May 2017 Archives

The Independent Online Booksellers Association would like to contribute to the continuing education of book collectors. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we will again offer to a book collector a scholarship in the amount of $750 to be used at one of the several book seminars offered in the U.S. or the U.K. You are not required to be a bookseller or a member of any organization to apply.

Many of our members have been to the seminars listed below, and always find book collectors present among the booksellers and librarians. If you have ever thought of attending we hope to make it a bit easier for you.

IOBA awards scholarships to support the professional development of its member booksellers. We consider the scholarships to be an investment in the future of bookselling, and we would like to include you too!

The seminars eligible for scholarships include:

Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS). CABS is an intensive program on all aspects of bookselling held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA for one week each summer.

Rare Book School (RBS, Charlottesville, VA, USA). RBS courses focus on specific aspects of book history, bibliography, printing and book arts. Most of these week-long courses are offered in the summer in Charlottesville, but others are offered at other venues around the East Coast and at other times of the year.

California Rare Book School (CALRBS, various locations in CA, USA). CALRBS courses are also similarly focused and are week-long courses covering a broad range of topics, from the history, identification and preservation of motion picture materials to the history of typography.

York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS), to be held in York, England in September. YABS is a three-day intensive seminar modeled after CABS but tailored for booksellers in the UK.

London Rare Books School (LRBS). Two week-long intensive sessions on specific topics about antiquarian material are offered each summer at the University of London, England. Courses have included A History of Maps and Mapping, The Medieval Book, and Children’s Books.

Financial need is not a criterion; IOBA will choose a winner based on merit. Please tell us a little about yourself, include contact information, and let us know about your collecting focus (not more than two pages, please). Tell us which seminar you would like to attend and why. We also ask that the recipient write about the experience following attendance for possible publication in The Standard, The Journal of the Independent Online Booksellers Association

Completed entries must be received via email no later than June 4, 2017. Applications should be sent to: scholarshipcontest@ioba.org. Please include “IOBA scholarship application” in the subject header of all emails. The winner or winners will be chosen by the IOBA Scholarship Committee, and will be notified by telephone and by email by June 15, 2017. More information can be found https://www.ioba.org/pages/members-area/scholarships-for-members/

17-Hohlwein copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ May 25 auction of Graphic Design offered a cornucopia of inspired design spanning fin de siècle Art Nouveau masters to psychedelic concert posters.

The top lot of the sale was Col Van Heusen, 1928, one of the most elegant, Cubist-style designs created by Charles Loupot. The strikingly colored work, which was intended to advertise men’s collars, displays some of the richest inking seen in the artist’s work; it sold for $50,000*, far exceeding its pre-sale high estimate of $30,000. Works by Loupot performed well overall, with several claiming places in the top lots. The verdant 1923 advertisement for Voisin Automobiles reached $30,000, while his 1919 poster for Sato / Cigarettes Egyptiennes went to a collector for $7,500.

Several works reached new heights at auction, most notably Ludwig Hohlwein’s charming life-size image of a baby zebra and a macaw, intended to promote the opening of the new Munich Zoo; Besuchet den Tiergarten, 1912, which was purchased by a collector for $22,500, a record for the work. Another record went to a Soviet propaganda poster captioned in Russian, Let’s Build a Fleet of Airships in Lenin’s Name!, 1931, by Georgij Kibardin ($5,250).

Making its auction debut was the monumental poster Auto Races / World’s Greatest Drivers, standing more than 12 feet tall, which sold for $6,250. The previously unrecorded Art Deco Fete de Nuit aux Folies Bergere, 1928, by Maurice Picauld, reached $7,250 in its first auction appearance.

The sale featured a premier selection of Art Nouveau and Wiener Werkstätte material, led by Bertold Löffler’s bold poster Kunstschau Wien, 1908, which reached $42,500. Additional highlights included Secession 49 - Ausstellung, a 1918 exhibition poster by Egon Schiele into which he incorporated a self portrait ($22,500).

Works by the poster-world icon Adolphe Mouron Cassandre performed well, with two major works confirming his position as a design visionary; the monumental 1935 poster Normandie, emphasizing the incredible size of the transatlantic ship, reached $22,500, while Miniwatt / Philips Radio, 1931, which shines in primary hues, sold for $6,000. Ottokar Mascha’s Österreichische Plakatkunst, circa 1914, was the only comprehensive book published about Austrian posters during their golden age; the rare tome doubled its estimate, selling for $18,750.

More recent works included the promotional flyer for Andy Warhol’s / My Hustler, a 1966 film by the artist; the typographical work sold to a collector for $6,250. The prismatic poster for The Electric Factory / Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1968, by Icabod (Rob Stewart) and Snake (Karl Howard), reached $4,750.

Swann President and Director of Vintage Posters, Nicholas D. Lowry, said of the sale, “This buoyant sale showed just how desirable good graphic design is to collectors. It covered an array of styles and eras, and in each there were impressive results. Perhaps most astounding was how the top twenty lots were split almost evenly between dealers and collectors. To have so many dealers participate at such a robust level clearly indicates that even their clients were showing an increased interest in the material.”

The next sale of Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries will be on August 2, 2017. For more information or consign quality materials, contact Nicholas D. Lowry at posters@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 17 Ludwig Hohlwein, Besuchet den Tiergarten, 1912. Sold May 25, 2017 for $22,500, a record for the work. (Pre-sale estimate $15,000 to $20,000)

poussin.jpgNew York, NY—The French refer to the seventeenth century as the Grand Siècle, or the Great Century. Under the rule of Louis XIII and Louis XIV, the period saw a dramatic increase in French political and military power, the maturation of French courtly life at Versailles, and an unparalleled flourishing of the arts.

Poussin, Claude, and French Drawing in the Classical Age, a new exhibition opening at the Morgan Library & Museum on June 16, explores the work of some of the most celebrated artists of the time. More than fifty drawings largely from the Morgan’s collections—including works by Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin, Jacques Callot, and Charles Le Brun—will be on view. Together they demonstrate the era’s distinctive approach to composition and subject matter, informed by principles of rationalism, respect for the art of classical antiquity, and by a belief in a natural world governed by divine order. The exhibition runs through October 15.  

“The Grand Siècle saw artistic development unlike any before it in France,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “The visual arts, literature, music, drama, and architecture all prospered.  Poussin, Claude, and French Drawing in the Classical Age explores the extraordinary advances in the field of drawing by some of the true masters of the period, advances that provided the foundation for all French art that followed."

THE EXHIBITION 

I. Courtly Style from Fontainebleau to Nancy 

The Renaissance style in France resulted from a combination of native artistic talent and artists and styles imported from the Italian courts. With the return of French artists trained in Italy, Paris became a locus for artistic activity by the 1630s. The generation of artists working there, Simon Vouet (1590-1649) foremost among them, ushered in a new era for French art. Having established a successful career in Rome, Vouet was recalled to Paris by Louis XIII in 1627 and named first painter to the king, who also engaged him to be his drawing tutor. Vouet and the king developed an intimate relationship, as Portrait of Louis XIII (ca. 1632-35), an informal, frankly executed sheet indicates. Although few drawings from Vouet’s Italian period survive, this portrait of the king made not long after the artist’s return to France reveals the naturalism he learned in Italy and heralds the impact that style would have on French art more generally. 

The printmaker Jacques Callot (1592-1635) spent most of his career at Cosimo de’ Medici’s court in Florence before returning to France in 1621 to work at the court at Nancy. The Miracle of St. Mansuetus (ca. 1621), produced after the artist’s return, is devoted to a local saint, Mansuetus (d. 375), who was the first Bishop of Toul, in Lorraine (where Callot was born). It shows the saint resuscitating King Leucorus’ son, who had drowned in the river Meuse, and is one of a series of exploratory studies on the theme in preparation for the artist’s 1621 etching.

II. Picturing the French Court

Courts were centers where philosophy, music, literature, and the fine arts flourished under the patronage of the royal family and wealthy nobles. The drawn portrait was a particularly vibrant tradition of the French court, beginning in the Renaissance and extending through the seventeenth century. These works were collected, assembled into albums, and exchanged as gifts. Portraiture was popular at the courts of Louis XIII and Louis XIV, and many members of the court are recognizable even today through their drawn and printed likenesses. Such depictions reached their apogee in the hands of masters such as Daniel Dumonstier (1574-1646), who was renowned for entertaining his sitters and producing flattering colored chalk portraits. Portrait of a Gentleman of the French Court (1628) is carefully annotated by the artist with the exact date, August 31. However, Dumonstier did not identify the sitter. A possibly contemporary inscription suggests that it depicts a M. de Porchere, but there were at least two poets active at the court with the surname Porchere. It is Dumonstier’s facility with combining colored chalks for a meticulous, lifelike effect in such large scale sheets that sets him apart as a portraitist. 

III. Poussin and the Classical Ideal 

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) received his early training in France but spent nearly his entire career in Rome, where he embraced classical subject matter. He soon counted princes, cardinals, and a future pope among his patrons, and his fame reached Paris. He reluctantly returned there in 1640 when summoned by the king, although he was overwhelmed by the flurry of commissions and the demands of royal service and returned to Rome in 1642. 

As a painter, Poussin worked slowly and deliberately. Drawings were an essential element of his thoughtful, preparatory method. His concern for form and lighting yielded a drawing style that is bold and at times abstract, revealing his interest in overall effect and coherence over detail. This style would prove influential on his contemporaries in Rome, including his fellow Frenchmen Charles Mellin (1597-1649) and Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675). 

The Holy Family on the Steps (1646-48) is the quintessential compositional study by Poussin for his painting by the same name, which is in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The drawing, which is featured in the exhibition, reveals his particular working method, which is known from a written account of his studio practice. Poussin posed small wax figures with linen drapery inside a box with apertures to admit light selectively, allowing him to rigorously study the way lighting defined form. The pyramidal structure of the figural group and architectural setting reveal both Poussin’s debt to Renaissance models and his careful ordering of elements to focus the composition. 

IV. Claude and the Natural World 

As did Poussin, Claude Gellée, better known as Claude Lorrain (1600-1682), would go sketching in the Roman countryside, drawing directly from nature. He believed that the natural world was a manifestation of the divine, and thus ordered his finished landscapes according to ideal principles, lending them an air of arcadian perfection. Claude’s drawings capture a range of approaches to the natural world—from stark, unadorned observations to highly finished works of art that would appeal to courtly tastes. 

Claude at least partially executed A Hilly Landscape, with Bare Trees (1639-41) while he explored the area around Tivoli. With stark hills and barren trees, it is a striking contrast to his highly finished, idealized landscapes. Yet, it is signed on the verso with an inscription that can be interpreted as “Claude Roma in Urbe” (“Claude in the city of Rome”): for all the drawing’s observation of nature, that is, the artist seems to have finished the work in his Roman studio. 

V. Classicism and Naturalism in Paris

Parisian interest in classical antiquity reached a peak during the middle of the seventeenth century, and a strain of rigorous classicism became the latest fashion in the works of artists such as Jacques Stella (1596-1657). Subjects were chosen from antiquity and executed in a severe style reminiscent of the formal purity of ancient art. These scenes employ the tenets of classicism: symmetry, balance, proportion, and a seriousness of subject. The association of the early reign of Louis XIV with the golden age of ancient Greece also marked a respect for rational thought and philosophy. In the 1640s, Stella produced a celebrated series of drawings illustrating the Life of the Virgin. These compositions reveal the qualities for which Stella was revered in his day, and which he had imbibed from Poussin: a balanced composition, acute attention to expression, gesture, and details of objects and costumes, and a sense of intimate interaction among the figures. 

VI. The Rise of Print Culture

During the seventeenth century, the market for prints flourished in France. The collecting of prints and the emergence of print dealers, the increased publication of books, and the trend to produce large-scale thesis prints, all made printmaking a lucrative business. A Protestant artist at a time of religious persecution, Sébastien Bourdon (1616-1671) fled Montpellier in 1622 after it was besieged by royal forces, journeying to Paris and then Rome to seek his fortune. There, in the mid-1630s, he associated with other foreigners, including the Dutch artist Pieter van Laer and his followers, who were known for their scenes of peasants and beggars. Group of Peasants and a Boy Drinking from a Bowl (ca. 1636) served as the basis for one of Bourdon’s earliest etchings The Young Boy Drinks (ca. 1636-7). Similar quotidian scenes are also found in Bourdon’s paintings from this period in Rome. 

VII. Le Brun and the Academic Model 

Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) enjoyed court patronage from a young age. He briefly assisted Vouet, and then accompanied Poussin to Rome in 1642. Upon his return in 1646 he was made first painter to the king and quickly adapted his Italianate style to Parisian taste. By 1655, Le Brun became the leading painter in Paris, receiving the most distinguished aristocratic commissions. Within ten years, he was in charge of the royal collection of paintings and drawings and was the leader of the large team that realized Louis XIV’s greatest decorative ambitions at Versailles. 

With Bourdon, Laurent de la Hyre (1606-1656), Eustache le Sueur (1617-1655), and Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674), among others, Le Brun was a founding member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1648. The Academy was a formal institution under the king’s protection, and one of its primary functions was the education of artists. Le Brun and his busy atelier played a critical role in training the next generation of French artists and ensuring that the practice of drawing was central to their work. Before the young Le Brun left for Rome with Poussin in 1642, he executed A Caryatid (1641), a design for a decorative print adorning the theological thesis of Jean Ruzé d’Effiat, who would be appointed the abbot of Mont-Saint-Michel that year. The grand format necessitated several sheets of paper joined together; this exhibition marks the first time the upper portion in the Morgan and the lower portions in the Metropolitan Museum of Art have been reunited. 

Image: Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), The Holy Family on the Steps, pen and brown ink, brown wash, with touches of gray wash, over black chalk, on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum; Purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1909, III,71. 

3375401_2 copy.jpgBOSTON, MA—Marilyn Monroe’s final draft script for the unfinished 1962 film ‘Something’s Got to Give’ will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.

The brad-bound draft is housed in its original blue Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation folder, with the front cover bearing the movie title and date “March 29, 1962,” and is labeled in the upper right corner, “Final, Confidential, For Planning Purposes Only.” The Nunnally Johnson screenplay consists of 149 total pages, with 18 of those pages bearing approximately 200 words written in either pencil or green ink in the hand of Monroe. The majority of Monroe’s annotations occur between pages 71-84, a revised section of blue sheets dated April 18-20, 1962, and consisting of various dialogue notes, changes, and line strikes.

Of particular interest are a pair of sheets tipped in between pages 107 and 108, which focus on an emotional reunion between Monroe’s character Ellen, returned from several years lost at sea, and her two young children, who are no longer capable of recognizing their mother.

Monroe adds copious pencil notations to the upper portion of the first sheet, apparent acting techniques gleaned from talks with her acting coach Lee Strasberg, including: “Real thought,” “Mental Relaxation,” “Place the pain, feeling where it is not in the brow,” and “Substitute children—B & J, if necessary,” which perhaps is a reference to Arthur Miller’s children, Bobby and Jane. The script also bears numerous pencil notations by an unknown hand, offering critical assessments and insights to various scenes, with the initial page of the script reading: “Note for Marilyn: He has to woo her. Not the way it is, new blue pages.”

After six years on the East Coast, Monroe moved back to California, purchased her first home, and began filming Something’s Got to Give in the spring of 1962. A remake of the Cary Grant and Irene Dunne comedy My Favorite Wife, the George Cukor-directed film cast Monroe as Ellen Arden, a woman who returns home after five years of being shipwrecked on an island.

On the first day of production, Monroe called out sick with a sinus infection, a diagnosis that would have postponed the film a month. As a response, Cukor filmed scenes around his leading lady.

Monroe’s irregular on-set presence caused further delays, and her trip to New York City to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to President Kennedy further vexed the Fox studio heads. On June 8, 1962, Monroe was released from the project, a decision influenced by the exorbitant and rising costs of the epic historical drama Cleopatra.

Although Monroe showed to only 12 of the initial 33 days of shooting, her marketing prowess—most notably her press-invited poolside skinny dip—surely should have assuaged any doubts of a box-office bomb. Co-star Dean Martin managed to have Monroe re-hired under the stipulation that Cukor be replaced with Jean Negulesco, but production was finally canceled upon news of Monroe’s tragic death on August 5th.

Among other items:

Incredibly rare and sought-after J. D. Salinger inscribed ‘Catcher in the Rye.’

John and Jackie Kennedy’s leather-bound photograph album containing ten glossy candid photos from their family vacation on Hyannisport, in 1959.

John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon signed photograph of the 1960 Presidential Debate.

The Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction from RR Auction began on May 19 and will conclude on June 14. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

 

Mitchell-LeRouge 1756 copy.jpgGlen Allen, Virginia—May 24, 2017—Over 400 lots focused on the history, discovery, and evolution of the United States will be offered by Old World Auctions in a special single-owner sale, "Evolution of a Nation: The David J. Morgan Collection." The auction runs from June 7-14, 2017 and includes important works by Humboldt, Pike, Carey, Melish, Filson, Mackenzie, Darby, and Hennepin, as well as dozens of items that rarely come up for sale. 

A highlight of the sale is the 1756 Le Rouge French second edition of John Mitchell's monumental wall map of North America, focused on what would become the United States in two decades. Often described as "the most important map in American history," the map was used for boundary determinations at the Treaty of Paris in 1783, as well as other significant boundary disputes. Other notable items include Juan Corradi's 1802 rare map of the Southwest and its companion Gulf Coast map, the 1793 Filson/Stockdale embryonic map of Kentucky, the 1817 issue of Lewis & Clark's landmark map of the West, the complete first edition of David Burr's A New Universal Atlas, and Jean Frederic Bernard's 1720 volume with important accounts by Tonti and Hennepin.

David J. Morgan, a well-known collector of cartography, has curated his collection of the political evolution of the United States for nearly 50 years. A geologist by trade, Dave's interest in maps ignited as a result of his work with the Attorney General's office of Louisiana to prepare its case against the federal government in the tidelands controversy. Over the years he has created a comprehensive collection of the progression of knowledge of the United States. Barry Ruderman, of Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps, commented, "Dave is one of the most astute collectors with whom I've worked. I've been most impressed with his ability to appreciate and integrate into his collection unusual material. His depth of knowledge and appreciation for integrating standard material with rarities, and for identifying maps that were often under-appreciated in the market, made his collection special." 

This extraordinary collection of American material will include historical books, maps, and other cartographic items. The auction catalog will be available online on June 7, 2017 and interested bidders can register for the sale at www.oldworldauctions.com.

Image: Mitchell/Le Rouge, Amerique Septentrionale avec les Routes, Distances en Miles, Limites et Etablissements Francois et Anglois..., 1756.

Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 10.24.21 AM.pngNew York—Christie’s is pleased to present The Ornithological Library of Gerald Dorros, MD, a superb selection of important works from the heyday of beautifully illustrated natural history books, taking place on Thursday, June 15 at 11:30am, Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza. The Gerald Dorros Collection encompasses the iconic volumes created in the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries, which transformed the world’s understanding of nature through the diligent research and artistry found in these tomes. This choice collection highlights works by the masters of ornithological art — John James Audubon, John Gould, and Saverio Manetti — and includes several fine presentation copies.

Featured in the sale are fine examples of first edition ornithological studies from masters of the field, including John Gould’s The Birds of Australia, London, [1840]-1869, Gould’s major ornithological achievement (estimate: $250,000-350,000); Saverio Manetti’s Storia degli Uccelli, Florence, 1767-1776, one of the greatest 18th century bird books (estimate: $150,000-250,000); and Daniel Giraud Elliot’s A Monograph of the Phasianidae or Family of the Pheasants, New York, 1870-1872 (estimate: $60,000-80,000).

Complementing the comprehensive ornithological library are a few of the great works on mammals by these masters, including a first edition in exquisite condition of John James Audubon’s The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, New York, 1845-54, featuring 150 broadsheets of hand-colored lithographic plates (estimate: $250,000-350,000); and Elliott’s Cats and Gould’s Mammals of Australia, illustrating the full power of natural history art, from the skies to the sylvan expanses across the globe.

On June 15, 2017, the Books & Manuscripts department will also be auctioning The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection at 10am and the various owner sale of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana and the Eric C. Caren Collection at 2pm, at Christie’s New York.

Image: John James Audubon (1785-1851) and Rev. John BACHMAN (1790-1874).The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. New York, 1845-54. Estimate: $250,000-350,000

 

crossing_the_delaware_and_the_battle_of_trenton_great_news_from_new-yo_d6082779g.jpgNew York—Christie’s announces the sale of the Eric C. Caren Collection: How History Unfolds on Paper at 2pm on Thursday, 15 June 2017 as a single-owner selection beginning the Books & Manuscripts auction, at Rockefeller Plaza. The 109 lots of the Caren Collection comprise broadsides, manuscripts, newspapers and pamphlets from the 16th-20th centuries and are expected to realize in excess of $1,000,000.

Eric Caren is a well-known figure at the vanguard of collecting historical paper. He started at age 11, carrying home armfuls of old newspapers from a local abandoned house. Decades later he sold his first collection of rare newspapers to form the nucleus of The Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. Caren is the author of 12 books on media history, including co-author of The Civil War (Smithsonian Headliner Series, 2004). He has handled literally millions of examples of “how history unfolds on paper” and considers the examples being sold on June 15 some of the best of the best of what he has collected over many decades.

The Caren Collection is remarkable for the high degree of rarity from item to item. Like the broadside pictured above, many lots are either the only examples known, unique manuscript items, or the only examples known to have appeared at public sale. These leaflets, handbills and personal letters were made to convey the news of the moment; that they survive for posterity at all is extraordinary.

Christina Geiger, Senior Specialist in Books and Manuscripts, states, “To hold them in your hands gives a true thrill. One feels a visceral connection to the important news stories of the past and to the men and women who lived through them.”

Further highlights include: a manuscript deposition which led to the execution of a Salem witch, 1692 (estimate $50,000-80,000); a letter written from Little Big Horn by a participant describing how he discovered Custer’s body and blaming the massacre on Custer (estimate $40,000-60,000); a front-page newspaper printing of Thomas Paine’s “These are the Times that Try Men’s Souls” American Crisis #1 (estimate $25,000-35,000); the earliest newspaper announcing the surrender of Cornwallis and end of the Revolutionary War under a huge banner headline “Laus Deo!” (estimate $15,000-25,000); and the breakthrough 1974 article with the invention of the internet, signed and inscribed by both inventors (estimate $12,000-18,000).

Image: The only known copy of this “Great News” broadside announcing Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware and signal victory at Trenton. Salem, MA: E. Russell, January 7, 1777. Estimate: $40,000-60,000

 

Hess Nobel medal.jpgThe Nobel Prize Medal for Physics awarded in 1936 to the Austrian scientist who discovered cosmic radiation, Victor Hess, will be offered at Bonhams’ Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in New York on Wednesday June 7th. The medal, accompanied by its elaborate award document in its blue leather portfolio, is estimated at $300,000 to $500,000.

Before Hess’s ground-breaking discovery, scientists had assumed that radiation was emanating from the earth. A series of hot air balloon flights made between 1911 and 1913, in which Hess ascended into the atmosphere and measured the ionization, enabled him to prove the opposite. He demonstrated that the effect was stronger at higher altitudes than at ground level, indicating that the radiation being measured was not coming from naturally occurring radioactive elements on earth. Further experiments conducted during a solar eclipse, in which his measurements did not vary, ruled out the sun as a source of the phenomenon, and confirmed that these “rays” were coming from the vast expanse of space. This radiation would later come to be referred to as “cosmic rays,” and Hess’s discovery would open the door to vistas of space that are still being explored today, as scientists probe the outer reaches of the known universe.

In 1938, Hess fled Austria with his Jewish wife after the Anschluss with Nazi Germany incorporated the country into the Third Reich. He settled in the United States where he joined the faculty of Fordham University in New York, and enjoyed an illustrious career as a professor of Physics. 

Bonhams specialist Darren Sutherland said, “The solid gold Nobel medal and decorative document belonging to Victor Hess represent a high point in a long and distinguished career. They serve as a symbol of the selfless pursuit of knowledge by a devoted scientist whose discovery opened the door to the exploration of the outer universe.”

9279cb7f-11ca-415e-a66c-c2cab69036e6.pngLOS ANGELES—On June 9th in Los Angeles, Profiles in History will auction off 50 rare Disney theme park cast member attraction costumes. It is the largest collection to ever be offered at auction. Highlights include, a five piece Haunted Mansion gothic style costume and a four piece, Haunted Mansion, gothic style maid costume, each is estimated to sell for $900 - $1,500. Costumes from almost every Disney attraction are included like, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hall of Presidents, Tomorrowland, Animal Kingdom and they are each estimated to sell in the range of $100-$800.

Next up is Walt Disney's original hand-annotated working script for Cinderella. It is a 147 page draft from 5 years before the animated film was released. A total of 20 pages contain Walt Disney's handwritten notes. It is estimated to sell for $40,000-$60,000.

Also going up for auction is a Beauty and the Beast Main Street animated window display purchased at the Disneyana Convention at Walt Disney World in 2000. This is the actual window display with moving parts that all still work. It contains an iconic scene from the film. Only a handful of these animated window displays have ever been offered for sale by Disney. It is estimated to sell for $10,000-$20,000.

Finally, 120 gorgeously detailed Pinocchio paintings created by the top Disney animators stationed in England. The paintings were produced for the De Beukelaer Company, located in Belgium. When people bought a tin of cookies, they would receive collectible Pinocchio stickers. The goal was to collect all 120. These were the paintings for the stickers and included with the art are all 120 stickers. The lot is estimated to sell for $60,000-$80,000. 

Other treasures include a handmade stove, made by Walt Disney! In the late 1940's Disney built a small-scale railroad, the "Carolwood Pacific," in the backyard of his home on Carolwood Drive. He crafted a miniature pot-bellied stove for the caboose as a training project to acquaint himself with the tooling equipment. He enjoyed crafting the stove so much, he made several more. It is estimated to sell for $2,500-$3,500.

Image: Walt Disney's original hand-annotated working script for Cinderella.

ABOUT PROFILES IN HISTORY

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world's largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph "Joe" Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.  Highlights from their previous auctions include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen's "Michael Delaney" racing suit from Le Mans  ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe "Subway" Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz  to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena was the star of Hollywood Treasure, which aired on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure took viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.

For more information visit www.profilesinhistory.com

 

DALLAS, Texas (May 23, 2017) - Robert Crumb’s 1969 Fritz The Cat Cover Art set a world record May 18 for the most valuable piece of American comic art when it crossed the block for $717,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction in New York. The headlining lot in the firm’s inaugural Platinum Night session, the classic Underground Comix art was also the most valuable lot in the $8.3 million auction May 18-20.

“Artworks from Underground Comix - especially from masters such as Robert Crumb - are becoming recognized in the fine art world as cultural cornerstones,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comic Operations at Heritage Auctions. “Three of the top four lots in the auction were by Crumb.”

Original Comic Art Scores Big

Crumb’s original art for a complete, four-page story from The People’s Comics (Golden Gate Publishing, 1972) and his ironic “Keep On Truckin’” sequel page from 1972 realized $191,200 each. These two pieces are now tied for the second highest price ever realized at auction for Robert Crumb artwork.

Frank Frazetta’s In Pharaoh’s Tomb Battlestar Galactica Painting Original Art from 1978 also ended at $191,200. Steve Ditko’s original art for Page 17 from Amazing Spider-Man #23, featuring an epic battle scene between Spidey and the Green Goblin, brought $104,562.

Original cover art by Jack “King” Kirby and Vince Colletta for Thor #136, which has resided in a private collection for the past 25 years, more than doubled its $40,000 estimate to end at $101,575.

A Platinum Age gem, the original Sunday Comic Strip Art from Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland, dated 1908 - one of just five full Nemo Sunday strips ever offered at Heritage - sold for $89,625.

Joshua Middleton’s NYX #3 Cover and Concept Art, featuring the first appearance of X-23 (Marvel, 2004) realized $71,700 - setting a record for a piece of 21st century comic art since none has sold for more.

Additional comic art highlights include:

Neal Adam’s Original Cover Art for Batman #222 featuring a riff on The Beatles (DC, 1970): $77,675

Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen #2 Cover Original Art (DC, 1986): $65,725

Dave Gibbons’ and John Higgins’ Watchmen Les Gardiens (French Edition) #1 Cover Painting Comedian Original Art (DC/Zenda, 1987): $65,725

Record-setting Comic Books

Suspense Comics #3 Mile High Pedigree (Continental Magazines, 1944), a Golden Age treasure with a NM- 9.2 grade from CBCS, was sold for $262,900 - setting a world record for the issue. This pulp-style comic book won top lot among the auction’s comic books. This issue triumphs over the Pennsylvania Pedigree VF/NM 9.0 CBCS copy that realized at $173,275 in 2015 at Heritage, which at the time was the highest price ever realized at auction for a non-superhero comic book.

The Avengers #4 (Marvel, 1964) rose above and beyond its pre-auction estimate of $120,000 to be auctioned for $143,400. This copy is one out of four copies with a CGC grade of NM/MT 9.8 - the highest reported grade of this issue.

Tales of Suspense #39 (Marvel, 1963), NM 9.4 CGC, famous for the first appearance of Iron Man, sold for $95,600.

Anticipating her own movie releasing in June, Wonder Woman #1 (DC, 1942) captivated the auction floor when this VF- 7.5 CGC-grade comic realized $95,600.

With only five copies known to receive a higher CGC grade, The Avengers #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM 9.4, collected 14 bids to be sold for $89,625. In this edition, the Avengers (Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp) make their first appearance as a team, and thanks to the current blockbuster movies, these comics remain in the spotlight.

Additional highlights include:

The Amazing Spider-Man #1, CGC NM- 9.2 Massachusetts Pedigree (Marvel, 1963): $95,600

The Incredible Hulk #1 CGC VF 8.0 (Marvel, 1962): $89,625

Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC FR 1.0: $83,650

All Star Comics #8 (DC, 1942) CGC VGF 5.0: $54,970

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has over one million registered bidder-members, and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos.

Books and Works on Paper copy.jpegBloomsbury Auctions will be hosting the auction of Books & Works on Paper at 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP, at 12noon. The sale comprises 416 lots, ranging from in estimate from £100 - £6,000, with works from a wide range of collecting categories, notably English Literature & History, Autographs and Memorabilia, Art & Architecture, Travel and Sport, amongst others.

Of particular interest is an autograph letter signed by renowned English naturalist, Charles Darwin. The letter (lot 140, est. £4,000-£6,000) is written on mourning stationary to an unknown recipient, and reads: "Four editions of the Origin have appeared; that published last month is considerably added to and can be purchased through any bookseller. I am glad to hear that you are interested in the subject”, Down, Beckenham, Kent, 17 December [1866]. Darwin received a request from his publisher John Murray for a fourth edition of 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’ in February 1866. This edition was released in November and it featured several corrections and additions to the previous ones, including a discussion on whether one or many forms of life first appeared.

Other sale highlights include a first paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from 1997 (lot 214, est. £2,500-£3,500), as well as a first edition of Ian Fleming’s Diamonds Are Forever from 1956 (lot 193, est. £700-£900).

A beautiful engraved double-hemisphere world map with original hand-colouring is estimated to reach £700-£900. The 1746 map by Homann Heirs, Nuremberg, (lot 344) shows inset northern, southern and oblique hemispheres, diagrams of the earth's position at the solstices, and includes Latin and French title cartouches of allegorical figures in the upper corners.

From the Science & Natural History section, lot 369 is a first edition of The Historie of Foure-footed Beastes by Edward Topsell, from 1607 (est. £1,000-£1,500). Topsell’s fantastical works are remembered for their detailed illustrations, such as the rhinoceros based on Albrecht Dürer’s 1515 woodcut.

Six botanical engravings from Nuremberg, [c.1613 and later] by Basilius Besler also feature (lot 370, est. £2,500- £3,500). The engravings include irises, hyacinths, sweet peas, caryophyllus and campanula.

From the Sporting group, a set of first editions of Chinese Kung-Fu Karato by Leong Fu (lot 416, est. £250-£350) is offered. The set is in 21 original parts, with illustrations by the author, original illustrated wrappers and within its original postal box. The editions were self-published in Ipoh, Perak, Malasia, in 1958.

Auction time/date: 12pm, Thursday 22nd June 2017 Auction location: 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP 

Image: Lot 140: Autograph letter signed by Charles Darwin, 1866, (est. £4,000-£6,000)

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin announces its appointment of Aaron T. Pratt as Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts. Pratt, who begins May 30, will provide curatorial support for the Ransom Center’s early book and manuscript holdings and participate in a variety of activities that promote their teaching and research use.

The Center’s early book and manuscript holdings include the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library of English Literature, which is internationally known for first and important editions of plays, poems, novels, essays, polemical writings and translations of the most significant English writers from 1475 to 1700, including William Caxton, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Andrew Marvell, John Donne, John Dryden, William Congreve, Christopher Marlowe and Francis Bacon, among many others. The Pforzheimer books are supplemented by 2,000 manuscript items. 

Pratt will also provide curatorial support for other early book and manuscript holdings, including the Gutenberg Bible, the Wrenn library, the Recusant collection, the Uzielli Aldine Press collection and incunabula. 

"From the Gutenberg Bible, to Shakespeare Folios, a manuscript of ‘The Canterbury Tales’ and editions of Galileo, the early print and manuscript holdings form one of the Ransom Center’s cornerstones, and they remain rich with untapped research potential,” says Pratt. “There's no hyperbole when I say that I am thrilled at the opportunity to develop the collection and support innovative research, teaching and outreach.”

Pratt will support researchers working with the Center’s early book and manuscripts collections and collaborate with colleagues to promote enhanced access to collections, including digital initiatives and exhibitions. He’ll also expand and strengthen the early book and manuscript holdings and will work closely with the Center’s conservation department on setting treatment priorities for collection materials.

“All of us are excited about the curatorial vision Aaron brings to this post,” says Stephen Enniss, director of the Ransom Center, “and we look forward to seeing the university’s most valuable cultural collections fully utilized in service to our teaching and research mission.”   

Pratt is a specialist in early modern literature and culture, bibliography and the history of the book. He was previously an assistant professor of English at Trinity University in San Antonio. He received a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from The Ohio State University.

At Yale, Pratt worked closely with David Scott Kastan, the celebrated expert in Shakespeare and the history of the book. He also served as a curatorial assistant at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and co-founded and organized the Yale Program in the History of the Book.

“Aaron seems to me the best young book historian in the country,” says Kastan. “He knows seemingly everything about early modern books and book production, but in addition to how much he knows and how smart he is, he is generous, kind, curious and flat-out fun.”

Pratt is a recipient of the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography from Rare Book School. 

 

We are pleased to announce the appointment of David Wachtel as Senior Consultant for Rare Books at Kestenbaum & Company.

After fifteen years with Sotheby's, David looks forward to working alongside our longstanding chief scholar, Rabbi Eliezer Katzman, in researching and preparing our highly well-regarded auction catalogues of Fine Judaica. 

We trust David will be a tremendous asset as we continue to seek to provide our clients with an exceptional level of service and expertise.

David may be reached directly via his e-mail address: David@Kestenbaum.net

David will be hosting a gallery tour in advance of our forthcoming June 22nd Judaica auction (details to follow). 

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One of America’s oldest bookseller trade associations, the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA), will hold its annual fair featuring fine antiquarian, rare and collectible First Editions and a universe of books on topics such as: Americana, Art & Photography, Literature, Poetry, Children's Books, Cookbooks, Science & Technology, Transportation, Railroadiana, Civil War, Illustrated Books, Chicago History & Authors.

This year’s fair will be held at Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Admission is $6 and parking is free. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

“Our fairs give you the rare chance to view and purchase books as they were first introduced to the world,” said MWABA President Hank Zuchowski. “Holding an historically significant book is a unique experience that can’t be duplicated in this digital age.”

Besides collectible and general interest books, the fair features maps, leather bindings, autographs, broadsides, vintage paperbacks and pulps, prints, posters, photos & ephemera.

For more information, visit http://mwaba.com or contact Book Fair Manager Chris Rohe at (847) 722-8949 or chicagobookfair2014@gmail.com

DSC_3574.jpegThe May 20, 2017 sale at National Book Auctions featured a vast array of rare and desirable printed material from multiple estates and personal collections nationwide.

Notable volumes included an early edition of Charles Wilkes's "Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition" ($3,750); David Roberts's profusely illustrated six-volume set "The Holy Land" ($3,500); and the remarkable Pageant Books facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible ($2,125).

This sale was also particularly strong on antique prints and ephemera. Notable lots included Auguste Renoir's etching "Sur la Plage a Berneval;" Fremont's 1848 map of Oregon and California; a military certificate engraved by Paul Revere; a vellum manuscript dating to 1470; and an intriguing album of real photo postcards.

National Book Auctions' sales take place at the Galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage in Freeville, New York, just six miles from Cornell University, and are simulcast via Invaluable.com. Auctions are forthcoming on June 3, 2017 and June 10, 2017, with the latter being a special Curator's Catalog featuring such exceptional items as a two-volume composite atlas by Johann Baptist Homann (est. $30,000-40,000). 

For more information about bidding or consigning, email mail@nationalbookauctions.com or call 877-BOOK-070.

The May 21, 2017 sale at Worth Auctions comprised an extensive and carefully selected group of fine and decorative prints, watercolors, drawings, and maps.

Notable pieces included Bodmer's "Moennitarri Warrior in the Costume of the Dog Danse" ($4,062); Thomas Moran's "Grand Canyon of Arizona From Hermit Rim Road" ($2,500); and Peter Schenk's "America Septentrionalis Novissima" ($1,000). 

The sale also showcased a fine array of seventeenth- to nineteenth-century natural history prints by such masters as John James Audubon, Basil Besler, and Mark Catesby, as well as important equestrian, sporting, and nautical images.

Further complementary material will be featured in future sessions in 2017. These cataloged live sales will take place in the Galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage in Freeville, New York and will be simulcast to a global bidding audience via Invaluable, LiveAuctioneers, and eBay Live.

For more information about bidding or consigning, contact Evan D. Williams, AAA, Director of Fine Art & Special Collections, at evan@worthauctions.com or 607-279-0607.

h-map copy.jpgDALLAS--May 22, 2017--Three battle maps owned and used by Gen. Omar Bradley from the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France at Normandy are expected to be among the most coveted lots at Heritage Auctions Arms & Armor Auction June 11 in Dallas.

The largest seaborne invasion in history, the assault included 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landing on five beaches along 50 heavily fortified miles of French coastline. The day known as “D-Day is recognized as the start of the Allies' liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control.

Omar Bradley’s D-Day Map for Operations Overlord and Neptune (est. $70,000 and up) was used by Bradley during the invasion at Normandy. Titled “Situation '2400 Hrs 6 June 1944 Hq. Fusag [First United States Army Group] Secret,' the map measures 20 inches high by 22-1/2 inches wide, and is printed with blue and black ink. Presumably prepared as the invasion was about to get underway, or perhaps when it was in progress, some enemy positions are marked “Not Confirmed or “Unconfirmed or simply marked with a question mark. Maps like this one were Gen. Bradley’s guide for formulating a daily plan of action; each morning, Gen. Bradley would review these maps with his staff to assess the battlefront, assets, risks and enemy strength. This is among several maps that were on board the U.S.S. Augusta (his makeshift headquarters) on the English Channel during the D-Day landings. This map is in pristine condition, having been cleaned recently by a conservator formerly affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.

Another of Gen. Bradley’s D-Day maps (est. $40,000 and up) is similar in many ways, although the “Secret designation was downgraded to “Confidential. This map shows the position of American, British and German forces on the first full day of the Allied invasion that led to the defeat of Adolph Hitler and the subsequent liberation of Europe.

A third Gen. Bradley D-Day map (est. $40,000 and up) has the same measurements and also carries the “Secret designation. Like the first two, this map was produced by the 12th Army Group Engineering Department. It notes the location of German tanks, both inland and along the lines of defense, and shows higher troop concentration than that shown on the previous day’s map, as both sides dedicated extensive resources to the struggle that altered the course of the war. The three maps included in the Arms & Armor Auction were part of a set Gen. Bradley used in his capacity as commander of all U.S. ground forces in the invasion.

After examining these maps, Luther D. Hansen, curator of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum in Fort Lee, Va., vouched for their authenticity and rarity. "From my examination of these Omar Bradley WWII Headquarters FUSAG/12th AG battle maps, I conclude that they are original to WWII and one of only four original sets ever produced I believe that this Omar Bradley map set is the only set in private hands. To view Bradley's maps 70 years later, with the benefit of historical reassessment, we can see the omissions and intelligence failures that impacted his decisions and battle outcomes. Especially interesting is the map heading 'HQ FUSAG' on D-Day which represents the fictitious 'First U. S. Army Group' decoy Army Group from Operation Quicksilver. Omar Bradley's map headings changed to 'HQ Twelfth Army Group' after the enemy figured out the deception. In terms of rarity and historical significance, these maps are a perfect 10."

A Battle-Scarred Flag that flew from the LCT 540 (est. $40,000 and up) was consigned by Ensign (later Lieutenant) William L. Wilhoit. The professionally framed flag measures 36 inches long and is folded and mounted to a red velvet background with a metal plaque with an inscription that reads: “Flag of the US LCT 540/Normandy Invasion/June 6, 1944. The flag is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Wilhoit dated June 16, 2016 and copies of the Presidential Unit Citation to United States LCT (landing craft, tank) 540 signed by Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and a Navy Cross Citation to “Ensign William L. Wilhoit United States Naval Reserve that also was signed by Forrestal.

A Blood-Stained Flag from the Battle of Antietam (est. $30,000 and up) measures 77 inches wide by 46 inches high and features a canton (blue rectangle at the top hoist corner) with 34 stars six in each of the two bottom rows, and five and six more alternating in the top four rows, and is housed in a frame that measures 85 inches wide by 53 inches high. According to family lore, after the Battle of Antietam (Maryland), Gen. George B. McClellan and his troops were riding down a street in Sharpsburg when he directed that the flag be given to a local resident with the message that “here is something to remember us by. The flag remained in the recipient’s family for more than 90 years before being given to the consignor’s father, and was loaned to the Sharpsburg Museum in 1962 for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. The flag, which is sewn on to a burlap backing and sealed against moisture, has 17 bullet holes and significant blood staining, mostly near the canvas hoist.

A set of Confederate Artillery Implements and Augusta Fuse Box (est. $24,000 and up) is marked “J. Darrow Augusta, GA in an oval stamp on the flap. The group includes a finely crafted lanyard that was used to set off the cannon blast; a Confederate-manufactured friction primer that was used to spark the cannon’s ignition; a vent pouch that would have cleaned out the fuse hole of the cannon; three shell fuses, two of which are wrapped; and a long steel cylinder with brass ends that was used to hold the bursting charge for an Armstrong cannon. Also included is a copy of the 2005 No. 2 edition of North South Trader magazine, which featured the implements and Augusta box on the front cover of that issue and an article detailing the pieces and showing images of the factory that manufactured the box.

A Confederate First National Flag Reportedly Captured from the Biloxi Courthouse in 1861 (est. $20,000 and up) measures 75-3/4 inches wide and 37 inches high; its frame increases the dimensions to 82-by-44. A 13-star variant of the First National Flag of the Confederate States of America, it reportedly was accompanied at one time by a now-lost label that said the flag was found in an old coffee can inside the vault of the Hancock County Courthouse that was being demolished to make way for construction of a new facility. The label said the flag flew on the Biloxi, Mississippi Courthouse and that was “captured by vile, Yankee, invading forces during the capture of Biloxi. The flag eventually was returned to the Biloxi-based Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and its size and use of the 13-star design is consistent with a dating of 1861, when neighboring states Missouri and Kentucky were on the verge of secession. Included are a letter of provenance written in 2005 by then-owner Michael Adamson, a 2005 letter from noted Civil War expert Les Jensen and a list of extant Mississippi Confederate flags.

One of the unique lots in the auction is an Original WWII German Navy (Kriegsmarine) Four-Rotor M4 Enigma Enciphering Machine Recovered from the Wreck of the German Submarine Tender Ammerland (est. $20,000 and up). One of what might be as few as 120 surviving examples, this Enigma machine was used in Germany during World War II to transmit coded information after the realization that Western Allies were intercepting German Navy signals, and is credited with playing a significant role in the development of modern computing. Because of the rarity of remaining machines, examples in any condition rarely find their way to the collector market; some that have gone to auction recently have realized sale prices between $150,000 and $300,000. Early Enigmas had three interchangeable rotors, which scrambled plain-text messages to produce a cipher text message, which then was sent via Morse Code to a receiver machine with the same settings, sparking efforts by opposing forces to crack the code that shielded the messages. The M4 model Enigma was ordered by German Admiral Karl Doenitz in 1941 after he feared the security of the M3 (three-rotor) machine had been compromised with the capture of the German submarine U-570 in August 1941. This M4 example was recovered by Swedish divers from the wreck of the German submarine tender Ammerland, circa 1990. The Ammerland was attached to Sicherungsflottille 9 in the Baltic Sea when it was sunk Feb. 10, 1945, southwest of Liepâja, Latvia. After being submerged for about 45 years, it is preserved in distilled water until it can be properly restored.

Other top lots include, but are not limited to:

A Scarce and Desirable High Condition Smith & Wesson .357 Registered Model Revolver With Original Box and Certificate: est. $15,000 and up

An Exceptional Boxed Pre-War Colt Single-Action Army Revolver: est. $12,000 and up

An Engraved Josef Fanzoi Sidelock Drilling: est. $10,000-12,000

A Civil War Union Staff Officer’s Chasseur Cap: est. $10,000 and up

A Fine Colt Model 1878 Frontier Double-Action Revolver: est. $10,000 and up

A Fine and Engraved L.C. Smith Crown Grade Double-Barrel Shotgun: est. $10,000 and up

A Superb Colt Bisley Model Single-Action Revolver: est. $10,000 and up

A Colt Model 1903 Hammerless Semi-Automatic Pistol Taken from Raymond Hamilton of Notorious Barrow Gang: est. $10,000 and up

A Rare Confederate Navy Cap Box Allegedly Taken as War Souvenir by Private Cyrus Adams, New York 72nd Infantry, Later Killed in Action at Williamsburg, Virginia in 1862: est. $10,000 and up

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has over one million registered bidder-members, and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos.

159-Szyk copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries has announced highlights from their June 13 auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books, which will feature premier examples of printing that elevate the humble book to a noble art form.

The sale is led by an inscribed limited first edition on vellum of Arthur Szyk’s Haggadah, 1939, with 14 jewel-like full-page color plates by the artist. The work was illustrated by Szyk in Poland in the mid-1930s, and has been called the most celebrated modern Haggadah; it carries an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.

An outstanding selection of press books by Bernhardt Wall from the Natalie Williams Collection features a number of presentation copies, including the 85-volume magnum opus Following Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865, with over 900 signed etchings ($10,000 to $15,000), as well as the signed complete set of The Etcht Miniature Monthly Magazine, 1948, ($3,000 to $4,000). A selection of Wall’s personal sketchbooks from the 1920s offers a glimpse into the mind of the artist. Further editions by fine private presses of the twentieth century include works from Doves and Gemini to Granary, Limestone and the Limited Editions Club.

A collection of French livres d'artiste includes a signed limited first edition of Henri Matisse’s Cinquante Dessins, 1920, with 50 images of his work, valued at $3,000 to $4,000, as well as Amour, 1899, by Maurice Denis, a complete set of 13 color lithographs illustrating a poem by the author to his wife ($10,000 to $15,000). Also available are works by Jean Cocteau, Jean Dubuffet and Raoul Dufy.

There is a fine selection of art journals and magazines, most notably the complete set of 12 volumes of the Art Deco periodical Feuillets d'Art, 1919-22, estimated to sell between $3,000 and $4,000. Portfolios include Salvador Dalí's limited edition Le Quête du Graal, 1975, with 12 color drypoints ($12,000 to $18,000). Also by Dalí is a limited special edition of Dante’s La Divina Commedia, bound in sculptural copper covers and printed on paper salvaged from the flood of Florence in 1966, valued at $6,000 to $9,000.

Mexican surrealist Nahui Olin (pseudonym of Carmen Mondragón) was a muse of Diego Rivera and an accomplished artist in her own right. In collaboration with her lover, Dr. Atl (a pseudonym meaning the Aztec word for water), she produced Optica Cerebral: Poemas Dinámicos, 1922, here offered in the exceedingly rare first edition, signed and inscribed to publisher, writer and politician José Martinez Sotomayor ($6,000 to $9,000).

Three volumes of the influential French fashion magazine Gazette du Bon Ton, 1912-14, featuring several single- and double-page pochoir plates, as well as seven original watercolor vignettes by George Barbier, are together valued at $8,000 to $12,000.

Several nineteenth-century American manuscript folios will be available, including Miss Ann Postley's Album, 1828, with six illustrations by Charles A. Baudouine—considered the first “interior designer”— and Gathered Blossoms, 1853, a handmade book of poems and illustrations by Pennsylvanian Thomas Lloyd Bailey for his fiancé, Caroline A. Smith (each $1,000 to $2,000). A group of 13 drawings on vellum for a German calendar titled Das Jahr une siene Kinder (“The Year and Her Children”), 1880s, by Frau Allwine Schroedker, accompanies the published calendar; together they are valued between $4,000 and $6,000.

The contemporary selection will feature a May 1970 issue of Gay Power, the cover of which is illustrated by what is believed to be Robert Mapplethorpe's first published photograph, valued at $2,000 to $3,000, and a limited edition catalogue, encased in a briefcase with assorted accoutrements, released in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary exhibition at the Walker Art Center, titled In the Spirit of Fluxus, 1993 ($1,000 to $1,500). Another scarce exhibition catalogue makes an appearance: Masters of Abstract Art: An Exhibition for the Benefit of The American Red Cross, 1942, features essays by noted artists including Stuart Davis, Fernand Léger, Jacques Lipchitz, and Piet Mondrian. On offer is a copy of the catalogue, signed by several of the contributors and artists, expected to sell between $5,000 and $7,000.

A signed and inscribed limited first edition of Grapefruit, 1964, one of Yoko Ono’s scarce performative and conceptual “event scores”—written instructions or suggestions for acts for the “viewer” to recreate—is valued at $4,000 to $6,000.

The auction will be held Tuesday, June 13, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Friday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 10, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 at www.swanngalleries.com.

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

Image: Lot 159 Arthur Szyk, The Szyk Haggadah, number 22 of 125 copies on vellum, signed by Szyk and editor Cecil Roth, London, 1939. Estimate $15,000 to $25,000.

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 9.42.35 AM.pngBloomsbury Auctions will be hosting a sale of Vintage Posters at their new London base, 16-17 Pall Mall on 15th June 2017, from 11am. The auction comprises 216 lots, with estimates ranging from £500-£6,000.

Sale highlights include posters from the iconic spaghetti westerns, A Fistful of Dollars (est. £500-£800) and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (est. £400-£600), as well as rare posters from the perennially popular James Bond films: Dr No (est. £3,000-£5,000), From Russia With Love, Goldfinger (est. £1,500-£2,500) and Thunderball (est. £1,200-£1,400).

The 1960s is also well represented with posters for the critically-acclaimed films, The Graduate, 1967 (est. £800-£1,200) and They’re Off (est. £1,500-£2,500) with the American thriller, Bullet from 1968 and starring Steve McQueen, estimated at £800-£1,200.

Posters for The Beatles’ films, Help! (est. £500-£700), Yellow Submarine (£400-£600) and Let It Be (est. £400-£600) feature in the auction. Alongside the Fab Four, The Who also appear in a poster of psychedelic design, (est. £200-£400).

Rare London Underground posters, signed by Henry Charles Beck, known more commonly as Harry Beck, will be on offer, one dating back to 1945 (est. £400-£600) and the other to 1948 (est. £300-£500). Beck’s London Underground tube map was produced in 1933, and was initially rejected by the publicity department as it was considered too radical in design. However, a successful trial print run proved it was just what the public needed. Today the map is regarded as a design classic and Beck is recognised globally for his work. 

Another well-loved London Underground poster is The Wonderground map of London by MacDonald Gill, first produced in 1914 (est. £2,000-£3,000). This comic depiction of London is said to have amused passengers so much that they would miss their trains! 

Further London Underground posters include a Wimbledon Championships poster by Leonard Appelbee from 1939 (est. £600-£800), a Davis Cup Wimbledon poster from 1936, designed by Walter Goetz (est. £500-£700) and a 1936 New Zealand cricket poster designed by Lancaster Gill (est. £600-£800). 

Continuing the transport theme is a nostalgic North Eastern Airways poster from 1930 (est. £300-£500), as well as a very rare East Coast LNER poster by Stanislaus Brien (£1,200- £1,400), depicting a beautifully painted beach scene, and a 1947 French travel poster by Henri Matisse (est. £800-£1,200). 

Signed works by iconic British artist, David Hockney, feature in the auction: Spoleto Festival USA 1997 (est. £300-£500) and Retrospective David Hockney (est. £200-£400). 

 

NEW YORK—The Museum of Modern Art announces Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, a major exhibition on Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959) that critically engages his multifaceted practice, on view from June 12 to October 1, 2017. Wright was one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century, a radical designer and intellectual who embraced new technologies and materials, pioneered do-it-yourself construction systems as well as avant-garde experimentation, and advanced original theories with regards to nature, urban planning, and social politics. Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth on June 8, 1867, the exhibition will comprise approximately 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks, along with a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited. Structured as an anthology rather than a comprehensive, monographic presentation of Wright’s work, the exhibition is divided into 12 sections, each of which investigates a key object or cluster of objects from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, interpreting and contextualizing it, as well as juxtaposing it with other works from the Archives, from MoMA, or from outside collections. The exhibition seeks to open up Wright’s work to critical inquiry and debate, and to introduce experts and general audiences alike to new angles and interpretations of this extraordinary architect. Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive is organized by MoMA in collaboration with the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York, and organized by Barry Bergdoll, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA, and the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; with Jennifer Gray, Project Research Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

The transfer of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives in 2012 to MoMA and to Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University presented an unprecedented occasion to reveal the extent to which the Archives still has new perspectives, themes, and connections to offer on Wright’s work and legacy. Often construed as a regional architect, Wright in fact moved among international networks, traveling extensively in Europe, the Soviet Union, Japan, and South America. He designed over 1000 projects throughout the United States and the world, including countries such as Japan and Iraq. His design practice encompassed all scales and building types, from light fixtures, rug patterns, and furniture, to residences, museums, and skyscrapers, as well as landscape designs, and community and regional plans. This is in addition to the hundreds of articles and numerous books that he published during his lifetime. Wright also established an architectural school that functioned as a laboratory of innovative design, progressive educational practices, and collective living. His politics and architectural philosophies challenged existing social and economic structures, even as he pioneered radical engineering solutions and prefabricated construction systems that challenged the building industry. 

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150 is organized around a central chronological spine highlighting the major events in Wright’s life and career, which will be illustrated with some of his finest drawings and include key works such as Unity Temple (1905-08), the Robie House (1908-10), Fallingwater (1934-37), the Johnson Wax Administration Building (1936-39), and Beth Sholom Synagogue (1953-59). Unfolding from this orienting spine are 12 subsections, covering themes both familiar and little explored, that highlight for visitors the process of discovery undertaken by invited scholars, historians, architects, and art conservators. These include Wright’s proposed design for a Rosenwald School for African American children, as well as his engagement with the imagery and form of Native American design in his quest for an original American architecture of the future. A section exploring Wright’s design for a model farm—preserved in a rarely seen model from the archive—is juxtaposed with a section that explores his lifelong interest in projecting an urbanism appropriate to an era of new technologies of transportation and communication. 

Wright’s ongoing preoccupation with ornament is the subject of another section, together with sections that investigate Wright’s understanding of the relationships between nature, landscape, and architecture at the scale of the individual organism, the garden, and the community, and his fascination with circular geometries that likewise range in scale from ornamental forms, to the building, to site planning. Wright was not only a builder for others, but a master of self-construction. To this end, a section centered on Wright’s attempt to democratize his vision through DIY building systems dialogues with another that argues Frank Lloyd Wright was one the first celebrity architects, a savvy manipulator of mass media such as television, radio, and magazines, who used these outlets to advance his ambitions. His celebrity status is illustrated through print media, including the Time magazine election of Wright as Man of the Year, and television broadcasts of his famous interview with Mike Wallace and an episode of What’s My Line? in which Wright is described as “world famous architect.” The last thematic section considers the archive itself as an object of study and will include the painstakingly conserved model of St. Mark’s, a radical but ultimately unbuilt design for a skyscraper residence for New York, the model of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, an analysis of Wright’s drawings as they evolved over time, and a data-visualization project illustrating Wright’s global network of clients, professional relationships, and buildings.

MoMA will publish an exhibition catalogue reflecting the scholarship generated in the process of unpacking the Wright Archives, to be illustrated with new photography of his drawings, models, and buildings that will offer the public high-quality images of materials in the Archives. The publication mirrors the exhibition in that it will be an anthology of essays authored by the guest scholars and MoMA curators.

The contributors include:

-Barry Bergdoll (MoMA and Columbia University)

-Michael Desmond (Louisiana State University)

-Carole Ann Fabian (Avery Library, Columbia University)

-Jennifer Gray (MoMA)

-Elizabeth Hawley (CUNY Graduate Center and MoMA)

-Juliet Kinchin (MoMA)

-Neil Levine (Harvard University)

-Ellen Moody (MoMA)

-Therese O’Malley (National Gallery, Washington, D.C.)

-Ken Oshima (University of Washington)

-Michael Osman (University of California, Los Angeles)

-Spyros Papapetros (Princeton University)

-Janet Parks (Avery Drawings & Archives, Columbia University)

-Matthew Skjonsberg (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

-David Smiley (Columbia University)

-Mabel Wilson (Columbia University)

SPONSORSHIP:

The exhibition is made possible by Hyundai Card.

Generous funding is provided by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III and by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund.

RELATED EXHIBITION:

Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem and Modern Housing

September 8 - December 17, 2017

Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University

In fall 2017, to celebrate the joint acquisition of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives by The Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, the Wallach Art Gallery is partnering with Columbia’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture to present Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem and Modern Housing, which will consider Wright’s well-known designs for Broadacre City and other largely suburban housing projects in dialogue with important housing projects in Harlem, designed simultaneously. The Wallach Art Gallery’s exhibition will overlap and be presented in correlation with Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive.

A celluloid of Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.jpgNew York - On June 5, Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) present An Important Animation Art Collection, The Property of a Gentleman, which features more than 290 original Disney animation drawings, storyboards, posters, concept art and celluloids. The collection, accumulated over 25 years, comprises a wide range of titles and items from over 60+ years of Disney animation, a fascinating history lesson on the studio’s changing styles and focus from its early 1930s shorts through to comic strips to the studio’s revival in the 1980s including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, and Pinocchio to The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.

The collection will be on preview at Bonhams Los Angeles from May 19-21 and then will be on display at Bonhams New York from June 2-5.

Highlights include:

  • An animation drawing from The Mail Pilot, Walt Disney Studios, 1933. Graphite and colored pencil on paper, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 1,000-1,500.
  • A celluloid of Mickey Mouse from The Brave Little Tailor, Walt Disney Studios, 1938. Gouache on celluloid, multi-cell set-up, applied to Courvoisier wood veneer background, Walt Disney label on reverse, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 4,000-6,000.
  • A celluloid of the Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney Studios, 1937. Gouache on trimmed celluloid, applied to a Courvoisier watercolor paper background, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 10,000-15,000.
  • An animation drawing of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney Studios, 1959. Graphite on paper, matted and framed.. Estimate: US$ 500-700.
  • A celluloid of Geppetto, Figaro, and Pinocchio from Pinocchio with watercolor production background, Walt Disney Studios, 1940. Gouache on trimmed celluloid, applied to its matching watercolor production background, annotated, "F3 / 2 / 39 Oct 01 1939 Thor OK for / 10-18-39," and someone's initials, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 20,000-25,000.
  • A Gustaf Tenggren original concept painting from Pinocchio. Walt Disney Studios, 1940. Black ink and watercolor on heavyweight paper, inscribed "Pinocchio" to upper left corner in watercolor in an unknown hand, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 30,000-40,000.
  • A celluloid of Dumbo and Timothy Mouse from Dumbo, Walt Disney Studios, 1941. Gouache on celluloid, applied to a Courvoisier airbrushed background, stamped "WDP" lower right, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 2,000-3,000.
  • A Mary Blair concept artwork from Cinderella, Walt Disney Studios, 1950. Gouache on board, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 4,000-6,000.
  • A celluloid of the fairies from Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney Studios, 1959. Gouache on trimmed celluloid, applied to an Eyvind Earle watercolor production pan background of the royal throne room, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 20,000-30,000.

Image: A celluloid of Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Walt Disney Studios, 1937. Gouache on celluloid, multi-cell set-up with an overlay, applied to its matching watercolor production pan background of the cottage, Estimate: US$ 25,000-30,000.

BOSTON, MA (May 19, 2017) — John F. Kennedy's Senate ID Card sold for $20,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The one-of-a-kind historically significant official US Senate personal identification card issued to John F. Kennedy, featured an image of the young senator, neatly signed in full in fountain pen, "John F. Kennedy."

Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Kennedy's longtime secretary Evelyn Lincoln on US Senate memorandum letterhead, April 27, 1987, to noted JFK collector Robert L. White, stating in part: “The I.D. card issued to the late John F. Kennedy, was carried by him in his wallet while he was a United States Senator." 

After serving three terms in the House of Representatives, Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1952. His term began on January 3, 1953, and he served as the junior senator from Massachusetts until December 22, 1960, just before entering the presidency.

“This personal ID card is an absolutely amazing relic from this important stage in his political life,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. 

An additional highlight from the online offering was an incredible assortment of historic Kennedy photographs from The Ronnie Paloger Collection.

"Among the collection were rare seldom-seen photographs of a youthful-looking JFK during his first foray into politics from his 1946 congressional campaign— his 1952 senatorial race, and gorgeous wedding photos of Jack and Jackie,” said Tricia Eaton, Specialty Auction Director at RR Auction.  

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

Handsome set of gold-and-black eagle bookends displayed by John F. Kennedy in his Senate office and then later in the White House, sold for $19,500.

John F. Kennedy original portrait artwork by Louis Lupas, sold for $12,240.

John F. Kennedy family's china tea-cup used aboard the presidential yacht, the 'Honey Fitz,' sold for $6,063.

John F. Kennedy 1951 letter to a constituent, sold for $4,961.

The John F. Kennedy Auction from RR Auction began on May 11 and concluded on May 18. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

61-Cruikshank copy.jpgNew York—First editions and inscribed copies filled the shelves at Swann Galleries’ May 16 auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature. The sale broke several auction records and encompassed a variety of genres, dates and media. The trifurcated Books department (specializing in Art Books and Early Printed Books as well as Literature), is the oldest at Swann Galleries, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in March.

The top lot of the sale was a complete privately printed edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 1926, by T.E. Lawrence, the inspiration for the classic film Lawrence of Arabia. The stunning tome, bound in green leather, boasts 65 plates and color illustrations by contemporary artists. The present copy was inscribed by Lawrence and given to his dentist, Warwick James; it was purchased by a collector for $62,500*.

An auction record was achieved for the complete set of 12 volumes of The Scourge; or Monthly Expositor of Imposture and Folly, 1811-16, illustrated by George Cruikshank. This was only the third complete set ever to appear at auction; the final, twelfth volume is extremely scarce due to the dwindling subscriber numbers towards the end of the periodical. The set was especially unusual because it contained the rare suppressed plate of A Financial Survey of Cumberland, or Beggars Petition, 1815, which overtly suggested the disgraced Duke of Cumberland had murdered his valet, in both its censored and uncensored state. After breakneck bidding, a collector made the winning bid of $11,250.

The auction debut of the first American edition of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, 1912, set a strong precedent, exceeding its high estimate of $7,500 to reach $10,000.

Half of the highest prices in the sale went to first editions of cornerstones of American literature. Twentieth-century authors performed especially well, with William Faulkner’s first novel, Soldiers’ Pay, leading the pack at $21,250. The first edition of Main Street, 1920, by Sinclair Lewis, achieved a new auction record of $6,500. Harper Lee’s monumental To Kill A Mockingbird, 1960, sold for more than five times its high estimate of $1,000, finally finishing at $5,750. Similarly, a first edition with the dust jacket of The Pastures of Heaven, 1932, charmingly inscribed by author John Steinbeck to his friend Louis Paul, reached $13,750.

Works by American modernist author Ernest Hemingway were well received, with 100% of the 14 offered lots going to buyers after frenzied bidding. An inscribed first trade edition of A Farewell to Arms, 1929, reached $6,750, while a first edition of Death in the Afternoon, 1932, was purchased for $2,125.

Another highlight was a rare limited first edition on handmade paper of James Joyce’s magnum opus Ulysses, 1922, which exceeded its high estimate to sell for $33,750.

Specialist John D. Larson said of the sale, “The robust sell-through rate of 87% demonstrated the strength of the market and continued interest in historic literature from the last two centuries, especially, as always, well preserved examples. Multiple institutional purchases underline the importance of the material we’re handling, and the record achieved for the Cruikshank set typifies the appeal of exceedingly rare material.”

The next sale of 19th & 20th Century Literature at Swann Galleries will be on November 14, 2017. For more information or consign quality materials, contact John D. Larson at jlarson@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 61 George Cruikshank, The Scourge, first edition, complete set of 12 volumes, London, 1811-16. Sold May 16, 2017 for $11,250, a record for the work. (Pre-sale estimate $4,000 to $6,000)

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 8.42.12 AM.pngThe birth of the modern horror story can be traced to the dark visions that crept from the febrile imagination of H. P. Lovecraft at the beginning of the last century. 

This new edition from The Folio Society marries Lovecraft’s best-known fiction with two modern masters of the macabre, the acclaimed artist Dan Hillier and author Alan Moore. In his beautifully crafted new preface, Moore finds Lovecraft at once at odds with and integral to the time in which he lived, ‘the improbable embodiment of an estranged world in transition’ yet, despite his prejudices and parochialisms, he ‘possessed a voice and a perspective both unique in modern literature’. 

Also available as a 750 copy limited edition in a presentation box with a print signed by the artist each edition shimmers with Lovecraft’s ‘unknown colours’, purple and greens akin to both the ocean depths and mysteries from outer space - each features a mystical design by Hillier. 

This collection spans Lovecraft’s literary career, his ‘cosmicist’ philosophy and the belief that behind the veil of our blinkered everyday lives lies another reality, too terrible for the human mind to comprehend. Writing in the gothic tradition, narrators recount their descent into madness and despair. Through their investigations into the unexplained, they tug at the thin threads that separate our world from another of indescribable horror. The alien gods, death cults and forbidden tomes that cast their maddening shadows over of his fictitious New England would introduce the world to a new set of terrors, reflecting the strange, uncaring universe being unraveled by physics and cosmology. These ‘weird’ tales, and their vast influence, have since carved their creator a tentacle-shaped throne among the monoliths of American literature. 

Product information 

Bound in cloth blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Italian Old Style with Goudy Forum as display. 472 pages. Title page spread plus 6 black and white illustrations. Endpapers spot varnished with a design by the artist. Gold gilt page tops. Printed metallic slipcase. 10”x 6 3⁄4“ 

UK £75.00 US $120.00 Can $155.00 Aus $155.00 

Limited Edition is bound in eco simulated leather blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Italian Old Style with Goudy Forum as display. 472 pages. Title page spread plus 6 black and white illustrations printed with 8 black and gold mandalas on the reverse. Hand-marbled endpapers. Coloured edges. Magnetic presentation box covered in blocked cloth and lined in blocked metallic paper. Limited print signed by the artist. Book 10"x 63⁄4“, box 121⁄4" x 91⁄2" x 2". 

UK £345.00 US $575.00 Can $695.00 Aus $695.00 

 

NANTUCKET, MA—The Nantucket Book Festival, a summer destination for booklovers, features a stellar line-up of authors and events for its upcoming Festival, June 16-18. Readers will gather in historic Nantucket venues for author readings, panel discussions, and social events that provide unique opportunities to engage with their favorite authors—a hallmark of the Festival. Most events are free with the exception of ticketed social events.

The Opening Night Celebration, Open Books, Open Minds: Writing to Cross Borders, on Friday evening features Diane Rehm, Will Schwalbe, and Kevin Young, speaking on the role of writing as a way to interpret and clarify personal, political, and global divisions.

Throughout the weekend, which begins on Friday morning, authors of many genres and subjects will present, highlighted by: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns); US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; Diane Rehm (On My Own) who will discuss her memoir about reconstructing her life after the death of her husband; Ruth Reichl, former editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine whose latest book, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life, extols the power of cooking to cure many of life’s ills; and New York Times Best Selling authors Amor Towles (A Gentleman in Moscow), Carl Safina (Beyond Words), and Marie Arana (American Chica).

Two New England poets will be featured through their biographers: Megan Marshall (Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast) and Kay Redfield Jamison who will discuss her psychological portrait of Robert Lowell (Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire). Crowd favorites Alice Hoffman and Jodi Picoult will be returning to the Festival. A complete listing of authors is at www.nantucketbookfestival.org.

For younger readers, the Festival offers an exceptional line-up, including a breakfast with Laurie Halse Anderson (The Seeds of America Trilogy) and Nathaniel Philbrick, who will discuss his new book, Ben’s Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill, written from a child’s perspective. Other authors for younger readers include Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Bill Konigsberg, James Sulzer and Wendy Rouillard. For the youngest set, there will be story times in the Atheneum Garden tent on Friday from 9:00-1:00pm in seven languages.

To highlight the active literary community on the island, the Festival will feature local authors under the tent outdoors at the Nantucket Atheneum selling and signing their books during the day on Saturday. The ever-popular Typewriter Rodeo will be on hand to write free poems on-demand on their vintage typewriters.

Tickets are now on sale for author-hosted social events, which include:

  • Friday: breakfast with Nathaniel Philbrick and Laurie Halse Anderson (kids free); luncheon with Michelle Gable, Mary Alice Monroe and Nancy Thayer; and the Nantucket Book Festival Authors Dinner at the Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant Inn, a fundraiser for the Festival.
  • Saturday: luncheon hosted by Sarah Leah Chase (sold out), and James Gleick will host Tea and Time Travel at the Community School. 
  • Sunday : breakfast with Ruth Reichl; a wine tasting with Bianca Bosker (sold out) and the annual Cisco Brewers Send Off event in the afternoon (free) will feature music, food, author mingling, and of course brews. An evening closing event, Wild Places and Human Dignity, with PBS host Carl Safina at the NHA Whaling Museum will wrap up the Festival in the evening. 

A complete listing of all authors and tickets for all ticketed events are available at www.nantucketbookfestival.org.

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Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 12.23.15 PM.pngLot 1

Fitzpatrick (Sir Percy) Jock of the Bushveld (This is the first copy of “Jock” - “belongs to the Likkle People”

Published: London, 1907 Estimate: $12,500/15,000

5000 copies of the first impression were printed at a total cost to Longmans of £416. 7s. 11d.

Signed on the title page by J Percy Fitzpatrick. His full name was Sir James Percy Fitzpatrick.

Inscription on the front paste-down end paper reads: This is the first copy of “Jock”- “ belongs to the Likkle People” and the mere narrator desires to acknowledge that fact in proper form. J Percy Fitzpatrick Hohenheim October 1907 The dedications page reads: It was the youngest of the High Authorities who gravely informed the Inquiring Stranger that “Jock belongs to the Likkle People!” That being so, it is clearly the duty, no less less that the privilege, of the mere Narrator to dedicate the Story of Jock to those Keenest and Kindest critics, Best of Friends, and Most Delightful of Comrades The Likkle People.

Fitzpatrick's adventures during this time of his life, when he was pioneering in the Bushveld, are vividly described in his book Jock of the Bushveld, which is generally accepted as a South African classic.

Lot 3

[Bay Psalm Book] The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testament... For Use ... especially in New-England

Published: Edinburgh, 1759-1771

Estimate: $5,000/8,000

The very large and decorative title cartouche, copied from Jailot, includes a lion, an ostrich, an elephant, a crocodile as well as classical and native figures. William Berry changed the coat of arms to that of the Royal Arms and included a dedication to the then recently restored King Charles II. There is also a cartouche that includes five distance scales.

William Berry was a bookseller, geographer and engraver, who was active between about 1670 and 1703. His most enduring partnership was with map-maker Robert Morden and, together, they dealt in topographical works, prints, maps, charts and globes. In the title of the map, Berry added detail for his English audience.

Provenance: Thomas Hewston (inscription at front "Thomas Hewston was born May 18th 1757 at eleven o'clock in the forenoon", one possibility is a Thomas Hewston, of Bedford Co., Penn. who is listed amongst the 'new levies' in a list of 'Rangers on the Frontiers - 1778-1783' [see W.H. Egle (editor). 'Muster Rolls of the Navy and Line, Militia and Rangers 1775-1783.' Harrisburg, Pa.: 1898 p.353].

A very rare late edition of the famous Bay Psalm book (possibly the last edition to be published without the Rev. Prince's revisions of 1757/8), bound with an apparently unrecorded issue of the Bible. In addition, there are two further possibilities that would add considerably to the book's interest:

1. the binding may be by Scottish/American binder Andrew Barclay: the blind roll on the cover is an apparent match for roll 'T5' as pictured in Hannah French's 'Bookbinding in Early America' (Worcester, 1986) p.39, and see images.

2. the inscription at the front may refer to a Thomas Hewston who served as a 'Ranger on the Frontier' in Pennsylvania sometime between 1778 and 1783, raising the possibility that the present work, in its 'travelling binding' accompanied him during his service. Although there were apparently 22 editions of the Bay Psalm book published in Scotland, they are rare on the market: the records show just two examples, in 1938 Goodspeed's offered a 1741 18th edition with the upper cover of the binding missing, and in 1896 Littlefield offered a 1737 16th edition. None are listed as having been offered at auction.

Lot 4

Jefferson (Thomas), Wilberforce (William), Chatterton (Thomas) &c. - Barbour (John G.): Dialogues of the Dead, chiefly of the Moderns ... by the Author of "Evenings in Greece"

Published: Edinburgh, 1836

Estimate: $1,500/2,000

First and only edition - completely unrecorded in any of the standard bibliographies. There is one other copy known (which I used to own). See images for list of contents. The Wilberforce / Jefferson dialogue is particularly interesting, and of its time: Wilberforce berates Jefferson for allowing slavery to continue.

It is not clear why this work is so rare, Barbour was the author of a number of other works that do show up from time to time. The present work's politics sail quite close to the wind on occasion - was it perhaps banned or withdrawn or destroyed?

Lot 134

Kinza (Hirai), Piscator, [A Japanese writer writes, in English, on Japanese customs -] a 10pp. autograph manuscript article, titled ‘Visiting’

Published: New York?, 1893/94

Estimate: $1,500 /2,000

Hirai Kinza was an influential figure at the cultural crossroads between Japan and the United States during the final decade of the 19th century and into the early-20th century. In the present manuscript article, he offers a ‘modern’ view of the bow: the feature of Japanese etiquette that is still the best-known outside Japan.

Born in Kyoto in 1859, Hirai studied English from an early age. An interest in the west went hand-in-hand with his interest in religion. Initially, he quite vigorously opposed Christianity in general and its missionaries proselytizing in particular. In 1885 he set up an English school in Kyoto called ‘The Oriental Hall’ (Orientaru Horu), with the backing of Buddhist groups, and with the aim of countering the Christian influence of the Doshisha school established by Niijima Jo.

Lot 203

Churchill (Winston) The World Crisis, (First Editions Inscribed to Sir Abe Bailey)

Published: London, 1923 - 1929

Estimate: $7,500/9,000

Inscribed by Winston Churchill on a preliminary blank flyleaf of Volume 5 “Abe / from / Winston / with every good wish / 6th Mar 1929”. It is also signed by Abe Bailey on the front free endpaper in pencil and dated May 1929. Volume 1 is signed by Abe Bailey in ink and dated May 1923. Volume 2 has a presentation inscription from Bailey’s wife Mary “With Mary’s love to Abe/Nov 6th. 1923” on a preliminary blank flyleaf. (Presumably a birthday gift as he was born on November 6th 1864). Volumes 3 and 4 are signed in pencil by Abe Bailey on the front free endpapers.

The recipient Sir Abraham Bailey, 1st Baronet, KCMG

(1864-1940), known as Abe Bailey, was a prominent South African Randlord, diamond tycoon, politician, financier and cricketer. He was a good friend and sometime financial sponsor of Churchill and his son John married Churchill’s eldest daughter Diana in 1932. He was also active in the First World War, serving as Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General to the South African forces and was involved in recruiting men for the army. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government and a baronetcy by the British one in recognition of these services. These features make the set an association copy of considerable importance and of especial interest to South African collectors.

Lot 5

Rackham (Arthur) The Arthur Rackham Fairy Book - De-Luxe Signed Edition

Published: London, 1933

Estimate: $2,000/2,500

No. 420 of a total of 460 copies of this limited de-luxe edition signed by Rackham. 287pp. In the original full vellum gilt decorated binding. Top edge gilt, fore and lower edges uncut and a few pages unopened. With 8 full page colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations including many wonderful silhouettes. A very fine (as new) unmarked and unfoxed sparkling copy with no flaws whatsoever. In the original publisher's cardboard slipcase which has some wear. Scarce in this pristine condition.

Lot 149

Fries (Laurent) Tabu Nova Partis Aphri

Published: London, Lyons, 1535

Estimate: $2,000/2,750

The map was printed from a woodblock and was one of the first printed maps of Southern Africa reasonably available to collectors.

The map is the Laurent Fries reduction of the map by Martin Waldseemüller, a German priest and cartographer who contributed to 16th century editions of Ptolemy’s Geographia. The map was printed from a woodblock; the title and scrollwork above the map make this the 1535 publication of the Geographia by Melchior & Gaspar Treschel in Lyons (there are four states of the map, 1522, 1531, 1535 & 1541).

This map is considered to be “one of the most important maps in the Ptolemy ....; the coastal detail on the map indicates that the map was “evidently based on the surveys undertaken during the first two voyages of Vasco de Gama”, The map now has three kings on their thrones, an elephant and two serpents next to a sugar loaf mountain, while the King of Portugal rides a bridled sea monster on the Mare Prassodum, holding the banner of Portugal in his right hand and the sceptre in his left. Mountains have been added and rivers appear south of the Mountains of the Moon.” (Norwich)The Latin text near the equator states that "this part of ancient Africa remains unknown". Above this text are the Mountains of the Moon (still so named today, AKA the Rwenzori Mountains), from which the Nile was thought, at that time, to arise.

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24642333-1-1 copy.jpgA signed collection of images picturing the late cultural legend, David Bowie, are to be offered as part of Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale on 28 June, the month which marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Bowie’s first ever album, David Bowie. The images are thought to be one of the last items signed by Bowie before his passing in 2016.

The images were taken by Geoff MacCormack, a close friend of Bowie and travelling companion, whilst on a worldwide tour with the star in the early 1970s. MacCormack was a singer, percussionist, dance/mime member in several of Bowie’s bands. The journey took in New York, LA, San Francisco, Hawaii, Canada, Japan and a voyage on the Trans-Siberian express, which provides the backdrop to several of the photographs. The informal photographs show Bowie at his most relaxed and informal, a world away from the glamorous and outlandish personae he regularly adopted on stage.

Geoff commented on the image above; ‘I’d only just acquired a Nikkormat. I didn’t really know the camera at the time, and I pride myself on having got the composition right. I love that, although David clearly strikes a pose, the image still seems unguarded and natural. David later reciprocated by taking one of me in exactly the same sport. Believe me, mine is better!’

David Bowie, who had his breakthrough in 1969 with Space Oddity, won countless accolades and irrevocably changed the landscape of music, performance and fashion both in the UK and across the world. He was named as ‘the greatest rock star ever’ by Rolling Stone in 2016, and is estimated to have sold 140 million records worldwide.

Speaking of his friend, Geoff said: ‘For me, these images, which David loved, almost feel as if they belong in a family album. They capture the sense of two mates - one of whom just happened to have become a rock star - having the time of their lives.’

This carefree revelry is perfectly captured in one of the photographs, which depicts a slightly worse for wear Bowie asleep in their train berth aboard the Trans-Siberian Express. MacCormack explained: ‘We had drunk cheap Riesling and beer with a bunch of soldiers we’d met the night before. They were friendly and inquisitive as to what life was like in the West. In this image, you can just make out the bleak Siberian landscape through the window.

The photographs, signed by Bowie himself, provide a rare and honest glimpse in to the, then, life of arguably the world’s most influential artist.

The images will be on view at Bonhams Knightsbridge saleroom, Montpelier Street, from 25th June till the sale on 28th accompanied by a never-before-seen film of the journey from Japan to Moscow, for the ‘May Day Parade’, shot by Bowie himself and seen through his eyes, interspersed with MacCormack’s photographs. 

For more information and examples of Geoff MacCormack’s work, visit www.geoffmaccormack.com

Image: Heading back to London…the long way. Captured by Geoff MacCormack (£2,000-3,000).

 

60-Evans copy 2.jpgNew York—On Wednesday, June 7, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books, with highlights from the colonization of the Americas, as well as botanical prints and original watercolors.

The sale is led by Samuel Baker’s untrimmed and unjoined A New and Exact Map of the Island of St. Christopher in America, 1753, which shows the island, now better known as St. Kitts, divided into parishes with a wealth of early information relating to structures on the island, as well as the surrounding waters. The borders of each of the four sheets are decorated in an elaborate Baroque style; the map is valued between $20,000 and $30,000.

Among other treasures, the sale promises a trove of rare early maps of the United States. Selections include a 1750 map of Pennsylvania by Lewis Evans, whose publication in Germany helped spark emigration to the state, resulting in the still-traditional Pennsylvania Dutch population ($10,000 to $15,000). John Ogilby and Arnoldus Montanus’s America: Being the Latest, and Most Accurate Description of the New World, 1673, will be offered at $10,000 to $15,000. There is also a run of rare island maps by Aaron Arrowsmith, including a 1830 chart of Hawaii, then called "The Sandwich Islands," which, according to an inscription on the back, was purchased in 1832 by a ship’s captain who made a voyage to the area two years later ($8,000 to $12,000). Also available is a map by Henry Briggs showing California as an island, 1625 ($8,000 to $12,000), the auction debut of a hand-colored chart by Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres depicting Revolutionary War battles that occurred near Charleston, NC, 1780 ($8,000 to $12,000) and colonial maps of America by English, Dutch and French artisans including Arnold Colom, Theodore de Bry, Herman Moll, Thomas Pownall and Pierre Francois Tardieu.

The 1740 through 1770 works of Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, official hydrographer to Louis XV, were compiled into L'Hydrographie Françoise, which boasts 92 charts at the forefront of contemporary scientific authority, accuracy and artistic appeal; the two-volume set will be offered in the sale with an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.

Additional noteworthy atlases include a set of six double-page maps, circa 1600, by Matthias Quad, and the German edition of the popular small-format atlas by Jodocus Hondius and Gerard Mercator, Atlas Minor, Das ist, 1651, still in its original binding (each $8,000 to $12,000). Mercator is further represented in the sale by the first edition of his Ptolemaic atlas, Tabulae Geographicae, 1578. The present copy includes 26 additional maps from the seventeenth century by masters including Willem Blaeu, Abraham Ortelius and Nicolas Sanson, and is expected to sell between $7,000 and $10,000.

Swann Galleries consistently offers preeminent historical material relating to the city. Unusual maps include the “Water Map,” as Egbert Viele’s Topographical Map of the City of New York, 1865, is colloquially known, and an archive of finely drawn street plans delineating the sewers of lower Manhattan, 1865-68 (each $4,000 to $6,000). Also available in The History of the Province of New York from the First Discovery to the Year MDCCXXXII, 1757, by William Smith, valued at $1,500 to $2,500. Making its auction debut is an 1891 atlas of the island of Manhattan, created for tax purposes and boasting fold-out maps of the city, of which the only other known copy is currently in the collection of the New York Historical Society ($1,500 to $2,500).

Also in the sale are two large panoramic views of Prague, most notably an early state of Prag in Böhmen, circa 1740, the engraving by Johann Friedrich Probst after Friedrich Bernhard Werner, valued between $2,000 and $3,000.

The Natural History Books section of the sale is led by a rare complete run of The Naturalist’s Miscellany, 1789-1813, with engravings by Frederick Nodder and his son Richard, and text in English and Latin by George Shaw; the 24-volume set offers some of the earliest descriptions of several Australian species, including the Nonpareil Parrot and the Duck-Billed Platypus ($10,000 to $15,000). Also available are the hand-colored aquatint and engraving for the elephant folio plates of John James Audubon’s Herring Gull CCXCI, 1836, and Wood Ibiss CCVI, 1834 ($7,000 to $10,000 and $5,000 to $7,500, respectively).

There is a delightful selection of nineteenth-century watercolor portfolios: a set of 55 depictions of the life and deeds of Napoleon and 25 ink drawings by Robert Cruikshank, intended to serve as models for his “juvenile dramas,” 1830s, are each expected to bring between $8,000 and $12,000.

The auction will be held Wednesday, June 7, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Friday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 3, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, June 5, through Tuesday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Caleb Kiffer at 212-254-4710, extension 17, or via e-mail at caleb@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 60 Lewis Evans, Speciel Land Charte von Pensilvanien, Neu Jersey, Neu York, Frankfurt, 1750. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000. Complete Auction Catalogue

Man Ray.jpgFRANKLIN, Mass. - A drawing in ink on paper attributed to Romanian artist Victor Brauner (1903-1966) and an ink drawing on buff toned paper, signed and dated by the renowned visual artist Man Ray (1890-1976), are expected top earners in Woodshed Art Auctions’ next Prestige Collection fine art sale, featuring 32 lots of Modern and Impressionist drawings and paintings.

The auction will be online-only - as are all Woodshed Art Auctions sales - and will be held on Wednesday, May 24th, at 12 o’clock noon Eastern time. Previews will also be held online, at the Woodshed Art Auctions website (www.woodshedartauctions.com), or by appointment in the firm’s gallery, at 1243 Pond Street in Franklin. To schedule a preview, call (508) 533-6277.

Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com.

Woodshed’s Prestige Collection sales are small auctions focused mainly on modestly priced works by big-name artists, and the names in this sale are indeed big. In addition to Victor Brauner and Man Ray, others include Theodore Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), Roy Lichtenstein, Maurice Bernard Sendak, Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Mario Carreno and Andy Warhol.

“This auction is full of intimate, small-scale works that offer excellent glimpses into each artist’s mindset,” said Bruce Wood of Woodshed Art Auctions. “The Cocteaus are playful, the Picassos exude power and energy, and the Brauner and Lam drawings are iconic and full of metaphysical references. The price points are perfect for adventurous and knowledgeable collectors looking to acquire works associated with some of the greatest, most sought-after artists of the past century.”

The drawing in ink on paper attributed to Victor Brauner, titled Woman, was done in 1945 and is one of two Brauners in the auction. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $5,000-$7,000. Brauner was born in Romania, the son of a Jewish timber manufacturer. He went to school in Vienna and later settled in Paris in 1930. Brauner was an accomplished sculptor and painter of surrealistic images.

The ink drawing on buff toned paper by Man Ray (real name, Emmanuel Radnitzky), is titled Ship, Sailors and a Woman, signed and dated 1936. The woodcut should earn $6,000-$10,000. Man Ray was born in America but lived mostly in France. He contributed to both the Dada and Surrealist movements and regarded himself a painter, but he’s best known for his photography. 

There are two drawings attributed to Man Ray in the auction, and there are also two attributed to pop art icon Andy Warhol (Am., 1928-1987). One, titled Young Man, is a portrait drawing in ink and colored pencil on paper, signed and unframed. It’s expected to command $4,000-$8,000. The Warhol name and cache should mute any concerns about toning, light stains and handling marks.

Fans of Picasso will be pleased to know that three drawings attributed to (or in the manner of) the Spanish-born master will come up for bid. One is a signed and dated (1964) charcoal on bond paper titled Three Dancing Figures. The 4 ¾ inch by 8 inch drawing is showing a little age discoloration and toning, but it’s still a Picasso (attributed) and is expected to hit $2,000-$4,000.

A hat trick of three drawings attributed to Jean Cocteau (Fr., 1889-1963) will also come under the gavel, including a signed and titled (La Mediterranee) crayon drawing on buff paper, 11 inches by 8 ½ inches, unframed, that’s estimated to reach $3,000-$5,000. Cocteau was an artist, writer, designer, playwright and filmmaker. He wrote the novel Les Enfants Terrible in 1929.

The last of the multiples in the sale is Mario Carreno (1913-1999), the Cuban-born Chilean artist. His two attributions will include an ink drawing on paper titled Mascaron de Proa (Figurehead). The work is signed and dated (1973) and carries an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. It was consigned by a Chilean collector. Carreno studied in Cuba, Spain and France before settling in Chile.

An ink and dye on smooth card-weight paper, attributed to the pop art icon Roy Lichtenstein (Am., 1923-1997), titled Brush Stroke, is expected to change hands for $3,000-$4,000. The piece is signed and unframed and measures 3 ½ inches by 6 ½ inches. Lichtenstein defined the premise of pop art via parody, producing precise compositions of comic strips in a tongue-in-cheek way.

Who doesn’t love Theodore Geisel? Never heard of him? Yes you have. He’s Dr. Seuss (Am., 1904-1991), and the auction boasts an illustration attributed to Geisel of perhaps his best-known and best loved character, the Cat in the Hat. A drawing in red and black ink on white paper of Cat in the Hat, signed and inscribed “Best wishes, from Dr. Seuss,” should make $4,000-$6,000.

An ink drawing on paper attributed to Wilfredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982), titled Shaman, signed and dated (1941), in very good condition, is expected to breeze to $8,000-$12,000. The drawing is in very good condition. Lam sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture, often utilizing a unique style that was characterized by the prominence of hybrid figures.

Maurice Bernard Sendak (Am., 1928-2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children’s books, best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. An ink drawing on white card stock paper attributed to Sendak, titled Max in an Airplane, carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$4,000. The drawing is artist signed and measures 6 ¼ inches by 7 inches.

This will be just the second Prestige Collection auction for Woodshed Art Auctions. The first was held April 26th, with positive results. “It paid off for consignors,” Wood said, “and it proved that we’re headed in the right direction for growing the company into a destination known for curated quality art.” The top lot was an ink drawing attributed to van Gogh that brought $12,000.

Woodshed Art Auctions is a family-owned art gallery specializing in oil painting restoration and live and online art auctions. The company is celebrating its 49th anniversary. 

Woodshed Art Auctions is always accepting quality artworks for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may call Bruce Wood at (508) 533-6277; or, you can e-mail him at bruce@woodshedgallery.com. To learn more about Woodshed Art Auctions and the online-only auction on May 24th, visit www.woodshedartauctions.com.

Image: Ink drawing on buff toned paper by Man Ray (1890-1976, real name Emmanuel Radnitzky), titled Ship, Sailors and a Woman, signed and dated 1936 (est. $6,000-$10,000).

joan copy.jpgDALLAS, Texas (May 15, 2017) - Four pieces by two famed illustration artists, Patrick Nagel and Gil Elvgren, set the pace for Heritage Auctions’ $1.7 million May 12 Illustration Art Auction as nearly 900 bidders vied for original and concept artwork. The auction exceeded its estimate by 61 percent with a sell-through rate of 99 percent by value and 96 percent by lot. Nagel’s Seductive Female in Profile sold for $125,000 and while his original Joan Collins, #411, 1982 sold for $100,000, each more than doubled their respective pre-auction estimate.

Recognized by many as one of the best pin-up artists in history, Gil Elvgren’s Fire Belle (Always Ready), 1956 sold for $112,500 and his eye-catching Cover, Girl!, 1965 sold for $100,000, doubling its pre-auction estimate. There was also sizeable interest in the pin-up art of Alberto Vargas whose Portrait of Carol Ohmart, 1956 sold for $40,000, double its estimate and the illustration story-telling artwork of Hy (Henry) Hintermeister whose  Rocket Pad Keep Out sold for $37,500, triple its pre-auction estimate and a record for the artist at auction..

"Once again the interest and demand for Pre-War Illustration art is very high from the likes of Nagel and Elvgren. Calendar, book cover and interior illustration artwork exceeded our expectation realizing double, triple or more above pre-auction estimates," said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “Overall the interest in illustration art continues to remain high across the board.”

A New Yorker magazine cartoon by Charles Samuel Addams Skier, New Yorker magazine cartoon, January 15, 1949, sold for $27,500, well over its $6,000-8,000 estimate; while the Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration Bait for Trapping a Man, Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, June 1957 by Earl Moran captured $23,750 over its $3,000-5,000 estimate.

Book cover artwork was also of high interest as Roger Hane’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, book cover, 1970 sold for $26,250, five times its low estimate and Robert McGinnis The Corpse that Came Calling, paperback cover, 1964 sold for $21,250 nearly seven times its estimate. A landmark illustration by artist Barbara Remington which was used for a trio of Ballantine Book covers for J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Lord of the Rings, paperback cover study, 1965 sold for $17,500.

Magazine cover artwork from the 1940s saw interest as Peter Driben’s Pin-Up in a Bikini, Beauty Parade magazine cover, October 1947 sold for $21,250 setting a record for the artist at auction and early pin-up artist Enoch Bolles’ Steady Work, Judge magazine cover, October 31, 1914 which also realized $21,250. Interior illustration pieces were popular with bidders as Vargas’ Please Don't Peek Until I Finish Dressing, Playboy interior illustration, September 1962 sold for $27,500 and Garth Williams’ He Let Go of the Wheel for a Second and Did a Little Dance on the Slopping Deck, Stuart Little interior illustration, 1945 sold for $18,750.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to: 

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has over one million registered bidder-members, and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos.

flag copy.jpgDALLAS (May 15, 2017) - A stunning, 1856 campaign flag for President James Buchanan set a world record at Heritage Auctions May 13 when it sold for $275,000, shattering the previous record for a campaign flag sold at auction, set by Heritage in 2009. The flag was the centerpiece of a $1.9 million Americana & Political sale that focused on memorabilia from the nation’s Founding Fathers and other historic figures.

“The previous record of $95,600 was set in November of 2009 for an 1860 John Breckinridge portrait flag,” said Jeff Bridgman, the winning bidder and owner of Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques of York County, Pennsylvania. 

Colorful campaign banners in the style of American flags were produced for every winning presidential candidate from William Henry Harrison in 1840 up through, at least, Woodrow Wilson. Highly collectible, none is rarer than the 21-1/2" x 15" flag banner for James Buchanan. “As thrilling as it was to see it sell, I was not surprised to see this flag set a world record,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana at Heritage. “It is the only Buchanan portrait flag ever to appear at auction and represented a perhaps not-to-be-repeated opportunity for the advanced collector.”

Not only did Bridgman purchase the Buchanan flag, he also was the winning bidder on a Monumental Silk Banner from the October 1789 Parade Welcoming the Recently-installed President to Boston.  “I have never owned an 18th century flag, almost nothing exists of that period, inside or outside of institutions, and this actually had Washington's name on it,” Bridgman said. “Amazing!”

The auction’s first session was devoted to material relating to the Washington and the Founding Fathers. A rare and important Lexington and Concord Broadside, reporting on the events which ignited the American Revolution, sold for $162,500. A remarkable Leopard-skin Saddle Pad owned by both George Washington and British General Edward Braddock ended at $150,000 following interest from multiple bidders. Since 1927 the leopard skin pad has been preserved and displayed by the Society of the Sons of the Revolution, until the decision of the organization's trustees to offer it at this auction.

A rare letter in which President Thomas Jefferson writes to Writes to Georgia Governor John Milledge Regarding the Removal of the Cherokees from Georgia as a Consequence of the Louisiana Purchase made $93,750.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

A 50" tall metal & terracotta maquette of the Statue of Liberty sold for $45,000. 

A 21" x 30" hand-colored map from 1782 Battle of Yorktown sold for $42,500.

An extraordinary, Large, Powerful "Cigar Store Indian" Attributed to the Workshop of Samuel Robb sold for $37,500.

A 17" x 13" oil on canvas painting of George Washington Meeting at Fraunces Tavern ended at $35,000. 

Heritage holds major auctions of historical Americana twice yearly. Consignments are now being accepted for the next sale, slated for November.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has over one million registered bidder-members, and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos.

153-Warhol copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries broke multiple established records for editions by important artists in their May 11 auction of Contemporary Art. This was the department’s seventh consecutive sale to exceed $1M. The house’s contemporary sales are notable for scarce multiples, though Thursday’s sale offered a premier selection of original works and sculpture as well.

The top lot of the sale was an important etching by David Hockney titled The Artist and Model, 1974, which was purchased for $52,500, above its high estimate of $30,000. Six of the seven offered lots by Hockney sold above or within their estimates, including the complete portfolio of Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 1970, with 39 etchings, some with aquatint, as well as an additional six etchings on handmade paper. The portfolio, in its original blue leather case, sold for $23,400, above a high estimate of $15,000.

Each of the eight offered works by Josef Albers was purchased, exceeding the $36,000 high estimate for the section by more than $11,000. The highlight was the fiery color screenprint DR-a, 1968, which nearly doubled its high estimate to reach $11,250 after rapid phone bidding, a record for the work. Additional runaway lots included two color screenprints featuring the squares for which Albers is known: Hommage au Carré, 1965, and Attic, 1965 ($7,280 and $6,000, a record for the work, respectively).

Julian Opie was represented in the sale by three works that all exceeded their high estimates. The highlight was Walking in the City, 2012, the complete set of six lacquered sculptures of anonymous businesspeople, which sold for $21,250; another highlight was This is Shahnoza 3, 2006, a screenprint depicting four stages of Shahnoza’s dance routine ($6,750, a record for the work).

All three offered works by Ellsworth Kelly found buyers, led by the 1964-65 lithograph Blue and Yellow and Red-Orange, which went to a collector for $16,250, a record for the work. Another lithograph from the same period, Black with White, surpassed its high estimate of $3,500 to sell for $5,000.

Additional records included $11,875 for Richard Diebenkorn’s 1969 color lithograph Untitled (Ocean Park). The previous record for Jean Arp’s Non loin du soleil, de la lune et des étoiles, 1962, stood at $2,000; in this sale, the brightly colored lithograph more than tripled that, flying to $7,250. New records were also achieved for works by Pierre Alechinsky, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Robert Motherwell and David Wojnarowicz.

Todd Weyman, Director of Prints & Drawings at Swann Galleries, noted, “This sale’s active, competitive bidding signifies that the energy surrounding contemporary art is not going anywhere. Collectors especially exhibit a thirst for post-war works on paper.”

The next sale of Prints & Drawings at Swann Galleries will be held June 15, 2017. For more information or consign quality materials, contact Todd Weyman at tweyman@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 153 Andy Warhol, Geronimo, color screenprint, 1986. Sold May 11, 2017 for $30,000. (Pre-sale estimate $20,000 to $30,000)

book-cover_remarkable-manuscripts-lower-res.jpgThe winner of this year’s Wolfson History Prize, awarded for excellence in accessible and scholarly history, has been announced as Dr Christopher de Hamel for his book, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts. 

De Hamel, who receives the £40,000 prize, is Fellow and former librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was one of six authors shortlisted for the Prize earlier this year. 

Awarded annually by the Wolfson Foundation for over forty years, the Wolfson History Prize has become synonymous with celebrating outstanding history. Established in 1972, it has awarded more than £1.1 million in recognition of the best historical writing being produced in the UK, reflecting qualities of both readability and excellence in writing and research.

Sir David Cannadine, Chair of the Prize Judges, said: “Christopher de Hamel's outstanding and original book pushes the boundaries of what it is and what it means to write history. By framing each manuscript of which he writes as the story of his own personal encounter with it, he leads the reader on many unforgettable journeys of discovery and learning. Deeply imaginative, beautifully written, and unfailingly humane, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts distils a lifelong love of these astonishing historical treasures, which the author brings so vividly to life. It is a masterpiece.”

About the Prize-winning book: 

Part travel book, part detective story, part conversation with the reader, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts conveys the fascination and excitement of encountering some of the greatest works of art in our culture which, in the originals, are to most people completely inaccessible.

Christopher de Hamel traces the elaborate journeys that these exceptionally precious artefacts have made through time and space; how they have been copied, owned or lusted after; how they have been embroiled in politics and scholarly disputes; and how they have been regarded as objects of supreme luxury and symbols of national identity. 

He introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, collectors and the international community of manuscript scholars, showing us how he and his fellows piece together evidence to reach unexpected conclusions. 

About the author:

In the course of a long career at Sotheby's Christopher de Hamel probably handled and catalogued more illuminated manuscripts and over a wider range than any person alive. He is Fellow and former librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The Parker Library, which was in his care from 2000 to 2016, includes many of the earliest manuscripts in English language and history. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society. 

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel is published in hardback by Allen Lane at £30 

 

4034F642-86BF-49CD-AC2D-CAC18B8B2C76.pngBenjamin Spademan is delighted to announce that the debut exhibition of the artist and filmmaker Robert Perkins will open at his London gallery on the 25th of May. Entitled The Written Image, the two-part show will be a presentation of paintings, prints and collages created by Perkins in collaboration with renowned poets, from Seamus Heaney to Allen Ginsberg.

The genesis for the project that would become The Written Image series came from the notable poet Elizabeth Bishop. As a student at Harvard University in the 1970s, Perkins was accepted into Bishop’s small creative writing seminar. At their first one- on-one meeting, she let Perkins sit down before saying, ‘You’re not a poet. What are you?’ Caught off guard, he replied, ‘I want to be a painter.’ Upon learning that Perkins wanted to be an artist, she wrote out her poem ‘The Fish,’ and asked him to illustrate it. Perkins then invited his other teachers, the Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz, and American poet Robert Lowell, to collaborate, sparking the germ of a body of work that has now been ongoing for 45 years.

The works themselves are borne from Perkins’s personal relationships, and reflect the long history of interplay between poets and painters, word and image: from Chinese and Japanese scrolls and Persian miniatures, to the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, William Blake, and the collaboration between the painter Larry Rivers and poet Frank O’Hara in the 1950s. Robert Perkins’s homage to poetry starts with the poet’s handwritten text - in his own words, ‘a self-portrait of the poet in the moment’ - which is then combined with Perkins’s lyrical imagery. The poem itself, the physicality of the letters and words - split open, obscured, fragmented - provides the constant architecture upon which Perkins crafts his thoughtful visual vocabulary. The images follow poetry’s intrinsic grace and compression, and Perkins’s sensitivity to materials - rich pigments and the almost sculptural quality of paper - contributes to a sophisticated balance of word and image.

For example, in a 1989 work inspired by a poem in Seamus Heaney’s book, The Haw Lantern, which describes the felling of a chestnut tree, and metaphorically the loss of the poet’s mother, Perkins depicts a partially split branch with a multitude of tiny, white wood chips spilling across the page. The violence of this imagery mirrors the melancholic poignancy of Heaney’s words: ‘I heard the hatchet’s differentiated/ Accurate cut, the crack, the sigh/ And collapse of what luxuriated/ Through the shocked tips and wreckage of it all... Silent, beyond silence listened for.’

The work created in collaboration with Allen Ginsberg begins with a journal entry that, though written decades before Ginsberg’s death, is wholly concerned with mortality: ‘What’s to be done about Death?’ Perkins created swathes of expressionistic colour with crayons, only to cover this abstract base with India ink, the colour peeking through the scraped away ink. As Perkins later recalled: ‘The tension between the suppressed colour and the colour poking through seemed to speak about Allen’s concerns, captured something of his childlike nature.’ There is prescience in Ginsberg’s final line, ‘not to be buried in the cemetery near Newark airport some day?’; the poet lies buried there today.

Not literal representations of the poetry, Perkins’s body of work moves evocatively between word and image. It is, in the words of poet and art critic Ilka Scobie, ‘an elegant dance between poetry’s immaterial words and the grounded practice of his mark making.’

Says Benjamin Spademan: ‘I'm excited to be bringing this exhibition to the gallery. It directly reflects the ethos that I have been trying to develop here, the interaction of books and art. I love the way Robert Perkins immersed himself in modern poetry and found ways of engaging with texts through his art. His catalogue gives profound insights into the creative process, as well as a fund of highly entertaining anecdotes.’

The exhibition runs 25 May - 23 June 2017.

A catalogue will present the whole collection, with introductions by art critic Ilka Scobie and Ewan Clayton, author of The Golden Thread, A History of Writing.

Part two of the exhibition will take place at Benjamin Spademan Rare Books in November 2017.

Image: (Top Left) Allen Ginsberg, What’s to be done, 1998; (Top Right) Seamus Heaney, from The Haw Lantern, 1989; (Bottom) Octavio Paz, fragment from Trowbridge Street, 1972 © Robert Perkins, by courtesy of the artist and Benjamin Spademan Rare Books. Photo: Antiquarian Photographer, Louie Fasciolo. 

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

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. A vast array of antique volumes chronicling the opening of the American West will be featured, along with a private collection of original Currier and Ives plates.          

Antique and rare books in this catalog include numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are two tomes by William Camden, including the 1590 printing of his landmark chorographical work, "Britannia Sive Florentissimorum Regnorum," retaining the original wood cut illustrations, and "Remains Concerning Britaine," produced in 1614. Additional rare pieces include Roberts and Croly's "The Holy Land," published in six volumes in 1855, the 1801 first edition of Alexander Mackenzie's "Voyages from Montreal," featuring folding maps, and the limited first edition of Wheat's "1540-1861 Mapping the Transmississippi West," produced in six volumes.                     

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a sizable group of antique volumes relating to the American West, including such examples as the six-volume, 1845 printing of Wilkes' "Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition," retaining the original hand-colored folding map, and numerous mid-nineteenth century titles by John Fremont including works relating to California, the Rocky Mountains, Oregon, Missouri, Native American Indians and more. Other vintage and antique pieces also include volumes from the celebrated Fruits of New York series, fancy Easton Press bindings, author-signed copies, and areas such as arctic and polar exploration, magic, books-on-books, military history, Civil War, decorative antique, multi-volume sets, and much more.   

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. These lots include antique photographs and tintypes, 18th & 19th century maps and atlases, antique cartes-de-visite, Americana, Civil War-related, original antique correspondence, bound compilations of Harper's Weekly (including Civil War year issues), rare prints of photogravure works by Yousuf Karsh, antique lithographs and engravings, antique magazines, issues of Derriere le Miroir, stamps, Hollywood memorabilia, postcards, and other desirable items.   

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.

 

Histoire Ancienne copy.jpgTaking place in the beautiful grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital at the height of London’s busy summer art season, Masterpiece London will take place from June 29 to July 5. For this prestigious event, Les Enluminures will be presenting an array of important acquisitions. Notable highlights include a royal manuscript commissioned within the court of Charles V, a pristine 13th-century missal from Soissons and a Roman ring bearing the inscription “Utere Felix”. 

Of the upmost importance, the Histoire Ancienne jusqu’à César and Fait des Romains is a historical chronicle of immense size, and one of the greatest historical compilations of the later Middle Ages. Our copy was written by King Charles V’s scribe, Raoulet d’Orléans, and illuminated by two artists who worked almost exclusively for the King. The 78 illuminations sparkling with gold leaf and in near-perfect condition dazzle the eye. The provenance is nearly unbroken - from the fourteenth century Valois court up to and including major modern bibliophiles (Chester Beatty, William Hearst, James and Elizabeth Ferrell). The manuscript is well-known but has not been for public sale for more than a quarter century. It was exhibited at and published by the J. Paul Getty Museum. 

Another highlight to be exhibited at Masterpiece London is one of the nest thirteenth-century Missals still in private hands. This splendid Missal with its majestic full-page Cruci xion and numerous large historiated initials represents the very peak of Gothic illumination at its apogee in France, which was itself the home of the Gothic style. The present manuscript stands out for its certain localization to the diocese of Soissons and for its exceptionally full cycle of illustrations. Impressive in size, and in faultless condition, it is one of the greatest testimonies of thirteenth-century illumination in private hands. 

The third highlight comes in the form of a Roman open-work ring inscribed with the Latin inscription “Utere Felix” meaning “Use (this) happily” or “Use it with luck”. This inscription, framed with scrolls, ivy and pelta motifs, seems to have been popular in various parts of the Roman Empire with examples found on Roman rings of the 2nd to 4th centuries AD and other jewels such as bracelets, belts, buckles and bulae. In superb condition and of considerable weight, this ring is an important example of Roman jewelry evidently made for a high-ranking individual.

STAND A12 

June 29 to July 5, 2017
Preview: Tuesday, June 28, 11 am - 9 pm  

Image: Histoire Ancienne jusqu’à César and Fait des Romains; In French, illuminated manuscript on parchment; With 78 miniatures by the Master of the Coronation of Charles VI and a collaborator; France, Paris, c. 1370-80; $4,500,000. 

Lot_103.jpgDenver, Pennsylvania, May 11, 2017 - Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is excited to announce this exclusively comic books auction to be held on June 22, 2017.  Bidding starts promptly at 9:00 AM. All lots from this sale are on display in Morphy's Denver gallery and are available for preview now. 

This sale will undoubtedly weave a web of intrigue with its selection of titles featuring Spider Man.  Amazingly, over 40 fine lots are on offer featuring this favorite superhero.  Lot #46, an Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC Universal Grade 4.0 Silver Age Key Comic Book, is estimated at $12,000-18,000.  Considered a Holy Grail by many, it features off white pages and tells the origin of Spider Man through Stan Lee’s story, Stan Ditko’s art, and Jack Kirby’s cover.  And lot #1, an Amazing Spider Man #1 1963 Marvel Comic Book CGC Universal Grade 4.5, is one-derful in so many ways.  It retells the origins of Spider Man and is estimated at $5,000-6,500.

Comic books featuring Iron Man over time are a heavy metal favorite category in this comprehensive sale.  A great choice for summertime vacation reading would have to be lot #66, a lot of 33 The Invincible Iron Man #69 - #103 Bronze Age Key Comic Books.  This literal library, estimated at $600-1,200, consists of a run of the Invincible Iron Man Comic Books; all are ungraded and in excellent condition.  And it’s a nail biter with lot #104, a Tales Of Suspense #39 1963 CGC Universal Grade 4.0 Comic Book, estimated at $3,500-5,000.  This excellent, highly sought after book tells the tale of the origins of Iron Man, a.k.a. Tony Stark.    

X marks the spot when it comes to this sale’s offerings of premier X-Men comic books.  It’s a new beginning with lot #78, a Marvel X-Men #1 1963 Comic Book CGC Universal Grade 5.0, estimated at $4,000-5,000.  This important book has cream to off white pages and features the origin and first appearance of The X-Men.  Collectors are certain to make a big deal over lot #79, a Giant Size X-Men #1 NM CGC 9.4 Comic Book from 1975, estimated at $1,800-2,500.  This larger than life offering presents the new X-Men - First Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Thunderbird - for the first time. 

This auction also offers a heroic assortment of books featuring better and lesser known super heros.  Lot #48, a Marvel The Avengers #4 1964 Comic Book CGC Universal Grade 8.0 featuring the first Silver Age appearance of Captain America is estimated at $3,500-4,500.  Lot #61, an Incredible Hulk #181 CGC Universal Grade 8.0 1974 Bronze Age Key Comic Book debuting the first full appearance of Wolverine is estimated at $2,000-3,000.  Lot #103, a DC Comics Showcase #22 Comic Book 1959 CGC Universal Grade 5.5 is a shining example as well.  It features the origin of the Silver Age Green Lantern and is estimated at $4,000-5,000.  And it’s a most excellent adventure with lot #85, a Marvel Journey Into Mystery #83 Comic Book 1962 CGC Universal Grade 4.0.  This highly desirable book includes the origin and first appearance of Thor and is estimated at $4,000-5,000.

According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, “This comic book sale offers an exciting and comprehensive selection of some of the world’s most favorite and sought after titles.  Their illustrations and stories are riveting and it’s easy to get lost in their surreal worlds!  The Amazing Fantasy book featuring the origins of Spider Man is truly in a class by itself. Please visit our Denver, PA gallery to see these works of art firsthand - it’s worth a trip from anywhere!”

About Morphy Auctions:
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is headquartered in Denver, PA. The company also has a satellite office in Las Vegas, NV. A full-service auction house, Morphy’s presents over 35 premier auctions annually. The company’s three-part mission includes ensuring consignor satisfaction with every auction, offering world-class customer service that goes above and beyond the call of duty, and providing relentless buyer support to create confidence for all clients seeking a trustworthy purchasing experience.  

Morphy’s team of specialists includes the nation's finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; jewelry and wrist watches. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories.  Morphy's has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to over 65 employees in over a decade. 

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

Image: DC Comics Showcase #22 Comic Book 1959 CGC Universal Grade 5.5. Estimate $4,000-5,000.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Quinn’s Auction Galleries Executive Vice President Matthew Quinn today announced the appointment of Catherine Payling, MBE, to the position of director of Waverly Rare Books, a Quinn’s subsidiary. Payling’s 25-year career in creative and nonprofit industries includes 15 years as curator/director of Keats House Museum in Rome and two years as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

A native of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Payling earned both an undergraduate and master’s degree from Oxford University, with a major in English literature and language. Her post-university association with the arts began with a two-year stint as curator of printed books and manuscripts with the National Maritime Museum in London.

Also a chartered accountant with British and international credentials, Payling worked from 1988 to 1992 as an auditor with Ernst and Young in London. This was followed by two years as financial controller of London’s Royal Opera House. 

Payling’s next major management position was as chief operating officer of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. In that capacity, Payling oversaw all top-level business matters, including contracts, finance and personnel. 

In 1997, Payling began a 15-year tenure as curator/director of the Keats House Museum in Rome, one of Europe’s largest and most important research libraries devoted to British and European Romanticism. Payling’s responsibilities included managing the museum’s extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and other artworks, both for the benefit of the general public and specialized researchers. While in Rome, Payling discovered, authenticated and arranged for the publication of a Mary Shelley manuscript novella that had been lost for nearly two centuries. 

Working with museums, auction houses, scholars and collectors while curator/director of the Keats House Museum, Payling became an acknowledged expert in the authentication, conservation and preservation of manuscripts and other documents. She curated exhibitions with the American Academy in Rome and published numerous papers on Italy’s Anglo-American communities between 1790 and present day.

In 2003, His Royal Highness Prince Charles honored Catherine Payling with an MBE Award for her service to Anglo-Italian relations. 

After relocating to the United States, Payling accepted a position as adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where she taught marketing and fundraising. Since 2014, Payling’s broad expertise has benefited private design clients and several Washington-area nonprofits, including Georgetown Ministry Center and Grace Episcopal Church.

Payling is married to Duncan Wu, who is the Raymond Wagner Professor of Literary Studies at Georgetown University. Both have been lifelong collectors of fine and decorative art and previously attended Quinn’s sales, where Catherine, in particular, became acquainted with the company’s management and staff.

“Catherine used to attend our auctions and treasure-hunt. She loves the auction business,” Matthew Quinn said. “When the director’s position in our rare book division became available, there were several strong candidates. Before Catherine and I sat down to talk, I had no idea how impressive her background was, but it quickly became evident that she is an exceptional talent with an incredible work history. We’re very excited that she has joined us.”

Payling commented: “I am a long-time enthusiast for everything the Quinns do, and for the spirit and family values that drive the company forward. I am so lucky to have a position that allows me to sell books, work with all sorts of people, and anticipate new surprises coming through the gallery’s doors every single day of the week.”

The first Waverly Rare Books catalog sale supervised by Catherine Payling will be held on Thursday, June 1. For additional information, visit www.quinnsauction.com. Tel. 703-532-5632.

3374120_2 copy.jpgBOSTON, MA - In commemoration of JFK’s 100th birthday on May 29, 2017, RR Auction has curated an once-in-a-lifetime assortment of Kennedy artifacts, signed material, and photographs to celebrate the life of America’s beloved 35th president.  The special online offering is scheduled to begin on May 11 and will conclude on May 18, 2017.

A highlight is a John F. Kennedy 1955 'Profiles in Courage' hand-annotated speech manuscript page. 

A page from a draft of a speech given by Senator John F. Kennedy before the Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Fraternity at the University Club in Boston.

The annotated typed manuscript page with corrections in Kennedy's hand, from a speech given on October 27, 1955; the quotes featured in this speech were later published on pages 9 and 10 of his 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book Profiles in Courage. In part: "Still another pressure, and in a sense the most important one, is the desire to be reelected. This is not a wholly selfish motive—for those who go down to defeat in the hopeless defense of a single principle will not return to fight for that or any other principle in the future. A Senator must consider the effect of that defeat upon his party, his friends and supporters, and even his wife and children. Certainly in no other occupation is a man expected to sacrifice honor, prestige and his chosen career for the national good. And thus former Senator Ashurst of Arizona reportedly said to his colleague Mark Smith: 'Mark, the great trouble with you is that you refuse to be a demagogue. You will not submerge your principles in order to get yourself elected. You must learn that there are times when a man in public life is compelled to rise above his principles.' Finally, of course, is the pressure which embraces all other pressures—the pressure of a Senator's constituency, the interest groups, the organized letter-writers and, as you know, the newspapers. It is impossible to satisfy them all. Ex-Congressman McGroary of California wrote a constituent in 1934: 'One of the countless drawbacks of being in Congress is that I am compelled to receive impertinent letters from a jackass like you, in which you say I promised to have the Sierra Madre mountains reforested and I have been in Congress two months and haven't done it. Will you please take two running jumps and go to hell.' Few of us follow that urge—but the provocation is there, from unreasonable letters, impossible requests, hopelessly inconsistent demands and endlessly unsatisfied grievances."

Kennedy underlines several phrases in pencil and makes a few deletions, in addition to writing the politicians' names, "Ashurst" and "McGroary," in the left margin; the quotes from Ashurt and McGroary are what also appeared in Profiles in Courage.

Originally sold by Charles Hamilton in 1975. Accompanied by an early printing of Profiles in Courage, a photocopied typescript of Kennedy's final draft of this speech, and unsigned documents related to the German publication of the book.

“This speech was perhaps the first time that Kennedy revealed his thoughts on courage and politics, which would later be immortalized in Profiles in Courage,” said  Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

“Manuscripts related to the award-winning book are exceedingly scarce, and with numerous corrections made in Kennedy's hand this is a superb example.”

Another highlight is one-of-a-kind historically significant official US Senate personal identification card issued to John F. Kennedy.  

The ID Card features an image of the young senator, neatly signed in full in fountain pen, "John F. Kennedy." Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Kennedy's longtime secretary Evelyn Lincoln on US Senate memorandum letterhead, April 27, 1987, to noted JFK collector Robert L. White, in full: "This United States Senate I.D. card issued to the late John F. Kennedy, with signature and photo, which you now have in your possession, was carried by him in his wallet while he was a United States Senator." Also includes an original Senate seating diagram from Kennedy's first term, one page both sides, which depicts Kennedy's seat as number 93.

After serving three terms in the House of Representatives, Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1952. His term began on January 3, 1953, and he served as the junior senator from Massachusetts until December 22, 1960, just before entering the presidency.

“This personal ID card is an absolutely amazing relic from this important stage in his political life,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Also featured is an incredible assortment of historic Kennedy photographs from The Ronnie Paloger Collection. The 100 lots of photographs depict a fascinating and crucial period in JFK’s life from 1946-1953, chronicling JFK’s first political congressional campaign of 1946, his run for U.S. senator in 1952, and his marriage to Jackie in 1953. LIFE magazine featured six of these photographs in a twelve-page ‘photo essay’ chapter in their ‘special edition’ commemorating JFK’s centennial birthday.

Additional items include:

• Handwritten letter from Lt. Kennedy while on “PT Shakedown” duties in Miami, only months removed from his harrowing PT-109 rescue.

• Jackie’s 1960 Maternity dress, worn two months away from delivering JFK, Jr., and her husband winning the presidency

• Impressive Louis Lupa original pastel JFK portrait.

• Kennedy’s Stately Pair of Eagle Bookends.

The John F. Kennedy Auction from RR Auction will begin on May 11 and conclude on May 18. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

 

Order of Surrender copy.jpgA typed Order of Surrender from the 1916 Rising, signed by the leader of the rebellion, Patrick Pearse, is to be offered at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs sale in London on 14 June. It is estimated at £80,000-100,000.

The Order of Surrender is one of the most significant documents in Irish 20th century history. It ended the abortive attempt in April 1916 by Irish Nationalists in Dublin to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and establish an independent Irish State. The nationalist uprising, which broke out on 24 April, Easter Monday, under the overall leadership of Pearse, was met by the British authorities with uncompromising and overwhelming force. On Saturday 29 April, after six days of bitter fighting, Pearse, offered unconditional surrender in order to prevent further bloodshed. A schoolteacher by profession, Pearse was also leader of the Irish Volunteers and, as President of the Provisional Government, had read out the Proclamation of Independence outside the General Post Office on Easter Monday at the beginning of the Rising. 

The surrender order itself was hurriedly composed at the British army headquarters. In the name of the Provisional Government it called on commandants of the nationalist fighters to ‘order their command to lay down arms’.  Such was the haste of composition, that in the copy to be offered for sale at Bonhams the word ‘to’ appears as ‘tp’.  A small number of copies were made, signed by Pearse and distributed to rebel positions in Dublin and the outlying countryside by Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell, who had acted as go between during the surrender negotiations, and members of the Capuchin community.

It is not known exactly how many typed copies were produced, but it is thought to be in single figures. Two surviving copies are held by the National Library of Ireland. Another, signed by Pearse and countersigned by James Connolly, is held at the Imperial War Museum, London. In addition, there are known to be three hand written drafts. Uniquely, the typed copy for sale bears a tricolour stamp printed by the rebels at the time of the Rising depicting William Allen, Michael Larkin and William O'Brien, the 'Manchester Martyrs', who were hung in Manchester for killing a police constable during a failed rescue attempt of two Fenian prisoners. The stamp was possibly affixed to authenticate the order, but may equally have been added at a later date.

Writing in the summer 2017 edition of Bonhams magazine the Irish writer, Ronan McGreevy editor of Centenary - Ireland Remembers 1916, which will be published in the autumn, explains the significance of the Surrender Order a follows:

“The terse document expresses Pearse’s belief that he would certainly be executed, but that all the others would be spared. Instead the British executed 15 leaders, including Pearse, and imprisoned thousands. This brutal military fiat turned Irish public opinion against British rule in Ireland exactly as the rebels had hoped”.

Bonhams representative in Ireland, manuscript specialist Kieran O’Boyle, said, “It is difficult to overstate the importance of this document to the history of Ireland. While in the short term, the surrender represented failure, the public reaction to the rising and in particular to the harsh way in which it was suppressed, galvanised the movement for independence and gave it the wide popular support it had previously lacked.”    

Image: Order of Surrender, 29 April 1916. Signed by Patrick Pearse. Estimate £80,000-100,000

vcsPRAsset_531423_105299_414756ac-1a03-434e-9c88-1f3ccf4cd74f_0.jpgLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - (May 10, 2017 ) - Van Eaton Galleries, one of the world’s premier animation and Disneyana auction houses, has announced a rediscovered original map of Disneyland co-created by Walt Disney himself when the park was still in its earliest days of inception. The exceptional artifact has never been offered at auction before and has not been viewed by the public in over 60 years. This map was pivotal in obtaining the finances Walt and his brother Roy needed to make their dream a reality, and is the single most significant piece of Disneyland memorabilia to come to auction to date.

With over 600 million total visitors since its opening day and nearing its 62nd Anniversary, it is hard to imagine that when Walt Disney first considered the possibility of building a theme park, he was often told that the idea would never succeed.

By the early 1950s, Walt Disney was already a household name. His studio had created memorable characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, as well as breathtaking animated feature films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella. It was no doubt that Walt Disney was a man with creative ideas, but Disneyland was set to become the place where Walt could let his imagination flourish beyond any other.

Walt first considered building a theme park while watching his children play on a carousel in a local Los Angeles park. He wanted to build a place where both children and adults could have fun together. At first, Walt planned to build his park in an empty lot next to his Burbank Studio, however, as he began to imagine larger-than-life castles, wild Frontiers, and futuristic worlds of Tomorrow, his imagination and creativity quickly outgrew the small space and he set his sights on bigger locations.

In 1952, Walt had his team look into the costs of making his family-friendly theme park a reality. Unable to get funding from his Studio, Walt borrowed all of the money he could and even mortgaged his own home. The heavy financial costs made Walt realize he needed outside help to keep his dream alive.

In late 1953, Walt’s brother Roy Disney scheduled meetings in New York with leading banks and the three television networks; CBS, NBC, and ABC, to try and obtain financing for Disneyland. Walt knew that this was his best and possibly last chance to make a deal that could make Disneyland a reality. However, Walt realized that words alone would not be enough to convey the images he had in his head. He already had technical drawings and a few blueprints, but knew that if he could just show them a detailed picture of what Disneyland could become, then his chances of obtaining funding would greatly increase.

On the morning of Saturday, September 26, 1953, Walt called on his friend and former employee Herb Ryman to draw what would become one of the most important drawings in Disney history. Ryman, an established artist within the film industry, was familiar with creating detailed illustrations within short deadlines. However, when Walt told him that he needed a large aerial view of Disneyland by Monday morning for Roy to take to New York, Ryman did not think it was possible. The two men agreed that if they both stayed at the Disney Studio and worked nonstop both Saturday and Sunday, they could finish the drawing in time.

In what would be remembered as the “Lost Weekend”, Walt spent those two days narrating in fine detail every aspect of his park that he could muster, and Ryman, under Walt’s direction, turned his ideas into the first large, tangible visual representation of Disneyland ever created. This drawing was used to create a large tri-fold presentation board that Roy could take to New York as his main presentation piece.

Roy’s meetings with the banks and two of the networks proved fruitless, but his presentation proved successful with ABC, who agreed to give Walt the funding he needed to build his park in exchange for access to Disney’s film library, and a new Disneyland television show hosted by Walt himself, among other stipulations. The agreement remains the largest television network deal in history.

When Roy arrived back at the studio, the map was returned to Walt where he consistently used it in his meetings with developers and investors. When the map wasn’t being used by Walt, he had it displayed at the studio to inspire his team while they were further designing the park.

Walt was so impressed with this original map that in 1954, he had the map enhanced with additional black outlines and color, and included several new sketches within it so that it could be used as the first promotional image of Disneyland that the public would be able to see. The history associated with this piece is astounding.                             

In September of 1954, one year after the map was created; the newly enhanced original was shown to the public as the first ever image of the park. For the next six months, leading up to the grand opening of Disneyland in 1955, this map was used as a promotional image in magazines and newspapers, and could be seen in person at special events in order to promote the park’s opening.

By March of 1955, the map had a long list of achievements unparalleled by any other Disney artwork. The map was the first complete image of Disneyland, successfully sold the idea of the park to ABC, secured early investors and developers, became the basis for all of the later conceptual and developmental artwork for the park, was the first ever released image of Disneyland, and was used heavily in magazines, newspapers, and other promotional media prior to the park’s opening.

Then, in March 1955, during one of the final planning meetings for the park, Grenade Curran, a young Disney employee, noticed the original map abandoned in a corner of Walt’s office and asked Walt if he could keep the map as a memento. Walt had befriended Curran’s parents in the years before, and developed a playful banter with Curran during his time at the Disney Studio. Walt had affectionately come to nickname Curran “Shrapnel” due to his unusual first name. That friendly relationship is what led Walt to give Curran the original map to take home that day.

Curran, knowing that the map was important, stored it away carefully as a memento of his time at the Studio and his friendship with Walt. However, Curran was unaware that he was unknowingly preserving one of the most significant artifacts in Disney history.

Now, over 60 years later, this original Disneyland map has been re-discovered and is coming to auction at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California. This map, the highlight of an approximately 800-item auction of original Disneyland props, costumes, souvenirs, and artifacts, is estimated to sell for $750,000-$1,000,000, making it the most valuable Disneyland artifact ever offered at auction.

Van Eaton Galleries, a now veteran of Disneyland and Disney-themed auctions including their “The Story of Disneyland” and “Collecting Disney” auctions, has seen prior items such as an original PeopleMover ride vehicle sell for upwards of $400,000, but has never seen a piece as significant to Disneyland history as this original map.

Mike Van Eaton, co-owner of Van Eaton Galleries, says, “That an artifact like this, which is so deeply rooted in the creation of Disneyland, still exists today is astonishing. With the discovery of this piece, we have an item that Walt Disney created during a 48 hour period of hard work and imaginative genius, which succeeded in getting him the funding he needed to build one of the most successful endeavors of his career, and which he continued to personally use throughout the entire building stages of Disneyland. Without this map, there would likely not be a Disneyland today. We’re very excited to be bringing this item to auction and to have the chance to share the story behind this map with the millions of people who love Disneyland just as Walt originally wanted”.

The auction is set to take place June 2017 at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California, with an exhibition in May where the public can view the items in person.

DISNEYLAND AUCTION AND EXHIBITION LOCATION

Van Eaton Galleries                                                                                                       

13613 Ventura Blvd

Sherman Oaks, California 91423

(818) 788-2357

PRESS EXHIBITION  June 1, 2017

PUBLIC EXHIBITION will open June 2, 2017

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has hired Gretchen Hause as a specialist and the director of its Fine Books and Manuscripts department. Prior to joining the team, Ms. Hause worked as an associate specialist in the Books and Manuscripts Department at Christie's, New York.

"I enjoyed my 7 years at Christie's immensely, as they afforded me the opportunity to work with wonderful colleagues, collections and collectors," said Gretchen  Hause, Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. "I¹m thrilled to join Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and to return to Chicago, which has a wonderful community of bibliophiles and incredible research institutions and libraries. I look forward to continuing my relationships with clients as well as meeting new clients and collectors."

Ms. Hause received a Masters Degree in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in English Literature from Lycoming College. Ms. Hause spent numerous summers taking courses at the Rare Book School of the University of Virginia.

"My academic background is in literature, and I have taken both introductory and advanced courses in bibliography at Rare Book School, where I have also studied the history of bookbinding," said Hause. "I have experience handling and cataloging all types of books for sale, but my personal interests include literature, maps and atlases, travel and exploration, botany, science and medicine, and Chicago history."

Ms. Hause has also worked as a part-time instructor in the English department and an advisor to first and second year students at Loyola University Chicago.

"Gretchen's background is extremely thorough. Her impressive education and experience at Christie's will be of huge benefit to our clients," said Leslie Hindman, President and CEO.

The Fine Books and Manuscripts department is currently accepting consignments for its September auction. Gretchen Hause can be reached at  gretchenhause@lesliehindman.com or at 312.334.4229.  

On 19 May in London, Sotheby’s will offer at auction an outstanding single-owner collection of photographs, The Discerning Eye: Property from the Collection of Eric Franck, Part 1. The sale comprises 119 lots which showcase different shades of modernism around the world ranging from well-known Magnum photographers to lesser-known artists such as Heinz Hajek-Halke and Pentti Sammallahti.

Eric Franck has for many years been synonymous with both expertise and rarity in the photographic world. Through his decades of experience both as a fine art dealer and collector, his appreciation and curatorial influence has shaped our understanding of some of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th century, thus contributing substantially to the modern vision of photography.

Through his personal connections with photographers, such as his sister Martine Franck and her husband Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eric has had unique access to some of the most significant and iconic works of the photographic canon. In 2012 Eric and his wife Louise gifted the Tate over 1,400 photographs of London by 120 artists dating from the 1880s to the 2000s. This incredibly generous donation doubled the museums entire holdings of photographs, and has made a significant contribution to the nation’s understanding and appreciation of photography as an artistic medium.

Presented for auction in Part 1 is a carefully selected group of works from Erik’s personal collection, including rare prints by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Horacio Coppola amongst others. Part 2 will be held at Sotheby’s in Paris in November. 

 

Mayne-May-17-Web.jpgRoger Mayne - London & Paris brings together for the first time recently discovered vintage prints from the archive of the acclaimed post-war British photographer Roger Mayne.

The exhibition displays photographs that capture the vibrancy of 1950s and 1960s London. As well as prints from Roger Mayne’s acclaimed Southam Street series, the exhibition highlights those from the wider Notting Hill and North Kensington areas. These fascinatingly intimate images, with children playing and women chatting in doorways, record a London street life that has since disappeared. 

The Paris series features scenes which even those familiar with Roger Mayne’s work will not have seen and exhibit the strongest characteristics of his oeuvre in a new setting. 1950s schoolchildren in Montmartre and a concierge standing in slippers at a doorway are reminiscent of the subjects which Mayne had captured in London. They also nod to the French photographers whose work he so admired. 

These rare vintage prints, new to the market, were printed by Roger Mayne himself soon after the negatives were made. They are increasingly scarce as Mayne did not print in large numbers or numbered editions as is usual today.

Roger Mayne - London & Paris is the first photography exhibition held by Bernard Quaritch Ltd at 40 South Audley Street and offers a rare opportunity to visit on a Saturday, when the shop is usually closed. The photographs are exhibited alongside the antiquarian books which line the firm’s elegant front room.
 
Roger Mayne’s photographs are framed by the social issues of his time and regularly appeared on the covers of Penguin paperbacks. Titles include Children under Stress, Poverty: The Forgotten Englishmen, Because They’re Black and Anatomy of Prison. Copies of these books, and many others, accompany the exhibition.
 
In the present day, Roger Mayne’s photographs encourage us to reflect on the sea change childhood has undergone in the past sixty years. The post-war generation’s games and interactions are a far cry from the modern experience.
 
All photographs in the exhibition come directly from the Roger Mayne Archive and are for sale.

323-Christie copy.jpgNew York—On Thursday, May 4, Swann Galleries held an auction of Autographs, with twentieth-century highlights by authors taking the spotlight. The sale performed well overall, with 88% of items offered finding buyers.

The top lot was a photograph by Elliot Erwitt of President Dwight D. Eisenhower with his successor John F. Kennedy, signed by both, during their historic transitional meeting at the White House on December 6, 1960, which more than doubled its high estimate of $15,000 to sell for $32,500.

Additional material from the three branches of American government included several group portraits of Supreme Court Justices, led by a photograph of all nine justices of the 1925 Taft Court, signed by each, which reached $10,625, above a high estimate of $2,000. This was followed by a photograph of each justice of the 1939 Hughes Court, also signed by all, which sold for $5,500.

Autographs by authors performed especially well, with highlights being an Autograph Letter Signed by Kahlil Gibran to a Mr. Horowitz on July 10, 1928, which reached more than ten times its high estimate of $1,200 to sell to a collector for $13,000, a record for an autograph by Gibran. Another record was achieved for an Autograph Manuscript by Agatha Christie that included drafts of various novels and plays, written circa 1948 in Baghdad, which reached $18,750, a record for a manuscript by Christie. Three drafts by Arthur Conan Doyle for the lecture he delivered on his 1894 North American Tour sold for $10,652.

Also among the top lots were love letters by Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich, led by a 1952 letter inviting her to visit him in Cuba and discussing his latest novel, The Old Man and the Sea, written on hotel stationery on August 12, 1952, which sold for $18,750. In another, written in Venice two years before, he tells her he does not believe in horoscopes; the two-page Autograph Letter Signed sold to a collector for $11,250.

Marco Tomaschett, Autographs Specialist at Swann Galleries, noted, “There continues to be a rapidly intensifying interest in high-quality autographs associated with past leaders in business, including Andrew Carnegie (in this sale, but also especially Alexander Hamilton and Robert Morris in other recent auctions).” The standout lot in question was a Photograph Signed and Inscribed by Carnegie, which carried an estimate of $600 to $900, but after rabid bidding reached $3,750.

The next sale of Autographs at Swann Galleries will be held November 7, 2017. For more information or consign quality materials, contact Marco Tomaschett at mtomaschett@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 323 Agatha Christie, Autograph Manuscript notebook with early drafts of her plays, Baghdad, circa 1948. Sold May 4, 2017 for $18,750. (Pre-sale estimate $4,000 to $6,000)

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael E. Shapiro as Senior Advisor, Museums and Private Collections. Mr. Shapiro recently retired from his role as Director at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. He will work closely with the firm's six locations, including its Chicago headquarters.

Shapiro joined the High's leadership team in 1995 and was the Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director of the High Museum of Art from March 2000 through July 2015. At the High, Shapiro oversaw unprecedented growth of the Museum's collection, developed numerous partnerships with national and international art institutions and increased the reach and impact of the Museum's education programming and accessibility for diverse audiences.

"It was a privilege to be at the helm of the High for the past 15 years and to help shape the vision and future of Atlanta's art museum," said Shapiro, "I now look forward to assisting the energetic and entrepreneurial team at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers." 

During his tenure at the High Museum of Art, Shapiro oversaw major initiatives such as a collaboration with former Director of the Musée du Louvre, Henri Loyrette, to found Louvre Atlanta, which brought nearly five hundred works of art from the Louvre's collections to the High over a three-year period. He regularly partnered with museums across the globe to organize similar exhibitions and bring masterpieces to the U.S.

In 2005 Shapiro was involved in a three-building campus expansion for the High. Renzo Piano was selected to design an addition to Richard Meier's iconic building, more than doubling its original size. These efforts, among many others, helped solidify the High as the leading museum of the Southeast and better serves its growing audiences from around the world.

"From leading the expansion and transformation of our campus in 2005 to developing groundbreaking collaborations, such as Louvre Atlanta, the High has been transformed from a regional powerhouse into a nationally and internationally recognized institution," said Shapiro.

Prior to his tenure at the High, Shapiro held positions as director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, chief curator at The Saint Louis Art Museum and as assistant professor in the Department of Art at Duke University, Durham, N.C. Shapiro holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a Master of Arts degree from Williams College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College. He received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Hamilton College in 2016. He specializes in 19th century and 20th century painting and sculpture.

Last year Shapiro released a book titled "Eleven Museums, Eleven Directors: Conversations on Art and Leadership." The book interviews some of the museum industry¹s most innovative change agents and the mentors and events that led them to success in the field.  

"Michael and I have known each other for years. I have an enormous amount of respect for all that he has accomplished in the museum world," said Leslie Hindman, President and CEO of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, "I¹m absolutely delighted that he will be joining our firm."

Shapiro¹s primary responsibilities will be museum outreach and assisting in collection review and the deaccession process, in conjunction with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers¹ business development and specialist teams.

"Leslie has created one of America's leading auction houses, and I look forward to helping Leslie Hindman Auctioneers continue to flourish."

Michael Shapiro can be reached at michaelshapiro@lesliehindman.com

About Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the world's foremost fine art auction houses, has been providing exceptional service and achieving record prices since 1982. With more salerooms in the United States than any other auction house, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers conducts over 60 auctions annually in categories such as fine jewelry and timepieces, contemporary art, 20th century design, rare books, furniture, decorative arts and more. The firm has seven locations that serve a global client base. The firm is also a founding partner of Bidsquare, a live auction platform formed by six leading auction houses, and owns a proprietary online bidding platform, LHLive, as well as LH Exchange, an e-commerce site specializing in high-end designer furniture and decorative arts. Visit www.lesliehindman.com for more information.

 

May21_01_pics.jpgITHACA, NY--Worth Auctions, located in Dryden, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog: May 21.   

Worth Auctions is pleased to present an extensive and carefully selected group of fine and decorative prints, watercolors, and drawings.

Central to this specialist art sale is a fine array of seventeenth- to nineteenth-century natural history prints by such masters as John James Audubon, Basil Besler, and Mark Catesby.          

The sale will also showcase numerous important views of the American West, such as Thomas Moran's "Grand Canyon of Arizona," George Catlin's "Wild Horses at Play," and Karl Bodmer's "Dog Dancer."

Equestrian enthusiasts will take interest in the trio of dressage scenes by George Simon Winter, the color print of polo ponies by W.S. Vanderbilt Allen, and the pair of race horse lithographs by Henry Stull.                     

Sporting art collectors will wish to inspect the early fencing engravings by Girard Thibault; the yachting lithographs by Frederic S. Cozzens, and the bare-knuckle boxing aquatint by Henry Heath.

Antiquarian cartography collectors will not want to miss the opportunity to acquire rare and desirable maps by the likes of Pieter van der Aa, Peter Schenk the Elder, and Jacques-Nicholas Bellin.    

Other works worthy of special mention include "The Old Violin" by William Michael Harnett, "Wreck of the US Steam Ship Arctic" by James Edward Buttersworth, and "The Vale of Calaat" by Henry Salt.

Further complementary material will be featured in future sessions in 2017. These cataloged live sales will take place in the Galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage in Freeville, New York and will be simulcast to a global bidding audience via Invaluable, LiveAuctioneers, and eBay Live.  

Worth Auctions is a public auction service specializing in estate work and collections.  The company conducts fully cataloged auctions with global bidding activity over three platforms. The upcoming auctions will feature a wide assortment of items, from pencils to airplanes. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-330-0358 or email mail@worthauctions.com.

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 8.50.42 AM.pngOn 18 May Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will hold a sale of Fine Photographs and Photobooks at their new London base, 16-17 Pall Mall, St James’s. The auction features 175 lots with estimates from £100 up to £5,000, with works dating from the early years of the art right up to the present day.

Head of Department, Justine Gruser comments, ‘An extraordinary collection of photographs and photobooks covering an impressive range of subjects and photographers will be on offer in the sale this May, coinciding with the Photo London Fair and many satellite events related to the medium. From beautiful photographs of Japan and New York cityscapes to portraits of cultural icons including Marilyn Monroe and Madonna, the sale explores many sides of photography with several early American photographs and documentary photography.’

Highlights include fifty-two hand-coloured albumen prints of Japan from the 1860s-90s by a range of photographers including Felice Beato (1832- 1909), who was renowned for his views and panoramas of the architecture and landscapes of East Asia (Lot 13, Est £1,200-1,500). The lot includes portraits of tradesmen, geishas and street sellers and rare prints of hara-kiri and crucifixion, as well as street scenes and landscapes of Nagasaki, Kamamura and Tokyo.

The sale includes fascinating and vivid pictures of New York by various photographers such as William Gordon Shields with his iconic image of Brooklyn Bridge, 1916 (Lot 32, Est. £2,000 - £3,000) and William Klein, Staten Island Ferry, 1955 (Lot 92, Est. £2,000 - £3,000). Klein commented on photographing the city, “The kinetic quality of New York, the kids, dirt, madness - I tried to find a photographic style that would come close to it. So I would be grainy and contrasted and black. I’d crop, blur, play with the negatives. I didn’t see clean technique being right for New York. I could imagine my pictures lying in the gutter like the New York Daily News.’

Also featured is The New York Telephone Building, 1936, by Berenice Abbott (Lot 30, Est. £2,500 - £3,000). Abbott, an American, is known for capturing the city and chronicling the buildings and neighbourhoods of Manhattan, many of which are no longer in existence. Social Patron (1948) by Louis Faurer serves as another lively snapshot of the city (Lot 36, Est. £1,200 - £1,500).

An engaging photograph of G. F. Watts, the Victorian painter, sculptor and Royal Academician, Julia Margaret Cameron (1815- 1879) is another sale highlight. The work of Julia Margaret Cameron was recently recognised in a dedicated exhibition held at the V&A. This print was originally in a scrapbook belonging to the artist Edward Clifford which was gifted by Clifford to Henry Blackwell Harris, one of the founders of the Oriental Ceramics Society, who had lodged with him in his Kensington Square flat from 1898 until his death in 1907. This photograph carries an estimate of £1,200 - £1,500 (Lot 15). 

The May auction also includes works by Elsbeth Juda (1911 - 2014). Relatively little was known about Juda until her first major exhibition at the age of 98 which reflected on an accomplished career of 45 years. Juda worked for The Ambassador magazine in London, a publication her husband launched after the pair fled Nazi Germany. She was also a respected portraitist, photographing many artist friends such as Norman Parkinson and Graham Sutherland. A key highlight is a portrait of Henry Moore in his studio at Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, 1953, titled King and Queen (Lot 27 Est. £1,200 - £1,500). Juda was also asked to photograph Winston Churchill to provide visual references for Graham Sutherland’s portrait of the former Prime Minister, commissioned by the Houses of Parliament for his 80th birthday. Sir Winston Churchill, (at home in Chartwell, Kent), Lot 26, carries an estimate of £1,200 - £1,500.

A striking photograph of a down-to-earth 19- year-old Marilyn Monroe, then known as Norma Jean Baker, by Hungarian-Romanian photographer, Andre De Dienes (1913-1985) is a stand-out portrait from the auction, (Lot 44, Est. £800-1,200). 

Additional celebrity portraiture is well represented with a number of iconic portraits from a private collection including Madonna, True Blue, 1986, by fashion photographer Herb Ritts (Lot 65, Est. £5,000- 7,000); a beautiful photograph of Claudia Schiffer, Ellen Von Unwerth (Lot 66, Est. £2,000 - £3,000); Annie Leibovitz’s portrait of Meg Ryan on the beach, 1995 (Lot 72, Est. £3,000 - £5,000); and Michelle Pfeiffer by Terry O’Neill, 2010 (Lot 66, Est. £500 - £700). 

Four photographs by French photographer Yan Morvan are also presented. This series was unknown until a recent exhibition which explored the experience of this famous war-photographer in a suburban bike gang in the 1970s. These 'bad boys' of the time are captured in their more intimate environment and reflect a very outrageous and still beautiful representation of a rebellious French youth from a few decades ago (Lots 117-120, Est. £2,000- 3,000 each). 

Works by the following photography masters also appear: Felix Bonflis, Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Julius Shulman, Paul Strand, Ruth Bernhard, Mario Giacomelli, Horst P. Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld, Ansel Adams, Sebastiao Salgado, Steve McCurry and many others. 

Image: Lot 13: Japan, 1860s-90s, Felice Beato (1832-1909) and others, fifty-two hand-coloured albumen prints. Est. £1,200 - £1,500 

 

 

a-worker-sweeping-criminals-out-of-the-soviet-land-from-russian-placards-1917-22-copyright-british-library-board copy.jpgAs part of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, will shine new light on the unprecedented and world-changing events of the period, focusing on the experiences of ordinary Russians living through extraordinary times.

28 April 2017 - 29 August 2017

                                                                  The exhibition will tell the incredible story of the Revolution through posters, letters, photographs, banners, weapons, items of uniform, recordings and film: from a luxury souvenir album of the Tsar’s coronation to propaganda wallpaper hand-painted by women factory workers.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • 1st edition of Communist Manifesto, published in London in 1848
  • Nicholas II Coronation Album from 1896
  • Russo-Japanese War cartoon posters
  • Photographic images and caricatures of Rasputin 
  • Leg irons from a Siberian prison camp 
  • Items of Red Army uniforms
  • White Russian counter-revolutionary propaganda posters
  • Lenin’s Memorial Book
  • Banner gifted to the Shipley Young Communist League
  • A letter, dated 1922, from Scotland Yard to the British Museum Library requesting that a selection of Bolshevik literature is not made public due to its incendiary nature

The exhibition will begin in the reign of the last Tsar and explore the growth of revolutionary movements and colossal social and political change, showing the transformation of Russia’s traditional monarchy into the world’s first Communist state. Key figures such as Nicholas II and revolutionary leaders including Vladimir Lenin will be examined along with the political events of the period.

Items going on display for the first time include material from the Library’s extensive collection of Bolshevik and anti-Bolshevik propaganda, as well as a letter written by Lenin in April 1902, applying to become a Reader at the British Museum Library, now part of the British Library. The letter is signed with his pseudonym, Jacob Richter, which he was using in order to evade the Tsarist police of the time.

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths will unite the personal and the political, bringing to life the hope, the tragedy, and the myths at the heart of this seismic Revolution.

Katya Rogatchevskaia, lead curator of Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, said:

“It is impossible to understand the world today without an understanding of the Russian Revolution, and we will be taking visitors on a journey to explore how the events of Revolution changed the world forever.”

“As well as giving an overview of momentous events all the way from the last days of the Russian Empire and the downfall of the last Tsar Nicholas II until the rise of the first communist state under Lenin’s leadership, we will also be focusing on the lives of those who lived through the period for the first time, using letters, diaries, photographs, posters and film. We will be showing some very rarely seen items from our world-leading Russian Revolution collection, alongside loans from a range of national and international institutions.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a varied season of events exploring how the Russian Revolution changed the world forever, exploring the impact on Russian literature, architecture, music and artistic expression, as well as examining the life and times of key figures, such as Lenin and the Romanovs. 

Highlights include:

Shadows of Days: An Evening of Russian Émigré Fiction - At this exciting event, readings by actors Geraldine James and Brian Cox are interspersed with discussion with literary experts Maria Rubins and Peter Pomerantsev, together with Bryan Karetnyk, editor of the new collection Russian Émigré Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky (Penguin Classics 2017).  

Late at the Library: Sounds of the Revolution - Join us for a night of radical sound and silent film directed by Gabriel Prokofiev with the superb musicians of the Renegade Orchestra. Echoes of Russian classical music greats are cut with sonic experimentation and electronica, reflecting the remarkable avant-garde experimentation of a century ago, alongside a screening of the 1927 film The End of St Petersburg and DJs from Nonclassical. 

Tariq Ali on the Dilemmas of Lenin - Tariq Ali examines the innumerable dilemmas faced by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, leader of the October 1917 uprising and today a widely misunderstood figure. A political and intellectual colossus, Lenin emerged from the turbulent history of Tsarist Russia and the birth of the international labour movement with great certainty in his aims. 

Late at the Library: The Storming of the Library - This thrilling event is inspired by the extraordinary agit-prop Revolutionary Festivals staged in Petrograd in 1918-20. With designs by avant-garde artists and huge casts, the original re-stagings attempted to celebrate and even out do the original events, and were a great inspiration to film makers such as Eisenstein. Join us for an evening of performance, music, film and spectacle accompanied by the turbo-punk energy of our musical comrades The Destroyers and DJ Penny Metal. 

Design and the Russian Revolution: Alice Rawsthorn - Alice Rawsthorn discusses the initial impact and enduring influence of the Russian Revolution on design, architecture and fashion: from the role of the Constructivist artist and designer László Moholy-Nagy in revitalising the Bauhaus in the mid-1920s to the recent emergence of a new wave of social and humanitarian designers.  

To view the full programme of Russian Revolution events, please visit our What’s On pages.

Image: 'A worker Sweeping Criminals out of the Soviet Land' from Russian Placards 1917-22 (c) British Library Board.

Rockwell copy.jpgDALLAS, Texas (May 4, 2017) - Norman Rockwell’s Study for Triple Self Portrait, an oil study for the artist's self-described 1960 Saturday Evening Post "masterpiece", sold for $1,332,500, a new world record for an oil study by the artist Wednesday during Heritage Auctions’ American Art Auction in Dallas.

The record-setting Rockwell led a $4.5 million auction of diverse American art pieces that realized a 96 percent sell-through rate by value and saw spirited bidding across all Heritage Auctions bidding platforms.

Other top lots include Birger Sandzén’s powerful Creek at Twilight. Once relegated to a Milwaukee school’s storage room, the masterwork soared to $516,500, well above its pre-sale estimate. Net proceeds of the work will be set aside to fund college scholarships for Washington High School graduates.

Thomas Moran’s visually stunning Mountain Lion in Grand Canyon (Lair of the Mountain Lion) fetched $612,500.

“Today’s American Art auction was unbelievably exciting,” said Aviva Lehmann, Director of American Art. “We exceeded the aggregate high estimate by over one million dollars. Setting a new auction record for a Rockwell study, combined with the number of active bidders for the Sandzén that reached a final sale price as the third highest price for the artist at auction, demonstrates Heritage Auctions’ solid strength across all categories of American art.”

Other highlights include:

Hermann Ottomar Herzog’s oil painting Fishing on the Gulf Coast, Florida sold for $150,000 well above its $30,000-50,000 pre-auction estimate.

Samuel Colman’s Autumn Landscape, 1864 achieved $137,500.

Milton Avery’s landscape Rippled Rock and Rippled Sea, 1938 realized $106,250.

Rockwell Kent’s Greenland (Spring) sold for $87,500.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has over one million registered bidder-members, and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos.

Van Gogh.jpgFRANKLIN, Mass. - A dark brown ink drawing on heavy wove paper attributed to the famous Dutch Master artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), titled Garden View of the Church at Auvers (1890), signed by van Gogh, sold for $12,000 in the premiere online-only fine art auction titled Prestige Signature Collection: Master Artworks, held on April 26th by Woodshed Art Auctions.

“The location in the drawing was positively identified as Garden View of the Church of Auvers, and the artwork dates from the last year of van Gogh’s life,” said conservator/auctioneer Bruce Wood of Woodshed Art Auctions (formerly The Woodshed Gallery), based in Franklin, Mass. (www.woodshedartauctions.com). “Without better paperwork, we had to call it an attribution, but there’s little doubt it is authentic and probably should have gaveled for $100,000 or more.”

Van Gogh lived just three months in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small village north of Paris. He moved there in 1890, after having spent a year at an asylum in Saint-Remy. The sketch in the auction has been identified as a view of the church in Auvers, the only gable-roof bell tower among the locations van Gogh lived in France. Tragically, van Gogh committed suicide that year, at age 37.

The Prestige Signature Collection: Master Artworks sale was something new for Woodshed Art Auctions - the confluence of a group of excellent pieces arriving at once in the gallery, and all having one thing in common: they were limited to artworks by internationally recognized artists. This, the debut auction, featured just 26 artworks, by names that are known to nearly everyone.

These included Andy Warhol (Am., 1928-1987), Pablo Picasso (Sp./Fr., 1881-1973), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Fr., 1864-1901), Fernand Leger (Fr., 1881-1955), and van Gogh. The next Prestige Signature Collection sale will be held on May 24th with market-fresh works by Wilfredo Lam, Mario Careno, Victor Brauner, Maurice Sendak, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean Cocteau.

“Moving forward, we’re dividing our sales into two categories,” Wood said. “These are Studio Art Sales, which are larger catalogs of fine and decorative art, and Prestige Signature Collection Sales, which will feature a smaller, refined selection of artworks by more recognized artists.” He added, “The April 26th Prestige Collection sale and its focused attention paid off for consignors.”

Internet bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com, as well as the Woodshed Art Auctions website. Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices include a 20 or 25 percent buyer’s premium, applied depending on how the bid was submitted.

The runner-up top lot was a mixed media on paper by Fernand Leger (Fr., 1881-1955), titled Composition with Three Women, artist signed and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The 18 inch by 13 ¼ inch work gaveled for $10,312. Leger was a painter, sculptor and filmmaker. His boldly simplified treatment of modern subject matter made him a forerunner of pop art.

Several drawings attributed to the pop art icon Andy Warhol were in the auction. These included a drawing in color markers on manila folder-weight paper titled Two Campbells Soup Cans that realized $3,125; and a drawing in ink on lightweight parchment paper titled Tap Shoe that went for $7,812. Both were signed by Warhol and were formerly the property of New York collector.

Several Picassos also came under the gavel. These included a pair of signed attributions that rose to identical selling prices of $2,500 each: an ink drawing on paper titled Reclining Woman and a pencil drawing on paper titled Woman Chased by Man and Dog. Both were unframed. Also, an autograph and drawing on a book page by Picasso, not an attribution, changed hands for $875.

A lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec from the painter’s Café Concert series titled Madame Abdala en Bebe (1893), unsigned (but identified with the artist’s monogram), finished at $500. Abdala, the subject, was a singer at the Ambassadeurs in Paris. The only state lithograph, made as one in an edition of 500, measured 10 ½ inches by 7 ¾ inches and was in very good condition.

An artwork in pencil and gouache on paper, attributed to the early American modernist painter Stuart Davis (1892-1964), titled Abstract, measuring about 20 inches by 25 inches, topped out at $3,750. Davis was known for his jazz-influenced, bold, brash and colorful proto pop art paintings of the 1940s and ‘50s, as well his Ashcan School pictures in the early years of the 20th century.

A signed, dated (1912) and numbered (7/7) bronze sculpture on a marble base by the French sculptor, painter and printmaker Aristide Joseph Bonaventure Maillol (1861-1944), titled Femme nue assise (“Seated Female Nude”), brought $676. The work was eight inches tall on a one-inch base, and was in good condition, except for some minor handling marks and a chip on the base.

Woodshed Art Auctions is a family-owned art gallery specializing in oil painting restoration and live and online art auctions. The company is celebrating its 49th anniversary. 

Woodshed Art Auctions is always accepting quality artworks for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may call Bruce Wood at (508) 533-6277; or, you can e-mail him at bruce@woodshedgallery.com. To learn more about Woodshed Art Auctions and the next auction planned for May 24th, visit www.woodshedartauctions.com.

Image: Original dark brown ink drawing attributed to Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) on heavy wove paper, titled Garden View of the Church at Auvers ($12,000).

The Library of Congress is combining its two reading and writing programs for young people - A Book That Shaped Me and Letters About Literature. The move will enable the Library to better leverage its resources, to brand the programs more consistently and to encourage greater participation in these long-running programs.

The Library today kicks off its annual summer contest, now titled A Book That Shaped Me: Letters About Literature. The program will still target rising 5th- and 6th-grade students and will be managed in collaboration with libraries in six states as in past years. Winners will be honored at the 2017 National Book Festival, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 2.

Students will be asked to write a letter to their local librarian about a book that shaped their lives. The concept of letter-writing is adapted from the older program, Letters About Literature, which for 25 years has been asking students to write letters to an author whose book they read.

 “The two programs have very similar goals - getting kids to read and write about the books they love,” said Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress. “This integration will deepen the impact of the programs and enable the Library to market them more effectively.”

The A Book That Shaped Me summer writing contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Virginia; Delaware; Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the 17th Library of Congress National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (www.loc.gov/bookfest)

Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2017 are eligible. Letters, focused on a single book, should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form, in person, at participating public library locations. The deadline for entries is Saturday, July 8, 2017.

A Book That Shaped Me will award prizes to five finalists and one winner per state, and to three overall grand-prize winners. The 30 finalists will be selected by a panel of scorers comprised of members of the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association. The three grand-prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress, including educators, children’s authors and Library of Congress staff.

Submission forms are available at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center in Room G-29 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., and at participating public library locations. The list of participating libraries and more information are available at www.loc.gov/bookfest/kids-teachers/booksthatshape/.

Launched in 2012 with DC Public Library, A Book That Shaped Me has since expanded throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with the help of public libraries in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Virginia; Delaware; Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Nearly 300 public libraries are registered to participate in this, the sixth program year. Public library systems in these states may sign up through May 12, 2017, by contacting BooksShapeContest@loc.gov  for program details.

The Library kicked off the 2017 contest as part of Children’s Book Week, a celebration sponsored by the Children's Book Council, which is a reading-promotion partner of the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private and public sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Charter Sponsors are the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The James Madison Council, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; the Patron sponsor is the National Endowment for the Arts; the Contributor-level sponsors are Thomas V. Girardi, Beverly and Lyman Hamilton, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Scholastic Inc.; and, in the Friends category, Candlewick Press, John J. Medveckis and Mensa Education and Research Foundation. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival can contact the Library at devofc@loc.gov.

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Morgan-James copy.jpgNew York, NY, May 3, 2017 — In 1884, Henry James (1843-1916) wrote in The Art of Fiction:  

The analogy between the art of the painter and the art of the novelist is, so far as I am able to see, complete. Their inspiration is the same, their process (allowing for the different quality of the vehicle), is the same, their success is the same. They may learn from each other, they may explain and sustain each other. Their cause is the same, and the honour of one is the honour of another.

Henry James and American Painting, opening at the Morgan Library & Museum on June 9, is the first exhibition to explore the author’s deep and lasting interest in the visual arts and their profound impact on the literature he produced.  Offering a fresh perspective on the master novelist, the show reveals the importance of James’s friendships with American artists such as John La Farge, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler. While the author decided early on that the pictorial arts were not to be the arena in which he would work, the painterly quality of  his writing has enthralled readers for over a century.

Co-curated by author Colm Tóibín, whose latest novel House of Names is published this month, and Declan Kiely, head of the museum’s Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, the exhibition includes a rich and eclectic selection of more than fifty paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts, letters, and printed books from two dozen museums and private collections in the United States, Great Britain, and Ireland. Together they weave an evocative story of fascinating artistic intersections.        

"With its acclaimed collections of art and literature, the Morgan is the perfect place for this exhibition,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the museum. “The visual arts were part of the bedrock on which Henry James built his house of fiction.  He composed the most dramatic moments in his work as though they were framed, as though his characters were placed in light and shade as a painter might pose figures on a canvas.”  

THE EXHIBITION 

Portraits of Henry James

Henry James was fiercely protective of his privacy and, despite achieving preeminence as a novelist by the end of the nineteenth century, gave only four interviews over the course of his career. He expressed a “dread of the assault of the interviewer.” Nevertheless, he sat for numerous portraits, and was photographed by some of the leading photographers of his day. In less than a decade James used the word “portrait” in three book titles—The Portrait of a Lady (1881), his first literary masterpiece; Portraits of Places (1883), a collection of travel essays; and Partial Portraits (1888), a collection of essays on writers that argued for the inclusion of narrative fiction among the fine arts. 

In 1862, at age nineteen, James sat for John La Farge, a painter eight years his senior, in Newport, Rhode Island. At the time, Henry James was attending Harvard Law School, after which he redirected his focus to essays and fiction. His relationship with La Farge set the tone for his early novel, Roderick Hudson (1875), a coming-of-age story of a young law student from Northampton, Massachusetts, who aspires to be a great sculptor in the classical tradition. 

It was La Farge who helped James to gain “the dawning perception that the arts were after all essentially one and that even with canvas and brush whisked out of my grasp I still needn’t feel disinherited. That was the luxury of the friend and senior with a literary side.” The exhibition includes the original typescript of Notes of a Son and Brother, in which James wrote extensively about La Farge’s important early aesthetic influence. 

The 1913 portrait of James by John Singer Sargent—a treasure on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London— is perhaps the most famous painted image of the author. Sargent was the natural choice when a group of James’s friends commissioned an oil portrait to mark the writer’s seventieth birthday. James described the finished work, which captured his reserve and sensuous intelligence, as “Sargent at his very best and poor old H. J. not at his worst; in short a living breathing likeness and a masterpiece of painting.” 

Other portraits of James in the exhibition include Abbott Handerson Thayer’s 1881 crayon on paper drawing from the Collection of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City; Ellen Gertrude Emmet Rand’s 1900 portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.; Alice Boughton’s 1905 and 1906 photographs; William James’s 1910 portrait from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; and E. O. Hoppé’s 1911 photograph from the National Portrait Gallery, London. 

Frank Duveneck and Elizabeth Boott Duveneck 

The relationship between the American painters Frank Duveneck (1848-1919) and his wife Elizabeth Boott Duveneck (1846-1888), and Elizabeth’s father, the composer Francis Boott (1813-1904), offered James inspiration for three of his most important novels—Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881) and The Golden Bowl (1904). There are clear parallels between Elizabeth Boott and James’s characters: Catherine Sloper in Washington Square, Pansy Osmond in The Portrait of a Lady, and Maggie Verver in The Golden Bowl. 

Francis and his only child Elizabeth were wealthy New Englanders who moved between Boston, where James first met them in 1865, and Europe. James, a regular visitor to their apartment in Villa Castellani at Bellosguardo, overlooking Florence, transformed it into the residence of his characters Gilbert Osmond and his daughter Pansy in The Portrait of a Lady. Frank Duveneck came to the attention of James and the Bootts when he showed his paintings at the Boston Art Club in 1875. James wrote: “In the rooms of the Boston Art Club hang some five remarkable portraits by Mr. Frank Duveneck of Cincinnati . . . The good people of Boston have recently been flattering themselves that they have discovered an American Velázquez.” James added that “the analogy of Mr. Duveneck’s talent with that of the great Spaniard is a natural, instinctive one.” Elizabeth Boott purchased a painting from the exhibition, and, in March 1888, a portrait of her by Duveneck was accepted by the jury of the Salon in Paris. 

The tensions that arose when Elizabeth fell in love with Duveneck, who, as her art teacher, was considered by her father to be an unsuitable match, intrigued James. After Elizabeth finally married Duveneck, James came to vist them at Bellosguardo, writing letters to his family and friends about the family dynamics of their household. Elements of his time with the Bootts made their way into his late masterpiece The Golden Bowl (1904), a novel that explores the drama of father-daughter bonds complicating husband-wife romance. This exhibition contextualizes James’s friendship with the Bootts and Duveneck, and shows the artists’ work together in illuminating conjunction. Highlights include Duveneck’s portraits of Elizabeth and Francis Boott, and the tomb effigy that he designed to mark his wife’s burial place. 

John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler 

The connections between Henry James and John Singer Sargent make the latter essential to any consideration of James and painting, as they are also fascinating in any consideration of James’s own life in all its rich complexity and ambiguity. James and Sargent were both Americans in Europe who had spent much of their childhood abroad. They were bachelor expatriates, reserved, industrious, careful about their private lives. Both liked society and took an interest in fashionable women. Both, in their work, were interested in surface and psychology. In 1886, one critic noted the connections between them: “He [Sargent] is the Henry James of portraiture, and I can’t help wishing he were not—as I can’t help wishing Henry James were not the Sargent of the novel.” The British painter W. Graham Robertson, who knew both, described them as “real friends, they understood each other perfectly and their points of view were in many ways identical.” 

More than a year before James and Sargent were introduced, the writer noted a Venetian genre scene by the artist that was part of an 1882 exhibition at London’s Grosvenor Gallery. Both James and Sargent were enthralled by Venice. “The Aspern Papers” (1888) is set in Venice, and the city also features in The Wings of the Dove (1902), a novel that features a palace that is clearly reminiscent of the Palazzo Barbaro, home of the Curtis family, where both Sargent and James spent considerable time. On special loan from the Royal Academy of Arts, London, Sargent’s 1889 painting, An Interior In Venice (The Curtis Family), which was intended as a gift to the family, is displayed. The painting features the couple, Daniel and Ariana Curtis, as well as their son Ralph and his wife Lisa in their opulent Palazzo. Though rejected by the Curtises, (Ariana found her portrayal unflattering), Sargent’s distinguished work is celebrated for its aesthetic depiction of the grand Venetian salon. 

In 1884, James declared Sargent to be the “only Franco-American product of importance,” who had, moreover, “high talent, a charming nature, artistic and personal, and is civilized to his finger-tips. . . . I like him extremely; and the best of his work seems to me to have in it something exquisite.” Conversely, James sometimes critiqued Sargent’s tendency to paint pretty portraits, rather than to remain true to his subject’s natural likeness. As James opined, “His Mrs. Boit is admirable for life & impudence & talent, but seems to me a supreme example of his great vice—a want of respect for the face.” In the context of fiction writing, James had more creative license to create a less-than-flattering portrait with his pen than did Sargent. 

Whistler, like Sargent, became known for creating vivid, iconic, and mysterious images of women—as evidenced in his Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (1876)—much as James became known for the subtlety and sympathy with which he treated his female characters. James and Whistler became friends in the 1880s. James sent him an inscribed copy of The Spoils of Poynton  (1897) and, upon hearing of Whistler’s appreciation, wrote that he was delighted “to have pleased you, to have touched you ... for the arts are one, and with the artist the artist communicates.” James was a regular visitor to Whistler’s home at 110 Rue du Bac in the 1890s, and The Ambassadors (1903) drew upon his impressions to describe the house and garden of the sculptor Gloriani, who is based on Whistler. 

Hendrik Christian Andersen and Lilla Cabot Perry

Sculptor Hendrik Andersen appears almost as a character out of James’s fiction. James met him in the spring of 1899 in Rome. James was fifty-six, Andersen almost thirty years his junior. Andersen was born in Norway but raised in Newport, Rhode Island, where the James family had also lived between sojourns in Europe. He studied in Paris and then Naples, and moved to Rome in 1897. Between 1899 and 1915, the year before his death, James wrote seventy-eight letters to the handsome young Norwegian-American. Anderson’s 1899 painted terra-cotta bust of Count Alberto Bevilacqua, on loan from the National Trust--was placed by the mantelpiece in a corner in the small dining room at Lamb House, Rye, where James moved in 1897. In his letters, James advised the young sculptor to produce work on a more domestic scale in order to make it more saleable. The bust bore a resemblance to Andersen, and James wrote, “I shall have him constantly before me as a loved companion and friend. He is so living, so human, so sympathetic and sociable and curious, that I foresee it will be a lifelong attachment.” James later told a friend that the sculpture was “the first object that greets my eyes in the morning, and the last at night.” 

Henry James was also close to a number of female artists, in addition to Elizabeth Boott Duveneck. These include Ellen Gertrude Emmet Rand, his cousin who painted portraits of him; Alice Boughton, who took several photographs of James, creating images of character that have shaped the mental pictures of generations of readers and enthusiasts; and Lilla Cabot Perry, who was pivotal in connecting James with the French Impressionists, a movement thathe broadly rejected. The daughter of wealthy Bostonians, Lilla Cabot married Thomas Sergeant Perry, literary critic and close friend of Henry James, in 1874. She became the sister-in-law of John La Farge. Perry had no formal artistic training until the age of thirty-six when she studied at the Académie Julian and at the Académie Colarossi. In 1889, the Perrys traveled to Giverny, France, joining the community of artists gathered around Claude Monet. Upon her return to the United States, Perry became an influential proponent of Monet’s work, publishing Reminiscences of Claude Monet from 1889 to 1909, a biographical account of her twenty summers at Giverny. 

James visited the second Impressionist exhibition of 1876, held at the Galerie Durand-Ruel, and he dismissed “the young contributors of whom I speak” as “absolute foes to arrangement, embellishment, selection. . . . None of its members show signs of possessing first-rate talent.” He failed to recognize the significance of Impressionism, and he did not know the main French artists of the age, even though he knew most of the Frenchnovelists. The work that interested him most was Anglo-American, or pre-Impressionist. What mattered to him was the atmosphere that visual artists created and the world they inhabited more than any new systems or innovations. Ostensibly rooted in academic convention, The Green Hat, Perry’s 1913 portrait of her daughter, Edith, manifests her adherence to impressionism through the dynamic brushstrokes of its background, the monochromatic palette and the play of light. What interested James most was not the impression, but the expression. 

Selection of Highlights on View 

Hendrik Christian Andersen (1872-1940), Count Alberto Bevilacqua, 1899, painted terra-cotta. Lamb House (The National Trust). 

Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942), Henry James, 1911, charcoal on paper. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. 

Alice Boughton (1865-1943), Henry James, 1905, platinum print. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C. 

Alice Boughton (1865-1943), Henry James, 1906, gelatin silver print. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C.; gift of Allan M. Price. 

Elizabeth Boott Duveneck (1846-1888), Villa Castellani, Bellosguardo, 1886, watercolor on paper. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D. C. 

Frank Duveneck (1848-1919), Elizabeth Boott Duveneck, 1888, oil on canvas. Cincinnati Art Museum; Gift of the artist, 1915. 

Frank Duveneck (1848-1919), Portrait of Francis Boott, 1881, oil on canvas. Cincinnati Art Museum; The Edwin and Virginia Irwin Memorial. 

Frank Duveneck (1848-1919), Tomb Effigy of Elizabeth Boott Duveneck, 1891, bronze and gold leaf. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Rogers Fund, 1927. 

William Morris Hunt (1824-1879), Girl at the Fountain, 1852-54, oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Bequest of Jane Hunt, 1907. 

Henry James (1843-1916), Autograph letter to Hendrik Christian Andersen, November 25, 1906. Henry James Papers, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. 

Henry James (1843-1916), Project of a Novel (ninety-page outline for The Ambassadors), September 1, 1900. The Morgan Library & Museum; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Hyatt Mayor, 1974.

Henry James (1843-1916), Notes of a Son and Brother, typed manuscript, signed, 1914. The Morgan Library & Museum; Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987. 

John La Farge (1835-1910), Portrait of Henry James, 1862, oil on canvas. The Century Association, New York City. 

J.P. Morgan et Amicorum (Guest book logging visitors to the Morgan, including Henry James),1908-1996. The Morgan Library & Museum. 

Lilla Cabot Perry (1848-1933), The Green Hat, 1913, oil on canvas. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection. 

Ellen Gertrude (“Bay”) Emmet Rand (1875-1919), Portrait of Henry James, 1900, oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Marjorie Edel in memory of Leon Edel. NPG 98.74 

Ellen Gertrude (“Bay”) Emmet Rand (1875-1919), Portrait of Henry James, 1900, oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Marjorie Edel in memory of Leon Edel. NPG 98.75 

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), An Interior In Venice (The Curtis Family), 1898, oil on canvas. Royal Academy of Arts, London; Diploma Work given by John Singer Sargent, R. A., accepted 1900. 

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Portrait of Henry James, 1913, oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, London; Bequethed by Henry James, 1916. 

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, 1885, oil on canvas. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. 

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Venetian Women in the Palazzo Rezzonico, ca. 1889 Private collection, courtesy of David Nisinson. 

Publication 

Published to coincide with the exhibition at the Morgan, in Henry James and American Painting novelist and critic Colm Tóibín, author of the 2004 Man Booker short-listed novel The Master, joins art historian Marc Simpson and Declan Kiely of the Morgan Library & Museum to reveal how essential the language and imagery of the arts— and friendships with artists—were to James’s writing. A refreshing new perspective on a master novelist who was greatly nourished by his friendships with artists, this edifying volume reveals a James whose literary imagination, in Tóibín’s words, “seemed most at ease with the image” and the work of creating fully realized portraits of his characters. 

Authors: Colm Tóibín, Marc Simpson, Declan Kiely 

Publishers: Penn State University Press, The Morgan Library & Museum 192 pages, 70 color illustrations. 

Image: John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Henry James, 1913, Oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, London; Bequeathed by Henry James, 1916. NPG 1767.

 

ITHACA, NY—Worth Auctions, located in Dryden, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.  

This catalog features the fourth session of rare and desirable militaria from the estate of a prominent Civil War collector from Upstate New York plus a sizeable collection of large folio Currier & Ives lithographs and select other material from multiple consignors nationwide.          

Civil War items include a Confederate shell jacket with officer's shoulder boards; kepi caps; cartridge boxes; brocade sword belts; and canteens.

Currier & Ives titles include "Stars of the Trotting Track;" "Arguing the Point;" "A Stopping Place on the Road;" "Brush for the Lead;" and "American Country Life."                    

This sale will also feature a suite of original albumen photographs by George N. Barnard; an assortment of ornately carved Chinese inkstones; oriental rugs; vintage typewriters; a 906-carat faceted jade gemstone; a light-field camera; a working Victrola; and much more.   

Please bookmark this page and check back for the announcement of our next auction which will include a fourth session of Civil War rarities plus significant collections of Currier & Ives prints, dinosaur fossils, and vintage radios.    

Please check back soon for our next two auction catalogs, the first of which will focus on fine works on paper and the second of which will comprise a fifth session of Civil War rarities plus significant offerings of post-1898 firearms, dinosaur fossils, and ancient coins. 

Worth Auctions is a public auction service specializing in estate work and collections.  The company conducts fully cataloged auctions with global bidding activity over three platforms. The upcoming auctions will feature a wide assortment of items, from pencils to airplanes. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-330-0358 or email mail@worthauctions.com.

 

 

Alice.jpgA rare first edition of Lewis Carroll's enduring classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" fetched $9,062 at National Book Auctions' April 29, 2017 sale. Published by Macmillan in London in 1866, this highly sought-after volume featured the original fancifully illustrated plates by John Tenniel and was bound in red cloth with gilt debossed images of Alice and the Cheshire Cat.

Other standout books the sale were the twelve-volume "Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln" edited by the President's private secretary John G. Nicolay; a beautifully hand-illuminated Turkish Quran; and a signed first edition of Roald Dahl's short story collection "Someone Like You." Ephemera lots of note included a carefully compiled album of patriotic covers from both sides of the Civil War conflict; an extensive estate archive of personal correspondence dating back to the 1770s; and a selection of World War II propaganda posters.

National Book Auctions' next sale will take place on May 20, 2017 and will include a broad array of collectible and antique volumes and ephemera. Its full-service sister company, Worth Auctions, will hold a sale on May 7, 2017 featuring rare and desirable militaria from the estate of a prominent Civil War collector from Upstate New York plus a sizeable collection of large folio Currier & Ives lithographs and select other material from multiple consignors nationwide. For more information, visit www.nationalbookauctions.com and www.worthauctions.com.

210-Mormon copy.jpgNew York—On Thursday, April 27, Swann Galleries offered their tenth consecutive auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana to exceed $700,000. Much of the top material was unique or extremely rare, including diaries, letters and archives, many of which had never previously been seen at auction. 

Swann Galleries has gained a reputation as the leading source for quality material relating to the foundation of Mormonism. A first edition Book of Mormon, 1830—the only edition to list Joseph Smith as the "author and proprietor" rather than as the translator—led the sale at $52,500*. Other stand-out lots included a pair of legal documents, 1842, signed by Smith while he was the Mayor and Justice of the Peace in Nauvoo, Illinois, in a case against the postmaster of the town, which flew past its high estimate of $3,500 to $23,750, as well as a recognizance document from the following year, ordering a nurse to pay $100, which reached $15,000, above a high estimate of $1,800. Each of the seven offered lots related to Mormonism sold above their estimates.

The top five lots all went to private collectors.  A rare letter by Hernán Cortés to his property manager, instructing him to be hospitable to a visiting bishop, was purchased for $32,500; no other letters from the conquistador have appeared at auction in the last 30 years.

Further highlights included a Force printing by William J. Stone of the Declaration of Independence, 1833, a cornerstone of Americana collecting, at $21,250, and a large archive of Milwaukee sculptor John Severinus Conway that reached $12,500, above a high estimate of $3,000. A circa 1811 manuscript speech on the formation of New York's College of Physicians and Surgeons by Samuel Bard sold for $8,750,

Journals included the accounts of a diary missionary Edward W. Syles in Shanghai and San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1850s at $7,250, as well as the translated manuscript of a Japanese soldier’s last days in World War II ($3500). The bound diary of a wealthy Manhattan orphan in the mid-nineteenth century reached $2,250.

Among the records set was $1,375 for the iconic San Francisco Call-Chronicle-Examiner on the 1906 earthquake; the previous record of $840 was set in 2008. Additionally, the first complete set of Amos Doolittle's engravings of the Prodigal Son parable to be sold at auction in nearly 30 years sold for $6,500.

Institutions acquired important material, including an archive of a Mexican pulque bar that spanned nearly a century, which was purchased by the University of Notre Dame. A different institution purchased the first edition of Esther Levy's Jewish Cookery Book, 1871, the first Jewish cookbook published in the United States, for $11,250.

Specialist Rick Stattler noted, "The market remains strong for good, interesting material.  That this was our tenth consecutive sale to surpass $700,000 demonstrates a strong foundation in the market."

The next sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana at Swann Galleries will be held September 28, 2017. For more information or consign quality materials, contact Rick Stattler at rstattler@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 210 Joseph Smith, The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. Sold April 27, 2017 for $52,500.

DALLAS, Texas (May 1, 2017) - For over 40 years, photojournalist Gordon Converse travelled to more than 120 countries, shooting photos for the Christian Science Monitor. The award-winning photographer will have a number of prints available during Heritage Auctions’ Photographs Signature Auction in New York City on May 18. Prior to the auction Converse’s work which he shot exclusively with his Leica M camera - will be celebrated at the Christian Science Publishing Society in Boston on Tuesday May 16, 2017 during the world premiere of the documentary “Illumine All Mankind” by Bob Pokress, producer and director of the documentary.

“As Gordon said, 'The purpose of photojournalism at its best is to help mankind see...still photographs give us time to pause and to see...they provide a universal method of communication that breaks through all barriers of language.' “Illumine All Mankind” is a celebration of the work of one of the 20th century's great photojournalists,” said Pokress, who is also facilitating the consignment of the Converse prints for the Christian Science Monitor. “Having worked with numerous photojournalism archives over the years, Gordon's body of work stands out from that of all other photojournalists and has made bringing his work back to life through this documentary a distinct pleasure.”

Examples of Converse’s work from the archives of the Christian Science Monitor will be available for admirers and collectors during the Photographs Signature Auction include but are not limited to:

Fog burns off the old Inca city, Machu Picchu, Peru, 1968: est. $1,000-2,000

Spain (street scene), 1960s: est. $1,000-2,000

Portraits of Norman Rockwell (three photographs), 1970: est. $1,000-2,000

China - Time of Change, 1980: est. $1,000-2,000

Statue of Liberty, New York City, 1954: est. $1,000-2,000

Indian women at world's highest capitol, La Paz, Bolivia, 1967: est. $1,000-2,000

The screening of the Gordon Converse documentary at Christian Science Publishing Society in Boston on May 16, which will run from 7:00 p.m. - 9 p.m., will be followed by a casual Q&A with Gordon's daughter Linda Converse Bloom, with Alfredo Sosa, Monitor Director of Photography and with Mark Sappenfield, Editor of the Monitor, to discuss Gordon's award-winning body of work and his approach to photojournalism. Documentarian Bob Pokress will also be available to discuss the restoration of Gordon's photography and the making of this documentary.

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