies. 

In a different style, a group of 15 prints featuring portraits, landscapes and indoor scenes, dated 1920 to 1930, illustrate a more social aspect of the artist's work (lot 18, estimate: €30,000-50,000).

A portfolio of 24 silver prints taken from Leni Riefenstahl's masterly film "Olympia"provides an artistic and historical testimony (lot 32, estimate: €50,000-70,000). For Riefenstahl, the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin gave her a chance to experiment with numerous new techniques, such as placing the camera on rails to follow the athletes'’movements as closely as possible, slow motion, wide-angle shots and aerial shots. It provides a valuable documentary of the athletes' extraordinary physical effort, as well as the highly singular atmosphere of these Games.

American Photography

A pioneering photographer and passionate advocate of photography as a genuine art, Alfred Stieglitz often immortalised New York through his camera. The Steerage, taken in 1907 (lot 13, estimate: €15,000-20,000), is a poignant record of the large waves of immigrants who arrived in the New World from Europe.

The group is rounded off with three landscapes by Ansel Adams. Capturing the most beautiful spots of the American West, the artist established his passionate ecological commitment with magnificent pictures taken in New Mexico-Penitente Morada, Coyote, New Mexico, (lot 65, estimate: €8,000-12,000) in 1950-and California-Manly Beacon Death Valley National Monument, California from around 1952 (lot 66, estimate: €7,000-10,000).

Another illustrator of the American West, Edward Weston, will be in the spotlight with five photographs. One of these lot is by the artist and Margrethe Mather: a one-off collaboration in Weston's work. The Marion Morgan Dancers (lot 55, estimate: €30,000-40,000) is a platinum palladium print dating from 1921 showing dancers from Marion Morgan's ballet troupe in a purely pictorialist style.

Other important works in the sale include: a remarkable dye-transfer print by William Eggleston (lot 78, estimate: €8,000-12,000), and, a portfolio of portraits of Andy Warhol and the Factory by Philippe Halsman (lot 79, estimate: €3,000-5,000).

Auction: Friday 11 November at 3.00 p.m.

Exhibition: 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 November

Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 9.02.59 AM.pngA rare, specially issued, first edition of Evelyn Waugh's most popular novel, Brideshead Revisited, is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London on 9 November. It is estimated at £4,000-6,000.

The book belonged to the 1920s' 'Bright Young Thing', Lady Pansy Pakenham, and was one of 50 copies the author had printed and bound at his own expense in 1944. Waugh sent these to his close friends in advance of the novel's publication, asking for comments some of which he incorporated into the first commercial edition of the book published in 1945.

Waugh knew Pansy Pakenham from the mid-1920s when she had shared a flat with Evelyn Gardner, later to become the novelist's first wife. This was the era of the 'Bright Young Things', the generation that grew up in the shadow of the First World War and whose decadent behavior and determination to live for the moment alarmed their parents and scandalized society. This mixture of hedonism and challenge to social convention was both satirized and celebrated in Waugh's second novel Vile Bodies published in 1930 and forms the backdrop to the early chapters of Brideshead Revisited.

Pansy Pakenham - sister of the social campaigner Lord Longford - married the portrait painter Henry Lamb in 1928 and largely turned her back on London society settling in rural Wiltshire. Her comments on Brideshead Revisited were not entirely encouraging. She wrote to Waugh: "You see English Society of the 20s as something baroque and magnificent on its last legs.... I fled from it because it seemed prosperous, bourgeois and practical and I believe it still is."

The sale also features Pakenham's copy of Waugh's biography of the 16th century Catholic martyr, Edmund Campion, from an edition of 50 printed for private circulation in 1935. It is estimated at £800-1,200. Like Waugh himself, Pakenham was a convert to Roman Catholicism and an obvious recipient of Edmund Campion which was awarded the Hawthornden Prize in 1936.

Finally, an author's presentation copy of Waugh's 1942 novel Work Suspended inscribed "Pansy with love from Evelyn/Christmas 1942 'Nous ne sommes pas heureux à notre age'" is offered at an estimate of £800-1,200. The quotation which translates into English as 'We are not happy with our times' is seemingly borrowed from Cyril Connolly's Enemies of Promise (1938) in which he attributes the sentiment to King Louis XIV. Work Suspended was written in 1939, the year after the publication of Connolly's book, but not published until 1942.

Senior Specialist at Bonhams Book Department, Luke Batterham, said, "Waugh wrote Brideshead Revisited in the first half of 1944 while on special leave of absence from the Army. Convinced of the book's qualities but cautious about the reaction of his contemporaries to a novel so different from his earlier work, Waugh took the precaution of seeking the opinion of friends and made substantial changes as a result. Pansy Pakenham's objection, however, went to the heart of the novel and unsurprisingly was not heeded."

196-Yousuf-Karsh copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, October 25, Swann Auction Galleries’ sale of Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks earned nearly $2 million. Bidders filled the room, competing with other collectors over the phone and online and driving many prices above their estimates.

The top lot of the sale was Julia Margaret Cameron’s Portrait of Kate Keown, 1866, one of the first in her series of life-sized heads. The circular albumen print sold for $106,250*. A set of 14 first editions by Ed Ruscha, some signed, sold well above their estimate, finally realizing $45,000.

The sale broke several auction records, including that of Karsh—Fifteen Portraits, a portfolio by Yousuf Karsh which sold to a collector for $87,500, an auction record for the set. The portfolio includes portraits of such luminaries as Muhammad Ali, Marc Chagall, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller and Georgia O’Keeffe.

An artist record was set for Martin Chambi, whose fifty photographs of Peru from the 1920s sold to a collector for $50,000. At the Time of the Louisville Flood, Kentucky, by Margaret Bourke-White, broke the record for a modern printing of the well-known, and still resonant, image. It sold for $65,000.

Alfred Stieglitz was well represented in the sale, not only by individual photographs such as The Steerage ($20,000), but also by his magazines, 291 and Camera Work. The complete series of 291, 1914-15, sold well above its estimate to a private collector for $52,500, while issues of Camera Work, which Stieglitz edited, were divided into smaller lots. The most notable of these was Number 49/50, the final issue of the magazine, which went for $26,250.

              Swann Galleries Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks Daile Kaplan said, “the sale realized impressive results for a range of remarkable objects. The stellar prices demonstrate how collectors are reexamining photography from the perspective of ‘art and storytelling,’ and discovering treasures of the medium.”

              The next photography sale at Swann Galleries will be held in February 2017. To consign quality materials, contact Daile Kaplan at dkaplan@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 196 Yousuf Karsh, Karsh-Fifteen Portraits, portfolio with 15 silver prints, 1941-70, printed 1983. Sold October 25, 2015 for $87,500, an auction record for the portfolio.

2431-161 copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, November 15, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Contemporary Art, featuring works by Chuck Close, Christo, Richard Diebenkorn, Claes Oldenburg and Cy Twombly, among others.

Prime works by Pop Art king Andy Warhol include the iconic 1964 screenprint of Elizabeth Taylor, aptly titled Liz, as well as the screenprint Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea, 1968 ($30,000 to $50,000 and $15,000 to $20,000, respectively). Also available is a sheet of sixty unpeeled Banana Stickers (The Velvet Underground & Nico), 1967, the largest amount of intact stickers related to the landmark collaboration between Warhol and The Velvet Underground ever seen at auction, estimated to sell between $8,000 to $12,000.

Abstract Expressionist masters are well represented. An excellent work from Robert Motherwell’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic series titled Lament for Lorca, 1981-82, is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. Willem de Kooning’s first lithograph with printer Irwin Hollander, Woman at Clearwater Beach, 1971, is also present. According to Hollander, the work was inspired by the artist’s “trip to Japan…the seeing and feeling of calligraphy, sumi brush and Zen”—it is expected to realize $8,000 to $12,000. There is also a run of moody works by Adolph Gottlieb.

Bridging print and sculpture is Jean Dubuffet’s Parcours, 1981, an unusual scrolled screenprint on silk. The work is housed in the original wooden box, also printed by Dubuffet in the same black and white figures as seen in the scroll ($8,000 to $12,000). Another printed objet d’art is one of a special limited Taschen edition of Ai Wei Wei: The Artist Activist, 2014. Each of the rare copies is wrapped in silk and presented on a fitted marble bookstand. The present copy is signed twice by the artist and estimated at $8,000 to $12,000.

Women, often overlooked in contemporary art, are well represented in this sale. A variety of prints by famed colorfield artist Helen Frankenthaler includes Solar Imp, a 2001 color screenprint featured on the cover of the auction catalogue ($5,000 to $8,000). Also available is a run of lithographs by second-generation Abstract Expressionist Joan Mitchell, as well as prints by Louise Bourgois and Louise Nevelson, including a circa 1935 pencil drawing by Nevelson titled Seated Nude and estimated to sell between $1,500 and $2,500. There are also three prints by Elizabeth Catlett each valued at $2,000 to $3,000, and works by Alice Baber, Sylvie Baumgartner, Vija Clemens, Alice Neel, Irene Rice Pereira, Bridget Riley and Dorothea Rockburne.

Graphic prints by Sol LeWitt abound, in addition to his 1991 original gouache painting Cube, valued at $10,000 to $15,000. Additional Geometric Abstractionists include Sean Scully and Frank Stella. A recent work reminiscent of these earlier artists, Christopher Wool’s Untitled, 2003, is an extremely scarce complete set of digital prints in shades of gray ($25,000 to $35,000). Also available is a pencil drawing by Ellsworth Kelly, Milkweed, 1969, estimated at $30,000 to $50,000, as well as a selection of his limited-edition prints.

In addition to popular favorites Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Alex Katz and Roy Lichtenstein, there is a selection of prints by Wayne Thiebaud featuring his iconic candies and treats, as well as two rare landscapes: Freeway Curve, color aquatint and etching, 1979-80 and River and Farm, color direct gravure with drypoint, 2002 ($6,000 to $9,000 and $3,000 to $5,000, respectively). 

A superb impression of Lucian Freud’s scarce 2003 etching After Constable’s Elm, and Brice Marden’s Cold Mountain Series, Zen Studies 2, etching and aquatint, 1991, are each estimated at $25,000 to $35,000.

There is a large contingent of Latin American artists in the sale following increased interest last spring, notably Acid-Wave, 1967, a multimedia acrylic and wood painting by Omar Rayo ($20,000 to $30,000). A selection of works by Jesús Rafael Soto is led by his 1975-76 painted wood and metal sculpture, Homenaje al humano, expected to sell between $10,000 and $15,000. Argentinian artist Enio Iommi is represented by an aluminum and marble sculpture Sin Titulo, circa 1970s ($8,000 to $12,000).

The auction will be held Tuesday, November 15, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, November 12 from noon to 5 pm; Monday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, November 15 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 Swann Vice President and Director of Prints & Drawings, Todd Weyman at 212-254-4710, extension 32 or tweyman@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 161 Ellsworth Kelly, Milkweed, pencil, 1969. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.

New York, October 24, 2016—The exhibition The Shape of Things: Photographs from Robert B. Menschel presents a compact history of photography, from its inception to the early 21st century, in 100 images. On view from October 29, 2016, through May 7, 2017, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the 504 photographs that have entered The Museum of Modern Art’s collection over the past 40 years with the support of longtime Museum trustee Robert B. Menschel. It includes a notable selection of works from his personal collection that were given in 2016 and are being shown here for the first time. The Shape of Things is organized by Quentin Bajac, the Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography, with Katerina Stathopoulou, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography, MoMA.

Borrowing its title from the eponymous work by Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953), the exhibition presents the history of the medium in three parts, emphasizing the strengths of Menschel’s collection and mirroring his equal interest in historical, modern, and contemporary photography. Each section focuses on a moment in photography’s history and the conceptions of the medium that were dominant then: informational and documentary in the 19th and early 20th centuries, more formal and subjective in the immediate postwar era, and questioning and self-referential from the 1970s onward. The installation occasionally diverges from a strict chronological progression, fueled by the conviction that works from different periods, rather than being antagonistic, correspond with and enrich each other.


From 1840 to 1900, in photography’s infancy as a medium, artists principally sought to depict truthful representations of their surrounding environments. This primal stage is distinguished by a debate on the artistic-versus-scientific nature of the invention. Photographers engaged with the aesthetic and technical qualities of the medium, experimenting with tone, texture, and printing processes.

The exhibition begins with seminal photographs such as William Henry Talbot Fox’s (British, 1800-1877) 1843 picture Rue Basse des Remparts, Paris, taken from the windows of the Hôtel de Douvres. Also on view is the astronomer Jules Janssen’s (French, 1824-1907) masterpiece L’ Atlas de photographies solaires (Atlas of solar photographs), published in 1903. Summing up a quarter-century of daily photography at Janssen’s observatory in Meudon, France the volume on view contains 30 images of the photosphere, demonstrating photography’s instrumental role in advancing the study of science. Other artists included in this section are Louis-August and Auguste-Rosalie Bisson (Bisson brothers), Eugène Cuvelier, Roger Fenton, Hugh W. Diamond, Charles Marville, and Henri Le Secq


As photographers grappled with war and its aftermath, they began to turn their focus away from documenting the world around them and toward capturing their own personal experiences in a more formal, subjective way. A selection of works from 1940 to 1960 explores this theme, including works by two artists whose images Menschel collected extensively: Harry Callahan (American, 1912-1999) and Aaron Siskind (American,1903-1991).

A selection from Callahan’s quintessential photographs of urban environments—from Chicago and New York to Aix-en Provence and Cuzco, Peru—double exposures of city views, and portraits of his wife Eleanor and daughter Barbara, underscore the breadth of his oeuvre. In the summer of 1951, while teaching alongside Callahan at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, Siskind began the series of pictures of the surfaces of walls for which he is best known. One of the early works in the series on view, North Carolina 30 (1951), shows the bare legs of a woman framed by the words “IN” and “AND” amid layers of peeling layers of posters. In their planarity and graphic quality, these pictures also have a kinship with paintings by the Abstract Expressionists, alongside whom Siskind began exhibiting in the late 1940s. Other artists in this section include Berenice Abbott, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, John Gossage, André Kertész, Clarence John Laughlin, and Dora Maar.


From the 1970s onward, photographers began working in what A.D. Coleman defined as “The Directorial Mode,” wherein the photographer consciously creates events for the sole purpose of making images. John Coplans (British, 1920-2003) took his own body, naked and with the head invisible, as the subject of his work—both carrying on and contradicting the tradition of the self-portrait centered on the face—as seen in Self-Portrait (Back with Arms Above) (1984).

Joan Fontcuberta’s (Spanish, b. 1955) series Herbarium appears at first glance to be a collection of botanical studies, depicting plants with new and distinctive contours and rigorously scientific names. However, as revealed by his fictional character Dr. Hortensio Verdeprado (“green pasture” in Spanish), the “plants” are actually carefully composed by the photographer using scrap picked up in industrial areas around Barcelona. Made of bits of paper and plastic, small animal bones, and other detritus, these forms are not only non-vegetal—there is almost nothing natural about them at all. Fontcuberta is interested in the way data assumes meaning through its presentation and in the acceptance of the photographic image as evidence of truth. Other artistsn this section include Jan Groover, David Levinthal, An-My Lê, Michael Spano, JoAnn Verburg, and William Wegman.

About Robert B. Menschel

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


The exhibition is supported by the Annual Exhibition Fund.


The exhibition is accompanied by a publication that explores 60 remarkable photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, all acquired with the support of Robert B. Menschel and selected for the book by the Museum’s Chief Curator of Photography, Quentin Bajac. Ranging from the contemporary artist Andreas Gursky to William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the medium’s founding figures, these works collectively tell the story of photography from its beginnings, but upend and newly illuminate that story through their arrangement in reverse chronological order. Each image is the subject of a brief, elegant text. 152 pages, 65 color and duotone illustrations. Hardcover, $50. ISBN: 978-1-63345-022-6. Published by The Museum of Modern Art and available at MoMA stores and online at momastore.org. Distributed to the trade through ARTBOOK|D.A.P. in the United States and Canada. Distributed outside the United States and Canada by Thames & Hudson.

The Library of Congress, the Royal Collection Trust and King’s College London today signed a memorandum of understanding in which they agree to share resources to aid in the digitization of the papers of King George III (1738-1820), the English monarch in power when the American colonies declared independence, creating a new nation.

Some 85 percent of the items in the archive, based at England’s Windsor Castle, have never before been examined by scholars. They include correspondence, maps and royal household ledgers.

The Library of Congress is supporting a National Digital Stewardship Residency Program fellow who will analyze the existing and proposed metadata for historical materials from this era, including the King George papers at Windsor Castle.

Work to be done under the MOU will also include making the materials available to scholars; holding a conference at the Library of Congress about using collections at various institutions in a synergistic manner; and laying the groundwork for an exhibition at the Library of Congress, currently planned for 2020/2021.

The Library of Congress holds the papers of numerous United States founders (of both genders), including those of George Washington, making an exhibition combining aspects of the U.S. and British collections a promising opportunity to provide historical context.

The MOU is the first international agreement by new Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, who noted, "This collaboration will take us right to the beginning of our nation, linking for the first time materials from the English perspective and the perspective of its rogue colony— the new United States of America. I am so pleased for the Library of Congress to provide personnel in our digital stewardship program to assist in this important work. We are also very interested in the prospect of a joint exhibition that would allow our great institutions to provide context and content in a collaborative fashion. The public can benefit greatly from this joint effort."

"We are delighted to be signing this agreement with the Library of Congress and King's College London to work together to address some of the major challenges facing archives in the 21st century in transforming access to historic collections, supporting research and encouraging public enjoyment of our shared past," said Librarian Oliver Urquhart Irvine of the Royal Library.

"We’re delighted to welcome the Library of Congress as a partner to the program, as their papers and archival knowledge are certain to shed new light on the life and work of a famous monarch," said Dr. Joanna Newman, MBE, vice president and vice-principal (International) at King’s College London. "Discoveries and insights from this project will span scholarly interests in the history, culture, economy and politics of early American history and world politics of the time."

King George III ruled England from 1760 until 1820, a period that encompassed not only the American Revolution, but Britain’s encounter with Napoleon. While history has often viewed George’s reign as heavy-handed—especially when authored by historians from the United States —researchers writing in the late 20th century have been more sympathetic, attributing some of the policy that inflamed the colonies to the king’s ministers. George’s episodes of mania, possibly resulting from a disease called porphyria, have also been the subject of study, a stage play and a film in popular release.

With the memorandum of understanding, the Library of Congress will join the Georgian Papers Programme, a partnership of the Royal Library and Royal Archives and King’s College, London. This five-year project aims to build an open online collection containing nearly 350,000 digitized items from the Royal Archives, including the papers of King George III. The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture is the primary program partner in the U.S. Other stateside partners include Mount Vernon, the historic site that was the home of U.S. President George Washington; Virginia’s College of William and Mary and the Sons of the American Revolution.

The Royal Collection Trust is a registered charity in the United Kingdom with the objective of presenting and providing access to the Royal Collection, which includes the Royal Library. The Royal Library serves as the Sovereign's official library. The Royal Archives is a private archive which offers public access to historical papers for educational purposes and academic study.

King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2016/17 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

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.

BEVERLY HILLS - The world’s earliest-known stone inscription of the 10 Commandments  - one of the most important documents in history, and a “national treasure” of Israel  - will be offered Nov. 16, 2016 by Heritage Auctions in the Properties of the Living Torah Museum Auction in Beverly Hills, California. The tablet is the centerpiece of an offering of Bible-related historical artifacts, all thoroughly researched and authenticated, owned by the Living Torah Museum in Brooklyn, New York. The tablet has an opening bid of $250,000.

“There is nothing more fundamental to our shared heritage than the 10 Commandments,” said David Michaels, Director of Antiquities for Heritage Auctions, “and Heritage Auctions is honored and privileged to be entrusted with the sale of this remarkable piece of Biblical history. We thank the Living Torah Museum and its creator, Rabbi Saul Deutsch, for this opportunity.”

The two-foot-square marble slab, inscribed in an early Hebrew script called Samaritan, likely adorned the entrance of a synagogue destroyed by the Romans between AD 400 and 600, or by the Crusaders in the 11th century, Michaels said.

The slab of white marble, weighing about 200 pounds, is chiseled with 20 lines of letters in Samaritan script, derived jointly from Hebrew and Aramaic. After an introductory dedication and invocation, it lists nine of the 10 commonly known Biblical Commandments from the Book of Exodus, omitting “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” (King James translation), and adding one commonly employed by the Samaritan sect exhorting worshippers to “raise up a temple” on Mount Gerizim, the holy mountain of the Samaritans, located near the West Bank city of Nablus. 

Potential bidders are required to agree to place the object on public exhibition, as per a stipulation by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), which has designated the piece a “National Treasure” of Israel.

While Dead Sea Scrolls dated to the 1st century BC contain written examples of the 10 Commandments on parchment and papyrus, the earliest stone inscriptions of the Biblical law code are found in the so-called “Samaritan Decalogues” dating to the early centuries AD, of which there are four known examples including the Living Torah example, Michaels said.  All of the other examples are fragmentary and are now in museum collections or at protected sites in the Middle East. “The Living Torah example is among the earliest of these Decalogues, and certainly the most complete,” Michaels noted. “It is also the only example that can be legally obtained for private ownership.”

Samaria, a mountainous region north of Jerusalem, was in Biblical times home to an offshoot sect of Judaism whose worshippers were often denounced by traditional Jews.  “The Samaritans are widely known to Christians through the parable of the Good Samaritan,” said Michaels. “Their sect has endured through the centuries alongside traditional Jews, Pagans, Christians, and Muslims, so the 10 Commandments Stone is uniquely important to many different faiths and cultures.” 

Based on the letter forms studied by scholars, the stone was probably carved in the late Roman or Byzantine era, circa AD 300-500, to adorn the entrance or worship space of a synagogue in or around the modern city of Yavneh, now in western Israel. The synagogue was probably destroyed when the Samaritan sect was heavily suppressed by the Romans in the mid-400s, by the Byzantines in the 500s, or by the Muslims or Crusaders up to the 12th century AD.

The rediscovery of the 10 Commandments Stone was first related in a 1947 article in a scholarly journal written jointly by a Mr. Y. Kaplan, the stone’s then-owner, and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, later President of Israel (1952-1963) and a noted archeologist specializing in ancient texts. It was first uncovered in 1913 during excavations for a railroad station near Yavneh, and was acquired by an Arab man who set it in the floor of his courtyard. Over many years, foot traffic wore down some of the letters at the center of the slab, although the forms are still discernable.

In 1943, it was acquired by Mr. Kaplan, who brought in Dr. Ben-Zvi and other scholars to study it. Noted antiquities dealer Robert Deutsch acquired the piece in the 1990s, and Rabbi Saul Deutsch obtained it for his Living Torah Museum in Brooklyn, NY in 2005. It has been the centerpiece of the Museum’s collection since then and was subsequently published in Biblical Archaeology Review magazine and other publications.

Although considered a “National Treasure” of Israel, the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) approved export of the piece the United States in 2005 on the condition that it be displayed in a public museum, a condition that still pertains, Michaels said. “We seek either an institutional buyer or a private one who will agree to exhibit the 10 Commandments Stone so that all can see, enjoy and learn from it,” Michaels said.

“Property Of the Living Torah Museum” will include at least 50 other artifacts from the museum’s collection, including a nine-spouted ceramic oil lamp dated to the first century AD that is regarded by some experts as the earliest known first Hanukkah menorah, Michaels said. “Most of these objects date to Biblical times and have particular relevance to the Old and New Testaments,” he noted. “All have been researched, vetted, and carry the appropriate provenance and export paperwork. Anyone with an interest in Jewish, Christian, or Classical history will find something in this sale.”

The Living Torah Museum, 1601 41st Street in Brooklyn, NY, is a unique “hands on” facility that brings people of all faiths into direct contact with Biblical times, said Rabbi Saul Deutsch, the museum’s founder and operator.

“People of all ages, young people especially, can come to our museum and actually touch objects that might have been handled by the Prophets and the earliest Jews and Christians,” Michaels added. Proceeds from the November 16 auction will be used to expand and upgrade museum facilities, Deutsch said, including construction of a full-scale replica of the original Tabernacle in Solomon’s temple. 

Exhibitions of the 10 Commandments Stone and other artifacts will be held in Heritage’s offices in Dallas, New York, and Beverly Hills in October and November. Special viewings can be arranged by appointment. For more information on the auction, please contact David S. Michaels at dmichaels@ha.com

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Audubon.jpgCINCINNATI, OH (October 24, 2016)-EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE (EBTH), the world’s premier online estate sale marketplace which connects bidders and buyers with unique collections from estate sales across the country, is excited to host a sale for a private collection of vintage books from a family in Ohio. Included in this extraordinary estate sale are:

●A complete three volume set of The Quadrupeds of North America, written by John James Audubon and The Rev. John Bachman. Volume I has a copyright date of 1849, Volume II of 1851, and Volume III of 1854.

●A rare and substantial limited edition portfolio of prints, drawn from the original watercolors in The Natural History Of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby.

●A two piece volume (Volumes II and III) of Sir Joseph Paxton’s Magazine of Botany.

EBTH allows collectors and buyers to discover everything from rare antiques and original art to great deals on everyday needs with all bids starting at $1 and no reserve. Oftentimes estate sales come from families who are downsizing after living in their homes for decades, giving vintage lovers an opportunity to bid on items that have been uncirculated. For sellers, the company helps to maximize the value of their collections by handling every aspect of the sale from photography and cataloging to payment and delivery.

The rare book auction will run for 7 days starting on Monday, Oct. 24th and ending on Sunday, Oct. 30th at 7:45pm EST. View the auction online here.

vcsPRAsset_534765_123973_7366aade-9f29-4ac8-a209-a6d12e56d99a_0.jpgIt’s the story you love to hear in the antiques world. Rare maps found in garage sell for $24,000. Two dark, ripped images in poor condition in the Kaminski Auctions October 1 auction turned out to be just that. Several astute collectors on the phones and Internet recognized the pair of panels for what they really were: two panels of a map produced for the Korean market of Matteo Ricci's derivative map.  

Through a series of unlikely events the pair have found a temporary home with Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps at RareMaps.com in La Jolla, California. The two panels were first described as “two 19th century hand colored prints of the world" on closer inspection an astute cataloger recognized they were in fact maps and changed the description on all of the Internet bidding platforms. The maps were purchased twenty years ago at the Brimfield Antiques Show and were found in the garage of a Palm Desert home.  

“We only spotted the map about 24 hours before the sale doing a routine search for maps in upcoming auctions. My gallery manager, Alex Clausen, brought it to my attention, and the two of us quickly worked out that it was a "Matteo Ricci derivative map." “We researched the map for about an hour, before concluding it was the 1708 "Korean edition" of Ricci. Twenty five hand painted copies were reported to have been done between 1605 and 1608, one of which survives in the Nanjing Museum.”

Matteo Ricci was an Italian Jesuit missionary and one of the founding figures of the Jesuit Missions in China.  Arriving in Macau in 1582 he began his missionary work. He was the first European to enter the Forbidden City of Beijing in 1601. His skills in astronomy and calendrical science caught the attention of the Wanli Emperor who granted Ricci a stipend in 1601, which allowed him to begin creating maps for the Emperor.

In 1602 Matteo Ricci's published a World Map (Kunyu wanguo quantu), or Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the Earth. It is the oldest surviving map in Chinese to show the Americas. 

The last example of the Ricci map to come to market was sold by Bernard Shapero Rare Books to the James Ford Bell Library for $1,000,000 around 2008. There are approximately six known complete examples of the Ricci World Map.  

In 1708 the Ricci map was copied for the Korean market. The Gonyeomangukjeondo is a Korean hand-copied reproduction by painter Kim Jin-yeo. This map represents the world in an ellipse.

A copy of the 1708 Korean Ricci map is owned and displayed at the Seoul National University Museum and was designated National Treasure No.849 on August 9, 1985.  There are only a few known surviving examples of the Korean copies and it appears they are more rare than the 1602 Ricci. Two are located in Korea and one in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“The map sheets we purchased at Kaminski are Sections 1 (far left side) and 6 (far right side) of a 6 sheet World Map. The 1708 Korean Ricci map is noteworthy for its addition of sea monsters, sailing ships and other decorative embellishments, which is how we were able to identify what we were looking at from the images provided on line by Kaminski”.

“Our intention is to restore the map clean, stabilize, de-acidify, etc. and offer it for sale by December 2016.  We suspect there should be considerable institutional and private interest, given the rarity and importance of the Ricci map.” ”

The maps were shipped to the consignor immediately after the auction and in a subsequent phone call Mr. Ruderman stated that  “Now, on closer inspection, we are leaning toward original Ming Dynasty hand painted copies. If these do prove to be originals from 1605-1608, it would be an even more exciting find.  We are not aware of any of these maps appearing at auction or otherwise.  A printed Ricci is obviously an exciting thing, but one of the hand painted Ming Dynasty era copies, extra illustrated with sea monsters and sailing ships, would be an even more extraordinary find."
After a call alerting the Boston Symphony Orchestra press office that a large collection of drawings and paintings with assorted correspondence, all relating to the BSO by the artist Donald Carlisle Greason were coming up for auction, the collection sold for $7,200 and found a permanent home in the BSO archives.  

A 19th century Italian classical marble sculpture marble unsigned of a male torso from a Rome estate was hotly contested on the phones and Internet and was finally hammered down at $14,400.

A circa 1920 Art Deco ladies diamond, emerald and platinum Jabo pin, from a New York collection, sold for $10,200. Jewelry as a category did well in the sale with a ten carat ladies platinum and diamond bracelet selling for $5700, and a fourteen carat yellow gold, diamond and ruby necklace, with forty-nine natural step cut oval and pavilion rubies selling for $4,800. 

Signed mid century modern furniture continues to bring in the buyer’s. A Frank Gehry for Knoll bentwood table with four chairs stamped 06/19/93/, had numerous Internet bids and was finally hammered down at $4,800.

All prices include twenty per cent buyer’s premium. For more information and to view our upcoming schedule go to www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE.


2.pngSOUTHAMPTON, Pa. - Stephenson’s Auctioneers in suburban Philadelphia will host a full day of excellent buying opportunities at their Southampton gallery on Friday, Oct. 28. The company’s three-session auction event will be wall-to-wall with exceptional estate antiques and art; antiquarian books, ephemera and maps; and fine jewelry, as well as the widely varied shop contents of Verde Antiques of Manahawkin, New Jersey. All items from Verde Antiques will be offered without reserve and will sell to the highest bidder, regardless of the bid amount.

More than 1,000 lots will cross the auction block. Selling will begin at 11 a.m. with a 125-lot selection of books and ephemera. One of the top historical highlights is a letter from President Grover Cleveland to Queen Victoria, congratulating the British monarch on the 50th anniversary of her accession to the Throne of Great Britain. It is estimated at $1,500-$3,000. Books of interest include a two-volume set titled Historical & Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania.

Two maps, in particular, command special attention. A hand-colored circa-1660 framed map of China and Korea titled Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio measures 18 by 20 inches. Created by mapmaker Auctore Joh van Loon and likely taken from an atlas, it is expected to make $500-$700. Another cartographic highlight is a circa-1636 to 1642 framed map depicting the course of the Danube River from its sources in the Alps to the Black Sea. Drawn and hand-colored by mapmaker J. Jansson, the 16½ by 38-inch map - also possibly extracted from an atlas - is entered in the auction with a $400-$600 estimate.

The 11 a.m. session also includes a collection of daguerreotypes and ambrotypes. Invented in 1839, daguerreotypes were created through a process that exposed iodine-sensitized, silvered plate to mercury vapor. Both daguerreotypes and ambrotypes - which are positive photographs on glass made via the wet-plate collodion process - are increasingly sought after by collectors of photographica. The grouping in Stephenson’s sale includes images of adults, children, and an especially desirable picture of a 19th-century fireman posing in his uniform and hat.

Starting at 1 p.m., Stephenson’s owner and principal auctioneer, Cindy Stephenson, will open the bidding on shop inventory from Verde Antiques. There will be a broad selection of glassware and china, plus jewelry and duck decoys. Among the artworks are a collection of oils from North Carolina artist William E. Lee, oil paintings by David Hahn, and an oil-on-canvas by Joseph Grossman. Several pieces of furniture will be offered, as well as several industrial carts of the type that appeal to interior designers and fans of the midcentury modern look.

“Verde Antiques was a browser’s delight. You never knew what you’d find when you stopped in to look around,” said Stephenson. “Both collectors and dealers will be able to buy very well at this auction, since every item from Verde Antiques is being sold without reserve. There are sure to be some bargains.”

Following the Verde Antiques selection, general antiques will take the spotlight. Furniture, artworks and a choice array of jewelry and smalls are among the mix. As is always the case at Stephenson’s auctions, the goods have been sourced primarily from Philadelphia-area estates and homes in upscale neighborhoods. Note: Bidding in the General Antiques session will be available only to those who are present in the gallery or on the phones. 

Stephenson’s Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 Three-Session Auction Series will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. The pre-auction inspection will be held at Stephenson’s gallery on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4-6 p.m., and also on auction day, Oct. 28, from 10-11 a.m. The gallery is located in suburban Philadelphia at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966, with ample, free off-street parking.

All forms of bidding will be available for Sessions 1 (Books & Ephemera) and 2 (Contents of Verde Antiques), including live online through LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, AuctionZip and eBay Auctions.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail info@stephensonsauction.com. View the online catalog and bid absentee or live as the sale is taking place at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

Image: Handwritten letter from President Grover Cleveland to Queen Victoria, congratulating her on her 50th year as British monarch. Courtesy of Stephenson’s Auctioneers.

Crouch182016T141011 copy.jpgOctober 22-26 2016: TEFAF NEW YORK FALL is the first of TEFAF's debut outside Europe and provides a vital, transatlantic meeting ground for a global community of dealers, collectors, curators, interior designers and art-and-antiques enthusiasts. Now held three times a year on two continents, TEFAF is widely regarded as the world’s leading fair for art, antiques and design. The New York fair features 94 of the world’s most illustrious specialist dealers in museum-worthy fine art, design, furniture and jewelry from antiquity through the early 20th century, presenting thousands of years of material culture under one roof. Dedication to historical importance and unrivalled quality — across categories and time periods — is what sets TEFAF apart.

The eclectic offerings at TEFAF New York, set against the sleek, clean and ethereal Tom Postma design of the fair, will appeal to seasoned and new collectors alike. “TEFAF collectors are those who are prepared to see works of art with fresh eyes, and look at things they might not have in the past,” comments Patrick van Maris, CEO of TEFAF. “Collectors will come to the fair in search of a specific discipline, where they will find the best, but they might be captivated by something completely different and unexpected. Artistic discovery is what TEFAF is about.”

TEFAF New York Fall will take over Park Avenue Armory's entire Manhattan building, using its soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall as well as its distinctive and recently restored period rooms on the first and second floors.

A committee comprised of four members of the TEFAF New York Board, and four external US art experts selected participating dealers for TEFAF New York Fall. Each dealer is a leader in his or her respective field, many of them showing for the first time in New York or returning after a long absence. The fair offers an unparalleled chance to buy masterpieces across multiple collecting areas. These include furniture, objet d’art, ceramics, glass, silver, textiles, tapestries, antiquities, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, books, manuscripts, autographs, arms and armor, Tribal, Oceanic and Ethnographic Art, Asian Art and Fabergé. It offers something of interest and quality for every visitor. Specialst dealers spend the year gathering the often extremely rare and unique works that are not seen anywhere else on the market.

Pictured: A Map of Supreme Historical Significance -
One of the first depictions of America’s Eastern seaboard, the first voyage of discovery under French auspices, and the earliest extant map to show New York Harbor, will be offered by Daniel Crouch Rare Books.
Visconte Maggiolo (circa 1476-circa 1551)
Pen and ink with lapis lazuli, heightened in silver and gold, on six sheets of vellum joined 93.5 x 205.5cm
Signed and dated ‘November 8, 1531’
Asking Price : $10 million

Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 9.03.00 AM.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are delighted to announce their Autographs and Memorabilia and auction, which will be take place on the 1st December (2pm) at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London.

Of particular note is a page torn from an autograph album (pictured) featuring a sketch of Charlie Chaplin as 'The Tramp' with iconic bowler hat and moustache. The page is signed and annotated, "The best I can do. However, my very best wishes, Charlie Chaplin" and is also signed by other members of the Chaplin dynasty, (pictured, Lot 79, Est: £700-£1,000).

Another auction highlight is a letter signed by author Mark Twain using his real name 'S.L. Clemens’ addressed to Mrs Wylie Smith in Glasgow. The letter regards his famous diatribe with Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the 19th century religious movement, Christian Science. Twain and Eddy had an on-going dispute which began in 1907 after Twain’s Christian Science was published. Twain’s Christian Science was a scathing book that harshly criticised Eddy. Despite his critique, Twain was fascinated by Eddy a highly influential woman for her time. In the letter Twain describes Eddy as, “a tramp stealing a ride on the lightning express” and an, “ignorant village-born peasant woman…She has no more intellect than a tadpole. Until it comes to business...then she is a marvel!" The letter includes the original mailing envelope postmarked, “Redding, Aug. 8, 1909” and is estimated at £1,000-1,500 (Lot 187).

For collectors with a keen interest in politics, a highlight of the sale is a photograph of politicians and statesmen including Winston Churchill at the first Council of Europe meeting in Strasbourg in 1949. This photograph is signed by Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan and Henry Hopkinson and is estimated at £1,000-1,500 (Lot 281).

Historical highlights include a letter signed by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton addressed to Cyril Longhurst, the Secretary of the British National Antarctic Expedition. The letter, dated 17 January 1901, details arrangements for the National Antarctic Expedition (1901-3) also known as the Discovery Expedition after the ship Discovery. The expedition had been many years in preparation and had objectives which included scientific and geographical discovery (Lot 370, Est: £3,000-£5,000). Elsewhere an ink signature by Guy Gibson, the Commanding Officer of the Royal Air Force, famous for leading the Dam Busters raid in 1943 is estimated at £1,000-£2,000 (Lot 310). Gibson, who was awarded the Victoria Cross, completed over 170 operations before his death at the age of 26.

Another key highlight is an autograph letter signed by American artist and sculptor, Gutzon Borglum addressed to his collaborator Jesse Gove Tucker which discusses Borglum's most famous work at Mount Rushmore and includes a sketch of the project. This carries an estimate of £2,000-3,000 (Lot 1).

157-Newton copy.jpgNew York—Swann Auction Galleries held a successful sale of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Tuesday, October 18, with especial offerings of early scientific and mathematical material.

The top lot of the sale was a first edition, first issue of Sir Isaac Newton’s seminal Opticks, 1704, a treatise on light and color. This excellent copy of the groundbreaking work sold well above its estimate at $87,500. Another highlight of the sale was Euclid’s Elementa geometriae, 1482, the first major mathematical work to appear in print. The printing process used in the first edition, which includes extensive geometrical designs, influenced the design of subsequent editions and similar works into the sixteenth century; it sold for $62,500.

Each section of the sale performed well, especially the collection of mountaineering literature from the estate of Timothy Treacy, an adventurer from California. Works in the collection helped to stimulate interest in mountaineering, as well as later classics on the subject. Specialist Tobias Abeloff said, “It was an interesting collection to work on, with many uncommon items. 129 of the 131 Treacy lots sold, so the sell-through rate mirrored the sale as a whole at 98%. The top Treacy lot was Edmund Thomas Coleman’s Scenes from the Snow-Fields, 1859.” That work sold to a collector for $16,250. Other high sellers from the Treacy Collection included a first edition of Rambles and Scrambles: Across the Country from Thonon to Trent, 1865, by Douglas Freshfield ($12,350) and a series of published letters between William Windham and Pierre Martel titled An Account of the Glacieres or Ice Alps in Savoy, 1744 ($10,000).

William Shakespeare’s A Winters Tale, extracted from the First Folio, sold after steady bidding for $25,000, well above its high estimate. A fourteenth-century vellum manuscript Psalter from England, written in gothic hand and including contemporary calendars, litany and miscellaneous texts, sold to a lucky collector for $8,450. Early English bibles also garnered much attention: The Byble, 1551 ($15,600); The holie Bible, 1572 ($7,280); and The Holy Bible, 1617 ($13,000), all sold to collectors for more than twice their estimates.

Specialist Tobias Abeloff said, “Healthy phone and internet bidding sent prices for many items well beyond their estimates.” This was Swann Galleries’ top-earning dedicated Early Printed books sale since the house’s October 2012 offering of Aldine Imprints & Early Printed Books from the Library of Kenneth Rapoport, underscoring the continued strength of premium book collections at auction.

Hassam.JPGEXETER, N.H. - A gorgeous oil on canvas marine rendering by Thomas Buttersworth (Br., 1768-1842) and a diminutive watercolor work by Childe Frederick Hassam (Am., 1859-1935), mounted to the flyleaf of his 1899 book Three Cities, are expected top lots at a fine art estates auction planned for Friday, November 4th, at 5 pm Eastern time by John McInnis Auctioneers.

The event will be held at the historic Exeter Inn, located in the center of Phillips Academy, at 90 Front Street in Exeter. Around 300  market-fresh, original works of art will come up for bid, to include 19th and 20th century American and European paintings, watercolors and works on paper. Previews will be held Thursday evening, Nov. 3, from 6-8 pm, and on auction day from 1 pm on.

“Everyone is invited to join us for a fast-paced and entertaining evening, with some wonderful opportunities to acquire original fine art at attractive price points through auction,” said John McInnis of John McInnis Auctioneers, based in Amesbury, Mass. “Come early and enjoy a meal at the Epoch Restaurant, known for its fine dining and relaxing lounge. It’ll be a great night out.”

The Buttersworth oil painting is a signed work titled H.M.S. Queen Charlotte 11 Guns Passing Through the Straits of Messina. It measures 31 inches by 43 inches (framed) and is estimated to bring $20,000-$30,000. The Hassam watercolor, just 6 ½ inches by 6 inches, is titled Dandy and was a gift from Hassan to his close friend and artist, Rose Lamb. It should hit $10,000-$15,000.

Two paintings could conceivably top the $10,000 mark. The first is an oil on board by Gertrude Fisk (1878-1961), titled Falling Tide, signed twice and titled verso, in very good untouched estate condition (est. $8,000-$12,000). The second is an oil on canvas by George Inness (1825-1894), 24 inches by 29 inches, titled Landscape with Cow and a Figure (est. $8,000-$10,000).

A pair of works by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is in the auction. One is a lithograph, titled L’Ecuyare, signed in plate by Picasso and measuring 29 inches by 34 inches (framed). It’s expected to fetch $1,000-$1,500. The other is a linocut titled Exposition Vallauris 1952, signed in plate and in pencil by Picasso. The 29 ½ inch by 23 ½ inch piece should reach $500-$1,000. 

An oil on board by Anthony Thieme (1888-1954), titled Boston Harbor, that appears to be in its original 11 ½ inch by 9 ½ inch frame and under glass, is expected to sell for $5,000-$7,000; and an oil on canvas by Victor DeGrailly (1804), titled Hudson River Crow Nest from Bull Hill, West Point, unsigned and housed in a 29 ½ inch by 37 ½ inch frame, is estimated at $5,000-$8,000.

Two harbor-themed paintings carry identical estimates of $2,000-$3,000. The first is an oil on paper board by Samuel L. Gerry (1813-1891), titled Lake Winnipesaukee from Center Harbor, 9 ½ inches by 12 inches, signed and housed in an oval frame. The second is a 23 inch by 27 inch (framed) oil on canvas by Theodore Valenkamph (1868-1924), signed, titled Harbor in Winter.

Fans of the American School will be able to choose between an oil on board painting by Frank Anderson (1844-1891), titled Family at Rest, signed and 14 ½ inches by 16 ½ inches (framed), expected to rise to $2,000-$3,000; and a 24 inch by 30 inch (framed) oil on canvas work, signed “Cook” and titled Coastal Village, in good condition and with a pre-sale estimate of $500-$700.

A pair of artworks by Sonia Delaunay-Terk (1885-1979) will cross the auction block. One is a color lithograph titled Sans Titre, signed and dated 1969 and 20 inches by 17 inches in the frame (est. $800-$1,200). The other is a color etching, signed in 1970 and titled Color Abstraction, 29 inches by 25 inches (framed), with just some minor toning. It should command $500-$1,000.

An oil on canvas painting by Samuel Halpert (1884-1930), titled Fruit on a Table, signed and in a 21 inch by 28 inch frame, in good condition, is expected to realize $2,000-$3,000, and so is a gouache and ink painting by Theo Tobiasse (1927-2012), titled Arriving Immigrants, signed and in a 16 inch by 20 inch frame. Both works estimated alike and both are in very good condition. 

An oil on canvas by Suzanne Eisendieck (1908-1998), titled Petite Fille d’Honneur, presented in a 27 inch by 24 inch frame and in very good condition, should change hands for $2,000-$3,000; while an oil on wood composite by John Terelak (b. 1942), titled Hunter in a Marsh, signed and dated 1979 and in a 19 inch by 23 inch frame, in very good condition, should hit $1,000-$2,000.

A 19th century British School depiction of horses, titled The Country Farm, signed (possibly by “S. Allman”), 30 inches by 38 inches in the frame and exhibiting some scattered inpaint and loss, should still bring $800-$1,200; and an oil on paper board by George W. Whitaker (1841-1916), titled Road to the Shore, signed and in a 17 inch by 13 inch frame, should finish at $400-$600.

For those people unable to attend the exhibition, sale and auction in person, internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com. The full catalog, showing all the artworks being offered in the auction component, may be viewed online now, at www.mcinnisauctions.com. For those who do plan to attend, Exeter is located in southeastern New Hampshire, not far off of Interstate 95.

John McInnis Auctioneers is the largest full-service auction house on Boston’s North Shore. The company’s 12,000-square-foot gallery in Amesbury, Mass., is a retrofitted 1930s-era brick Art Deco building that once housed a grocery store. A staff of experts is proficient in 18th, 19th and 20th century fine art and decorative arts. The firm is a specialist in fine art, antiques and estates.

John McInnis Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece, a collection or an estate, you may call them at (978) 388-0400; or, you can e-mail them at mcinnisauctions@yahoo.com. To learn more about John McInnis Auctioneers and the upcoming November 4th auction in Exeter, N.H., please visit www.mcinnisauctions.com.

Image: Watercolor by Childe Frederick Hassam (Am., 1859-1935), mounted to the flyleaf of his 1899 book Three Cities (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Screen Shot 2016-10-21 at 9.30.37 AM.pngAccompanied by a publication by Drs. Sandra Hindman and Beatriz Chadour-Sampson “Rings Around the World” explores the eternal forms, inspirations, and aesthetics of finger rings across many cultures throughout history, with over forty rings deriving from China, the Middle East, Europe, and America. Covering over four millennia, from the Bronze Age to the present day, the exhibition will also feature pieces by celebrated contemporary jewelry artists Wallace Chan and Giovanni Corvaja.

Organized chronologically, the catalogue will include scholarly descriptions of each ring. It will also call attention to links between forms, periods, and cultures. For example:

*Renaissance Posy Rings from England inscribed with sentimental expressions find their parallel in a Chinese jade philosopher’s ring with an inscription “Quit Alcohol.”

*Included are rings of many periods and different origins that adapt forms from monumental media (sculpture in an Art Nouveau Ring and architecture in an Arts and Crafts ring and a Jewish Wedding Ring).

*Magic and belief in superior beings is reflected in Egyptian faience rings (which also resemble repousse rings of the early European Renaissance) and a Sumatran astrological ring.

These are just a few examples of some of the fascinating associations the exhibition and catalogue evoke between objects.

This all-encompassing exhibition will open in London (hosted by Sam Fogg, 15D Clifford Street) from 2nd to 11th November and travel to Les Enluminures New York (23 East 73rd Street, NYC 10021), from 17th November to 3rd December 2016.

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 10.13.44 AM.pngRoddy Newlands, Head of Books, and Clive Moss, Director and Book specialist, both from renowned auctioneers Bloomsbury Auctions, will be available in New York (24th - 25th October, 2016) and Boston (28th - 29th October, 2016) to meet with clients for provide free book valuations. To arrange a valuation in New York, Boston, or anywhere that falls in-between, please contact Clive Moss via email: cmoss@bloomsburyauctions.com or mobile: + 44 (0) 7824 017837 to arrange an appointment.

Bloomsbury Auctions have established a unique reputation as leading book specialists, with a highly knowledgeable and experienced team of experts at the helm and a tradition of delivering exceptional results at auction.

Established in 1983, the company has achieved excellent prices, notable examples of American interest including:

·         Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791 'The clearest of all expositions of the basic principles of democracy' (Printing and the Mind of Man, PMM - survey of the impact of printed books on the development of western civilisation). The exceedingly rare suppressed first edition, first issue, bound with three other works by PaineSold for £161,200  

·         The North-American Pilot for New England, New York, Pensilvania, Maryland, and Virginia, 1776 Comprising charts of Boston Harbour, Hudson River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Cape Fear River, Charles-Town Bar and Harbour, Port-Royal, River and Sound of Dawfoskee, Amelia Harbour and Bar. Sold for £73,200

·         Thomas Edison, Printed patent application signed by Thomas Edison in autograph, 1882. The document is an overseas patent application relating to dynamos for electrical lamps, stating that 'I, Thomas Alva Edison of Menlo Park New Jersey United States of America am in possession of an invention for "Improvements in means for regulating the generative capacity of dynamo or magneto electric machines". Sold for £24,180

·         Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest, 1929. The first edition in scarce dust-jacket, “A remarkable achievement, the last word in atrocity, cynicism, and horror.” (André Gide). Sold for £22,320

The Books Department will be re-locating to 16-17 Pall Mall, St James’s, London, this Winter. The address has a long and prestigious history as a home to booksellers and collectors of rare books and manuscripts.  In 1930 the distinguished firm W.H. Robinson took up residence at 16-17 Pall Mall with the specific intention of being close to the Athenaeum and other gentlemen’s clubs. They were regarded as the most prestigious book dealers of the day and in 1946 they acquired the books and manuscripts collection of the prolific collector Sir Thomas Phillipps. This was the single greatest collection of manuscripts to ever have existed and it included 60,000 manuscripts - more manuscripts than contained in the combined libraries of Oxford and Cambridge. From the proceeds of the collection W.H. Robinson was able to retire in 1956. At which point the book dealer Pickering and Chatto moved in to the premises continuing the long tradition of rare books and manuscripts being sold at this address.

For appointments in New York, Boston and neighbouring cities & States:

From Monday 24th - Saturday 29th October 

Contact: Clive Moss, Director, Book Dept., Bloomsbury Auctions

Email: cmoss@bloomsburyauctions.com

Mobile: +44 (0) 7824 017837

Image: Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest, 1929. The first edition in scarce dust-jacket, sold for £22,320.

b9150557-2232-48a7-899e-d46e58edc399.jpg[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.  

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of artwork and ephemera. We will offer an array of period titles covering polar and arctic exploration, along with antique chronicles of the opening of the American West. Another antique collection includes desirable early printings of works on the exploration and history of Canada.             

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1607 first edition of Veen's "Q Horati Flacci Emblemata," featuring engraved plates, Alciati's "Emblematum Libellus," produced in 1545 with woodcuts, and the 1772 printing of Wise's "Vindication of the Government of New-England Churches." Other scarce titles include the 1952 first issue of Steinbeck's classic, "East of Eden," a 1919 printing of Kelley's "Book of Hallowe'en," and the 1928 first edition of Wanda Gag's signature title, "Millions of Cats."                   

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a collection of polar and arctic exploration titles, led by examples such as Weddell's "A Voyage towards the South Pole," produced in 1825 with folding maps and plates, and the 1867 printing of Hayes' "The Open Polar Sea," containing color maps and plates. Period works relating to the emerging American West feature titles such as the 1834 printing of Baird, Backe & Schenck's "View of the Valley of the Mississippi or the Emigrants and Traveller's Guide to the West," featuring color folding maps. Other important antique exploration chronicles cover areas such as Canada, Africa, Egypt, Central and South America, the Far East and the Middle East and present important works such as the 1802 first edition of Willyams' "Voyage up the Mediterranean in His Majesty's Ship the Swiftsure." Additional collections offer early theological works, including Quaker, and Americana.  

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera. Included are several posters signed by Maurice Sendak, displaying illustrations from "Where the Wild Things Are."   

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 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.

201-Mitchell-signed-page copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, November 10, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature, featuring a number of signed first editions and association copies.

Notable is a run of signed first editions by H.G. Wells, inscribed to his friend, the poet W.E. Henley, to whom Wells dedicated The Time Machine. Offerings from this collection include The First Men in the Moon, London, 1901, a very rare first printing of the first English edition in the first state binding. Only three other signed copies have appeared at auction; this one is estimated to sell between $6,000 and $9,000. A first edition of Tales of Space and Time, 1900, is additionally embellished by an original drawing by the author to Henley: a charming rendering of Ugh-Iomi and Eudena, the protagonists of A Story of the Stone Age, one of the five short stories in the volume ($2,000 to $3,000). Further selections include The Invisible Man, 1897, and The Island of Doctor Moreau, 1896 ($6,000 to $9,000 and $5,000 to $7,500, respectively).

Further early twentieth century titles shine, including an unusual first edition of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera, in what is likely the only surviving example of the first state dust jacket, previously unknown to scholars ($25,000 to $35,000). Also available is a first edition of Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim, inscribed by the author to his friend R.B. Cunninghame Graham in 1900, estimated to sell between $12,000 and $18,000. In its original dust jacket is a signed first edition of Ralph 124C 41+. A Romance of the Year 2660 by Hugo Gernsback, 1925. The book, one of the foundational texts in the science-fiction pantheon, is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. Additional signed firsts include titles by authors Samuel Beckett, Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner and Ezra Pound. 

Making its auction debut is a first edition of Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell’s landmark 1936 text that inspired the movie of the same name. The present edition is signed by 11 members of the supporting cast of the film, with several adding the name of the character they played; it is expected to fetch $8,000 to $12,000.

The selection of children's literature includes a signed copy of the first limited edition of Le Petit Prince, 1943, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ($4,000 to $6,000), and a complete set of the first editions of the Christopher Robin series by A.A. Milne, the series that introduced the world to Winnie the Pooh. The four volumes were published serially through the 1920s in cloth of differing colors; together they are estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. Also available are the set of the first American editions of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein, 1954-56, and the first issue of the first edition of Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, 1900 ($2,500 to $3,500 and $5,000 to $7,500, respectively.)

From the nineteenth century come beloved classics such as a first edition of A Christmas Carol, 1843, by Charles Dickens, ($5,000 to $7,500). Fine examples by Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Mark Twain and Jules Verne round out the sale.

The auction will be held Thursday, November 10, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, November 5 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact specialist, John D. Larson at 212-254-4710, extension 61 or jlarson@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 201 Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind, first edition, signed by 11 members of the supporting cast of the film, New York, 1936. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.

States-of-MindFull-Exhibition-Image2-1.jpgPasadena, CA—The Norton Simon Museum presents States of Mind: Picasso Lithographs 1945-1960, a revelatory exhibition exploring Pablo Picasso’s prolific work in the medium of lithography. Drawing from the Norton Simon Museum’s holdings of more than 700 Picasso prints—among the deepest collections of its kind anywhere in the world—States of Mind traces the evolution of the artist’s individual compositions from the 1940s and 1950s through multiple states, subtle adjustments and radical revisions. The 86 prints on view, many presented for the first time in 40 years, give viewers a rare chance to encounter this groundbreaking body of work by one of history’s most celebrated artists.

By the end of the Second World War, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) had reached what he called “the moment... when the movement of my thought interests me more than the thought itself.” This new interest in “movement” found its most remarkable expression in Picasso’s practice as a printmaker. Whereas oil paintings inevitably covered their tracks, concealing the process of their making under layers of opaque color, prints—especially lithographs—promised to record their own development through sequential stages, charting the movement of their maker’s thoughts from state to state. Picasso could work up a design, print it (in a first state), rework it and print it again (in a second state), repeating the process two or 10 or 20 times to chart the metamorphoses of a particular compositional idea.

On Nov. 2, 1945, with France still under a provisional government and groceries still rationed in Paris, Picasso walked into the Mourlot Frères print shop in the rue de Chabrol. “He arrived as though he were going to battle,” the firm’s director, Fernand Mourlot, later recalled, and indeed the demands Picasso would place on Mourlot’s master printers were without precedent. He had produced only a few dozen lithographs in the 1910s and 1920s—all more or less conventional in their approach—but the designs he brought to Mourlot’s shop were far more daring, incorporating grattage, collage and mixed media. “How could anyone possibly print from that?” demanded Gaston Tutin, one of Mourlot’s master printers, calling the artist’s disregard for proper lithographic technique “a monstrosity.” But, cajoling his reluctant collaborators, Picasso swiftly and decisively transformed the practice of lithography, producing 185 plates over the next three years and more than 400 by the end of the 1960s.

The subjects of Picasso’s early lithographs are often ordinary: a dish of fruit, a cup of tea, a boy in a striped shirt. There are experiments with lithographic ink and doodles of animals. The face of a beautiful woman, one eyebrow slightly cocked, gazing calmly back at the observer, appears again and again. The young painter Françoise , Picasso’s companion from 1946 to 1953, provided the inspiration for many of these compositions; through two or four or 10 printed states, her features metamorphose past likeness into abstraction in a process the artist also applied to various other motifs. Perhaps the most famous example is that of The Bull, which treats a subject close to the Spanish painter’s heart. From a simple brush and ink drawing to a glowering behemoth, to a schematic portrayal reminiscent of a butcher’s chart, to a playful outline, concise as a cave painting, Picasso transformed this creature over 11 states from Dec. 5, 1945, to Jan. 17, 1946. As for several of the artist’s most iconic lithographs of the 1940s, the exhibition includes all the editioned states of The Bull as well as a unique working proof of an unnumbered state.

Picasso at the Norton Simon Museum

Over the course of his collecting career, Norton Simon purchased 885 works by Picasso, more than by any other artist except Goya. These comprised some 20 paintings in oil and pastel, nine bronzes, six drawings and 850 prints (some of which were sold at a later date). His largest single acquisition of Picasso artworks occurred in 1977 with the purchase of 228 lithographs, dated from the 1940s and 1950s and originating from the collection of Fernand Mourlot himself. The group included trial proofs (sometimes printed just once or twice), artist’s proofs (printed in private editions of 18, often years before the larger commercial editions of 50) and 168 final proofs marked Bon à tirer (“O.K. to print”) in Picasso’s brisk, confident hand. Opening up this rare trove, the exhibition presents 86 prints that chart Picasso’s discovery of lithography and his continuing reliance upon the medium to record the movement of his thoughts.

Picasso and Lithography

Unlike intaglio printmaking techniques like engraving and etching, lithography is essentially a planographic (flat) process. It relies on the repulsion of grease and water to transfer a hand-drawn image from a smooth surface (originally a piece of limestone) onto a sheet of paper. In its most rudimentary form, the lithograph requires an artist to draw or paint with a greasy crayon or greasy ink (the tusche) directly on the stone, which is then chemically fixed, wet, inked and printed, producing an exact, reversed copy of the tusche drawing. Since the development of transfer papers in the 19th century, an artist has been able to work up his or her design in the studio and send it off to the printer’s shop for chemical transfer, reversal and production. The result is an exactly reproducible image that captures all the tonal subtleties of even a pencil drawing, but requires no specialized printmaking skills on the artist’s part.

As a printmaker, Picasso was most closely associated with intaglio techniques, particularly etching and aquatint, but lithography presented him with a new challenge and a new set of tools. What may have interested him most about the process seems to have been its flexibility: tusche applied in a liquid wash one day might be scraped off the next, mimicking the effect of a wood engraving, a child’s drawing or a graffito. A paper cutout design, inked in various colors, might be printed on its own or layered with a crayon drawing, adding new dimension to each. A figure worked up in black on a white background could be incised, covered and drawn anew as a white figure on a black background. The possibilities were endless.

The 1950s and the Women of Algiers

By 1955 (10 years after his arrival at Mourlot’s studio), Picasso was unquestionably the most celebrated living artist, for Henri Matisse, his only real rival, had died in 1954. The story of Picasso’s lithographs is entwined from the beginning with that of his relationship to Matisse, for two designs of the first three Picasso brought to Mourlot’s shop—white heads scraped into black tusche grounds—seem to have been inspired by white-on-black book illustrations Matisse had published the previous year. The older artist, moreover, shared Picasso’s frustration with the “disappearance” in painting of earlier stages and had attempted to solve the problem as early as 1940 by having photographs taken of his work in progress. The display at a Parisian gallery in 1945 of a finished picture by Matisse surrounded by sequential photographs taken as it was painted may have inspired Picasso’s most ambitious attempts at recording the “movement” of his own thoughts through lithography—The Bull and Two Nude Women, printed in 11 and 18 states, respectively, between November 1945 and February 1946. Both works are represented in the exhibition, which includes a precious proof with The Bull on one side and Two Nudes on the other.

After the death of Matisse, Picasso plunged into a project still more explicitly inspired by the older artist’s work, remarking, “When Matisse died, he left his odalisques to me.” Picasso here referred to his own most-sustained experiment in seriality to date: the Women of Algiers, a series of 15 paintings (designated by the letters “A” to “O”), numerous drawings and intaglio prints, and two lithographs (one of them printed in four states) executed from late December 1954 through February 1955. With this project, Picasso measured himself not only against Matisse, the modern master of such imaginary harem scenes, but also against Eugène Delacroix, the 19th-century Romantic painter who had more or less invented the genre. When challenged for turning to an ostensibly old-fashioned subject, Picasso offered a second explanation for the series, citing the dark features and graceful profile of Jacqueline Roque, the artist’s muse and companion from 1954 until the end of his life: “Besides, Delacroix had already met Jacqueline.”

The exhibition concludes with Picasso’s monumental lithographic portraits of Roque—most often captured in profile, in paired states (one light, the other dark)—and with the Women of Algiers, represented not only by the complete lithographic output, but by a large, brightly-colored canvas, letter “I” in the series, a painted trace of thought in motion.

States of Mind is organized by Emily A. Beeny, associate curator at the Norton Simon Museum. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum is organizing an extensive series of related events that will be publicized later this year. 

Image: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Long-Haired Young Girl, November 9, 1945, Lithograph, 3rd state; 1 of 18 artist reserved proofs plate, plate: 15 x 12-1/2 in. (38.1 x 31.8 cm); sheet: 17-1/2 x 12-3/4 in. (44.5 x 32.4 cm), Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Jennifer Jones Simon, M.2001.1.43.G © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

2009_178_v1_TW_201606_o4 copy.jpgThe Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has recently completed a year-long project to conserve, stabilize, and digitize 60 works on paper from the Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionist Art. The conservation efforts were made possible by a grant from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project.

VMFA was among only thirteen institutions selected in 2015 to receive funding from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project, which seeks to preserve culturally significant works of art from around the world. “Our Art Conservation Project is designed to not only conserve artworks and shine a light on the need for the preservation of artistic and historic treasures, but also to educate communities, and convey respect for the varied cultures and traditions throughout the world,” said Victor Branch, Richmond market president, Bank of America.

Works by key German Expressionists—Max Beckmann, Peter August Böckstiegel, Otto Dix, Conrad Felixmüller, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Emil Nolde—have received complete restoration as part of the project. The first selection of newly restored pieces—seven works on paper by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner—have recently opened in the museum’s European Modernism Galleries.

“Thanks to generous support from Bank of America, we have successfully stabilized and preserved these fragile works, ensuring they will be available for public display and inclusion in educational programming for generations to come,” VMFA Director Alex Nyerges said. “The digitization of these works from The Fischer Collection advances our ongoing efforts to share our encyclopedic collection and tell more in-depth stories about the artists and artistic movements represented throughout the museum.”

The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection has garnered national and international attention, standing among other noteworthy holdings of German Expressionist art at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. The Fischer Collection also represents an important asset to the academic communities based in Richmond. These newly preserved works will join those already on display, further strengthening a collection that provides countless learning opportunities for both scholars and the general public.

The History of the Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection
Known for containing many significant examples of Die Brücke, the Fischer Collection’s evolution reflects the history of early 20th-century Europe. Between 1905 and 1925, Ludwig and Rosy Fischer of Frankfurt, Germany, amassed a collection of art created by a group of radical young artists. The forward-thinking couple acquired examples of German Expressionist paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and illustrated books, but their collection did not survive the Third Reich intact. Upon their deaths in the mid-1920s, the collection was divided between their sons, Max and Ernst. In 1934 as the Nazi party gained power, Ernst and his wife Anne left Germany for the United States with their half of the collection packed among their household goods. The couple settled in Richmond where the art was preserved in their home for more than 70 years. When Max Fischer fled Germany a year after his brother, he had to leave his portion of the collection behind and it was presumed lost, stolen or destroyed during World War II. In 2009, the Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionist Art became part of VMFA’s permanent collection. Through a gift-purchase agreement with Anne Fischer (1902-2008), the widow of Ernst (1896-1981), the museum acquired approximately 200 works from one of the 20th century’s most significant movements. Earlier this year, Ernest Ludwig Kirchner’s Sand Hills in Grunau (1913)—one of the paintings from Max’s portion of the collection that had been presumed lost—was returned to the Fischer family and acquired by VMFA through a gift-purchase agreement.

With works dating just before World War I through the 1920s, the collection has a strong emphasis on Die Brücke—“the Bridge”—a pivotal movement within German Expressionism. Responding subjectively to the changing world around them, members of Die Brücke often used distorted forms and a vivid palette of bold colors. Printmaking was also a central practice for German Expressionists; woodcuts, etchings, and lithographs allowed wider distribution and accessibility of their work. As a founder and leader of the Die Brücke movement, Kirchner developed a particularly expressive style with woodcuts. The handwritten notes addressed to Herr and Frau Fischer on the bottom of many of the Kirchner prints in the museum’s collection attest to his personal relationship with the Fischer family. The Fischers owned more paintings by Kirchner than any other artist, and his work, including the exceptional group of prints on display now in the first installation of works conserved with funds from the Bank of America grant, form the core of their collection. One of the woodcuts included in this group, Three Boys, Fehr's Sons, 1915 was likely based on a painting Kirchner made of the same subject, which Ludwig and Rosy Fischer also acquired. However, it was among the paintings that Max Fischer left behind when he fled Nazi Germany in 1935, and it remains lost.

Bank of America Conservation Project
Bank of America’s Art Conservation Project provides grants to nonprofit museums to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art, including works that have been designated as national treasures.  Since 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums in 28 countries for 85 conservation projects.  Works conserved in 2015 include a marble figure of the Buddha Amitābha (585 C.E. Sui dynasty)at the British Museum, London; four paintings and one mural at the OCA Museum, São Paulo; Uemura Shōen’s Jo-no-Mai (Noh Dance Prelude) at The Tokyo University Art Museum and Manet’s Woman in Evening Dress at the Guggenheim in New York. VMFA’s grant supported the physical and chemical stabilization, as well as digitization, of works by seven key artists in the Die Brücke movement.

Bank of America Conservation Project: VMFA’s Fischer Collection video

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States. VMFA, which opened in 1936, is a state agency and privately endowed educational institution. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, and to encourage the study of the arts. Through the Office of Statewide Partnerships program, the museum offers curated exhibitions, arts-related audiovisual programs, symposia, lectures, conferences, and workshops by visual and performing artists. In addition to a wide array of special exhibitions, visitors have the opportunity to experience the museum’s global collection of art that spans more than 5,000 years. VMFA’s permanent holdings encompass more than 35,000 artworks, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside of Russia, the finest collection of Art Nouveau outside of Paris, and one of the nation’s finest collections of American art. VMFA is home to important collections of English silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British sporting, and modern and contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan, and African art. In May 2010, the VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its eighty-year history. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum.

Image: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880-1938). Three Boys, Fehr’s Sons, 1915. Woodcut on wove paper, 22 ¾ x 16 15/16 in. (57.79 x 43.02 cm.) Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection, Gift of the Estate of Anne R. Fischer (Photo: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts)

NEW YORK, October 2016 - Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the sale of Selections from the Fox Pointe Manor Library - a spectacular exhibition space and private home located in Anaheim, California. From William Shakespeare to John Locke, the collection compiled by philanthropists Howard and Linda Knohl is largely focused on English books from the 16th and 17th centuries. Diverse topics include literature, travel, Americana, science and medicine, sports and cookery. Following a four-day exhibition in the New York galleries, Selections from the Fox Pointe Manor Library will be offered over two sessions on 26 October 2016.

The Knohl’s were first drawn to the world of antiquarian books when, while raising their family and establishing themselves professionally, they were gifted a rare first-edition book. Captivated by the illustration, text and typography, Dr. Knohl began collecting English language first-edition texts printed before 1700, eventually compiling a collection of over 4,000 titles. Fueled by this passion to collect, the Knohl’s began expanding their collecting into other fields including art from the 15th through 19th centuries - bronze statues, ceramics, and clocks from Europe and the United States - with themes and scenes similar to those described in their book collection. Their diverse and accomplishing collecting tastes can be seen and admired by all visitors to Fox Pointe, their private home in Anaheim, California.

Lot 267

William Shakespeare

Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies (1685)

Published according to the true original copies. Unto which is added, seven plays, never before printed in folio. Fourth Folio, first issue.

Estimate $70/100,000

Lot 259

Dr. Hartmann Schedel

Liber Cronicarum (1493)

Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister.

First edition of the most extensively illustrated book of the fifteenth century.

Estimate $80/90,000

Lot 6

Anthony Askham

A Lytel Treatyse of Astronomy (1552)

Declaryng The Leape Yere, And What Is The Cause Therof, And Howe To Knowe Saynte Mathies Day For Ever, With The Marvelous Mocion Of The Sonne ... And Also The Dyversities That May Come By Dyvers And Sundry Inhabitacions Upon The Earth. London: Imprinted by Wylliam Powel.

Estimate $20/30,000

Lot 244

Samuel Purchas

Purchas His Pilgrimes (1624-26) 

[With] purchase his pilgrimage. London: Printed by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1624-26.

Estimate $70/90,000

Northampton, Massachusetts - The region’s leading used & antiquarian booksellers and fine letterpress printers, book binders, paper makers, and artist book makers will be showcased at the second edition of Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair on Friday, December 2, 2016, 5 to 9 pm and Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm at the Smith College Campus Center.

In addition to an exhibition and sale, the fair will feature a keynote address on December 2nd at 4 pm by Ruth R. Rogers, Curator of Special Collections in the Wellesley College Library. Rogers will talk on Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books at the Smith College Nielson Library Browsing Room. An opening reception will follow at the Campus Center Wilson Atrium.

On December 3rd, Readers and Writers, Live will feature a day-long series of readings, talks and book signings by fiction writers, graphic novelists, poets, children’s book writers & illustrators, publishing and culinary historians, and independent publishers. There will be demonstrations of letter carving & displays of other books arts, including hand papermaking, custom bookbinding, and letter press printing.

For more information, go to: www.northamptonbookfair.com

Keynote Talk: Friday, December 2, 4 to 5 pm at Smith College, Nielson Library, Browsing Room Ruth A. Rogers: Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books.

Rogers’s talk will focus on how we “read” artists’ books by deconstructing them to understand how they affect our perception. Rogers says she, “will examine the contemporary artist book as provocateur and siren, offering multiple modes of reading--through text and image, and material and form. Book historian Roger Chartier has emphasized that our understanding of a text is mediated through complex paratexts: physical form, language, typography, image, and cultural nuance. At a time when the dissociation of text and physical book is rapidly expanding through digital media, artists’ books continue to engage the reader’s senses in ways that are both ancient and novel: meditative, haptic, and associative.”

Ruth R. Rogers is Curator of Special Collections in the Wellesley College Library where she develops the collection and lectures on the evolution of the book as material culture, visual communication, and artistic form. Her interests include the critical reading of artists' books and their research potential in the academic curriculum, and she has curated several national exhibitions, including Seductive Alchemy:

Books by Artists. March 24-April 15, 2016, Lesley University College of Art and Design, March 2016, "Reading with the Senses." In May 2016, Rogers delivered the Arthur P. Williams Lecture at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Readers and Writers, Live! - Saturday, December 3, 10am - 5 pm at Smith College Campus Center and The Poetry Center at Wright Hall

A day-long series of readings, talks and book signings by fiction writers, graphic novelists, poets, children’s book writers & illustrators, publishing and culinary historians, and independent publishers. There will be demonstrations of letter carving & displays of other books arts, including hand papermaking, custom bookbinding, and letter press printing.

10am: Some of the Pioneer Valley’s most celebrated children’s book writers and illustrators will be reading from and signing their new books, including: Mordicai Gerstein, The Sleeping Gypsy (Holiday House) and I Am Peter Pan (Roaring Brook Press) Richard Michelson, Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy (Knopf Books for Young Readers) Leslea Newman, Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed (Candlewick Press) Jane Yolen, On Bird Hill, illustrated by Bob Marstall (Cornell Laboratory Publishing Group)

11am: Novelist John Crowley, of Conway, will read from Chemical Wedding by Chrstian Rosencrentz, a November release from Small Beer Press, of Easthampton.

Noon: Antiquarian bookseller and Culinary Historian Tom Nealon, of Roslindale, MA, will read from his first book: Food Fights and Culture Wars: A Secret History of Taste, published by the British Library and Overlook Press.

1pm: Children’s book historian Leonard Marcus, of Brooklyn, NY, will talk about his new book: Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft and Life Outside the Box, just published by Candlewick Press, in a panel discussion with graphic novelists.

2pm: Paris Press publisher and poet Jan Freeman, of Ashfield will read from her new collection Blue Structure, just published by Calpyso Editions.

3pm: Jedediah Berry and Emily Houk, Editors of Nine Pin Press, of Amherst, MA and Catskill, NY will introduce contributors for a tasting menu of micro-readings from their first two publications: The Family Arcana , a story published in the form of a poker deck and Cosmogram, an anthology of horoscope stories.

The fair is produced by Book Arts Promotions, in association with community sponsors Smith College Libraries and the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Media sponsors are: New England Public Radio and the Valley Advocate. Book Arts Promotions, based in Shelburne Falls, is a collaboration between Mark Brumberg, of Boomerang Booksellers and Duane A. Stevens, of Wiggins Fine Books.

For more information, go to: http://northamptonbookfair.com

Shapero Rare Books is delighted to be participating in the inaugural edition of TEFAF New York, which will be held at the Armory on Park Avenue from October 22nd - 26th, 2016, and will bring items that focus on the Pacific and maritime discovery.

The centrepiece of Shapero’s stand is a series of very rare documents relating to the ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’, the infamous insurrection that led to Fletcher Christian, played memorably by Marlon Brando in the 1962 blockbuster of the same name, to set his commanding officer, Captain Bligh, adrift in a 23 foot open launch.

Shapero is selling a copy of the pamphlets documenting the court martial that took place when Christian was brought back for trial. Entitled The Minutes of ... the Court- Martial of 1794, it is a legendary rarity and one of “only a few copies ... printed for distribution among the interested parties and the ministers of state at that time”. Bligh had lost his ship, he was also compelled to undergo trial by court-martial just as the mutineers themselves were. This led to three pamphlets, which together give a unique insight into the trial of the members of the Bounty crew who were captured and repatriated, and Captain Bligh’s attempts to restore his reputation. Bligh’s response in the present set is also inscribed by the author.

Equally compelling are Captain Cook’s ‘Three Great Voyages’, which did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors together had done. After calling at Tasmania and New Zealand, Cook sailed north, discovering Christmas Island and the Sandwich Islands, (later to be named the Hawai’ian Islands). Cook charted the American West coast from Northern California through the Bering Strait before being stopped by pack ice at latitude 70° 44ʹ′. It was in 1779, whilst wintering over at Hawai’i that he was killed in a fracas with natives over a boat. The present set is complete with the Death of Cook plate and Streight of Magellan chart.

Captain George Vancouver gained valuable experience on Cook's second and third voyages, then sailed the northwest coast of America. In three seasons' work Vancouver surveyed the coast of California, visited San Francisco and San Diego and other Spanish settlements in Alta California, investigated the Strait of Juan de Fuca, discovered the Strait of Georgia, circumnavigated Vancouver Island, and disproved the existence of any passage between the Pacific Ocean and Hudson Bay. Vancouver’s voyage ranks among the most important in exploration literature and Shapero offers now a first edition of one of the most difficult geographical surveys ever undertaken.

As the foremost dealer of Russian books in the west, Shapero is proud to offer an exceptional group of important atlases and accounts of Russian explorations of the Pacific And Alaska. These include a work by Yuriy Fedorovich (Urey) Lisianskiy, who, commanding the Neva, participated in the first Russian circumnavigation of the globe under the command of Kruzenshtern; Shapero is bringing a very rare signed atlas of Lisianskiy’s Voyage, which contains a map of Hawai’i showing the whole island group, along with the route of the ship.

Shapero Rare Books is also renowned for its natural history works, and will be bringing the earliest obtainable edition of Mark Catesby’s ground-breaking work The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, the first imporatn colour-plate book of American plants and animals. Not only is it a beautiful book to behold, with 220 large illustrations all coloured by hand, but also it is a work of major significance for the United States. It was the first work to depict the flora and fauna of the new world and Catesby was the first to use folio-sized coloured plates in natural history. Catesby is indeed now named 'the father of American ornithology'. This copy is in fine condition, and is also fresh to the market and with a great provenance: from the de Belder collection, one of the greatest collections of Natural History books, sold at auction in 1987 and since then kept in private hands.

In the early 1840s, at the same time as John James Audubon was producing the commercially successful octavo edition of his masterpiece, The Birds of America, he and his sons also began production of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, an elephant folio of 150 lithographs meant to match the lavishness of the Birds. Unlike the double-elephant folio Birds, The Quadrupeds was produced entirely in the United States. Assisted by his son John Wodehouse, Audubon included many frontier animals never before depicted and his landmark publication helped foster a public appreciation of American nature.

Jacques-Fabien Gautier d’Agoty’s three works represent a dramatic advance in anatomical illustration: they became the first life-sized anatomical illustrations in colour. Some of the plates are among the most elaborate produced by Gautier, especially notable for the intricate network of blood vessels which are meticulously indicated by direct colour printing. The Anatomie Générale includes several spectacular full-length plates, made from three plates which could be fitted together.

Literature is represented by a first edition of one of Jane Austen’s best loved works, Austen was not yet twenty when she drafted the novel, under the title First Impressions, between October 1796 and August 1797. The novel was declined by the publisher Cadell, and subsequently underwent major revisions and a change of title to Pride and Prejudice. Finally, the novel was published in early 1813, it sold well and was obviously much talked about, not least because of the unknown identity of the author. Anne Isabella Milbanke (the future Lady Byron) called it “a very superior work” and “the most probable fiction I have ever read.” Early nineteenth century binders often omitted the half titles and it is rare to find a set such as this one, a first edition, with all half titles present. The renowned Austen bibliographer, Geoffrey Keynes’s copy did not have half titles, nor do the Bodleian or Cambridge University library copies.

36-Durer copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, November 3, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints, featuring section of the sale devoted to a collection works by Camille Pissarro: Impressionist Icon.

The beginning of the auction offers works by renowned Old Masters, with impressive runs by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn. Scarce engravings by Dürer include his 1514 Melencholia I, a well-inked impression estimated at $70,000 to $100,000, and Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513 ($60,000 to $90,000), as well as a very scarce chiaroscuro woodcut of Ulrich Varnbüler, 1522 ($40,000 to $60,000). Rembrandt’s etching, engraving and drypoint Christ before Pilate: Large Plate, 1635-36, is estimated at $60,000 to $90,000, while one of earliest known impressions of Cottages Beside a Canal: A View of Diemen, circa 1645, is expected to sell for $50,000 to $80,000.

The highlight of the sale is a private collection of prints and drawings by Impressionist master Camille Pissarro. This standalone catalogue surveys Impressionism’s most prolific printmaker, and comprises 67 lots of prints and drawings, including many lifetime impressions that have rarely been seen at auction. One of these is Femme vidant une brouette, 1880, a scarce etching and drypoint of which fewer than thirty exist. Only three other lifetime impressions have appeared at auction; this one is expected to sell for $30,000 to $50,000. Another masterpiece on offer is Foire de Saint-Martin à Pontoise, 1879, a drypoint and aquatint created during Pissarro’s time in Pontoise. Only seven impressions of this work are known to exist; one unsigned version has appeared at auction in the last thirty years. The present signed work is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

A third section of the sale encompasses work created in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by European and American printmakers, including Gustav Baumann and James A. M. Whistler. After resounding success with early New York City scenes in their last print sale on September 22, Swann will be offering a richly-inked impression of Martin Lewis’s drypoint Rain on Murray Hill, 1928, showing the 34th Street Armory on Park Avenue in a steady drizzle ($15,000 to $20,000). More rare works by Lewis include Day’s End, 1937, in which factory workers trudge home on a cold day. Only five other impressions of this luminous print have appeared at auction in the last thirty years; this one is expected to sell between $20,000 and $30,000.

Further offerings include a run of lithographs by George Bellows of boxing scenes, as well as Arch Conspirators, a 1917 etching by John Sloan of artists celebrating on top of the Washington Square Arch to establish the "secession of Greenwich Village from the United States," including Marcel Duchamp and Sloan himself ($1,500 to $2,500). Fans of the pastoral will delight in a run of lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton crowned by The Race, 1942, and Running Horses, 1955 ($20,000 to $30,000 and $15,000 to $20,000, respectively).

Prints by Latin American artists are seeing a rise in popularity in the last year, and works like Diego Rivera’s 1932 lithograph Fruits of Labor, estimated at $15,000 to $20,000, is expected to perform well. Further Latin American artists on offer include David A. Siquieros and Rufino Tamayo.

The top lot in the sale is a portfolio of 29 color lithographs with text after Pablo Picasso, 1969. The artist’s proofs, outside of the edition of 250, are titled Vignt-Neuf Portraits Imaginaires; together they are estimated at $80,000 to $120,000. Picasso is well-represented by a variety of media including ceramics. Works by European master printers Georges Braque, Henri Matisse and Joan Miró abound. One unusual find is a large lithograph by Alberto Giacometti of his studio in Paris titled Atelier II, 1954 ($8,000 to $12,000).

The three-part auction will be held Thursday, November 3, beginning at 10:30 with Old Masters; Camille Pissarro will begin at 2 p.m.; 19th & 20th Century Prints at 3 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, October 29 from noon to 5 p.m.; and Monday, October 31 through Wednesday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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 or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Swann Director of Prints & Drawings Todd Weyman at 212-254-4710, extension 32 or tweyman@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 36 Albrecht Dürer, Ulrich Varnbüler, ciaroscuro woodcut, 1522. Estimate $40,000 to $60,000.

BOSTON, MA—The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is gearing up for its 40th annual event, October 28-30, 2016, which will feature an appearance of The Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters. They will be on hand to type personalized original poems on any subject on Saturday, October 29, 2-5pm.  Poems are free!

Founded in 2013, The Typewriter Rodeo are a group of writers/performers based in Austin, Texas.  At the Fair, attendees will have the opportunity to give the Typewriter Rodeo poets a topic, and they will create and type on a vintage typewriter a personalized, original poem in minutes. Besides a mutual love of verse, the group shares a fondness for the machines, including a 1970s typewriter used at Penthouse and a vintage Belgian model with a frowning face key, and maintains them like serious collectors. They have made appearances at over 50 events nationwide. 

Other special events at this year’s Fair includes Collecting the Boston Music Scene: 1976-2016, a curated exhibition of local music ephemera from the vast David Bieber Archives; 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; the 15th Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of professional librarians from New York and New England talking about their own personal collections; and a Free Appraisals afternoon. Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for complete event listings.

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, October 28-30, 2016, is one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country. Whether just browsing or buying, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, and science to sport, natural history, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to the serious collector and the curious browser.


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

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 at the show’s box office during show hours and online at www.bostonbookfair.com.

BOSTON, MA—The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will present a special exhibition, Collecting the Boston Music Scene: 1976-2016, in celebration of the event’s 40th Anniversary, October 28-30, 2016.  David Bieber, formerly of WBCN and the Phoenix Media Group, will display a selection of highlights from his extensive archives of rock posters, albums, and ephemera chronicling 40 years of Boston’s vibrant music scene-featuring items from supergroups such as Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, and The Cars, as well as many quirky one-of-a-kind pieces.

Boston has always been known as a music town, giving birth to groups of all genres—rock, folk, jazz, blues—and a spate of legendary venues that hosted them—The Boston Tea Party, Paul’s Mall and the Jazz Workshop, Club Passim, the Underground, and the Paradise, to name a few. That music scene was aided and abetted by WBCN, “the Rock of Boston,” which dominated the airwaves, followed by other stations over the years which carved out different musical niches—WEEI, which virtually invented soft rock; WXKS, for disco and dance music; and WFNX, Boston’s first radio station dedicated solely to alternative rock.

The items on view in this exhibition are a small selection of Bieber’s extensive archives, offering viewers a deeper look behind the scenes of Boston’s evolving music history over four decades.  As a Boston music insider, Bieber has been amassing the collection since his days as Director of Creative Services at WBCN and later, as Director of Special Projects for the Phoenix Media Group. Bieber is the curator of a rock‘n’roll memorabilia collection that is a permanent part of the décor of The Verb Hotel lobby. 

”With this show I want to pay tribute to Boston music and acknowledge the many performers who have made the city a significant contributor to music history,” Bieber says. “Coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of the Book Fair, this exhibition will uniquely place these selections from my collection within a broader historical context. ”

“David has been a regular attendee at the Book Fair, and we have a shared history in the Boston music business,” said Betty Fulton, show producer. “With the renewed interest in collecting vinyl, I thought that a look back at the Boston music scene through his collection would be appealing to both our traditional attendees and audiences unfamiliar with our event. That these items are now collectibles is a testament to the fact that the passage of time renders extraordinary value to ordinary things.” 

Other special events at this year’s Fair includes The 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; the 15th Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of professional librarians from New York and New England talking about their own personal collections; and a Free Appraisals afternoon. Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for complete event listings.

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, October 28-30, 2016, is one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country. Whether just browsing or buying, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, science, sport, natural history, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to the serious collector and the curious browser.


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

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 at the show’s box office during show hours and online at www.bostonbookfair.com

For more information, call 617-266-6540 or visit www.bostonbookfair.com.

EVENTs at the Fair

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

On display all weekend

David Bieber, formerly of WBCN and the Phoenix Media Group, displays highlights 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’s lost poets 

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!

BOSTON - October 14, 2016 - 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and Boston Public Library honors the Bard’s lasting legacy with its Shakespeare Unauthorized exhibition, opening today in the McKim Exhibition Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the BPL citywide initiative All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library, connecting audiences to theater and the dramatic arts with programs throughout the library system. Boston Public Library holds one of the largest and most comprehensive publicly-held collections of Shakespeare, including the first four folios of his collected works, 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, and thousands of volumes of early source material, commentaries, translations, manuscripts, and more. Visit www.bpl.org/shakespeare to view the complete offerings of the initiative.

“At some point in life, everyone has experienced the work of Shakespeare," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "These opportunities at the Boston Public Library give all the chance to learn more about the creative genius of Shakespeare and how his legacy lives on today." 

“Shakespeare Unauthorized is sure to engage and inspire people of all ages, and we hope visitors leave with a better understanding of not only Shakespeare’s works, but an appreciation for the world-class Shakespeare holdings of one of Boston’s finest cultural institutions,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts & Culture for the City of Boston. “We applaud the Boston Public Library for ensuring these works are accessible to everyone.” 

Shakespeare Unauthorized: Experience the original works of “The Bard”

Shakespeare Unauthorized, a major gallery exhibition on view from October 14, 2016 through March 31, 2017, includes extraordinarily rare first and early editions of familiar and beloved plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and The Merchant of Venice, as well as all four Shakespearean folios, most notably the BPL’s own copy of the world-famous First Folio. Through the pages of these precious books, visitors can experience Shakespeare in his original language and spelling, just as he would have been read by book lovers and theater-goers hundreds of years ago. 

Shakespeare Unauthorized is made possible through the financial support of Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services. Based in Boston, Iron Mountain provides charitable grants of funding and in-kind services to cultural and historical preservation projects like Shakespeare Unauthorized through its Living Legacy Initiative.

“We’re proud to help bring this exhibition to life in our home city of Boston,” said Ty Ondatje, senior vice president, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer at Iron Mountain. “Our philanthropic mission is to preserve and create access to our world’s cultural and historical treasures, those ideas and artifacts that make up the human experience, so that they can be shared and enjoyed by everyone. The works and legacy of Shakespeare are the very definition of iconic and timeless treasures, and we’re honored to help present the Library’s impressive collection to the world.”

Shakespeare Unauthorized contains far more than just books of plays: this exhibition features surprising rarities and mysterious objects; scandalous forgeries made by con men and accomplished scholars; books from the luxurious private libraries of early English aristocrats; and memorabilia from four centuries of acting and stagecraft.

“We are indebted to Iron Mountain for their leadership grant to the Boston Public Library Foundation, and for partnering with the BPL to display our extensive collection of Shakespeare materials,” said Boston Public Library President David Leonard. “This exhibition of rare and valuable items promises to provide an inspiring adventure for all who visit. We are also very grateful for the critical funding provided by The Boston Foundation, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library, for curatorial and conservation work that supported this project.”

C&G Partners created the engaging exhibition design that showcases the extraordinary historic material on display in Shakespeare Unauthorized

“Many know the name Shakespeare, but might not know how to experience something like a rare book, however precious it may be,” said Jonathan Alger, Co-founder of C&G Partners. “So it was very important to us to help that process along for modern visitors. We designed a space that is itself theatrical, intriguing and deliberately ambiguous, veiling what’s to come as any good playwright would.”

Shakespeare’s Here and Everywhere

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, an independent, non-profit institution, features a complementary exhibition, Shakespeare’s Here and Everywhere, which opened on September 3 and runs through February 2017, with associated programming offered. William Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories take place in a number of fascinating and often picturesque locations throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, in eras from classical times to the Renaissance.  In this exhibition of forty maps, images and three-dimensional objects, visitors view these locales by seeing items from Shakespeare’s lifetime, learning about the world in the time of Shakespeare, and understanding the symbolic role that geography held to the dramas.

Kronborg Castle in Denmark, known as Elsinore in Hamlet, is highlighted in the exhibition. A 1629 Dutch map depicting the Danish Kingdom, along with a vignette illustrating “Elsenor,” is on display. Complementing this map is an original print of “Cronenburg” from Samuel von Pufendorf’s 1696 historical atlas. Geographically-significant quotes from the dramas set the stage for the visitors, such as Marcellus’ line from Hamlet, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (Act 1, scene 4). Visitors also see Heinrich Bünting’s famous “Clover leaf map” from 1581 and Abraham Ortelius’ 1570 edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

“This is an opportunity for visitors to appreciate Shakespeare in a whole new way, through viewing the cartographic treasures from the collections of the Boston Public Library and our founder Norman B. Leventhal,” said Connie Chin, President of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.

Harrison copy.jpgDALLAS — A rare and important letter written and signed by then presidential candidate William Henry Harrison in 1840 defending his conduct at the Battle of the Thames (est. $25,000) highlights Heritage Auctions’ offering of nearly 100 lots from the estate of Malcolm S. Forbes. The comprehensive collection of hand-written speeches, doodles and addresses by John F. Kennedy and Theodore Roosevelt among others will cross the block Oct.  19 in Dallas. 

“In the pantheon of skilled collectors, few stand out like Mr. Malcolm S. Forbes,” said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions. “His unbound curiosity combined with his scholarly view of American history made his collection one of the most important.” 

The two-page Harrison letter is a standout piece as the candidate defended himself against allegations that he was absent during the Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812. The letter is a crucial defense of the candidate’s main campaign plank as a war hero.

Additional highpoints in the collection include a signed and inscribed address Theodore Roosevelt delivered to the Illinois State Bar Association in 1916 stating his position in favor of entering World War I (est. $5,000), future President Andrew Johnson’s marriage certificate from 1827, a typed statement by Woodrow Wilson on the League of Nations from 1920, and a Franklin D. Roosevelt signed photograph in a silver presentation frame inscribed to his wife and political partner Eleanor.

Perhaps the most telling group in the collection are the hand-written speeches, addresses and even doodles by President John F. Kennedy. Among them are a 1957 set of hand-written notes, written for a speech as the head of a Senate committee (est. $3,000); a legal-sized sheet of doodles, including a sailboat and a reference to the Berlin Wall (est. $1,000); and a 1958, six-page typescript manuscript of remarks made in observance of Israel’s 10th anniversary  — with various emendations throughout in Kennedy’s hand mentioning his historic description of “the enemy at the gate”(est. $2,000).

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Wilbur and Orville Wright signed photograph, also signed by President William H. Taft, 1910, (est. $7,000). 

Two autographed letters signed and a drawing by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, circa 1935, (est. $3,000).

President Woodrow Wilson autographed draft of an announcement regarding Pancho Villa, 1916 (est. $2,500).

A draft of an letter written and signed by President Ronald Reagan, 1967 ($1,200).

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Amherst, MA (October 13, 2016) - When Michael Droller received a framed reproduction of a Maxfield Parrish painting as a graduation present from medical school, it ignited a passion for illustration—a passion that has long sustained him outside a career in medicine. It led Michael and his wife Esther to amass an enviable collection of picture book art rich in history and artistic achievement. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to bring this private collection to light in the exhibition The Golden Age to the Modern Era: The Michael and Esther Droller Collection, on view from November 6, 2016 through January 29, 2017. Curated by H. Nichols B. Clark, The Carle’s founding director and chief curator emeritus, the exhibition features art by both legendary names and contemporary geniuses from the world of children’s literature.  

On view are artists from the Golden Age of Illustration—a period of extraordinary creative ferment from 1875 to World War I—such as Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, and Kate Greenaway, as well as later but accomplished practitioners Frank Adams, L. Leslie Brooke, and W. Heath Robinson. The Drollers’ modern holdings, spanning the last quarter of the 20th century, comprise such luminaries as Barbra Cooney, Alice and Martin Provensen, and Maurice Sendak. Thematic subjects bridge both epochs, allowing for artistic comparisons between Arthur Rackham’s and Jerry Pinkney’s versions of Aesop’s Fables to Charles Robinson’s and Michael Hague’s interpretations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Here at The Carle, we are fortunate to befriend many picture-book art collectors—individuals and couples of great passion and determination,” says Alix Kennedy, Executive Director. “This exhibition represents only a fraction of the books and illustrations Michael and Esther Droller have collected over more than 40 years.”

The Beginning of a Collection:

It was while in residency in California that Michael Droller learned the Parrish picture he was gifted at his medical school graduation was from Eugene Field’s Poems of Childhood (1904). He began to search everywhere for the book; Esther, not yet his wife at the time, found it at a flea market. “Through this search,” says Droller, “I was introduced to the world of children’s books from what is known as the Golden Age of Illustration. Unknowingly, Esther’s purchase started me on a hobby that I would pursue obsessively in the years to come. This path would provide me with priceless experiences and enjoyment far beyond my work in medicine.”

Together the Drollers discovered the imaginative art of others from the Golden Age, highlighted by the illustrations of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac in their portrayals of fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and folk legends. During a research fellowship to Stockholm, Droller encountered the equally magical illustrations of John Bauer and Gustaf Tenggren. “What struck me,” he said, “was that these paintings not only added a sense of fantasy and mystery to the stories they portrayed, but actually seemed to extend the imaginative thoughts, concepts, and atmosphere created by the texts. The books themselves were veritable works of art....”

In addition to collecting antiquarian children’s books, Michael and Esther also began acquiring original art by the illustrators. A busy academic physician, Droller devoted increasing attention to the pursuit of their collection. He attended book shows, library fairs, and met with numerous dealers in search of first editions; he scoured thrift shops, flea markets, and later the Internet for the original illustrations. When he traveled for medical conferences, he explored used bookstores in various cities—often returning with a suitcase full of new items for the collection.

“Although, my primary attention focused on my medical work, I also developed a routine in which I was able to pursue my children’s book activities,” says Droller. “Ironically, as my emotions were drawing me increasingly towards the children’s book world, I began to perceive that this developing passion was actually providing a welcome distraction from the challenges and sometime stresses I experienced in my everyday academic and clinical activities. My hobby seemed to become a valuable counterpoint to and to reinvigorate me in my professional activities, each in effect enhancing my appreciation and enjoyment of the other.”

Collecting Leads to Friendships

Michael Droller didn’t anticipate the extent to which his collection would soon expand. In the 1980s he chanced upon a children’s bookshop to find Arnold Lobel reading stories from the latest book in his Frog and Toad series. He described how he created his characters; then he signed and sketched in the books. Droller was entranced by the idea of a contemporary children’s book artist actually personalizing his books. Another time, he met Chris Van Allsburg at a signing and was able to talk to him at length about his concept and artwork for his new book, Jumanji.

“I felt a wonderful sense of satisfaction not only in having met another gifted and creative artist, but also in acquiring this contemporary children’s book with its imaginative illustrations, now personalized by the artist with an inscription and original sketch, and made special because of this.”

The Drollers’ focus shifted from an initial interest in antiquarian children’s books and art to incorporating an appreciation for contemporary children’s book illustrations. “I was able to expand my collection in new directions and extend my interactions beyond a simple book signing and brief conversations,” Droller said. In addition to their collection, Michael and Esther developed special friendships with many of the artists whose work they collect, including Maurice Sendak, Jan Brett, Etienne Delessert, and Lisbeth Zwerger. In fact, the Drollers’ children served as models for two of Brett’s books.

“This personal involvement superseded the abstract process of simply seeking and acquiring objects for a collection. It became a profound privilege to interact on a personal level with these highly creative individuals and allowed me to enter the imagination of the artists,” Droller said.

Of special interest in the Exhibition:

Frank Adams (British, 1871-1944)

“Said the Pye-man to Simon Show me now your penny”
The Story of Simple Simon [Dodge Publishing Company, ca. early 1900s]
Ink and gouache on illustration board

Maginel Wright Enright Barney
(American, 1881-1966)

“Pied Piper”
Pen and ink with coloring on paper 

Jan Brett (American, b. 1949)
“How pleased Goldilocks was . . . ”
Goldilocks and the Three Bears [Dodd, Mead & Company, 1987]
Watercolor on paper

Randolph Caldecott (British, 1846-1886)
“Babes with Huntsman”
Babes in the Woods, Toy Book Series [Routledge, 1879]
Pen and ink on paper

Barbara Cooney (American, 1917-2000)
“And he carved a new yoke”
Oxcart Man by Donald Hall [The Viking Press, 1979]
Acrylic on paper

Walter Crane (British, 1845-1915)
“Finding the Babes”
Babes in the Woods, Toy Book Series [Routledge, n. d.]
Pen and ink on illustration board

Charles James Folkard
(British, 1878-1963)
“Pinocchio’s Nose Growing”
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (Carlo Lorenzini) [Dutton, 1911]
Ink and watercolor on paper

Kate Greenaway (British, 1846-1901)
“Deaf Martha”
Little Ann and Other Poems by Ann and Jane Taylor [George Routledge & Sons, ca. 1883]
Watercolor and ink on paper

Arthur Rackham (British, 1867-1939)
“Gnome [Rackham caricature], Crow, Rabbit, and Boy in Horse-Drawn Wagon”  [unpublished]
Watercolor and ink on paper

Maurice Bernard Sendak (American, 1928-2012)
“One took off his shoes, one his stockings” from “The Poor Miller’s Boy and the Little Cat,” 1973, The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm, translated by Lore Segal [Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1973]
Lithograph on paper, Ed. 85/125


Gallery Talk: A Passion for Collecting

November 6, 2016
1:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Collector Michael Droller joins Guest Curator Nick Clark for a gallery talk on The Golden Age to the Modern Era: The Michael and Esther Droller Collection. Dr. Droller will share insights and inspirations of building a world-class illustration collection over the past 40 years, and reflect on the many artist friendships he formed along the way.

Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 9.09.20 AM.pngThe biggest names in modern and contemporary art will be offered for auction on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury’s Modern & Contemporary Editions sale. The auction will begin at 11am at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London. Estimates range from £100 - £10,000.

Of particular note is lot 144, Andy Warhol’s Joseph Beuys in Memoriam (F.&S.371), expected to reach £10,000 - £15,000. Warhol created the print as a tribute to the artist Joseph Beuys, who was considered one of the most influential post-war art figures of the 1960s. While they were never said to be close friends, Warhol and Beuys greatly admired each other. Though their styles varied, the two artists are often associated with one another; particularly as they both worked with the Japanese artist Kaii Higashiyama, on the "Global-Art-Fusion" project in 1985.

An etching by Lucian Freud, of one of his daughters, will be on offer (lot 153) in November. Although best known as a painter, etching became an integral part of Freud’s practice. This piece from 1986, Head of IB (H.35), signed with his initials in pencil, is estimated at £5,000-£7,000.

Further auction highlights include the works which were commissioned from the YBAs in 2002 for the launch of BBC 4, by artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Gavin Turk. Emin’s teapot and handkerchief, used as an invitation to the launch, will be on offer (Lot 117; estimate £500 - £700) as well as her original drawn designs.

This auction is a rare opportunity for buyers to purchase artist books and prints by some of the art world’s most iconic figures: Pablo Picasso, Peter Doig, Banksy, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dalí, and many more.

Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 9.00.48 AM.pngBOSTON, MA - Skinner’s October 30 Fine Books & Manuscripts auction will feature one of the most notable collections of original signed George Washington material to be offered at auction in recent history. The material is diverse, and highlights Washington’s ongoing commitment to nurturing and maintaining Mount Vernon, important moments during the Revolutionary War, and the first Presidency.

A large selection of material from the collection of Chicago’s late David A. Spinney opens the auction at 11AM and includes more than 20 original letters and documents bearing the signature of the first President of the United States. Lots are organized in chronological order allowing collectors and historians the opportunity to view Washington’s career by way of his life’s important highlights. (Lot 1, Estimated between $20,000-25,000) is a survey of land created in 1751 by a teenaged George Washington, who worked as a professional land surveyor between the ages of 17 and 20. The survey is followed by (Lot 2, $20,000-25,000) an important personal letter to Colonel Burwell Bassett Sr. written completely in Washington’s hand in 1773.

The founding fathers make an appearance as the auction progresses, with documents signed by John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and James Monroe. History buffs and fans of the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, will be interested in the 11 lots related to that founding father placed throughout the auction. For example, in (Lot 44, $3,500-4,500) John Quincy Adams writes of his banking report, “On the same principle, in the same paper, and on the same occasion [I] have paid a tribute of Justice to Alexander Hamilton.”

The auction also includes a large assortment of original documents signed by American presidents and other important historical figures. Of note is (Lot 42, $30,000-45,000) a collection of eight signed letters by George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Charles Dickens, Napoleon Bonaparte, Horatio Nelson, and John Wesley.

David A. Spinney’s collection continues with a fine and diverse selection of printed and illustrated books. In addition to his interest in the founding fathers, Spinney also collected material related to exploration with a focus on Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, and the American west. The earliest travel book from Spinney’s collection is Theodor deBry’s Brevis Narratio from 1591 (Lot 220, $20,000-30,000), which documents the indigenous population of Northern Florida as they lived in the 16th century.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

McKenney, Thomas (1785-1859) & James Hall (1793-1868) History of the Indian Tribes of North America (Lot 311, $35,000-55,000)

Lewis, James Otto (1799-1858) The Aboriginal Port Folio. Philadelphia: Lehman & Duval, 1835-1836 (Lot 300, $40,000-45,000)

Picart, Bernard (1673-1733) The Ceremonies and Religious Customs of the Various Nations of the Known World. First English edition (Lot 337, $5,000-7,000)

Previews, Catalog, Events, and Bidding
Previews for the auction are free and open to the public. Previews will be held in Boston on Friday, October 28 from 12PM - 5PM, Saturday, October 29 from 10AM - 4PM, and on Sunday, October 30 from 9AM - 11AM. Illustrated catalogs for auction 2940B and the George Washington collection are available from the Subscriptions Department at subscriptions@skinnerinc.com or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time through SkinnerLive!

Image: Washington, George (1732-1799) Autograph Letter Signed, Mount Vernon, 20 April 1773 (Lot 2, Estimate: $20,000-25,000)


The Library of Congress and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera today announced the launch of Herrera’s second-term projects—an online narrative poem for second and third graders; a collaboration with high-school English teachers at Chicago Public Schools to create strategies for teaching poetry; and a writing lab in Fresno, California.

Herrera was appointed in 2015 as the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and reappointed in 2016 to serve a second term. During his laureateship, Herrera has chosen to conduct projects that champion poetry and creative writing for young children, older students and adults.

From 2016 to 2017, he is inviting second and third grade students and their school librarians from across the nation to contribute to "The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon," an illustrated narrative poem that will be featured on the Library of Congress read.gov website. The project launches with an introductory chapter and prompt written by Herrera and illustrated by artist Juana Medina. School librarians will work with students to submit responses. The narrative poem will contain six chapters, all guided by input from librarians and students. Herrera and Medina will post the final chapter in June 2017.

"The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon" is co-presented by the Library’s Educational Outreach Division and the Publishing Office. To view the project, visit www.read.gov/catalinaneon.

Continuing his work with students, Herrera and the Library of Congress will collaborate throughout the school year with the Poetry Foundation in Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on a program titled "Wordstreet Champions and Brave Builders of the Dream." Herrera will work with approximately 40 high school English teachers from CPS to develop new exercises and strategies for teaching poetry to freshmen. At the program’s conclusion, CPS (the country’s third most populous school district) will measure impact on participating teachers and their students.

Herrera’s third initiative during his second term involves the creation of a West Coast office, the "Laureate Lab—Visual Wordist Studio." It will be a performance/classroom space in the library of California State University in Fresno, where Herrera once taught and now lives. Herrera will use the newly inaugurated space to develop small scale, dynamic programs and classes for his local community, mixing poetry with visual arts, song and movement. Teachers, writers, artists and community members are welcome to join the Poet Laureate in his continuous experiment with language.

During his first term, Herrera’s project was an online initiative "La Casa de Colores" on the Library of Congress website, loc.gov/poetry/casadecolores. Each month, Americans contributed to an epic poem "La Familia." The project also included a monthly video feature by Herrera, "El Jardín," which highlighted the resources at the Library of Congress.

The author of 30 books of poetry, novels for young adults and collections for children, Herrera’s most recent works are "Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes" (2014), a picture book showcasing inspiring Hispanic- and Latino-Americans, and "Notes on the Assemblage" (2015), a volume of poems.

Herrera was born in Fowler, California, in 1948. As the son of migrant farm workers, Herrera moved around often, living in tents and trailers along the road in southern California, and attended school in a variety of small towns from San Francisco to San Diego. In 1972 he graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor’s degree in social anthropology. He then attended Stanford University, where he received a master’s degree in social anthropology, and in 1990 received a Master’s of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Herrera has written over a dozen poetry collections, including "Half the World in Light: New and Selected Poems" (2008), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the International Latino Book Award.

For his poetry Herrera has received two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, a PEN USA National Poetry Award, the PEN Oakland / Josephine Miles Award, a PEN / Beyond Margins Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Stanford University Chicano Fellows. He is a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate from Skidmore College.

Herrera has served as the chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department at California State University, Fresno and held the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair in the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside, where he taught until retiring in 2015. He served as the Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2015.

The Library of Congress’ Poetry and Literature Center is the home of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, a position that has existed since 1936, when Archer M. Huntington endowed the Chair of Poetry at the Library. Since then, many of the nation’s most eminent poets have served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and, after the passage of Public Law 99-194 (Dec. 20, 1985), as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The Poet Laureate suggests authors to read in the Library’s literary series and plans other special events during the literary season. For more information, visit loc.gov/poetry/.

The Educational Outreach Division at the Library of Congress is dedicated to providing educators with engaging methods and high-quality materials to effectively teach with primary sources. For more information, visit loc.gov/teachers/.

The Library of Congress Publishing Office publishes a wide range of materials based on the Library’s collections. It currently has more than 100 titles in print. For more information, visit loc.gov/publish/.

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.

A5002-37_1 copy.jpgNew York—On Tuesday, November 1, Swann Auction Galleries will hold a sale of Autographs, with an emphasis on American political signatures in a nod to the upcoming presidential election.

A Civil War-era album in the sale, originally signed by dozens of important political and military figures of the period, also contains an astounding page signed by fourteen U.S. presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and both Roosevelts. Additional presidential signatures—Bill Clinton, Andrew Johnson and Barack Obama—are on a following spread (Grant signed elsewhere). Other notable signers of the album include P.T. Barnum, Charles Sumner, Schuyler Colfax and George Armstrong Custer. The album was discovered in the 1950s and subsequently maintained by Manuscript Society president Herbert Klingelhofer (1915-2015). Spanning 1864 to 2010, this album is estimated to sell for $60,000 to $90,000.

Further American political autographs include a Document Signed by Benjamin Franklin, 1785, ordering Treasurer David Rittenhouse to pay £15,000 to the Trustees of the General Loan Office ($5,000 to $7,500); a Clipped Signature by Abraham Lincoln, likely removed from a check and mounted to the edge of an Autograph Letter Signed by his son, Robert Todd Lincoln, 1878 ($4,000 to $6,000); several Partly-printed Documents Signed by George Washington, including the 1783 military discharge of Edward Keyser ($7,000 to $10,000). Three Typed Letters Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt concerning Henry R. Luce, other publishers and personal topics between 1940 and 1944 ($3,500 to $5,000) are also in the sale, as well as a 1791 Congressional Printed Document Signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State, representing the first act in which Vermont is referred to as a state ($10,000 to $15,000). No sale of autographs would be complete without examples of the most famous ‘John Hancock’ of all: John Hancock’s iconic signature is on a 1781 Document Signed appointing a Joseph Fisk as Surgeon of the First Regiment of Foot ($3,500 to $5,000).

Signatures by foreign rulers include a Letter Signed from Empress Catherine the Great in 1766, congratulating the Crown Princess of Courland on her marriage ($3,000 to $4,000), and a Letter Signed from Napoleon Bonaparte expressing concern that General Miollio’s troops might not receive sufficient nourishment, 1797 ($4,000 to $6,000).

Artists, both literary and visual, abound. An Autograph Letter Signed from Claude Monet to his friend Gustave Geffroy in 1891 inviting the latter to visit the artist in his garden in Giverny is expected to fetch $6,000 to $9,000. Ephemera from Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, includes an Autograph Manuscript Signed for the title page for Appendix to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, circa 1889 ($5,000 to $7,500). Also available is John Ruskin’s personalized album of cards sent to him on the occasion of his 64th birthday in 1883; over eighty people wrote to Ruskin, including Walter Sickert and Oscar Wilde. Ruskin Birthday Book is expected to sell between $10,000 and $15,000.

Nineteenth and twentieth century scientists are well represented, especially Albert Einstein. Of special note is Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist by Paul Arthur Schilpp and signed by the illustrious subject in 1949 is expected to sell for $3,500 to $5,000. A Photograph Signed by Neil Armstrong in his space suit is expected to fetch $1,000 to $2,000.

Fans of classical music will be pleased by a healthy selection of autographs, many on sheet music. An Autograph Musical Quotation by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Signed, dated and accompanied by two bars from his Prelude in C sharp minor (1919) is guided at $3,000 to $4,000. Further selections include an undated Autograph Note Signed from musician Robert Schumann to August Schmidt, introducing a fellow musician visiting from Amsterdam ($2,000 to $3,000), as well as an 1849-69 signed quotation by Louis Moreau Gottschalk on treble and bass clefs ($1,500 to $2,500). Further musicians include Arnold Schönberg, Igor Stravinsky and Guiseppe Verdi.

Also available is a Poster Signed by each member of The Beatles, with an inclusion by Ringo Starr over the shortest inkblot with his height, “5’7”, estimated to sell for $4,000 to $6,000.

The auction will be held Tuesday, November 1, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Friday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, October 29 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, October 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, November 1 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 Swann Autographs Specialist Marco Tomaschett at 212-254-4710, extension 12 or mtomaschett@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 118 Album containing more than 130 signatures, including 18 U.S. presidents (14 on a single page), 1864-2010. Estimate $60,000 to $90,000. At auction November 1.

TEFAF Names Invaluable Marquee Sponsor

(New York) October 11, 2016 - TEFAF, the world’s preeminent fair of art and antiques, today announced that Invaluable, the leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, will be the marquee sponsor for both TEFAF New York and TEFAF Maastricht. The new association will officially launch at the the inaugural edition of TEFAF New York Fall, a joint venture between TEFAF and Artvest Partners, and will continue for TEFAF Maastricht in The Netherlands from March 10-19, 2017 and TEFAF New York Spring from May 4-9, 2017.

Invaluable’s experience is in helping galleries and dealers develop robust digital strategies and connect with the company’s engaged, passionate collector base from 180 countries around the world, and aims to strengthen relationships within the dealer community, making it a natural fit for TEFAF.

As such, in the coming months Invaluable and TEFAF will be launching the TEFAF Digital Excellence Program powered by Invaluable, a new initiative that will provide dealers with the digital tools necessary to grow their business between fairs by expanding their reach and connection with new buyers online. Together, TEFAF and Invaluable are committed to exploring avenues to further grow the online art market, with an emphasis on high quality works and strong buyer confidence.

“Our first commitment at TEFAF is supporting the dealer community by consistently exploring ways that will expand their global platforms,” comments Patrick van Maris, TEFAF CEO. “We share the view that growth centers around the establishment of new dealer resources and connections, while at the same time we believe that, with the experience and expertise within our network and the very high standards we uphold for quality, condition and authenticity of art works put forward at our fairs, we can make a valuable contribution to the future of the online art market space. We are delighted to be working with Invaluable to that end."

Rob Weisberg, Invaluable CEO, said: "We are honored to embark on this new relationship with the world’s most prestigious fair for art and antiques. As the strong demand for fine art and antiques continues to grow online, we couldn’t think of a better partner than TEFAF to help ensure we bring the highest quality fine art and collectibles online and continue to raise the bar in this area."

According to the 2016 TEFAF Art Market Report, “in the traditional auction and dealer sectors, online sales have grown to account for an increasing share of the sales.” The report states that in 2015, sales of art online were estimated conservatively to have reached $4.7 billion, up 7% year-on-year and accounting for 7% of all global art and antiques sales by value.

When dealers specifically were asked to report the biggest challenges they faced over the next five years, the most frequently cited challenge was finding new buyers (73% of respondents). The report also found that of the dealers currently making sales online, the majority of their sales (52%) were to completely new buyers, illustrating how a strong digital strategy can help in this respect. Most dealers were also optimistic about online sales, as 58% thought they would increase over the next five years.

"The way that people buy art has unquestionably changed and we are seeing more galleries and dealers seeking new collectors by extending their reach online,” continued Weisberg. “We believe Invaluable can help dealers connect with millions of potential new buyers without having to make a large investment in technology and marketing services. We've taken care of that."

To learn more about TEFAF New York Fall, visit www.tefaf.com.

AUSTIN, Texas — The archive of Nicaraguan poet, priest and political activist Ernesto Cardenal will open in November at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at The University of Texas at Austin.

Admired and controversial, Cardenal is a towering figure in Central American culture and politics. He is a multifaceted poet who incorporates history and science in his verses, and a priest who defied the Catholic hierarchy by engaging in a revolutionary armed conflict and in the ensuing left-wing government.

The archive features rare editions of Cardenal’s writings, translations of his poetry, interviews, photographs, videos, newspaper clippings, documentaries about his life and work, and hundreds of letters to and from key protagonists of Nicaraguan culture and politics.

Files relating to Cardenal’s activities as minister of culture during the 1980s Sandinista government are currently being digitized. The originals will be given to the Historical Institute of Nicaragua and Central America, or Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua y Centroamérica.

Among the archive’s treasures are letters to Cardenal from Trappist monk Thomas Merton, an influential figure in Cardenal’s life. Merton’s reflections on literature, spirituality and politics reveal deep anxiety about the nuclear threats of the 1960s along with distrust for the two superpowers that vied for supremacy in the world.

Cardenal has been called one of the last of a visionary generation of activist/artist priests that at one time included, to name a few, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Paulo Freire and Jon Sobrino.  

“Ernesto Cardenal is one of Latin America’s foremost public intellectuals,” said Virginia Garrard-Burnett, professor of history and director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. “A renowned poet and political activist, Cardenal has spoken out tirelessly and eloquently on behalf of the poor, the marginalized and the forgotten for well more than half a century. It is our great privilege that he has decided to safeguard the corpus of his writings to LLILAS Benson, where they can be studied and appreciated by future generations.”

The Ernesto Cardenal archive complements and enriches numerous historical and literary collections already housed at The University of Texas at Austin. These include the ongoing Archiving the Central American Revolutions Initiative; Revolution and Counterrevolution in Guatemala, 1944-1963; the José Revueltas Papers; and the Magda Portal Papers (all at the Benson Collection), as well as the Gabriel García Márquez archive and El Corno Emplumado Collection (both at the Harry Ransom Center).

“The opening of the Ernesto Cardenal papers will offer tremendous opportunities for researchers from all over the world to make new discoveries and advance scholarship about this extraordinary man and his lasting contributions to Nicaraguan history and culture,” said Julianne Gilland, director of the Benson Latin American Collection.

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections will celebrate the opening of the Ernesto Cardenal Papers on Tuesday, Nov. 15, with a roundtable and a poetry reading by Cardenal himself. The event will be free and open to the public.

image001.jpgAs the inaugural TEFAF New York this autumn brings an art world establishment to America for the first time, Daniel Crouch Rare Books will bring items relating to the discovery of America and the New World.

These include the sole surviving example of the first printed version of ‘The Capitulations of Santa Fe’ from the Fundaçion Casa d’Alba. This historically significant work lays down the conditions under which Columbus was authorised by the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella to lead an expedition to what he thought would be the Indies. The Capitulations grant Columbus the titles of Admiral of the Ocean Sea, Viceroy, Governor- General and honorific Don of the Indies, and also ten percent of all riches to be obtained from his intended voyage. ($900,000).

Moving further north, another remarkable inclusion is an extremely rare pair of late Renaissance Italian globes, the first to name Canada. They are the work of master cartographer, engraver, and publisher Mario Cartaro (1540-1620): only one other pair of globes by Cartaro is known to exist. Cartaro’s globes are lauded not only for the beauty of their engraving, but for correctly marking New Guinea as an island and showing the mythical strait of Anian which was believed to separate America and Asia ($225,000).

Appearances can be deceiving in a monumental world map by Frederick de Wit and Giacomo Giovanni de Rossi titled ‘Nova Totius Orbis Tabula’ (1675), one of only two known to exist. In 1675 De Wit’s large wall map of c.1660 was redrawn on 12 sheets and published in Rome by Giovanni de Rossi. De Rossi’s additions include what appears to be the outline of Antarctica; this is, however, still a speculative outline of the great continent believed to exist in the southern hemisphere in order to balance out the landmasses in the north ($525,000).

Human exploration on our planet also compels us to look beyond the confines of our world, as recent interest in interstellar exploration has demonstrated. A particularly fascinating piece is a rare globe of Mars, made during a period of great interest in the red planet and the possibility of Martian civilisation [c.1915]. The globe, by Danish socialist and astronomer, Emmy Ingeborg Brun was created in response to the work of contemporary astronomers Camille Flammarion and Giovanni Schiaparelli, uncle of the iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

In 1885 Schiaparelli observed a network of dark lines on the Martian surface. After publishing his findings, the ‘canali’ or ‘natural channels’ on the surface that he had marked were translated instead as ‘manmade channels’. Flammarion agreed with this interpretation and suggested that they were remnants of a system distributing water across the surface of the planet, created by a now-dying population. Brun, also intrigued by these canals, saw them as evidence of a different, more co-operative form of society and ultimately saw Mars as a potential site for a socialist utopia. In keeping with that ideology, the bronze base is marked with the inscription, ‘Free land. Free Trade. Free Men’ ($75,000).

Image: Frederick De Wit, and Giacomo Giovanni De Rossi [Wall Map] Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula, Rome, Rossi, 1675. 1480mm by 2358mm, ($525,000)

Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 9.32.43 AM.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are pleased to announce their Fine Photographs auction which will take place on 20th October at 2pm at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP. Estimates range from £500 to £15,000.

Included in the sale and following a hugely successful retrospective at the Victoria & Albert Museum recently, are four photographs by British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879). Cameron, who suffered criticism for her unconventional photography techniques, often produced photographs that were either intentionally out of focus or complete with scratches, smudges and other markers of the development process.  Known for exploring Arthurian and other legendary themes in her photographs, Cameron was also recognised for her portraits of celebrities. Included is a mesmerising portrait of Alfred Lord Tennyson, who was her neighbour on the Isle of Wight. This photograph, given the title Dirty Monk, by Tennyson himself carries an attractive estimate of £1,000 - £1,500 (Lot 24). Other photographs by Cameron for sale include portraits of popular Victorian artist and sculptor George Frederic Watts R.A., (Lot 25, Est: £1,000 - £1,500), her maid Mary Hillier posing as Sappho (Lot 22, Est: £1,500 - £2,000), and her daughter in law Mrs Ewen Hay Cameron as the Turkish character Zuleika whose illicit love for her half-brother ended in tragedy (Lot 23, Est £1,500 - £2,000).

A further highlight is a selection of approximately 535 photographs of views of London. The pictures were taken between 1946 and 1953 for Westminster council by over 50 photographers, bringing to life 1940s and 1950s London through shots of the iconic landmarks that shape the city such as Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, amongst others. The photographs offer a fascinating insight into the changes that have taken place in London over the past 50 years. This selection of London Views carries an estimate of £400 - £600 (Lot 51).

Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 9.26.13 AM.pngEmily Dickinson (1830-86) is considered one of the great visionary poets of nineteenth-century America, but she published just a handful of poems in her lifetime, her first collection appearing posthumously.

Dickinson wrote over 1,800 poems. Exploring themes of love, loss, faith and death, she delivers emotional insights with a precision and candour remarkable even by modern standards. Her radical style led her early editors to make substantial alterations to her verse, diminishing the power of her work. This edition from The Folio Society, featuring more than 170 poems, follows the text edited by Thomas H. Johnson, which restores their original form.

Throughout her life, and even more so since her death in 1886, Emily Dickinson was shrouded in mystery. She rarely left her father’s home in Amherst, Massachusetts, becoming known locally as ‘the Myth’. This reclusion seems at odds with her verse - so expansive in range and passionately engaged with the pains and joys of life.

The introduction is by the celebrated poet Lavinia Greenlaw; the integrated wood engravings are by Jane Lydbury. A translucent dust jacket superimposes Dickinson’s figure on a wild, rural landscape, reflecting at once her removal from and deep connectedness to the world outside her home.

It is easy to imagine that Ralph Waldo Emerson, who knew Dickinson’s brother, Austin, had her poems in mind when he declared: ‘For it is not metres, but a metre-making argument, that makes a poem,—a thought so passionate and alive, that, like the spirit of a plant or an animal, it has an architecture of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing.’

Product information

Bound in cloth, printed with a design by the artist. Set in Bembo Book. 160 pages with 12 integrated wood engravings. Printed endpapers. 83⁄4 ̋ x 51⁄2 ̋. This edition has a translucent dust jacket in place of a slipcase.
UK £19.95 US $29.95 Can $39.95 Aus $39.95

Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 9.20.16 AM.pngThe Folio Society proudly presents one of the most terrifying tales of the 20th century in an edition worthy of its iconic status. Stephen King refers to The Shining as his ‘crossroads novel’, a work in which the terror lies not only in the supernatural, but in the psychological.

Although the title of this book refers to five-year-old Danny Torrance, a little boy whose ‘shine’ allows him to see events from the past as well as those yet to come, it is his father, Jack, winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, who is at the centre of this tale.

For many fans, this is a chance to meet the ‘real’ Jack Torrance. Rather than a two-dimensional villain compelled to madness by supernatural forces, Jack emerges as a more complex character, one haunted by childhood memories. We learn of Jack’s complicated relationship with his own father - a violent drunk both loved and hated by his son - and see how it has shaped Jack’s life, the patterns of his youth playing out again and again in the present. The edges of what was and what is become blurred, and so the ghosts that begin to stir in the Overlook stand in for the ghosts of Jack’s own past, revived into startling, brutal life.

Edward Kinsella has provided 11 disturbing colour illustrations that capture the book’s vision of the inhuman nature of the Overlook, and the binding is emblazoned with a vividly monstrous wasp - a creature which appears as a harbinger of doom in the book.

Stephen King and Edward Kinsella have signed a limited number of copies to be given away as prizes throughout the campaign.

Product information

Bound in cloth blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Miller with Kingthings Trypewriter display. 536 pages. Black & white illustrated title-page spread; 11 full-page colour illustrations. Printed endpapers. 10” x 63⁄4”.
UK £49.95 US $79.95 Can $99.95 Aus $99.95

Screen Shot 2016-10-09 at 6.36.58 PM.pngParis—On the upcoming Books & Manuscripts auction in Paris on 5 December, Christie's will offer a complete set of the celebrated Michelin Guides. This rare ensemble comprises the 108 existing Guides published between 1900 and 2016, and is estimated at 20,000 to 30,000 euros. Additionally, the set includes the 1939 edition of the Guide that was reprinted by the American Military in 1943, ahead of the June 6 invasion in Normandy the following year.

The Michelin Guide - In 1900, the Michelin brothers come up with the idea of creating the celebrated Red Guide to “provide motorists travelling through France all the useful information to supply their automobile, to fix it, where to sleep and eat, and which means exist to communicate, by mail, telegraph or telephone”. While collecting multiple technical recommendations, the Guide evolves little by little. From 1923, it turns to hotels and gastronomy, with the attribution of celebrated stars, still today an international reference.

Some editions of the Michelin Guide were never published. It includes the years from 1915 to 1918 during the First World War, the year of 1921, and from 1940 to 1944 because of the Second World War. In 1945, after WWII, the Guide’s work is enormous: towns were destroyed, bridges demolished and some roads were inaccessible. However, the Guide was published on the day the Armistice was signed, and included all relevant information about the roads’ status as well as times and fees of ferryboats.

Public viewing: Friday 2 and Saturday 3 from 10am to 6pm.
                      and Sunday 4 from 2pm to 6pm

Auction: Monday 5 December 2016 in the afternoon

Christie’s: 9 avenue Matignon - 75008 - Paris

108 guides in total (no guides were published in 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1921, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944).
The 1902 to 1907 guides include a folding road map at the end.
Estimate: €20,000-30,000

06c3ace4853aefc4b5fc6708863ebe66c4615d70.pngBOSTON, MA - A letter written by physicist Albert Einstein to his son discussing his happiness with his work to solve the Unified Field Theory will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.

The one page letter in German, signed “Papa,” undated but circa early 1929. Letter to his son Eduard Einstein, nicknamed “Tetel,” in full (translated): “Your letter made me very happy, particularly your comment regarding the hotel. Just like you, I hate it and it is with delight that I am detecting here a deep inner kinship between us, which I treasure. It seems to me it has been so long since I have seen you and I am longing to have you around me once again.

For Easter, Albert and his wife will be visiting here. You could be coming at the same time, no matter. I would make sure you have sleeping quarters at a friend’s house while Albert is here. By the way, there is still another hurdle. On the 14th of March I have to flee to escape from my 50th Birthday Party otherwise I would run the risk of perhaps getting seasick. But there is still a lot of time until Easter. At any rate, I certainly want to see you before you graduate from High School.

I am now very happy because I finally solved to my total satisfaction, after immensely intensive work, my gravitation-electricity problem. This, in a way, concludes my life’s work—the remainder simply is bonus material. Remarkably, how through all this strenuous work I made it in good shape and am feeling quite well. I do, however, practically live the life of a recluse and follow a frugal way of live. When we see each other again, I shall try to explain to you and describe this lifestyle a bit. In no way do I expect your approval and perhaps desire to join this guild. I could not care less.

Don’t get overwhelmed by that heavy volume of a book I sent you. One should read it in small segments, always keeping in mind that this represents chosen selections of intellectual work through the centuries, expressed by an unimportant, but decent and clear thinking human being.”

He adds a postscript, in full: “I have been reading with great admiration Bernard Shaw’s new book on Socialism and Capitalism. I will be sending it to you soon and strongly recommend you definitely read this remarkable book.”

In 1924, Einstein had finished laying the essential groundwork for his most complex and ambitious theory yet—the Unified Field Theory, an attempt to explain the nature of gravity in terms of the laws of electromagnetism.

After making further refinements, he published the theory in 1929. The ideas he put forward conflicted with the emerging understanding of quantum mechanics, which put him at odds with much of the physics community at large; these disagreements led to a famous falling out with fellow Nobel winner Niels Bohr.

Although he continued to work on the Unified Field Theory for the rest of his life, Einstein—despite his exuberance in the present letter—was never able to satisfactorily master the problem, and it remains unsolved to this day.

“Einstein does not usually talk about his life’s work— that’s what make’s the letter spectacular,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. “The letter reveals Einstein as both an accomplished physicist and caring father, this is a remarkable letter with simply extraordinary content.” 

Among other items featured:

Albert Einstein letter to the widow of New York Dr. Isidore W. Held, who was involved in helping Jewish intellectuals escape from Nazi Germany and published articles on behalf of persecuted Jewish physicians.

Albert Einstein typed letter at the height of WWII, Einstein pledges “my influence” to a would-be Jewish refugee.           

Vintage glossy press photo of Einstein in a candid moment, signed in the lower border.

Online bidding for the Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction from RR Auction began on September 27 and will conclude on October 12. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com

Photo courtesy RR Auction. Pre-Auction Estimate: $100,000 + (U.S.) 

camera.jpgNEW YORK — The camera used a half-century ago by legendary photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams will be offered in a public auction in New York City by Heritage Auctions’ Photographs auction, October 27.  The Arca-Swiss 4x5 inch view camera (est. $70,000-$100,000) was used by Adams for shooting the well-known 1968 image Arches, North Court, Mission San Xavier Del Bac in Tucson, Arizona and other famous photographs of that era.

“This is the only Ansel Adams’ view camera ever offered at auction,” said Nigel Russell, Heritage Auctions Director of Photography. “After he used this camera between 1964 and 1968 he gave it to his assistant, Lillian DeCock, who also became a distinguished photographer. This camera and equipment, along with four other cameras used by DeCock and her husband, were consigned by her heirs.”

Also featured in the auction is a very rare and complete set of the six alternative photos for The Beatles iconic Abbey Road album cover taken and autographed by Iain Macmillan in 1969 (est. $60,000-$80,000). Five of the shots show John, Paul, George and Ringo walking across the street at Abbey Road, and one of the Mcmillan's images has them walking in the opposite direction of the photo eventually used for the album cover. 

There also are three portraits of the American female dancer Keith Coppage by Tina Modotti taken while she was living in Mexico City in 1928 (est. $20,000-$30,000).

The auction also features an unusual and rare group of vintage Irving Penn photographs including a variant of the well-known 1948 portrait of the Dusek Brothers, professional wrestlers from the family of Wally Dusek (est. $10,000-$15,000). From the estate of Vogue editor Allene Talmey are three photographs of India (est. $5,000-$7,000 each) taken on Penn’s and Talmey’s 1947 around-the-world trip as well as a portrait of Sir Khawaja Nazimuddin, the second Prime Minster of Pakistan (est. $10,000-$15,000) and Condé Nast editor Frank Crowninshield (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Other highlights in the sale include a complete James Van Der Zee portfolio of 18 photographs taken 1905 to 1938 and printed by Richard Benson in 1974 (est. $15,000-$20,000); a solarized gelatin silver print, circa 1937, by Man Ray of Jane Clark, the wife of Sir Kenneth MacKenzie Clark (est. $12,000-$18,000); and Dorothea Lange’s Mended Stockings, San Francisco, 1934, printed c. 1960 (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Modern and Contemporary photographs include Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Celtic Sea, Boscastle (Day), 1994 (est. $20,000-30,000) as well as his Hi-Way 39 Drive-In, Orange, 1993. The work of Robert Mapplethorpe is represented by his contemplative portrait of Clifton Taylor, 1981 (est. $10,000-$15,000) and Lisa Lyon, 1980 (est. $10,000-$15,000).  Also in the sale is the haunting post 9/11 scene Brooks Brothers, September 12, 2001, (est. $10,000-$15,000) by Sean Hemmerle.

For the first time Heritage will also be offering a selection of 150 historic cameras including Willard D. Morgan's Leica IIIc Camera Outfit (est. $10,000-$15,000), a Leica I Camera, German, 1930 (est. $1,500-$2,000) and a Kardon Signal Corps PH-629/UF Rangefinder Camera (est. $1,500-$2,000).

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $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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NEW YORK, 6 October 2016--Sotheby’s is honored to announce the sale of one of the greatest private collections of printed and manuscript Bibles formed since the 19th century, The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie, which will be held in New York on 5 December 2016. Dr. Ryrie (1925-2016) was best known for his eponymous Study Bible, which contains 10,000 concise and cogent explanatory notes and has sold more than 2,600,000 copies. But while the Study Bible was directed towards the general reader, Dr. Ryrie was a titan among theological and Biblical scholars, and the author of numerous academic books and articles. The leading proponent of dispensationalism of our times, Dr. Ryrie influenced generations of students, teaching at Calvary Bible College, Westmont College, Dallas Theological and Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University).

The New York sale on 5 December will include some 200 lots of manuscript and printed Bibles, ranging from the tenth-century “Benton” Gospels in Greek (estimate $50/$80,000) to a beautifully illuminated thirteenth-century Italian manuscript Bible in Latin (estimate $150/250,000) to two leaves surviving from the Gutenberg Bible, printed in Mainz about 1454 (estimate $50/70,000 each). But the core of the Ryrie Collection is the remarkable run of early English translations of the Bible, including multiple very rare early editions of the versions prepared by Myles Coverdale and William Tyndale, the latter of whom was martyred. Most remarkably, the Ryrie Collection includes a manuscript of John Wycliffe’s New Testament, produced in England about 1430 (estimate $500/800,000). The Authorized, or King James version is also well represented, including the tallest copy known of the first edition, from the celebrated library of Louis Silver (estimate $400/600,000). First and other early editions in many other vernacular languages are represented as well, including German, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Welsh, and the Indian Massachusett language.

Following November exhibitions of selected highlights in London and Chicago, the New York exhibition of the full Ryrie Collection will open on 1 December 2016, alongside the seasonal offerings of Fine Books and Manuscripts.

Selby Kiffer, International Senior Specialist, Books & Manuscripts remarked: “It is a testament to Charles Ryrie’s personal modesty that, despite his myriad accomplishments, he was not widely known as a book collector. The wider world first learned of the remarkable collecting achievement of Dr. Ryrie through the 1998-99 exhibition, Formatting the Word of God, at the Bridwell Library of Southern Methodist University. But that exhibition, remarkable as it was, featured fewer than half of the volumes in Dr. Ryrie’s collection and none of his extraordinary letters and documents signed by theological figures such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John and Charles Wesley. When the full extent of his collection—astutely gathered over the course of more than five decades—is revealed, it will surely be acknowledged as a string of bibliographical pearls of great price.”

The family of Charles Ryrie has expressed their hope that his books and manuscripts will go to other collectors who will treasure them as much as he did: “While our father’s collecting was largely a private endeavor, he keenly enjoyed sharing his books and knowledge with a small group of collectors, libraries, and dealers. We are sure that he would be pleased to know that his collection will now go to other collectors just as dedicated and as passionate he was.”

The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie will offer collectors, both individual and institutional, the opportunity to compete for a great variety of Biblical treasures, many of which have not been available on the market for decades.


New Testament in English. Manuscript on vellum, England, ca. 1430, of the version inspired by and traditionally attributed to John Wycliffe (ca. 1330-1384).

Estimate $500/800,000

Mamusse Wunneetupanatamwe Up-Biblum God Naneeswe Nukkone Testament kah wonk Wusku Testament. Cambridge, Massachusetts: 1661-63. The first Bible printed in America, translated into the Massachusett Indian language by John Eliot.

Estimate $200/300,000

The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament, and the New. London: Robert Barker, 1611. The largest known copy of the first edition of the King James Bible, “the only literary masterpiece ever to have been produced by a committee.”

Estimate $400/600,000

The Holy Bible. London: Robert Barker, 1631. A detail from the “Wicked Bible,” which, due to error or mischief, omitted the “not” from the Seventh Commandment (Exodus 20:14).

Estimate $15/20,000

162-Ragan copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, October 27, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Rare & Important Travel Posters, with images reflecting the excitement and globalization of the early- to mid-twentieth century, depicting popular new methods of transportation to nearly every continent.

One top lot in the sale is Leslie Ragan’s The New 20th Century Limited, 1939, a powerful art deco image of one of the last century’s most famous American trains. Estimated at $12,000 to $18,000, the image conveys the velocity with which the train sped from New York to Chicago; it was also featured on a limited-edition postage stamp.

The sale features a run of posters showing California in the early twentieth century. California / Wells Fargo Since 1852, by Adolph Triedler, 1917, emphasizes the Missionary origins of San Francisco, while 1922's Celebrate Days of ’49 / The Romance of California reminds potential travelers of the state’s pioneer and gold rush history ($3,000 to $4,000 and $2,000 to $3,000, respectively). The Chief to California / Cajon Pass shows “The Chief” speeding through the pass between the San Bernadino and San Gabriel mountains on one of its daily trips. The painterly mountain vista by Hanson Puthuff, circa 1936, is estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. If a train is too slow, United Air Lines / Southern California by Joseph Binder could get you there faster, circa 1952 ($1,200 to $1,800).

Nineteenth-century posters showcase ocean liners in majestic settings, such as Fred Pansing’s Canadian Pacific Railway Co.’s / Royal Mail Route to Japan and China from the 1890s, expected to fetch $1,200 to $1,800. Advertising on-board idyll is Red Star Line / Anvers - New York by Victor Creten, circa 1900, showing an elegant passenger lounging in bold contrasting colors ($2,000 to $3,000). Ocean liners were a popular form of transportation through the 1940s. Advertisements reflect changing trends and technologies: Roger Broders’s Marseille / Porte de L’Afrique du Nord, 1929, uses streamlined geometry of the 1920s ($6,000 to $9,000).

Images from down under include Australia / Australian Parrots by James Northfield, circa 1935, estimated at $3,000 to $4,000, and Percival Albert Trompf’s Australia, 1929, one of the first posters commissioned by the Australian National Travel Association, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.

Further modes of transportation include travel by zeppelin. 2 Days to Europe / Hamburg, 1936, shows the Hindenburg taking off from the spire of the Empire State Building. The idea was abandoned when winds proved unpredictable at 1,350 feet above the city, so the landing location was moved to Lakehurst, NJ, where the Hindenburg would burst into flames the following year, effectively ending the popular use of airships in the United States. This dramatic poster is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. Also available is a scarce version of Fly to South Sea Isles / Via Pan American with text, one of only three examples known to come to auction. The recognizable image by Paul George Lawler, circa 1938, shows an enormous sea-plane coming in for a landing in a tranquil harbor overlooked by a flower-crowned maiden ($8,000 to $12,000).

The auction will be held Thursday, October 27, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, October 22 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, October 24 through Wednesday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, October 27 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 Swann President and Director of Vintage Posters, Nicholas D. Lowry at 212-254-4710, extension 57 or posters@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 162 Leslie Ragan, The New 20th Century Limited, 1939. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.


[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.  

c2dfa3ef-1b3f-4ae9-8e4c-fed15ce07eb3.jpgThis catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of artwork and ephemera. We will offer another session from the holdings of Archaeologia Books and Prints and a substantial array of decorative antique sets and early leather-bound titles, dating back to the 17th century. Prominent collection themes include the opening of the American West, polar and arctic exploration, Africa, and Americana.          

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1683 Creech translation of T. Lucretius Carus' (the "Epicurean Philosopher") six books entitled, "De Natura Rerum," Crouch's "Strange and Prodigious Religions, Customs and Manners of Sundry Nations," produced in 1683 with engraved plates, and also printed in 1683, Crouch and Burton's "The Wars in England, Scotland and Ireland." Other scarce titles include an original and unpublished typed manuscript by Sir Stephen Spender featuring hand corrections and an original ink and watercolor illustration by Beni Montresor, the very scarce 1868 first edition of Wright's "Historical Cartoons or Rough Pencillings," featuring illustrations by Gustave Dore, a 1926 first edition of "Winnie the Pooh," and the 1799 first edition of Wilson's "A Missionary Voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean," produced with folding maps and plates.                  

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 volumes from Sieglin, Vogt and Watzinger's "Die Griechisch-Agyptische Sammlung," produced in large-format volumes in 1913. Early Americana, including Western exploration subject matter, feature titles such as the 1793 printing of "The Works of the Late Doctor Benjamin Franklin," in two volumes, and the 1832 first American edition of Cox' "Adventures on the Columbia River."   Among the arctic and polar exploration volumes are the 1885 first edition of Melville's "In the Lena Delta" and Cook and Peary's "Discovery of the North Pole," produced in 1909. 

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of art and ephemera. Included are several items signed by Maurice Sendak, such as Wild Things posters, an original Clinton inauguration piece and a set of "Nutshell Library." Additional items include other original artwork by Beni Montresor, original Communist China posters and a variety of estate ephemera. 

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.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, October 05, 2016 -- Book Artist Claire Jeanine Satin will be presenting a documentary that traces the mission and devotion of Ruth and Marvin Sackner’s exceptional archive of visual and concrete poetry created by Sara Sackner. The collection is a remarkable trove of 70,000 plus works focusing on text-based and image content in book art and related works. The largest and most renowned collection of its kind in the world currently resides in Miami.

“It is my pleasure to share this film as an homage to Ruth Sackner,” says Satin. “I am grateful for my long friendship with the Sackners and for including my work in their collection.” Satin has been creating Bookworks for over 40 years. Seven of her Bookworks are in the Library of Congress Rare Books Collection as well as many others. Her last exhibition was held in Geneva, Italy as part of the Centennial Celebration for American-born British author, Henry James. Most of Satin’s works are based on the concept of indeterminacy as a result of her association with John Cage.

The documentary will be shown on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. at the Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th Street in Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301.

34-Lepape copy.jpgNew York—Swann Auction Galleries broke five auction records with their first fall Illustration sale on September 29, 2016. Christine von der Linn, Swann Galleries’ Illustration Art Specialist, said, “the second sale was an important addition to the schedule as it allowed us to keep up the momentum of our successful January event. We really want to stay in the foreground of the illustration art market and yesterday's sale announced the seriousness of our commitment to do so.”

The top lot of the sale was a 1927 Vogue cover by Georges Lepape titled Le Miroir. The watercolor sold for $52,500, an auction record for the artist. It was closely followed by Erté’s 1922 cover for Harper’s Bazaar, La Cage Improviseé, which went for $45,000, another artist record.

Several artists had successful runs, selling 100% of lots offered, including Charles Addams and Aubrey Beardsley. Addams’s top lot, This is your room. If you should need anything, just scream, depicts familiar characters from the famous Addams Family. The 1943 watercolor sold for $20,000; the artist’s 1951 cartoon for the New Yorker, titled Noisy Neighbor, sold for $15,000. All four of the works by nineteenth-century illustrator Aubrey Beardsley sold above their estimates: the run of pen and ink drawings were decorations for the 1893-94 Dent edition of Le Morte d’Arthur. Rose Bush led these with $12,500.

Tadd and Todd is a story by Theodore Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, published in Redbook in 1950 and largely forgotten until the publication of The Bippolo Seed and Other Lots Stories, 2011. The current watercolor, depicting Tadd on a quest to distinguish himself from his twin Todd, shows publication notes and rarely seen marginalia; it sold to a private collector for $23,750.

An unpublished illustration by Ludwig Bemelmans, author and illustrator of the popular Madeleine series, sold well above its estimate at $10,625. The watercolor, titled Does Chef Find the Pheasant Pleasant?, shows a young sous chef nervously presenting the colorful fowl to his stern boss. Works by Winsor McCay performed well, each selling above their estimate. 200 Million Light Years was published in 1931 with the caption, “Here you see the feeble eye of primitive man contrasted with the super-eye of a 200-inch telescope…” The charming pen and ink drawing sold for $12,500. An earlier illustration by McCay, Death at the Races, circa 1910, brought $10,625.

Further auction records were achieved: Harvey Kidder’scirca 1975 cover for Reader’s Digest, Christmas Eve in New York (Plaza Hotel), watercolor, ink and gouache, sold for $3,000. Noted W.P.A. muralist Allen Saalberg saw an auction record with his gouache set designs for The Green Pastures, a 1936 film portraying whimsical bible traditions of southern African Americans. The series of 22 designs sold for $7,250 to a private institution.

Von der Linn added, “The sale showed us that collectors are still eager to acquire high-quality illustration art. The results will inform our decisions about which illustrators and images to concentrate on for our spring sale-with two auctions per year, we have more leeway to curate smaller, stronger sales.”

The next sale of Illustration Art at Swann Galleries will be held in spring 2017. For more information or to consign materials, contact Christine von der Linn at cv@swanngalleries.com

Image: Lot 34 Georges Lepape, Le Miroir, watercolor and ink, cover for Vogue, November 1927. Sold September 29, 2016 for $52,500. (Pre-sale estimate: $6,000 to $9,000)


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Lot 1

Screen Shot 2016-10-03 at 9.34.12 AM.pngDaniell (Samuel), African Scenery and Animals

Published: London, 1804-1805

First edition, 2 parts in one volume, 2 aquatint title (dedication) pages with sepia wash, 30 fine hand- coloured aquatint plates by Samuel and William Daniell, with accompanying text (text of three plates per page), later half calf with marbled paper sides secured with ties - the edges of the paper are worn, bookplate of the Westdean Library on front paste-down endpaper and the shelf mark of the Octagon Library R9. W1935, the aquatint plates are delicately coloured and in unusually good state.

Abbey (J.R.) Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770 - 1860, Volume I, no. 321, describes this folio as follows, "In Mendelssohn's opinion this is 'the scarcest and most valuable of the large atlas folios of South African illustrations.' Samuel Daniell arrived at the Cape on 9 December 1799. He was appointed by Lieutentant-General Dundas, who became his patron there, and to whom the first volume (part) is dedicated, to act as secretary to a mission to the 'Booshuanas'. The expedition eventually reached Lataku, at that time the limit of European exploration, and was the source for Daniell of the plates."

Estimate: $60,000/70,000

Lot 3

Barrow (John), A Voyage to Cochinchina in the Years 1792 & 1793

Published: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, London, 1806

xviii, (i directions for the placing of the plates), 447 pages, 18 hand coloured aquatint plates after by W. Alexander and Samuel Daniell, engraved by T. Medland, 1 folding hand coloured aquatint plate, 2 double page maps of Rio de Janeiro and Southern Africa, contemporary sprinkled calf sides (worn at the corners) rebacked and with a maroon title label (the leather used is of less good quality and is dry and is fraying at the top and bottom of the spine), without the half title page, plates, maps and contents bright, a very good copy.

Abbey (J.R.) Travel, in Aquatint and Lithography, 1770-1860, number 514 (pages 469/70), ‘Barrow probably met Samuel Daniell while at the Cape....The aquatinting is of excellent quality, number 10 in particular being technically interesting, since it appears to be printed in as many as three colours with one colour added by hand, while number 11 is printed in green, with other colours added by hand.’

Estimate: $2,000/3,000

Lot 28

Mandela (Nelson), Long Walk to Freedom (De-luxe edition)

Published: Little, Brown & Company, London, 1994

Special De Luxe issue of the First Edition. 630 pages, numerous photographic illustrations, maps as endpapers, quarter black leather titled gilt on the spine, green cloth sides, top edge gilt, number 548 of an edition of 1000 copies signed by the author on the limitation page, a fine copy, published without a dust jacket.

Estimate: $750/1,000

Lot 101

Lotter (Tobia) Africae pars meridionalis

Published: Augsburg, 1778

A beautifully coloured map of Southern Africa was produced by Tobias Lotter [1717-1777], probably published in his Atlas geographique. A dedication is displayed on a cartouche above the inset of the Castle. The map was dedicated to William I, Elector of Hesse (1743 -1821) by Issak Augustus Jassoy, a merchant from Hanover. The map is printed on two pages that have been joined.

The map is not geographically an advance; it contains interesting information from the Dutch settlement but has an inaccurate coastline and seems to retain some remnants from the old Ptolemaic geography. It indicates ruins of Portuguese and Dutch Forts beside the Spiritu Santo and Marquis Rivers

Estimate: $550/650

Lot 119

Isaacs (Nathaniel) Travels and Adventures in Eastern Africa

Published: Edward Churton, London, 1836

Two volumes, 356 + 402 pages, lithographic frontispiece in each volume, 1 lithographic plate of 'Chaka King of the Zoolos', modern half maroon morocco with matching cloth boards, spine titled gilt and faded,light foxing on the text and the plates, uncut edges, a good copy.

Louis Herman: 'What is known of the life story of Nathaniel Isaacs presents a strange contrast to the background of respectable, bourgeois, Anglo-Jewish families of Kent whence he issued. Natal pioneer and explorer, ivory hunter and trader, temporary subject of Chaka, and courtier at the Great Kraal, this would-be empire builder begins a fresh career at the age of 24 on the west coast of Africa. There as merchant and shipper and proprietor of a tiny island, his activities, not all creditable, are hardly less remarkable; and in the end, he retires and settles down in England two years before his death as "Nathaniel Isaacs of Kentville, Egremont, in the County of Chester, Gentleman."'

Estimate: $1,250/1,500

Lot 179

Churchill (Winston) My African Journey

Published: Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1908

First edition: 226 pages + (18) publisher's list, frontispiece of Mr Churchill and the rhinoceros at Simba, 3 maps - 1 folding, 37 black and white plates, 24 illustrations, text lightly foxed, original pictorial red cloth, a good copy.

Czech (Kenneth) An Annotated Bibliography of Big Game Hunting Books 1785 - 1999 page 62:This was originally published in a shorter version as several articles in the British periodical, The Strand in early 1908.Churchill crossed British East Africa via the uganda Railroad reaching Kampala and beginning his safari. At Simbax Station oryx and rhinowere hunted. After arrivng at Murchison Falls, he bagged a white rhino. His party contiued along the White Nile where hippo, waterbuck reedbuck and roan were collected with Col Wilson of the hunting party bagging an elephant.

Estimate: $200/250

Lot 191

Fitzpatrick (Percy) Through Mashonaland with Pick and Pen

Published: Argus Printing and Publishing Company Limited, Johannesburg, 1892

The first book to be published on the Rand. It was printed by the Argus and Fitzpatrick could not pay the printing bill; consequently copies of the book remained in the Argus warehouse where many were destroyed. See Godfrey Enchanted Door, page 89.

Dictionary of South African Biography.volume 1, page 292, 'Fitzpatrick was invited by Alfred Beit to organise a tour to be made by Lord Randolph Churchill through Bechuanaland and Mashonaland. His letters about this journey, first printed in the Cape Argus and Johannesburg Star, were collected in 1892 in his first book, 'Through Mashonaland with Pick & Pen.'

Estimate: $500/600

Lot 153

Van Riebeeck Society - First Series - Complete Set of 50 Volumes

Published: Van Riebeeck Society, Cape Town, 1918 -1969

A complete set of the First Series, 50 volumes in the original light grey cloth as published by the Society. The volumes are mostly historical, biographical or deal with colonial issues, travel, exploration, big game hunting, administration, frontier wars, native tribes, etc.

Estimate: $900/1,000

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Screen Shot 2016-10-03 at 9.29.01 AM.pngBoston, MA - October 1, 2016 - The Boston Athenæum is pleased to present Daniel Chester French: The Female Form Revealed. The exhibition will run from October 7, 2016-February 19, 2017 with a public gallery preview on October 6 featuring illustrated remarks by the exhibition’s co-curator, David Dearinger, and a reception.

Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) was one of America’s foremost sculptors of public monuments, best known for his heroic bronze The Minute Man (1875) at Concord, MA and his colossal marble Abraham Lincoln (1922) at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. French’s reputation for these images of men is merited; but as curator David Dearinger notes, “as a classically-trained artist of the American Renaissance, French was naturally fascinated with the female form.” In fact, “he was probably more inspired by the women he knew—his wife and daughter, his female apprentices, and the professional models he employed—than anything or anyone else.” Indeed, feminine beauty in its idealized form was often at the forefront of French’s work.

This aspect of French’s oeuvre, which has previously received little scholarly attention, is the focus of this ambitious exhibition, described by Elizabeth E. Barker, the Athenæum’s Stanford Calderwood Director, as a “feat not only of ideas but also of art-shipping logistics.” The exhibition features important loans from Chesterwood, the artist’s country home and studio in Stockbridge, MA, of over forty preliminary models and studies for some of French’s most famous works, including Mourning Victory, Maquette (1906; opposite) and Spirit of the Waters, Maquette (1913; below). The objects on display range in size from 5 inches to 50 inches and over 200 pounds. The exhibition will mark the public debut of French’s Wisdom (1898), a recent acquisition by the Boston Athenæum.

Daniel Chester French: The Female Form Revealed is a collaboration between Chesterwood and the Boston Athenæum. Curators David B. Dearinger, PhD, Director of Exhibitions and Susan Morse Hilles Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Boston Athenæum, and Donna Hassler, Executive Director of Chesterwood and Administrator at the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, are eager to foster a “fresh, scholarly investigation” of French’s work and to expose a previously “neglected part of French’s career” to the public by exhibiting rarely-displayed works.

The exhibition will be enhanced by a series of related programs including lectures, gallery talks, a mobile application, and an online version of the installation. A full-color catalogue of the exhibition is available for purchase.

About the Boston Athenæum:

The Boston Athenæum, a membership library and fine art museum, first opened its doors in 1807 as a sanctuary of arts and letters for Boston intellectuals. Today, it offers a distinguished circulating and research collection, rich archival collections specializing in Boston and New England history, extensive electronic resources, handsome reading spaces, and a dynamic programming schedule. The Norma Jean Calderwood Exhibition Gallery and many events are open to the public. Membership is open to all. For more information, visit bostonathenaeum.org.

Image: Daniel Chester French, The Melvin Memorial: Mourning Victory (detail), 1906-1908, marble. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts. Photograph © Richard Cheek.

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