June 2017 Archives

Constant Contact Image.jpgOrganized to commemorate the centennial of World War I, this exhibition will focus on the impact of the war on the visual arts. Moving chronologically from its outbreak to the decade after the armistice, World War I and the Visual Arts will highlight the diverse ways in which artists both reacted to and represented the horrors of modern warfare. The works on view will reflect a variety of responses, ranging from nationalist enthusiasm to more somber reflections on the carnage and mass devastation that resulted from the war. 

The exhibition is made possible by The Schiff Foundation. 

Drawn mainly from the collection of The Met and supplemented with select loans, the exhibition will include prints, drawings, photographs, illustrated books, posters, periodicals, trading cards from the Museum's celebrated Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, and other materials such as medals, examples of trench art, and helmets designed in the Department of Arms and Armor. World War I and the Visual Arts will reveal how artists-including Otto Dix, Fernand Léger, George Grosz, Käthe Kollwitz, C.R.W. Nevinson, Gino Severini, and Edward Steichen-reflected a myriad of styles, approaches, ideologies, and mediums in response to the war. Among the styles represented are Cubism, Dada, Futurism, Expressionism, Neue Sachlichkeit ("New Objectivity"), and Vorticism.

Like their countrymen, many artists, writers, and intellectuals initially welcomed the war for a range of reasons—some because of nationalist sentiments, others due to a naïve desire to experience an adventure they assumed would be over in a few months, and still others because of a mistaken belief that, after this final conflict, a more peaceful, spiritual, and anti—materialist era would begin. Numerous artists experienced combat firsthand, either as soldiers, medics, or war artists documenting life at the front; many suffered severe injuries and some even death. As the reality of the war became apparent, several figures changed their positions to express fierce condemnation, mournful regret, or pacifist sentiments. 

Artists had various responses to the inconceivable carnage and destruction that had occurred. While some proposed rebuilding, others reflected on the trauma that befell both individuals and societies. Artists who served in the war, such as Barlach, Beckmann, Dix, Grosz, and Marinetti, used a variety of methods and techniques to express their conflicting reactions. Barlach and Kollwitz, the latter of whom lost her youngest son, created elegiac works about the devastation experienced by families and communities. By contrast, the work of Beckmann, Dix, and Grosz expressed a profound rage at the societies, institutions, and individuals who promoted and profited from war. 

Because they could be distributed more widely than unique works, prints were especially effective at influencing public opinion and could be made available to large audiences. These works could also be reproduced in publications and as posters, thus reaching even more people. Many artists developed portfolios that commemorated the war, several of which were released on the 10th anniversary of its beginning or end, thus reflecting the enduring trauma caused by the conflict.

An armistice was declared on November 11, 1918, and, after the Paris Peace Conference, World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. By that time, over 9 million soldiers had died in combat, with over 21 million injured; civilian deaths from combat, illness, and starvation also numbered in the millions. Called "The War to End All Wars," World War I had a devastating impact on all participants and forever changed the societies to which the soldiers returned.

World War I and the Visual Arts is organized by Jennifer Farrell, Associate Curator in The Met's Department of Drawings and Prints, with contributions from Donald LaRocca, Curator, Department of Arms and Armor, and Allison Rudnick, Assistant Curator, also of the Department of Drawings and Prints. 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a Bulletin to be published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in November.

Education programs will include a Sunday at The Met event on December 10 and exhibition tours.

The exhibition is featured on the Museum's website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Exhibition Dates

 July 31, 2017-January 7, 2018

Exhibition Location

 The Met Fifth Avenue, Galleries 691-693,

 The Charles Z. Offin Gallery,

Karen B. Cohen Gallery,

Harriette and Noel Levine Gallery

Image: Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (British, 1889-1946). Returning to the Trenches (detail), 1916. Drypoint, plate: 6 x 8 1/16 in. (15.2 x 20.4 cm); sheet: 8 3/8 x 11 in. (21.3 x 28 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1968 (68.510.3)

 

 

 

The Library of Congress and The Royal Archives today announced plans for a landmark joint exhibition in 2021 that will explore the overlapping yet distinct worlds of two globally significant figures of the late 18th century: the two Georges - King George III (1738-1820) of England and George Washington (1732-1799).

The joint project will draw on the considerable collections held by the Library of Congress in the United States and The Royal Archives in the United Kingdom. It builds on a memorandum of understanding among the two organizations and King's College London, signed at the British Embassy in Washington last autumn.

The exhibition will be seen first at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and subsequently at a major venue in the U.K.  It will explore both commonalities and contrasts between the two men and also the global political, cultural and social contexts for their lives and leadership. Linked and then ultimately separated by empire, the two Georges offer a distinctive perspective on this vital historical period.

The exhibition marks a significant milestone in public engagement with the Georgian Papers Program (GPP), which aims to digitize and publish online, by 2020, a remarkable collection of 350,000 Royal Archive papers from the Georgian period, only 15 percent of which have ever been published before.

The GPP is a partnership among the Royal Collection Trust, lead academic partner King's College London and international participants, including primary U.S. partners the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, William & Mary, and other key U.S. institutions including the Library of Congress, Mount Vernon and the Sons of the American Revolution. 

The Library of Congress holds the papers of 23 U.S. presidents from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge. The George Washington Papers - some 65,000 items - are available online at loc.gov/collections/george-washington-papers/.

The Georgian Papers global online portal, royalcollection.org.uk/georgianpapers/, since January has enabled academics, students and history lovers worldwide to see George III,  other Hanoverian monarchs and the 18th century from new perspectives.  The GPP has brought together academic researchers, students, archivists and digital scholars to create new ways of exploring the world of these Georgians and new ways of approaching the materials that reveal that world. Crucially, this work will inform the exhibition.

“The entire world was changed, forever, because of the relationship between England and its colonies, as personified by these two leaders,” said Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress. “Because of the GPP and the fully digitized George Washington papers at the Library, we will now be able to present a joint exhibition that shows the two Georges’ similarities, their differences and the subtle details, made meaningful by comparison, that have never before emerged from these collections that are now being researched extensively.”

“This exhibition partnership with the Library of Congress is an incredibly important and exciting step for the Royal Archives and our GPP colleagues,” said Oliver Urquhart Irvine, The Librarian and Assistant Keeper of The Queen's Archives. “It will bring the story of two extraordinary men and their influence on the world today to a much wider public and is part of our long-term ambition to make the Royal Archives as open and accessible as possible through groundbreaking digitization technology, research and events."

“The exhibition will provide the ideal platform not only to display a quite remarkable array of documents and objects from world-class collections in a unique conjunction, but will also enable us to see these in a rich new context thanks to a wealth of new scholarship, cataloging and interpretation,” said Professor Arthur Burns, who teaches Modern British History at King's College London. “It will thus reflect the excitement and insights of the scholars, students and archivists working with the GPP across the world. 

“It will reveal how the individual lives of these two notable but also exceptionally privileged men reflected in all kinds of unexpected ways the complex and changing societies in which they lived, and the economic, cultural and political globalization that was as much a feature of their lives as our own, and as much a source of challenge and controversy then as now.”

By 2020, it is expected that the GPP portal royalcollection.org.uk/georgianpapers/ will enable users to enter a remarkable collection of 350,000 papers from the Georgian period, enabling academics, students and history lovers worldwide to see George III, Britain's longest-reigning king, from 1760 to 1820, from new perspectives.

In January 2017, the first tranche of GPP papers was published online, allowing the public and scholars alike a unique window into the life, reign and times of King George III, his impact then and his continuing influence on today's world. This marked a major milestone in a five-year project to enable anyone with an interest in George III and his world to discover the intricacies of his life, reign and the contemporary times. Already scholars and students are making use of this new resource and developing new insights, perspectives and projects as a result of the access now possible.

The papers include intimate letters between George III and Queen Charlotte, household bills, menus, copious letters between the king and his government, his many essays - including on despotism - meticulous, detailed notes about the war in America, and lucid, calm letters to family members during his bouts of illness.

With Her Majesty The Queen's full authority, the project is part of Royal Collection Trust's objective to increase public access to and understanding of primary-source material held in the collection.  It follows the success of the digitization of Queen Victoria's journals in 2012, which has encouraged wide public appreciation. 

The Royal Archives is a private archive offering public access to historical papers for educational purposes and academic study. Its work in Great Britain on the Georgian Papers Program is in partnership with the Royal Library and King’s College London.

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

 

tn copy.jpgOn June 25, 2017, Worth Auctions offered a three-part Curator's Catalog featuring carefully selected offerings of rare and desirable maps and views, Western art, and Audubon bird prints.

The first portion of the sale was tailored to the interests of serious antique map collectors. It featured such early and important works as Saxton Ryther's 1577 map of Yorkshire ($3,125), Gasgoigne's 1776 plan of the River and Sound of D'Awfoskee ($2,750), and Mortier's circa 1700 map of the American colonies ($1,875). 

The second portion was devoted to fine prints by the major artists of the American West. These included McKenney & Hall's 1836 lithograph of the revered Sioux chief Wa-Na-Ta, which fetched $1,125.

The third portion showcased several large-scale Audubon images from both the Amsterdam and the scarcer Leipzig editions.

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 (just six miles north of Cornell University) 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. 

Image: Saxton Ryther's 1577 map of Yorkshire.

NEW YORK, 26 June 2017-Sotheby’s is honored to announce that we will offer The Collection of Edward Albee in a dedicated auction this September in New York. The full proceeds of the sale will benefit The Edward F. Albee Foundation, which provides residencies for writers and visual artists in Montauk, Long Island.

One of America’s most-treasured cultural figures, Edward Albee (1928-2016) was a keen observer of modern life in the United States whose piercing dialogue and constant experimentation helped reinvent and define post-war theater internationally. Beginning with The Zoo Story in 1958, the dozens of plays he wrote over the following five decades include such icons as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962), A Delicate Balance (1966), Three Tall Women (1991), and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2000). 

For many, Sotheby’s September auction will offer a new window into Edward Albee’s life and creative mind. Sourced from artists, friends and galleries over several decades, the majority of the 100+ works on offer adorned the walls of Albee’s Tribeca loft, which he rehung often to explore new artistic connections. In keeping with his constant experimentation as a playwright, the collection focuses on the birth and evolution of Abstraction in 20th century art, and a highly-personal intellectual pursuit of the ephemeral and the elusive - from a stunning figural work by Milton Avery, to a whimsical relief by Jean Arp, a Bauhaus work by Wassily Kandinsky, and a group of geometric abstractions by John McLaughlin.

Portable Manuscript Latin Bible.jpgPhiladelphia, PA-On Friday June 16th Freeman’s presented the Books & Manuscripts sale, whose catalogue included more than 350 lots spanning everything from sacred texts to autographed letters, and even photographs of the moon taken by the Surveyor probe. The sale achieved a 90% sell-through rate and totaled over $800,000.

The two top-selling lots of the day were both sacred texts. Lot 156, a Single leaf Hebrew Bible pericope, printed by Gutenberg in 1455, sold for $53,125. As the first major book produced using moveable type, the Gutenberg Bible remains one of the scarcest books conceivable. The next lot, a Portable Manuscript Latin Bible composed in 13th-century France (Lot 157) sold for $50,000. The historic significance of both of these texts extends beyond any religious affiliation.

There was a palpable excitement in the room when bidding for a lithograph of the interior of the Hebrew Synagogue of Charleston, South Carolina (Lot 212) skyrocketed, eventually selling for $25,000, one hundred times its initial estimate of $250-400. The building was destroyed by a fire in 1838 and was rebuilt several years later. One of the oldest Jewish congregations in the country, the synagogue is also the oldest in continuous use, since its founding in 1749.The lithograph was printed in Philadelphia, and shows the vaulted interior of the original structure, which is now known as the Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim.

Another historical document from the south captured the attention of bidders that afternoon. A letter written by Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee (Lot 195) during the 1864 Second Battle of Deep Bottom, from his headquarters in Virginia, sold for $27,500 against an estimate of $8,000-12,000. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant just eight months after writing this letter to General Charles W. Field, in which he ordered him to ramp up troop presence against “the enemy.”

Freeman's dedicated team of specialists in the Books & Manuscripts Department, led by Department Head Ben Truesdale, has established an international reputation for their many notable sales and thorough cataloguing. Freeman’s next Books & Manuscripts auction is scheduled to take place on September 28, 2017. 

Top Lots of the June 16th Books & Manuscripts Sale:

-Lot 156: Sacred Texts, Bible in Latin. [Mainz: Johann Gutenberg and Johann Fust, 1455]. Sold for $53,125.

-Lot 157: Sacred Texts, Portable Manuscript Latin Bible. [Paris, mid-13th century] Complete, comprising Old and New Testaments. Sold for $50,000.

-Lot 195: American Autograph, Civil War. Autograph Letter Signed. Lee, Robert E. Sold $27,500.

-Lot 13: Early Ethnography, Eden, Emily. Portraits of the Princes & People of India. Sold for $26,250.

-Lot 212: Americana : Social History, Lithograph. (Bowen, J. T., publisher) Interior of the Hebrew Synagogue of Charleston S. C. [ca. 1840]. Sold for $25,000.

Image: Portable Manuscript Latin Bible. SOLD FOR $50,000

MINNEAPOLIS - (June 26, 2017) - Join Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) for their 5th Book Art Biennial July 15-23, 2017 including workshops, lectures, and 7 exhibitions feature programming that encourages people of all disciplines and skill levels to amplify individual and collective voice through grassroots artistic practice.  Enjoy two-day Pre-Biennial Workshops hosted by visiting national and international artists, from July 15-21, including: Alternative Printmaking with Rubber Stamps with Stephen Fowler (UK); Papermaking in the Islamic World with Radha Pandey (Ohio); Innovative Books from Head to Tail: Ideas-Content-Making with Angie Butler (UK); and Approachable Metalworking for Book Artists with Shanna Leino (Michigan).

This year’s MCBA Biennial Symposium, July 22-23, explores the broad definition of “book” in contemporary artistic practice, stimulating critical thinking and dialogue. Speakers include: Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Detroit-based printer, Keynote Address; Simon Goode, Founder and Director of the London Centre for Book Arts Making Books; Karen Kunc, Artist, Educator, and Founder of Constellation Studios, The Constellation Metaphor; Steven Daiber, Proprietor of Red Trillium Press, Book Arts in Havana; Angie Butler, Artist and Scholar, University of the West of England, We Are What We Do; and Mary Hark, Professor in Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Report from the Field:  Papermaking as Community Catalyst. Medium to Message: Art As Culture-making/Public-making is presented by Sam Gould, Lacey Prpic Hedtke, and Regula Russelle; and finally an informal round table discussion where participants share practical techniques for teaching the book arts with special emphasis on social engagement, accessibility, and grassroots practice.

Seven stimulating exhibitions provide an engaging ambience for the 2017 MCBA Book Art Biennial, including: Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.’s Open Book Takeover, featuring 5,000 community-made prints; Heid Erdrich, guest curator, gathers Native American voices in (About that) Water is Life; Mary Bruno, Bruno Press, has enlisted the help of forty print makers from around the world to present End of Times 2: The Time is Now; Alyssa Baguss, environmental artist, presents Meander; Twin Cities Zine Fest hosts an interactive zine reading lounge Free for All, Stamp of Disapproval showcases counter-culture from MCBA’s Helmes and W. Gaglione Rubber Stamp Archive, and finally, Reader’s Art: Control/Alt/Shift, a juried exhibition of artists books exploring the politics of control and alternative methods of public discourse.

The Biennial culminates with the 2017 MCBA Prize Gala. Toast the best new artist books in the world on Saturday evening, July 22, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm. Enjoy refreshments by Common Roots and live music by The King Baron Hot Club while mingling with artists, collectors, and special guests. The 2017 MCBA Prize competition includes work from over 100 entries representing 12 nations. Over $9,000 will be awarded. The finalists for the 2017 MCBA Prize include:  Hannah Batsel (Chicago, IL) Maneater; Tim Hopkins (London, England) - The Book of Disquiet; Ellen Knudson (Gainesville, FL) Ingress/Egress; Nader Koochaki (Astigarreta, Spain) - Soineko Paisaia/Dorsal Landscape; and Ines von Ketelhodt (Flörsheim am Main, Germany) - Alpha Beta. The winner will be announced Saturday evening, July 22 at the 2017 MCBA Prize Gala.

The MCBA Prize is the first honor to celebrate the diversity of book art and recognize work from across the field and around the world. This year, the jury consisted of three distinguished leaders in the field of book arts. They were: Steven Daiber, book artist and proprietor of Red Trillium Press; Simon Goode, founder and executive director of London Center for Book Arts; and Karen Kunc, book artist and proprietor of Constellation Studios. The works of the five finalists and three special merit will be on view at Minnesota Center for Book Arts from July 20-23rd during the 2017 Book Art Biennial. 

For more information about this event, contact Amanda Kaler, Development Director of Minnesota Center For Book Arts. To order tickets or be a sponsor, please visit BookArtBiennial.org. Additional information can be found at facebook.com/mnbookarts, twitter.com/mnbookarts, and instagram.com/mnbookarts.

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts #bookartbiennial

WHEN: July 15-23, 2017. Visit BookArtBiennial.org for specific dates/times for Workshops, Symposium, 7 Exhibits, and Gala.

WHERE: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Suite 100, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

 

SAN MARINO, Calif.— The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will present new work and related programming this fall by seven artists who conducted research in The Huntington’s collections during the second year of a five-year initiative called /five, which this year is based on the theme of “collecting” and “collections.” The exhibition “Collection/s: WCCW/five at The Huntington,” on view in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art from Nov. 18, 2017, through Feb. 12, 2018, will feature an installation of paintings, sculpture, textiles, video, writings, and other new works along with performances, talks, and tours by the artists, all of whom are women. They include Olivia Chumacero, Sarita Dougherty, Jheanelle Garriques, Zya S. Levy, Soyoung Shin, kerrie welsh, and Juliana Wisdom, who were selected in collaboration with the Los Angeles-based Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW).

Collection/s: WCCW/five at The Huntington” comes out of /five, a contemporary arts collaboration between The Huntington and five different organizations over five years. /five invites artists to respond to a range of themes drawn from The Huntington’s deep and diverse library, art, and botanical collections. The initiative is led by Jenny Watts, The Huntington’s curator of photography and visual culture, and Catherine Hess, The Huntington’s chief curator of European art and acting director of its art collections. In /five’s first year (2016), The Huntington collaborated with JPL/NASA to present the JPL sound sculpture “Orbit Pavilion,” which referenced The Huntington’s history of aerospace, astronomy, and earth science collections.

For the second year of the initiative, The Huntington chose WCCW, a nonprofit organization that cultivates feminist creative communities and practices, to explore the theme of collecting and collections. The resulting projects for “Collection/s: WCCW/five at The Huntington” are described below. The seven artists will engage with The Huntington’s three collecting areas, with two projects each exploring the library, art, and botanical collections. As they become available, details about related events will be posted at huntington.org.

The Library Collections

Jheanelle Garriques

Garriques is the founder and executive director of Naked Narratives, a writing program that encourages its participants to confidently express themselves while resolving past traumas. Her project for “Collection/s: WCCW/five at The Huntington” is called “Storytelling, Solidarity, and the Blue Stockings Society,” and uses The Huntington’s Elizabeth Montagu archive as inspiration for a mixed-media spoken word performance. Montagu (1718-1800) was a founder of the Blue Stockings Society, a British movement that encouraged intellectualism among women through literary discussions—or, as Garriques defines it: “one of the world’s first feminist writing salons.” The archive contains some 7,000 letters written to or by Montagu. Garriques’ project will juxtapose a handful of letters with new writing produced by a local writing salon of eight participants. Her performance piece will involve the participants and dance choreographed by Rissi Zimmermann.

kerrie welsh

Welsh’s work pushes the boundaries between personal and cultural memory and between social and artistic conventions. A Ph.D. candidate at UC Santa Cruz focusing on female authorship, LGBT desires, and the birth of cinema, she also co-founded the Women in the Director’s Chair Oral History Project at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Her project, “What You Love,” collects LGBT letters, testimonies, and diaries to create an archive of contemporary love stories. Inspired by The Huntington’s rare book and theatre holdings relating to the ancient Greek poet Sappho, the project investigates the story of Olga Nethersole (1863-1951), a controversial and popular British actress who portrayed Sappho on stages across Europe and the United States. It will include correspondence with the local LGBT community and collected ephemera evidencing LGBT lives and loves, and the vulnerability of these kinds of materials to destruction, due to secrecy, shame, and fear.

The Art Collections

Soyoung Shin

Shin is a multidisciplinary Korean-American artist working in textiles, performance, zines, and new media. Her project for the exhibition, “Picture Elements,” is drawn from the word “pixel,” which is an abbreviation of “picture element.” Centered on The Huntington’s historic carpet Astrology (on view in the Huntington Art Gallery’s large library), one of 93 carpets commissioned around 1665 by King Louis XIV to line the Grand Gallery of the Louvre, Shin’s project investigates the anonymity of women who engaged in the creation of textiles without receiving credit, in the same way contemporary women rarely receive credit for their roles in emerging technologies. “Picture Elements” will take the form of textiles, including fragments of a Savonnerie carpet currently in storage, a computer program, a book, and a series of lectures.

Juliana Wisdom

A sculptor and porcelain production assistant, Wisdom is developing new work in response to The Huntington’s 18th-century French porcelain collection. Emulating the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory’s techniques with both traditional and new materials, four new works will seek to broaden the historical narrative of the Sèvres Manufactory by including the often-uncredited women who were both makers and benefactors of Sèvres.

The Botanical Gardens

Olivia Chumacero

Chumacero studied film at UC Santa Cruz and is the founder of Everything Is Medicine, a project that involves workshops, hikes, and other initiatives to raise awareness of native California flora, sustainable water use, and the respectful use of lands belonging to indigenous groups. Working in conjunction with Sarita Dougherty, her contribution to “Collection/s: WCCW/five at The Huntington,” will be a video, “When Light Married Water,” in which the relationship of light and water gives birth to native California flora in both the manicured and the uncultivated areas of The Huntington’s grounds. Chumacero is working with Sarita Dougherty on a collaborative project.

Sarita Dougherty

Dougherty generates and paints habitats from found plants and cultural ephemera. With an MFA from UCLA, she is currently researching the Inca fertility goddess Pachamama in connection with aesthetics, ecology, and education. Her project for the exhibition, “Domestic Flora Familiars,” consists of four paintings relating to plants on The Huntington’s grounds along with a printed cloth screen, of the type used in home décor, inspired by Chumacero’s video.

Zya S. Levy

Levy is the co-founder of “We the Weeds,” a collaborative botanical arts project based in Philadelphia that highlights the presence of the natural world within the manmade landscape. Her project, “Green-Gold,” explores the desert garden collection at The Huntington to draw links between early plant collectors, botanical origins, migration stories, a sense of place, and the future of biological diversity. “Green-Gold” will consist of a visual catalogue of cacti diversity in The Huntington’s Desert Garden, a short audio collage, and sculpture, as well as a series of offsite urban plant tours.

 

HOT SPRINGS, ARK. - Eric Bradley, international spokesman for Heritage Auctions and author of more than a dozen books including the “Antiques and Collectibles 2017 Price Guide” will be the headline guest at the inaugural Antique Appraisal and Re-Sale Parade July 15, 2017 in Hot Springs, Ark. The event will be held at Central Avenue Market Place (CAMP), located at 4330 Central Ave., Hot Springs, in Temperance Hill Square. 

“Bradley is coming to assess the quality and quantity of antiques and collectibles we have in and around Hot Springs,” said Reagen Megee, CAMP co-owner. “This is a great opportunity for the people in Hot Springs and across our region of the country,” she said. “Most people from Hot Springs or who have visited know we are a hub for antique and collectible shops and flea markets but we are also rich with private collections and family heirlooms.” 

Bradley is editor of the annual “Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide,” America’s number one selling price guide, and the author of the critically-acclaimed “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff.” He also wrote the “Picker’s Pocket Guide: SIGNS - How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro” and “Picker’s Pocket Guide - TOYS: How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro.” Bradley also is author of the upcoming “Harry Potter - The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard.” He has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Four Seasons Magazine, Bottom Line/Personal, USA Today and The Detroit News, among others.

The Appraisal Parade is free. The public is welcome to attend. People are welcome to bring their most unique antiques, collectibles and collections either to the parade or bring photos. Items don’t necessarily have to be appraised or sold. With pictures, please try to include any markings on the items such as names on pottery, jewelry, furniture, etc. Non-disclosure agreements will also be available upon request, Megee said. 

“We want Hot Springs to be this region’s “Hub for Antiques,” we want people to get top dollar for the valuables they’re looking to sell and we want our state and its treasures to be seen by the world,” Megee said.

Heritage Auctions (HA.com) has the distinction of being the largest collectibles auction house in the world. Founded in 1976, Heritage also is recognized as the undisputed leader in Internet auctions. 

A panel of local experts will sit under the veranda of Central Avenue Market Place to tell people about the origins and value of their artifacts. Bradley will be available to meet and greet visitors, too.

Parade lineup begins at 10 a.m. People with trucks that can display large items or collections in the truck bed or on trailers will line up on Central Avenue going north toward downtown. The public is welcome to stand under the verandas around the square at Temperance Hill. People with photos, collections to unload or individual items to walk will pull in the main parking lot and look for signs. At noon, there will be a brief opening ceremony before the parade begins on the square and the appraisal event begins.

For more information contact Reagen Megee at Central Avenue Market Place at (501) 623-4484 or visit 4330 Central Avenue in Temperance Hill Square, Hot Springs, Ark.

Lot 90 envelope copy.jpgLondon - A remarkable collection of letters from Albert Einstein to his closest friend, Michele Besso, will star in Christie’s Classic Week. Einstein: Letters to a friend, a dedicated online sale from 6 to 13 July, will present 50 lots from Einstein to Besso, with a further six letters offered in the Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts sale on 12 July. The collection provides a rare insight into the life and personal thoughts of one of the world’s most celebrated scientists. Estimates range from $1,000 in the online sale to £150,000 in the live auction, and selected lots will be on view to the public at Christie’s London from 8 to 12 July.

Einstein and Besso first met as students in Zurich in the late 1890s, and their friendship was cemented during their time working together in the early 1900s in the Swiss federal patent office in Bern. When Einstein changed the world of physics in 1905 with four ground-breaking papers, Michele Besso was his only acknowledged collaborator. Einstein’s letters to Besso discuss freely and in detail the key scientific concepts of his career including: special and general relativity, the ‘cosmological constant’, the red shift of spectral lines, ‘time’s arrow’, unified field theory and quantum mechanics. Alongside this, there is the human side of Einstein: walking in the mountains with his young son, the breakdown of his first marriage and his humour in discussing colleagues, the League of Nations, fame and getting old.  Above all, there is his delight in his work, his relish for a new theory and sense of elevation when grasping at fundamental truths, which he expresses in one letter as ‘getting closer to God’.

Michele Besso died in March 1955, and the very last letter in the correspondence is written to members of Besso’s family a few days later, shortly before Einstein’s own death at the age of 76. The letter ends with a famous sentence which brings together their friendship and the scientific understanding they shared: ‘Now he has again preceded me a little in parting from this strange world. This has no importance. For people like us who believe in physics, the separation between past, present and future has only the importance of an admittedly tenacious illusion’.

Einstein: Letters to a Friend Part I

London, King Street

Auction: 6 Jul, 10am (Lots 1 - 50)

Books & Works on Paper 20.07.17.jpegBloomsbury Auctions will host an auction of Rare Books and Works on Paper including Photographs and Autographs on 27th July 2017, commencing at 1pm.

Leading the sale is a first edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, from 1997, which includes the original pictorial boards and those with beady eyes will notice “1 wand” listed twice on page 53. J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been published in over 2,200 languages and dialects worldwide demonstrating the strength of interest in her work. This summer marks twenty years since this phenomenal book first enchanted millions of readers spanning all generations and it is expected to attract intense bidding from collectors.

Two very rare atlases after Claudius Ptolemaeus are the auction’s top lots by value and both were acquired by the present owner’s great uncle in the 1940s from the famous library in Egypt of Dr Max Meyerhoff. Ptolemaeus’ Cosmographia, the second Ulm edition from 1486, translated from Greek into Latin by Jacobus Angelus, is the older of the two Atlases. The maps, printed from the same blocks as the 1482 edition, with headings added, were cut by Johannes of Armsheim, whose name is found at the head of the world map, which is thus the first printed map to be signed, and is also the first to depict Iceland, Greenland and the North Atlantic.   All the maps are in contemporary hand-colouring. 

The fourth Strassburg edition of Ptolemaeus’ Geographicae Enarrationis libri octo from 1525 includes contributions attributed to German Renaissance artists Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein, amongst the diagrams and decorative woodcut borders. Among the 50 woodcut maps, one in particular includes the first appearance of ‘America’ on a printed map.  

Both works are complete early editions of the first Atlases ever printed and their appearance at auction is an exceptional event. They are likely to appeal not only to collectors of atlases but those in search of a rare and unique historical item. 

Further sale highlights include a 1902 musical score for Pelleas et Melisande, signed by Claude Debussy, (est. £700-£900), as well as a document signed by the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II (est. £1,200-£1,800). The document was the granting of a new standard to the 7th Ulan Olvio-Polish Regiment, originally the 4th Ukranian Cossack Regiment, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of their foundation by Tsar Alexander I. 

Two diaries written by an English soldier fighting in the Afghan war between 1880-1881 are included in the auction (est. £1,200-£1,500). The diaries are first- hand accounts but the soldier’s identity is sadly unknown. The first volume covers his description of the long relief march from Kabul to Kandahar, with the second mostly describing his march through India and the journey back across Europe. 

Striking photographs will also be on offer, including one of Argentinian revolutionary, Che Guevara, who died 50 years ago this October, taken by Osvalod Salas. Two photographs by the pioneer of colour photographer, Ernst Haas, feature in the sale, each estimated at £3,000-£5,000. Ansel Adams’ beautiful landscape photographs also compliment this photography section. 

A unique photogram by British photographer Adam Fuss is estimated at £4,000- £6,000. Dating from 1995 the work was commissioned by Alain Levy, President and CEO of PolyGram. Of his own works, Fuss states “I would much prefer people looked at my photographs as if they were paintings... Because when we look at paintings we look only at the image; we experience it. Somehow when people look at photographs they want an answer to a question that they feel can be answered through technical information.” 

 

Screen Shot 2017-06-22 at 7.33.37 AM.pngDALLAS, Texas (June 21, 2017) - Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest (est. $30,000) is expected to be the leading feature in The KoKo Collection, part of the September 14 Rare Books Auction at Heritage Auctions. Drawing on his experience as a Pinkerton operative, Hammett’s momentous debut novel, published in 1929, defined the archetype for the literary private investigator. Also offered is Hammett’s 1930 follow-up, The Maltese Falcon (est. $20,000), his most popular work and among the most beloved of the genre, thanks in no small part to Humphrey Bogart’s brilliant turn as Sam Spade in John Huston’s 1941 cinematic adaptation.

“The KoKo Collection will mark the auction debut of several historically important novels,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books. “A collection like this only comes along once in a lifetime and indeed required a lifetime to assemble.”

The collection features several books by authors who, like Hammett, wrote for the hard-boiled pulp magazine Black Mask. Perhaps the most famous of these authors, Raymond Chandler, has several works featured in the sale, including a presentation copy of his last masterpiece, The Long Good-Bye (1954) (est. $4,000). More Black Mask contributors crossing the auction block will be Paul Cain with his tough-as-nails Fast One from 1934 (est. $4,000) and Raoul Whitfield with his 1930 uncommon debut Green Ice (est. $2,000).

The enduring popularity of crime literature owes no small debt to the frequency of successful film adaptions made during the Classical Hollywood era, and The KoKo Collection includes several of these landmark books into film. Little Caesar by W.R. Burnett (est. $3,000), published in 1929 and adapted two years later, provided the standard by which all gangster portrayals are judged with Edgar G. Robinson’s Rico. The nearly impossible to find If I Die Before I Wake (1938) by Sherwood King (est. $2,500), served as the source for Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai (1947). 

Few writers’ bodies of work provided as many beloved films as Cornell Woolrich’s. His cycle of “Black” novels were adapted by the likes of Jacques Tourneur and François Truffaut; among the available Woolrich titles is a copy of The Black Curtain (1941, adapted as Street of Chance the next year), inscribed by the notorious recluse (est. $3,000).

Other top lots from this collection include but are not limited to: 

·         Tales (1845) by Edgar Allan Poe; which contains “Murder in the Rue Morgue,” recognized as the first modern detective story (est. $10,000)

·         The Sign of Four (1890) by Arthur Conan Doyle; the second Sherlock Holmes novel (est. $6,000)

·         An inscribed copy of The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Randolph Fisher; considered the first published mystery novel by an African-American (est. $4,000)

·         Fer-De-Lance (1934) by Rex Stout; Nero Wolfe’s debut (est. $8,000)

·         The Dark Tunnel (1944) by Kenneth Millar; Millar, who later wrote under the name Ross Macdonald, is considered the third member of the Holy Trinity of Detective Literature with Hammett and Chandler (est. $3,000)

The auction consignment window closes July 24. Visit the auction homepage to learn how to consign rare books, manuscripts and more to Heritage Auctions’ Sept. 14 Rare Books Auction.

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.

Lot 432a copy.jpgNew York-Christie’s New York Books and Manuscripts sales realize $9,690,563, across three auctions that took place on June 15, 2017, with an overall 75% sold by lot. The various owner sale totaled $6,894,875, setting the highest total ever for a single-session various-owners Books sale at Christie’s New York. The auctions witnessed active online participation, with top lots selling to online buyers including the record-setting Enigma Cipher Machine, which sold for $547,500, and there was global bidding with registrants across 22 countries.

Sven Becker, Head of Books and Manuscripts, comments, “We are thrilled by the strong results achieved across these three sales and their broad range of subjects: from musical manuscripts - with the highest price paid for Schubert at auction in over 20 years - to scientific instruments, including the record price at auction for an Enigma machine. We saw strong participation across the usual virtual sale channels, but we were particularly happy to see a new generation of collectors represented in person in the room: a very young bidder, in his school uniform, underbid and purchased a number of rare historical items, including one relating to Lewis & Clarke. He was a diligent bidder and avoided being dragged into bidding wars.”

Strong results were achieved for single owner collections, including the two dedicated auctions, The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection, which totaled $1,463,063, with 81% sold by lot, and The Ornithological Library of Gerald Dorros, MD, which totaled $1,332,625, with 80% sold by lot, and The Eric C. Caren Collection, the single-owner selection of the various owner sale, with many lots greatly exceeding initial estimates, including The Star-Spangled Banner, Daily Federal Republic, 22 September 1814, which sold for $168,750, more than twenty times the low estimate.

The top lot of the three sales was a presentation copy of the first edition of Francisco Goya y Lucientes’ Los Caprichos, 1799, which realized $607,500. World auction records were set for A Four-Rotor Enigma Cipher Machine, 1944, which sold above the high estimate for $547,500 to an online bidder, and A Manuscript Document from the Salem Witch Trials containing the deposition of Mary Daniel, from The Eric C. Caren Collection, which sold for $137,500.

Other highlights from the day of sales included Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Autograph Music Manuscript for the Piano Sonata in A flat major, D.577, May 1817, from The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection, which sold for $475,500, the highest price paid for Schubert at auction in over 20 years, A Working Apple-1 Personal Computer, Palo Alto, 1976, which sold for $355,500, John Gould (1804-1881), The Birds of Australia, from The Dorros Collection, which sold for $295,500, and John Hill (ca 1714-1775), The Vegetable System, which sold for $199,500.

Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana and the Eric C. Caren Collection

Thursday, 15 June 2017 | New York

Total: $6,894,875

 The various owner sale of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana and the Eric C. Caren Collection totaled $6,894,875, with 72% sold by lot and 83% sold by value. The top lot of the sale was Francisco Goya y Lucientes’ Los Caprichos, 1799, which realized $607,500. Lots from The Eric C. Caren Collection performed exceptionally well against estimates, with highlights including The Star-Spangled Banner, Daily Federal Republic, 22 September 1814, which sold for $168,750, more than twenty times the low estimate. Full results can be viewed here.

The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection

Thursday, 15 June 2017 | New York

Total: $1,463,063

The dedicated auction of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection, totaled $1,463,063, with 81% sold by lot and 85% sold by value. The top lot of the sale was Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Autograph Music Manuscript for the Piano Sonata in A flat major, D.577, May 1817, which sold for $475,500. Additionally, two exquisite pieces of jewelry will be sold in the Magnificent Jewels auction on June 20, 2017. Funds from the sale will benefit the Opera Guild and the Metropolitan Opera. Full results can be viewed here.

The Ornithological Library of Gerald Dorros, MD

Thursday, 15 June 2017 | New York

Total: $1,332,625

The Ornithological Library of Gerald Dorros, MD, totaled $1,332,625, with 80% sold by lot and 74% sold by value. The top lot of the sale was John Gould (1804-1881), The Birds of Australia, which sold for $295,500. Full results can be viewed here.

Image: GOYA Y LUCIENTES, FRANCISCO (1746-1828). [LOS CAPRICHOS. MADRID: PROBABLY PRINTED BY RAFAEL ESTEVE FOR THE ARTIST, 1799.]
PRICE REALIZED: $607,500

475297-7_a_Archi-Tetes - Prince Charles.jpegTwo fascinating collections of caricatures make up Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale on 13th July 2017; one from journalist, writer and caricature historian, John Wardroper, and the other from architectural journalist and campaigner, Charles Knevitt. There will be around 150 lots on offer in the sale, ranging from the early 18th to the early 21st century.

William Hogarth (1697-1764), James Gillray (1756-1815), Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) and George Cruikshank (1792-1878) are all well represented in the first collection, which focuses largely on the Regency and the Napoleonic era. With the exception of Hogarth this group was active from 1780 to 1830 a period for satirical prints which became known as the ‘golden age’. At this time, prints were mostly produced in London and sold singly by publishers and booksellers. By contrast, from the 1840s prints tended to be published as part of newspapers and in periodicals.  

One of the highlights in the auction is Thomas Rowlandson’s Fighting a Fire, dated 1800, (est. £3,000-4,000). This large watercolour depicts his keen eye for social observation.

The 1770s tradition of grotesque characters is exemplified in caricatures by Timothy Bobbin, such as “The Human Passion Delineated” and the set of Hogarth’s A Harlot’s Progress (issue 1744), (est. £800-£1,200). 

Honoré Daumier’s Gargantua is a scathing caricature of King Louis Phillippe as an obese giant being fed money by the starving poor, and excreting favours on the nobility. This rare plate was intended for distribution in the journal La Caricature in December, 1831, the year after Louis Philippe's accession to the throne. Its aim was to highlight the vast sums paid to the king. However, it was never published as the police and censors seized the publisher, Aubert, and obliged him to destroy the lithographic stone. Daumier, then only 24 years old, Aubert and the image's printer were all put on trial in February 1832, sentenced to 6 months in prison and heavily fined. Although the print never appeared in the publication, an article ridiculing the trial and describing the caricature was published.

Though the collection from Knevitt includes much later works, the great tradition of caricatures continues. Depictions of Prince Charles and Lady Diana feature in the sale. Knevitt was an advisor to Prince Charles and in 1985 he published One’s Life: A Cartoon Biography of HRH the Prince of Wales which became a top twenty bestseller. Both Knevitt and Wardroper recognised the power of humour as a vehicle for expressing contemporary views and opinions.  

Bloomsbury Auctions’ specialist Robert Hall comments “We are the only auction house offering dedicated sales of caricatures. Our last auction on this subject achieved some outstanding prices and have proven this to be a strong niche market. From a commercial point of view, they are robust… There is definitely a hunger for caricatures.”

Image: Louis Mario Hellman, Archi-Tetes - Prince Charles, an original drawing of Prince Charles separate to the artist's series of 24 caricatures, ink, pencil and watercolour on paper, 300 x 195mm, signed, framed and glazed Est. £350-£450 

 

June25_01_pics.jpgWorth Auctions, located in Dryden, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.  

On June 25, 2015, Worth Auctions will offer a three-part Curator's Catalog featuring carefully selected offerings of rare and desirable maps and views, Western art, and Audubon bird prints.          

The first portion of the sale, commencing at 11:00 AM, is tailored to the interests of serious antique map collectors. It will feature such early and important works as Moll's "New and Exact Map of the Dominions of the King of Great Britain" (c. 1730), de Brahm's "Caroline Meridionale" (1777), Gascoigne's "Plan of the River and Sound of D'Awfoskee" (1776), Mercator's "America Sive India Nova" (c. 1609), and Saxton's "Eboracensis Comitatus" (1577).                       

The second portion, commencing around 1:00 PM, will be devoted to fine prints by the major artists of the American West. These include Bierstadt's steel engraving "The Rocky Mountains," Remington's chromolithograph "Arizona Cowboy," Catlin's hand-colored lithograph "Buffalo Hunt on Snow Shoes," McKenney & Hall's hand-colored lithograph "Hoo-Wan-Ne-Ka," and Bodmer's hand-colored aquatint "Scalp Dance of the Minatarres."    

The third portion, commencing around 1:30 PM, will showcase several large-scale Audubon images from both the Amsterdam and the scarcer Leipzig editions. Many of the most striking bird species are represented, like the Wild Turkey, Carolina Parrot, Hooping Crane, Snowy Owl, and White Ibis. 

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 (just six miles north of Cornell University) 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

978-0-7643-5341-3 copy.jpgAtglen, PA— Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., would like to introduce This Day In Collecting History, by Mike McLeod and Marla McLeod.

A calendar year's worth of historical events are presented along with auctions of related collectibles in this fun and informative compilation. The day-by-day historical entries and corresponding sales are arranged chronologically from January 1 to December 31. Many of the sales, both public and private, were for fabulous sums. The Cowardly Lion’s costume from The Wizard of Oz auctioned for $3+ million. Joan of Arc's ring sold for almost $425,000. The most expensive album wasn’t by the Beatles, but by Wu-Tang Clan, whose Once Upon a Time in Shaolin sold for a reported $2 million. More than 650 images further illustrate the antiques, artworks, pop culture memorabilia, and ephemera. Did you know the largest sum paid for an artwork by a living artist was more than $57 million? Turn to the November 12 listing to learn more. This Day In Collecting History should be considered an essential book for those both in collecting, and those with an interest for the astonishing facts and figures behind it. 

Size: 6" x 9" | 679+ color and b/w images | 272 pp

ISBN13: 9780764353413  | Binding: soft cover | $24.99

About the Author

Mike McLeod has been the editor of Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine for 16 years. His wife, Marla McLeod, inspired him to write this book and was the fact checker. They have been married for 36 years and are the parents of five children. Marla was born and raised in Idaho and Mike in Alabama. Before marriage, Mike served in the Marine Corps for four years, two in Spain. He also served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the Navajo Reservation, teaching in Navajo. Marla was raised on a potato farm in Idaho. She has mastered many handcrafts including tatting, chair caning, macrame, basketweaving, clay pot making, sewing, quilting, knitting, needlepoint, and the like. They have eight grandchildren.  

About the Publisher

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers' passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Visit www.schifferbooks.com to explore our backlist of more than 5,800 titles.

For more information or to request a review copy or interview the author, please contact Meghan Schaffer at 610.593.1777 or meghans@schifferbooks.com. To receive regular announcements about new releases from Schiffer Publishing, sign up for our e-newsletter.

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. An array of deluxe special printings, including author-signed volumes, by publishers such as Easton Press will be featured, along with a private collection of titles relating to the opening of the American West.             

Antique and rare books in this catalog include numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1567 printing of "Sextus Decretalium Liber a Bonifacio Octavo," bound in vellum, Tholozano's "Syntaxeon Artis Mirabilis," produced c1585 and covering topics such as magic and demonology, and Walthoe's "Reports of Cases Taken and Adjusted in the Court of Chancery," printed in two volumes in 1693. Additional rare selections include the 1902 printing of the "Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe," in ten volumes, an author-signed 1943 first edition of Ernie Pyle's classic "Here Is Your War," and first appearances of Charles Dickens classics.                     

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a sizable group of handsome volumes in decorative full leather bindings from Easton Press and similar publishers. Signed limited editions among this collection include authors and leaders such as Patrick O'Brian, Hunter S. Thompson, Neil Gaiman, Omar Bradley, Norman Mailer, Harry S. Truman, George W. Bush and many other notable figures. Antique titles relating to the opening of the American West include examples such as the 1861 printing of Ives' "Report upon the Colorado River of the West," the first edition of Fremont's "Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842 & Oregon and North Carolina in the Years 1843-'44," and volumes from the U.S. Senate's "Reports of Explorations and Surveys," printed over the years 1855 through 1860. Other vintage and antique pieces also include numerous signed printings relating to military history, travel & exploration, history, mysteries, decorative antique, multi-volume sets, and much more.   

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings and a large private collection of vintage comics. Ephemera categories include rare prints of photogravure works by Yousuf Karsh, Hollywood, antique correspondence, stamps, stock certificates, antique photographs, and others.   

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.

LOS ANGELES- June 19, 2017- Profiles in History is proud to announce, legendary author Richard Matheson's hand-typed and annotated short story & script collection from the iconic series The Twilight Zone will be going up for auction during their three day Hollywood Auction 89 in Los Angeles.

Richard Matheson published over 100 short stories, 21 short story collections, 25 novels, scripted 27 films and countless episodes of television. Matheson had a brilliant talent for fantasy, science fiction and horror, consistently re-writing the rules. He helped shape our dreams and nightmares. So much so, that Rod Serling contacted him about a new project he was working on titled, The Twilight Zone. 

Up for auction first is Matheson's hand-annotated, typed short story, scripts and materials archive for Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. Arguably the most memorable and beloved episode of the entire franchise in which William Shatner's paranoid character spots a creature on the wing of his airplane. The lot is pictured above and is estimated to sell for $6,000 - $8,000.

Next is Matheson's original outline and hand-annotated typed script for Nick of Time. In this iconic episode, again starring William Shatner, a newlywed couple becomes entrapped by superstition while playing a coin-operated fortune telling machine in a small town diner. The lot is pictured right and is estimated to sell for $3,000 - $4,000.

In addition, his original hand-annotated typed script and materials archive for the episode Little Girl Lost, in which a young girl falls off her bed and into another dimension. The lot is pictured left and is estimated to sell for $4,000 - $6,000.

Next is Matheson's original hand-annotated first draft teleplay, shooting script and materials archive for The Invaders. In this unforgettable episode, an aging woman, who is all alone in her cabin, is beset by tiny intruders from a tiny space ship. The lot is pictured below and is estimated to sell for $4,000 - $6,000.

Finally, his original hand-annotated typed short story, script and materials archive for the episode Steel, which stars Lee Marvin in a future when boxing is outlawed and robots fight in place of humans. This short story inspired the 2011 feature film, Real Steel. The lot is estimated to sell for $4,000 - $6,000.

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.

 

durer_st-jerome_400.jpgSAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with an exhibition that explores the power of the written word as a mechanism for radical change. The exhibition will include about 50 rare manuscripts, books, and prints made between the 1400s and 1648 (the end of the Thirty Years' War). “The Reformation: From the Word to the World” will be on view in the West Hall of the Library from Oct. 28, 2017-Feb. 26, 2018.

On Oct. 31, 1517, German priest Martin Luther, who believed church doctrines created an ever-growing gap between believers and God, is said to have posted a document of what today are called the “95 theses”—his specific disputes—to the door of a church in Wittenberg to contest recent practices of the Catholic Church. Luther was looking to stimulate thoughtful debate that would clear away corruption and pomp, and reform the Church. What followed was a flurry of written arguments and ideas put forward by scholars, clerics, statesmen, and lay believers to fuel a movement called the Reformation.

“This was an act of protest, yet it was also an act of faith,” said Vanessa Wilkie, the William A. Moffett Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History at The Huntington, and the curator of the exhibition. “Luther was closely tied into larger debates taking place across Europe. It’s important to note that he was not the only cleric in the early 16th century to publish theological justifications for his beliefs and actions. Luther’s reformation was just one part of the Reformation. And none of it would have been possible without manuscripts and printed books.”

The spark of the Reformation spread through reading, writing, and printing practices of the period. Reformers and counter-reformers would often reinterpret older images and ideas to fit the current moment. Differing ideas and theological beliefs, however, soon gave way to popular violence, warfare, and ultimately colonial conquest. While The Huntington’s exhibition will focus on Europe and address important historical figures, religious wars of the period, the Catholic Church’s response to the emergence of Protestant groups, and the political ideologies of countries with state religions, the main focus will be on the power of the written word to effect radical change. Scholars, clerics, statesmen, and lay believers disseminated texts to articulate their faiths, ignite reforms, and attack adversaries. European governments and religious councils banned books to minimize the spread of works they deemed to be dangerous, regain control, and combat people and ideas they believed to be radical. Words, texts, images, and prints blurred the divisions between thinkers, heroes, and martyrs, said Wilkie. “The Reformation did not just play out in pulpits and on battlefields—it lived on the page.”

The exhibition draws almost exclusively from The Huntington’s celebrated collections of manuscripts, rare books, and prints. Items on display will include a 1514 papal indulgence (a remission of the punishment of sin), an incunable (a book printed before 1501) annotated by Martin Luther, early 16th-century prints by Albrecht Dürer, the 1573 original manuscript proclamation issued and signed by Queen Elizabeth I requiring the use of the Book of Common Prayer, and a 15th-century manuscript of the Brut Chronicles in which a later reformer “erased” the word “Pope” from the text.

While the exhibition will address the power of the written word and the relationship between it and radical change within a specific historical moment and geographical region, the themes and larger questions posed in the exhibition will resonate across time in different ways.

The exhibition does not directly address contemporary debates about religion, war, and radical movements, Wilkie said, but “it will undoubtedly stimulate conversations about how we encounter these themes in our own lives by asking the question: What is so important to you that you’d nail a statement about it in a public place for all to see? It’s an opportunity to think deeply about how we select and reinterpret the words and images of the past to engage in contemporary debates.”

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Robert F. Erburu Exhibition Endowment.

Image: Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), St. Jerome in His Study, 1514, engraving. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Edward W. and Julia B. Bodman Collection.

 

A typed Order of Surrender from the 1916 Rising, signed by the leader of the rebellion, Patrick Pearse, sold for £263,000 at Bonhams Fine Books sale in London today, 14 June after fierce bidding in the auction room, on the phone and on the internet. It had been estimated at £80,000-120,000.

Bonhams representative in Ireland, manuscript specialist Kieran O'Boyle, said, "The Order of Surrender is one of the most significant documents in Irish 20th century history, and I am not surprised that it was so keenly sought after, nor that it sold for such an impressive amount." 

The Order of Surrender 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. 

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 sold today bears a tricolor 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 hanged 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.

On June 10, 2017, National Book Auctions presented a signature sale comprising an extensive and carefully curated group of rare and collectible books, maps, and ephemera.

One of the standout lots was a scarce volume from the first French edition of Frans Balthazar Solvyn's "Les Hindous." Profusely illustrated with colored engraved plates that captured the mysterious beauty of the Indian subcontinent, this seminal ethnographic text sold for $5,000.

This sale is also exceptionally strong in natural history works, including two first-edition octavo volumes of Audubon's iconic "Birds of America," which fetched $5,000 and $4,062, as well as Griffith's "Natural History of Barbados," which brought $3,375. 

Numerous desirable emblem books from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries were also showcased, such as "Omnia Andreae Alciati" from circa 1574, which sold for $1,000.

While this sale was focused principally on antiquarian titles, a select few collectible volumes from the twentieth century were offered as well, like an author-signed pre-publication presentation copy of Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis," which was hammered down for $1,187.

For more information about consigning or bidding at National Book Auctions, email mail@nationalbookauctions.com or call 607-269-0101.

827db244fafdb748a3010343ea70399cc996e38e copy.jpgBOSTON, MA (June 15, 2017) A rare Isaac Newton signed document sold for $53,805 according to Boston-based RR Auction.  

The one-page document signed “Is. Newton,” and dated November 15, 1721. The pay order issued to "the Accountant General of the South Sea Company," John Grigsby. In full: "Pray pay to Dr. Francis Fauquier the four per cent Dividend due at Midsummer last upon sixteen thousand two hundred & seventy-two pounds four shillings & nine pence South Sea stock in my name & his Receipt shall be your sufficient discharge."

In the spring of 1720, the South Sea Company, created as a public-private partnership to stabilize and reduce the cost of national debt, witnessed an incredible boom in company stock. Newton, a stockholder and the current Master of the Royal Mint, wisely sold off his South Sea shares in late April after nearly doubling his initial investment of around £3,500.

However, with prices still rising heading into the fall, Newton reentered with an even higher investment and was soon caught up in the first major ‘bubble’ in stock-market history, losing an estimated £20,000— equivalent to more than $3 million in today’s terms.

Unlike many others, Newton survived the crash on the strength of his position at the Royal Mint, but the experience prompted the scientist to famously note that he 'could calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of the people.'

“It’s an extremely rare and attractively penned document with an association to one of Newton’s most questionable experiments,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. 

The winning bid came from a science and technology enthusiast from New England, who wishes to remain anonymous. 

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

Project Apollo and Skylab Series Maurer Data Acquisition Camera, sold for $48,914. 

Michael Collins's Apollo 11 Flown Robbins Medal, sold for $37,056.

Dave Scott's Apollo 15 Lunar Flown Star Chart, sold for $24,500. 

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

berman14 copy.jpgLOS ANGELES - The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today a major gift of photographs from collector and film industry executive Bruce Berman. The gift includes 186 works by 26 artists, seven of whom are entering the Getty’s collection for the first time. Reflecting Berman’s passion for both black and white and color photographs of the American landscape and built environment, the works feature the people, homes, cars, streets, churches, theaters, and bars that are evocative of 20th-century American life. Among the artists included in the gift are luminaries of the American documentary tradition, such as Harry Callahan (American, 1912-1999), Walker Evans (American, 1903-1975), Dorothea Lange (American, 1895-1965), and Camilo José Vergara (American, born Chile, 1944).

Berman, a founding member of the Getty Museum’s Photographs Council, is a Los Angeles resident who serves as chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures. He amassed his photograph collection based on an interest in the documentation of 20th-century architecture, design, and lifestyles in Southern California, and sought out photographers whose work underscores a growing appreciation of documentary photography as a uniquely American art form. Together with 550 photographs donated from 1998 to 2009, Berman has now donated more than 700 photographs to the Museum, which have greatly enhanced its holdings of 20th-century photography.

The gift also marks the ten-year anniversary of Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection, the inaugural exhibition in the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Center for Photographs. Organized by former Senior Curator Judith Keller with donations and loans from the Berman collection, that exhibition and the related donations mark one of the most fruitful collaborations between a collector and curator.

“We are profoundly grateful to Bruce for his continued support of the Getty Museum’s photographs collection,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “This donation, coupled with his earlier contributions, will transform the quality and depth of our holdings of numerous photographers, while also introducing the work of important new artists. By focusing broadly on the theme of life in late-20th-century America, Bruce effectively created a photographic survey of the landscape, buildings, and lifestyles of the era. We are very fortunate in being able to draw upon such a rich archive for future exhibitions and look forward to showcasing the works in upcoming shows.”

“As an avid photographer in my teenage years, my appreciation for photographs has evolved into collecting unique snapshots of urban life. It gives me great pride to share these wonderful works with the Getty and future generations of Los Angelenos,” adds Berman.

The largest body of work included in the gift is 67 photographs by Camilo José Vergara, who has spent over 40 years recording poor, urban, and minority neighborhoods across the United States. His methodical approach to photography involves researching his subjects, often those living in the poorest neighborhoods in the country, and systematically documenting them over time. Berman’s gift includes the photographer’s work in neighborhoods of Los Angeles, New Jersey, and New York, complementing 19 works by Vergara already in the Museum’s collection.

Other areas of the country are represented in Birney Imes’ and Mike Smith’s portrayal of the rural south, Joel Sternfeld’s documentation of experimental utopias in America, William Larson’s Tucson Garden series, and Martin Parr’s photographs of Boring, Oregon. 

One of the new artists to enter the collection is Alice Attie (American, born 1950), who lives and works in New York City. Her work focuses on people and buildings in urban environments on the verge of change, producing a record of a world rapidly being lost as gentrification and an influx of chain stores replace small businesses. Another, Esko Männikkö (Finnish, born 1959), is based in northern Finland, where he captures deserted places and traces of human presence with his camera.

Berman’s gift to the Getty includes:

Artists new to the collection:

3 works by Alice Attie (American, born 1950)

3 works by Henry Horenstein (American, born 1947)

3 works by Esko Männikkö (Finnish, born 1959)

5 works by Michael C. McMillen (American, born 1946)

1 work by Alfred Seiland (Austrian, born 1952)

1 work by John Vachon (American, 1914-1975

1 work by Julian Wasser (American, born 1943)

Artists currently represented in the collection:

1 work by Frank Breuer (German, born 1963)

1 work by Harry Callahan (American, 1912-1999)

9 works by William Clift (American, born 1944)

2 works by Walker Evans (American, 1903-1975)

2 works by Steve Fitch (American, born 1949)

12 works by John Humble (American, born 1944)

16 works by Birney Imes (American, born 1951)

8 works by Dorothea Lange (American, 1895-1965)

8 works by William Larson (American, born 1942)

3 works by Russell Lee (American, 1903-1986)

1 work by Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009)

1 work by Danny Lyon (American, born 1942)

1 work by Wright Morris (American, 1910-1998)

9 works by Martin Parr (British, born 1952)

11 works by Mike Smith (German, born 1951)

10 works by Joel Sternfeld (American, born 1944)

4 works by George Tice (American, born 1938)

67 works by Camilo José Vergara (American, born Chile, 1944)

3 works by Todd Webb (American, 1905-2000)

Image: Saint Peter's Pentecostal Deliverance Center, 937 Home Street, South Bronx, 2002. Camilo José Vergara (American, born Chile, 1944). Chromogenic print. 21.6 × 32.7 cm (8 1/2 × 12 7/8 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Bruce Berman and Lea Russo © Camilo José Vergara

LOS ANGELES—June 14th, 2017—Profiles in History is proud to announce, the Movie Star News archive of over 1,000,000 Hollywood and entertainment photographs, will be going up for auction during their three day Hollywood Auction 89 in Los Angeles.

Movie Star News was a New York City institution for over 70 years. The photographs are primarily gelatin silver 8 x 10 in. single and double wright glossy and matte photographs, as well as RC prints, color photos, color gloss stills and color mini lobby cards. It began as a used book store owned by siblings Irving and Paula Klaw. It contains photos of almost any entertainer you could think of. Also up for auction is Irving Klaw's Movie Star News Pin-Up Archive with over 10,000 negatives, offered with copyright, representing the best in vintage cheesecake, kink and erotic photography. The "notorious" Bettie Page is pictured above. The Movie Star News archive is estimated to sell for $180,000 - $350,000. The Pin-Up archive and estimated to sell for $80,000 - $150,000.

Next up is William Peter Blatty's signed and annotated original manuscript adaptation of The Exorcist. William Peter Blatty was the author of The Exorcist novel and Warner Bros. hired him to write the screenplay and produce the film. Blatty ultimately won the Oscar for Best Screenplay. It is pictured right and estimated to sell for $40,000 - $60,000.

Then Edgar Wallace's personal film typescript for King Kong with Wallace's handwritten revisions. This is the January 1932 carbon-copy typescript of the full scenario, comprising 303 "shots," with his autograph alterations and annotations on many pages. The script was written one month before his death and is presented with it's original title of "Kong." Wallace died before he could see his vision on screen. It is pictured left and estimated to sell for $100,000 - $150,000. 

And the personal collection of pioneering film director Tod Browning. Offered here are many rare set photos, behind the scene photos and production photos, along with character portraits. Some of these photos are resurfacing for the first time in 100 years. Highlights include the unprecedented wealth of material on two of Browning's films that were tragically destroyed in the 1967 MGM vault fire, The Big City, as well as one of the most coveted lost films in history, London After Midnight,which starred Lon Chaney (pictured below). There are also an exceptional amount of photos from Browning's passion project, Freaks.

The historical importance of these photos cannot be overstated. The 157 lots range from being estimated to sell for $200 to being estimated to sell for $2,500.

Finally, an extraordinary The Wizard of Oz presentation book signed by all the major cast members including Toto's paw prints and a lengthy inscription by Judy Garland. It is a hardcover edition with color plates and is 208 pages. The front original end leaf is penned with all the characters' names and signed to the right byt the respective cast member. Along with the Ruby Slippers this represents the pinnacle of Oz memorabilia. It is pictured below and estimated to sell for $20,000 - $30,000.

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

 

159-Szyk copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ June 13 auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books offered a spectrum of books that doubled as objets d’arte, with records for important twentieth-century works celebrating art and typography.

The top lot of the sale was a signed and inscribed first edition Arthur Szyk’s Haggadah, 1939, printed on vellum with 14 full-page sumptuous color plates. The tome was purchased for $17,500*.

A rare first edition of Grapefruit, 1964, Yoko Ono’s first “event score,” doubled its high estimate to sell for $13,750, a record for the work. Another auction record was achieved for Helen West Heller’s woodcut poetry book Migratory Urge, 1928, which included an introduction by Llewellyn Jones; the signed association copy sold to a collector for $8,750. Specialist Christine von der Linn noted, “The interest in hotly contested lots including Ono's Grapefruit and Heller's Migratory Urge spoke to current political and artistic sensibilities.”

She added, “I was thrilled to see that important art-historical material was sought-after, as evidenced by the great interest in the Masters of Abstract Art exhibition book,” referring to the only known signed copy of the exhibition catalogue for Masters of Abstract Art: An Exhibition for the Benefit of the American Red Cross, 1942, which included such artists as Fernand Léger, Jacques Lipchitz, Piet Mondrian. The book was purchased by an institution. “As we move further into the twenty-first century, these time capsules of twentieth-century art movements are becoming ever more valued and understood.”

Several classic works printed with stunning illustrations by Salvador Dalí were offered, led by 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, and a 1969 signed limited edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, each of which sold for $5,250.

Specialist Christine von der Linn said of the sale, “In a diverse sale celebrating visual printed works spanning five centuries, it was clear throughout the exhibition that American works dominated the scene. As interest in typography and visual expression explodes in the printing world, the contemporary artist's books and works on design drew viewers' excitement.”

The next sale of Art, Press & Illustrated Books at Swann Galleries will be held in Spring 2018. For more information or consign quality materials, contact Christine von der Linn at cv@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 159 Arthur Szyk, The Szyk Haggadah, limited first edition on vellum, signed, London, 1939. Sold June 13, 2917 for $17,500. (Pre-sale estimate $15,000 to $25,000)

DALLAS, Texas (June 13, 2017) - Heritage Auctions’ June 11 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Auction in Dallas sold $1 million with Lieutenant William L. Willhoit’s D-Day Battle-Scarred Flag taking top lot honors at $55,000. The exceedingly rare Operation Overlord and Neptune “Situation Map” owned and used by Gen. Omar Bradley made its auction debut and hammered for $43,750. The auction was 93 percent sold by lot.

“This flag is not only memorable because of the pivotal days it was flown, it is momentous because of the story that comes with it.” said Jason Watson, Arms & Armor Consignment Director at Heritage. “Ensign Wilhoit, a true American hero, assumed command of the LCT 540 after his officer-in-charge was killed in the first moments of the assault. Despite his young age, Wilhoit persisted and continued to fight and lead for the next four days of the landing.”

Additional flags highlighted at the auction included a 34-Star, Battle of Antietam, Blood-Stained Flag that realized a high-flying $27,500 following interest from three bidders and a 35-Star Company K Silk Cavalry Guidon which sold for $8,750. 

A unique assortment of guns were offered led by a Fine Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver, which ended at $16,250. A Colt with original blued finish, a Colt Single Action Army 45 realized $15,000 and was offered in the original Colt black box that was numbered to the gun. A stunning Fine & Engraved L.C. Smith Crown Grade Double Barrel Shotgun sold for $12,500, a scarce and highly-desirable Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum with original box and certificate realized $11,562 and a Colt Bisley Model Single Action Revolver from 1907 saw $10,000.

Historical pieces from the Civil War and both World Wars included an M4 Enigma Enciphering Machine from the wreck of the German submarine Ammerland. The elusive enciphering machine realized $21,875. A fantastic, painted Type A-2 Leather Flight Jacket decorated with the word “Mac’s High Hats” sold for $4,250 and a WWI Service Jacket with Belt and Overseas Hat reached $3,500.

A selection of Civil War memorabilia included a “Stonewall” Jackson V.M.I. Diploma Signed and Virginia Dialectic Society of Cadets Certificate, which sold for $5,750, a copper Battle of New Market: V.M.I. Cadet Award Medal realized $10,625 and Lt. Elisha Hunt Rhodes’ Union Officers’ Frock Coat hammered for $4,750.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

·         Cased 12-Guage Beretta S0-5 Sidelock Over-and-Under Shotgun: realized $10,000

·         Cased Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver with Damascene Work: realized $8,125

·         Barrett Model 82A1 Semi-Automatic Rifle and Nightforce 8-32x56 Scope: realized $8,125

·         American Silver-Hilted Small Sword: realized $4,750

·         J. Jarre of Paris, France Harmonica Pinfire Pistol: realized $4,750

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.

Screen Shot 2017-06-14 at 10.46.46 AM.pngGiven the importance of Micrographia, it is extraordinary that there has been no satisfactory edition since the 18th century. The new Folio Society edition, limited to 750 copies, aims to rectify this by presenting a handsome and very readable edition of Hooke’s seminal text in its entirety, and doing full justice to the stunning illustrations that are the source of the book’s enduring fame. The text is based on the first edition of 1665, printed by John Martyn and James Allestry for the Royal Society. Hooke’s engagingly inconsistent approach to spelling and punctuation has largely been retained, although for ease of reading spellings, punctuation and italicisation have been discreetly modernised. 

What Robert Hooke achieved in Micrographia, as he only hints at in his delightfully fastidious subtitle ‘Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses with observations and enquiries thereupon’, was to bring to light what previous philosophers could only glimpse or theorise about. Combining his supreme talents as a technician and a draughtsman, Hooke constructed powerful new lenses, isolated specimens - in one case, plying an ant with brandy to keep it still - and described what he saw in words and pictures, in the nest detail. Readers in 1665 began to see the world with fresh eyes. 

The breathtakingly detailed illustrations of insects and plants - the largest of which is nearly two feet across - have been reproduced at full size from copies of the rst and second editions of Micrographia held at the Bodleian Library and the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. The Folio edition is the only one in modern times to present Hooke’s illustrations in their original form as large-scale foldouts. No other edition has presented Hooke’s work in a format so worthy of its content. 

Robert Hooke’s status as one of England’s most eminent scientists - or ‘natural philosophers’, to use the contemporary term - has not always enjoyed due recognition. As historian Lisa Jardine (to whom this Folio edition of Micrographia is dedicated) argues in her biography The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London, Hooke’s pioneering achievements were frequently obscured by his puzzling personality. 

Born in 1635 on the Isle of Wight, Hooke moved to London and then studied at Christ Church College in Oxford, joining a coterie of experimental philosophers under the tutelage of John Wilkins. Hooke’s influential allies included his school friend Christopher Wren and the chemist and physicist Robert Boyle, whose assistant Hooke became in 1656, building the air pumps for the gas experiments which were to immortalise his name. When the Royal Society was created after the Restoration, Hooke was appointed its Curator of Experiments and in 1664 became Professor of Geometry at Gresham College. It was in this position of considerable eminence that he produced Micrographia and achieved renown as one of the new breed of empirical thinkers. 

Yet, despite a reputation for great loyalty among his friends, Hooke came to be regarded by his competitors as a man of odd and unfathomable temper, prone to public displays of pique. The most notorious instance of this trait was his argument with Isaac Newton, in which Hooke accused Newton of appropriating his ideas on gravity. The dispute escalated so bitterly that Newton is said to have attempted to dismantle Hooke’s reputation, and perhaps even to have destroyed the Royal Society’s only portrait of Hooke. When Hooke died in 1703 he left no will, and no building is named in his honour. His reputation today rests largely, if not solely, on his achievements in Micrographia

The Folio edition is supplemented by two important texts which elucidate Micrographia and provide different perspectives of its prodigious but controversial author. A Brief Life by John Aubrey (1626-97) - itself a work firmly in the empiricist tradition of research and observation. A close friend of Robert Hooke, Aubrey helped him with some of his experiments and lived for a period in his lodgings at Gresham College. Aubrey paints an affectionate portrait of ‘a person of great virtue and goodness’, voracious for knowledge from the earliest age, and defends him in his famous dispute with Isaac Newton. 

Aubrey’s Life is preceded by a newly commissioned essay on Hooke’s career and achievements, and the enduring importance of Micrographia, by historian and literary critic Ruth Scurr. 

Production Details

  • Limited to 750 numbered copies 
  • 400 pages set in Caslon type 
  • Printed on Munken Pure paper 
  • 38 plates including 5 fold-outs  
  • Illustrations reproduced from copies of the first and second editions held at the Bodleian Library and the Museum of Science, Oxford 
  • Quarter-bound in leather with cloth sides blocked in silver with a design by Neil Gower based on the eye of a grey drone-fly. Silver top edge 
  • Introduced by Ruth Scurr and with a Brief Life by John Aubrey 
  • Cloth covered slipcase blocked in silver 
  • Book size 131⁄2”× 83⁄4” 

The facsimile is limited to 750 copies. UK £225 US $360 Can $450 Aus $450

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, for 2017-2018. Smith will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season in September with a reading of her work at the Coolidge Auditorium.

Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a professor at Princeton University, succeeds Juan Felipe Herrera as Poet Laureate.

“It gives me great pleasure to appoint Tracy K. Smith, a poet of searching,” Hayden said. “Her work travels the world and takes on its voices; brings history and memory to life; calls on the power of literature as well as science, religion and pop culture. With directness and deftness, she contends with the heavens or plumbs our inner depths—all to better understand what makes us most human.”

“I am profoundly honored,” Smith said. “As someone who has been sustained by poems and poets, I understand the powerful and necessary role poetry can play in sustaining a rich inner life and fostering a mindful, empathic and resourceful culture. I am eager to share the good news of poetry with readers and future readers across this marvelously diverse country.”

Smith joins a long line of distinguished poets who have served in the position, including Juan Felipe Herrera, Charles Wright, Natasha Trethewey, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Donald Hall, Ted Kooser, Louise Glück, Billy Collins, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass and Rita Dove.

The new Poet Laureate is the author of three books of poetry, including “Life on Mars” (2011), winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; “Duende” (2007), winner of the 2006 James Laughlin Award and the 2008 Essence Literary Award; and “The Body’s Question” (2003), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith is also the author of a memoir, “Ordinary Light” (2015), a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in nonfiction and selected as a notable book by the New York Times and the Washington Post.

For her poetry, Smith has received a Rona Jaffe Writers Award and a Whiting Award. In 2014, the Academy of American Poets awarded her with the Academy Fellowship, given to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. In 2015, she won the 16th annual Robert Creeley Award and in 2016 was awarded Columbia University’s Medal for Excellence.

In the Pulitzer Prize citation for “Life on Mars,” judges lauded its “bold, skillful poems, taking readers into the universe and moving them to an authentic mix of joy and pain." Toi Derricotte, poet and Academy of American Poets chancellor, said “the surfaces of a Tracy K. Smith poem are beautiful and serene, but underneath, there is always a sense of an unknown vastness. Her poems take the risk of inviting us to imagine, as the poet does, what it is to travel in another person’s shoes.”

Born in Falmouth, Massachusetts in 1972, and raised in Fairfield, California, Tracy K. Smith earned a B.A. in English and American literature and Afro-American studies from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University. From 1997 to 1999, she was a Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. Smith has taught at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, at the University of Pittsburgh and at Columbia University. She is currently the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities and director of the creative writing program at Princeton University.

Background of the Laureateship

The Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center is the home of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, a position that has existed since 1937, when Archer M. Huntington endowed the Chair of Poetry at the Library. Since then, many of the nation’s most eminent poets have served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and, after the passage of Public Law 99-194 (Dec. 20, 1985), as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry—a position which the law states “is equivalent to that of Poet Laureate of the United States.”

During his or her term, the Poet Laureate seeks to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry. The Library keeps to a minimum the specific duties required of the Poet Laureate, who opens the literary season in the fall and closes it in the spring. In recent years, Laureates have initiated poetry projects that broaden the audiences for poetry.

For more information on the Poet Laureate and the Poetry and Literature Center, visit loc.gov/poetry/.  Consultants in Poetry and Poets Laureate Consultants in Poetry and their terms of service can be found at loc.gov/poetry/laureate-2011-present.html. To learn more about Poet Laureate projects, visit loc.gov/poetry/laureate-projects.html.

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

 

Paris - Artcurial is pleased to announce the arrival of Louis Grandchamp des Raux, who has integrated the auction house team since 1st June 2017.  Henceforth, he will be Artcurial’s exclusive International Consultant, working in close collaboration with Matthieu Fournier, Artcurial’s associate director. 

While Louis Grandchamp des Raux is perfectly acquainted with the art market, in particular ancient paintings, his expertise goes beyond the speciality. Today, he places his experience and network of first-rate collectors in a position to promote Artcurial’s development. He thus achieves a 30-year-old dream, to move to the other side of the gavel, becoming a major player in the market. He will continue to nourish his passion for art by helping collectors to establish a collection, but also to separate from their paintings in the best conditions.

« It is with an immense pleasure that we welcome Louis to Artcurial ! We met him as a collector, while he was attending our exhibitions and our sales, then learned to know us more personally during the sale of his collection that we organised in 2015. He became our friend. What better ambassador for our House that an internationally recognised collector, passionate and scholarly, who can share his selling and buying experience with other collectors. » Matthieu Fournier, Associate Director, Ancient masters and 19th century department, Artcurial 

« By joining Artcurial, I finally reconcile my career as an entrepreneur and my love of art, which were cohabitating for 30 years!  To become a part of Artcurial’s prestige throughout Europe is an exciting challenge.  My foremost desire is to share my passion and my history, in particular by guiding collectors in their cultural and artistic endeavours. » Louis Grandchamp des Raux, International Consultant, Artcurial

Bonhams is pleased to announce that longtime Christie’s rare book specialist Ian Ehling will join the New York office as Director of Fine Books & Manuscripts, beginning June 1.  Ian has more than 34 years of bookselling experience, and has appraised and catalogued thousands of the rarest and most exquisite books to come to market in the last three decades. Ian is joined in the New York office by Senior Specialist Darren Sutherland, longtime head of the rare book room at the venerable NYC institution, the Strand Bookstore. Together, the two men bring more than 50 years of bookselling experience to Bonhams.

“I’m so pleased to be working with both Ian and Darren,” said Catherine Williamson, US Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts for Bonhams.  “Each brings a tremendous depth of experience to Bonhams.  But more than that, they are great guys, the kind of colleagues you are lucky to have in the office.”

(Ian’s career began as an apprentice in a Munich bookstore in 1982.  By 1986 he had relocated to Berlin where he worked for an antiquarian bookseller advising collectors, cataloguing books and representing the company at auction in Germany and abroad.  In 1993 Ian was awarded a prestigious Bertelsmann Foundation fellowship that sponsored his work at Swann Galleries in New York.  Later that same year he joined the staff at Christie’s, where he rose through the ranks to become a Senior Specialist.  He was with Christie’s for 23 years before leaving to assume the directorship of the Bonhams Books & Manuscripts department in New York). 

In his long career, Ian has worked on more than 150 auctions, many of them record-breaking, including The Haskell F. Norman Library of Science and Medicine ($18 million, 1998); Masterpieces of Modern Literature: The Library of Roger Rechler ($7 million, 2002); the Sachsen-Meiningen Set of Audubon's The Birds of America ($5.8 million, 2004); Important Books and Atlases: The Library of Kenneth Nebenzahl ($12 million, 2012); Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow collection of illustrated books ($16 million, 2013); Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration and Cartography ($9.5 million, 2016).

Ian has also overseen numerous successful consignments and institutional sales including the three-part single-owner sale of The Detective Fiction Library of Richard M. Lackritz ($780,000, 2002), setting a world record for a single-owner sale in that genre;  A Vitruvius collection consigned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art that included a copy of the first edition of De architectura, Rome, 1487, a world record for a book on architecture ($881,000, 2007); and the sale of Newton’s Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica (London, 1687), the presentation copy to King James, ($2.5 million, 2013).

Ian has lectured for New York University and the Appraiser Association of America. He has been a member of the Grolier Club, the oldest existing bibliophilic club in North America, since 1999. 

During Darren Sutherland’s ten years at the Strand Bookstore, he has seen and handled valuable and interesting material in all fields. With a degree in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, he began his career in the book trade as the first employee of Iconoclast Books, a vibrant retail bookshop in Sun Valley, Idaho. Over the course of a decade he helped grow the fledgling store into multiple locations, with a particular focus on first edition Hemingway, books on fishing, and western Americana.  He has provided commentary on the book markets for numerous publications, including Esquire and the Wall Street Journal.

The first of two auctions by PBA Galleries of Richard Beagle’s Collection of Angling and Sporting Books, on June 1, 2017, featured rare and important works on fishing, plus scarce accounts of big game hunting and adventures in the wild.  The books were gathered over multiple decades by Mr. Beagle, who began collecting sporting books in the early 1960’s, frequenting the many used book stores in the greater Los Angeles area and corresponding with sporting book dealers, including a number in England. Over the years, he specialized more and more in quality books about angling, and primarily fly fishing.  The collection included numerous books containing original specimens of flies, rare limited editions, many signed and inscribed copies, and more, all in superb condition. The results brought strong prices for many of the lots as bidders small in number but large in enthusiasm competed for the rarities.

The most surprising of the overall strong results were seen in the sporting books.  Leading the way was Arthur Bannon’s rare account of a hunting trip to northwest Canada, A Hunters Summer in Yukon Territory. The first copy to sell at auction since 1969, this 1911 first edition details a trip to the Yukon in the summer of 1910 hunting mainly for mountain sheep, and is illustrated with eight plates from photographs. The book sold for $4,500, three times its presale high estimate. Another sporting rarity that fetched an impressive price, A Hunting Trip in Jackson’s Hole, Wyoming, by Frederick Studebaker Fish, records the hunting trip in the wilds of Wyoming during the early 20th century. The five participants included a German “Count” and were accompanied by three guides and 17 horses.  At $4,200, it sold for nearly three times the presale high estimate.

Two privately printed accounts of a summer hunting trip and sporting adventures by Gladys F. Harriman eclipsed their modest $500-$800 presale estimates when each sold for a whopping $2,700. Mulligan, published c.1939-40, is an account of sporting adventures in the Rocky Mountains and around the world. B.C. in A.D. 1938 tells of a summer hunting trip in British Columbia, with illustrations from photographs of the happy junket. Gladys Fries Harriman was an American philanthropist, equestrian, and one of the earliest female big game hunters as well as daughter-in-law of railroad baron Edward Henry Harriman.

There was also keen interest in the angling and fishing books.  A delightful miniature treatise on small tied flies, The Book of Small Flies, sold for $7,200, twice the presale low estimate. The two-volume set consists of a separate text volume and a matching morocco covered wooden case housing eight mounted flies, with two flies each tied by Ernest Schwiebert, Paul Jorgensen, Rene Harrop and S. A. Neff, Jr., each having a description of their creation in the text. The set also includes three tipped in feathers and an additional colored etching by Al Barker.

Other significant books to go on the block included the highest selling lot in the sale at $9,000, Dean Sage’s The Ristigouche and Its Salmon Fishing With a Chapter on Angling Literature. This is one of the rarest and most beautiful books on salmon fishing about one of the best salmon-fishing rivers in the world, with engravings by Stephen Parrish, the father of Maxfield Parrish. Lee Sturges’ Salmon Fishing on Cain River, one of only a very few copies to survive destruction by fire, and inscribed to “Mr. Alex Friend, Who is also a lover of the flowing stream, from his friend, Lee Sturges,” sold for $6,000.

The complete catalogue for the auction, with prices realized, is at www.pbagalleries.com. Note that all prices listed include the buyer’s premium. Part II of The Richard Beagle Collection of Angling and Sporting books is on October 19, 2017. For more information about this sale or to consign to the October 19th sale, please contact PBA Galleries at 415-989-2665 or pba@pbagalleries.com.

Antiquities of the Russian Empire 1.jpgA rare and highly valuable 19th century work of Russian literature dating back to the reign of the last Tsar will be on sale in the UK this week, when Birmingham City University collection goes to auction.

The 28 lots of some 200 books, mostly published in the 19th and early 20th century, include a copy of the illustrated 'Antiquities of the Russian Empire', edited by Russian Count and issued in four volumes in 1892. They are expected to raise over £50,000 when made available by Dominic Winter Auctioneers in South Cerney, Gloucestershire on Wednesday 14 June. Proceeds from the sale will be reinvested in new learning resources for students at the UK University.  

The collection was developed from the mid Victorian period to support art and design education provided by Birmingham City University in its various incorporations, notably Birmingham College of Art. The books are now being sold because they no longer have relevance to current learning, teaching or research at the University. 

Chris Albury, Auctioneer and Senior Valuer for Dominic Winter Auctioneers said:

“We’re delighted to be able to handle this prestigious sale. It’s a very interesting and varied collection which includes a number of rarities - the undoubted highlight being the sumptuously illustrated ‘Antiquities of the Russian Empire’, discovered in the collection, which we estimate will fetch £30,000 or more.

“This monumental, rare and influential work on Russian style contains over 500 large and vibrant chromolithographed plates of Russian artefacts including icons, crowns, costume, weapons and jewellery.”

The work was edited by Count Sergei Stroganov and the plates were made from drawings prepared by Fedor Solntsev, after he was sent to Moscow in 1830 to see the collections there and make the illustrations. Solntsev later went on to design the ‘Kremlin Service’ for the Imperial Porcelain Factory.

Steve Rose, Deputy Director, Library and Learning Resources at Birmingham City University, said:

“The ‘Antiquities of the Russian Empire’ is a stunning collection of books. I will be sad to see the books leave the University, but it means we can place a greater emphasis on our extensive archives, photography and rare books that have direct relevance to the University’s research activity, as well as reinvest the funds from the sale into enhancing our student experience.”

The set of six books was published with the Russian title ‘Drevnosti Rossiiskago Gosudarstva’ (‘Antiquities of the Russian Empire’) in Moscow between 1849 and 1853, with a smaller seventh volume of text appearing in Russian and French. 

Chris Albury added:

“What is remarkable and seemingly unique about the Birmingham City University copy is that it appears to have been issued in four volumes in 1892, using the 508 plates from the 1849-53 edition and incorporating an English title-page and English descriptions of the artefacts for the first time.

“Fortunately, the work has escaped unscathed from the potential damage of over 100 years of library usage and is in good condition. Bound in Victorian half-leather bindings this treasure-house of Russian art and design will be highly desirable on the open market.

“Only a modest 600 sets were published and even odd volumes and loose collections of plates from the work create considerable interest so we expect huge transatlantic international interest for this complete and unique ‘English language’ set.”

“Birmingham City University is a name that only dates back to 2007 and the original ownership of most of the varied books on art and design being sold here were no doubt acquired by one of the University’s original colleges, the Birmingham College of Art, which took its name in 1884.

“Birmingham has a world-famous and rich tradition in art and design, and it is wonderful to see so many beautifully illustrated books and portfolios of designs - from Dürer to Arts and Crafts - in one sale. It’s a testament to the richness of design worldwide and the incredible development of colour printing and book production that many of the books in this archive can still offer something tangible and rewarding that cannot be easily gleaned from the Internet.”

Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national reading- and writing-promotion program, has announced its winners for 2017. The program, now in its 25th year, asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives.

More than 43,700 young readers from across the country participated in the annual initiative, which aims to instill a lifelong love of reading in the nation’s youth and to engage and nurture their passion for literature. The contest is promoted by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress through its affiliated state centers, state libraries and other organizations.

Research shows that students benefit most from literacy instruction when they are engaged in reading and writing activities that are relevant to their daily experiences. In addition, research supports the link between reading and writing: children who read will write better; children who write will read more. Letters About Literature provides this type of reading-writing experience and challenges students to identify a personal connection with the books they read. This year, nearly 1,700 educators and more than 1,500 schools used Letters About Literature in their classrooms.

The national program is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book.

This year’s winners come from all parts of the country. They wrote to authors as diverse as R.J. Palacio, Lisa Genova, Sharon Draper, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Stephen Chbosky.

Top letter-writers are chosen for each state and in each of three levels: Level 1 (grades 4-6), Level 2 (grades 7-8) and Level 3 (grades 9-12). From within these pools a National Prize winner is chosen, and for each level, two National Honor winners are chosen.

Following are this year’s winners:

Level 1 National Prize

  • Claire Juip of Grosse Pointe, Michigan wrote to R.J. Palacio, author of “Wonder”

Level 1 National Honor Award

  • Isabella Reichard of Brookline, New Hampshire wrote to Esther Earl, author of “This Star Won’t Go Out”
  • Mark Leschinsky of Mahwah, New Jersey wrote to Lisa Genova, author of “Still Alice”

Level 2 National Prize

  • Maria Cheriyan of Farmington Hills, Michigan wrote to Ruta Sepetys, author of  “Salt to the Sea”

Level 2 National Honor Award

  • Sam Opinsky of Chesterfield, Missouri wrote to Sharon Draper, author of “Out of My Mind”
  • Madison Kelleher of Montoursville, Pennsylvania wrote to Robert Munsch, author of “Love Your Forever”

Level 3 National Prize

  • Apoorva Chauhan of Las Vegas, Nevada wrote to Stephen Chbosky, author of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Level 3 National Honor Award

  • Brice Jansen of Leopold, Missouri wrote to Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the “Little House” series
  • Samantha Lynn Kiss of Chesapeake, Virginia wrote to David Levithan, author of “Boy Meets Boy”

Letters About Literature is a dynamic educational program that promotes lifelong readers and helps develop successful writers. It is the Library’s signature national outreach program to young people. More than 1 million students have participated in the writing contest since it began a quarter of a century ago. An online teaching guide uses proven strategies for improving reading and writing proficiency and is aligned with the learning objectives recommended by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association. Learn more about the contest and read current and past winning letters at read.gov/letters/.

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

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

 

225-Dadian copy.jpgNew York—On June 7, Swann Galleries’ held its biannual auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books. Approximately two thirds of the lots offered fell into the category of maps and atlases, with strong results in both subheadings. Of the 265 lots, 86% percent found buyers, exceeding the low estimate for the section by more than $100,000.

The first world atlas in the Armenian language topped the sale, reaching more than five times its $6,000 high estimate to sell for $37,500*, a record for the work. Hovhannes Amira Dadian created the atlas in the Armenian monastery on the Venetian island of San Lazzaro in 1849 in an effort to bring Western knowledge to his home country. The atlas boasts ten hand-colored double-page maps, including one of the solar system, all of which were printed in Paris and based primarily on contemporary French models.

Another highlight was the Speciel Land Charte von Pensilvanien, Neu Jersey, Neu York, a 1750 map by Lewis Evans published in Frankfurt, whose alluring designations such as “The Endless Mountains” may have been responsible for the subsequent German emigration to the state. The map sold for $27,500, far exceeding its high estimate of $15,000. The only other known copy is in the collection of the Library of Congress. 

Multiple bidders on a manuscript logbook that recounts two voyages from England to the Mediterranean, replete with records and delightful watercolors by Captain William Hodgson, sent the price flying past the high estimate of $5,000 to a price realized of $20,800. Specialist Caleb Kiffer notes, “The log book is one of those unusual items that rarely comes to market and that gets people really excited.”

Other items he noted included a mysterious early twentieth-century chalkboard globe that tripled its modest high estimate to sell for $1,625, and a rare map detailing the proceedings of the Revolutionary War near Charleston, SC ($21,250).

Mr. Kiffer added, “I was glad to see a mix of collectors, dealers and institutions actively bidding.”

The next sale of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books at Swann Galleries will be on December 5, 2017. For more information or consign quality materials, contact Caleb Kiffer at caleb@swanngalleries.com.

 

755c321084ffc64a9279992ce80f9518ae054824.pngBOSTON, MA (June 8, 2017) Al Capone- signed legal documents and civil witness subpoena will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. 

The extremely rare six-page legal document signed by Capone, April 26, 1930. Special demurrer in relation to the case between the State of Florida and the defendant Alphonse Capone, in part: "Come now the defendants, Alphonse Capone, Mae Capone, John Capone and Frankie Newton, by their undersigned solicitors, and jointly and severally, specially demur to that certain part or portion of the second paragraph of the bill of complaint filed herein reading as follows: 'Persons engaged in the illegal use, sale and exchange of spiritous wines, malts and liquors, in violation of the laws of the State of Florida, and of the Constitution of the United States;' upon the following grounds: 1. Said part or portion of said bill is scandalous. 2. Said part or portion of said bill is impertinent. 3. A building or place frequented by persons engaged in the illegal use, sale and exchange of spiritous wines, malts and liquors, in violation of the laws of the State of Florida, and of the Constitution of the United States, is not a nuisance as defined in and by the law of the State of Florida." Signed at the conclusion in purple ink by Capone. 

On April 23, 1930, a week after being released from Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary following an eight-month stretch on a concealed weapon charge, Capone found himself atop the Chicago Crime Commission’s list of ‘public enemies.’ Unable to return to the Windy City, Capone sought refuge down south. 

In spite of Florida Governor Doyle E. Carlton’s best efforts, the mobster returned to his Palm Island mansion on Easter Sunday, April 20, 1930, protected by an injunction that barred law enforcement of Florida’s twenty counties from ‘seizing, arresting, kidnapping and abusing’ its infamous new resident. 

This demurrer, which lists Capone, his wife Mae, his younger brother John, and Frankie Newton, the caretaker of the Palm Beach villa, likely relates to a raid conducted at the aforesaid residence by Dade County sheriffs on March 20th, 1930, during which the latter two men were arrested for vagrancy and possession of alcohol; all charges were dismissed on August 1, 1930. 

Also includes a one page civil witness subpoena from the State of Florida-County of Dade Circuit Court, June 5, 1930, in part: “You are hereby requested to summon Alphonse Capone, Frankie Newton, Frank Gallatt and Louis J. Schwartz personally to be and appear before the Judges of our Circuit Court of the State of Florida, at the Court House in Miami, on the 10th day of June, A. D., 1930, at 10:00 A. M., to testify in behalf of the State in a certain suit pending in said Court, wherein State of Florida is Plaintiff, and Alphonse Capone, et al., Defendant and herein fail not under penalty of the law.”

After a myriad of other court appearances, Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on October 24, 1931. 

“A superb document that spotlights the start of a decade of near constant imprisonment for the notorious gangster,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. 

Also featured, Capone’s diamond-studded pocket watch. The former mob boss was eager to be perceived as an elegant gentleman, the formidable Capone was fastidious about his appearance and style, forgoing subtlety in favor of fine, flashy suits, large pinky rings, and no shortage of diamonds. Capone insisted that his Chicago Outfit also dress the part, and required each of his men to wear gray fedoras and spotless tailored suits.

“Unlike his more maligned moniker of ‘Scarface,’ Capone preferred that those closest to him call him by ‘Snorky,’ a slang term which meant ‘sharp,’ or well dressed,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Capone's platinum rounded triangular pocket watch made by the Illinois Watch Company, with the circumference of front bezel set with a series of seventy-two cut diamonds, a platinum face, and gold-tone impressed numerals and watch hands; the reverse of the case bears the initials "AC," which consists of twenty-three cut diamonds, and is encircled by twenty-six more.

The interior of the case is marked "Illinois Watch, Springfield," with serial no. 5281719, and it contains a 17-jewel movement with gold wheels and jewel cups; the serial number indicates that the watch was manufactured between 1928 and 1929. Includes the original 12″ watch chain made of 14K white gold. Supported by excellent provenance direct from the Capone family.

The pocket watch is accompanied by a copy of an affidavit from Eric Griese, the great-grandson of Al Capone, in part: "Shortly after the passing of Albert Francis 'Sonny' Capone, his daughter, Barbara Prince, nee Capone, a resident of California, delivered the watch described below to me, along with other personal property that at one time was the personal property of my great grand father, Alphonse G. Capone. My great grandfather had given this material to my grandfather; my grandfather Albert Francis 'Sonny' Capone told his daughter Barbara Prince that this property was to be given to me following his death."

Among the other museum quality pieces to featured:

Bonnie Parker’s silver-toned three-headed snake ring featuring green and red jewels, crafted for her by Clyde Barrow while he was imprisoned in Texas; the ring was recovered from their disabled vehicle by Sheriff Smoot Schmid after the ‘Sowers Raid’ in 1933.

Clyde Barrow signed Letter with his fingerprints.

Original 1933 Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow Arrest Warrants.

Extraordinary 1934 Clyde signed Letter with his fingerprints.

Sheriff 'Smoot' Schmid's Gold and Diamond Badge.

Al Capone’s handwritten musical manuscript  to "Humoresque,"a rare musical composition from Capone while at Alcatraz.

Online bidding for the Gangsters, Outlaws, and Lawmen auction from RR Auction begins June, 15 and runs until June, 23. It will be followed by a live auction that will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 1PM, at the Royal Sonesta Boston, 40 Edwin Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit the RR Auction web site (www.rrauction.com).

the_collections_book_cover_0.jpgAUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin has released a digital edition of The Collections, the first encyclopedic account of the university’s repository of cultural artifacts. With more than 170 million objects, the university outpaces the largest collections in America and rivals many in variety and importance. The full 720-page volume is published at thecollections.utexas.edu. Available for free download, the broad distribution of the e-book and searchable PDF enables worldwide access to the university’s distinguished collections. 

“This is the first time a publication of this kind has been produced by a public university,” said Andrée Bober, the book’s editor and director of the university’s public art program, Landmarks. “By making it available for free and online, we are putting the collection before a greater public. It’s our hope that this digital edition will increase awareness of these materials and inspire other universities to make their collections known.”

The book, released in print in January 2016, spotlights more than 80 collections — some familiar and others virtually unknown outside their fields of research — acquired since the university’s inauguration in 1883. It reveals the scale and diversity of the holdings by bringing these materials together for the first time, offering a new perspective on collections at public universities. The Collections offers an account of all the university’s irreplaceable artifacts, introducing each collection by outlining its history, highlighting its strengths and suggesting its educational function.

Highlighting materials held by some 40 academic and administrative units, The Collections covers a radical range of subjects — archaeology, ethnography, fine and performing arts, rare books and manuscripts, decorative arts, photography, film, music, popular and material culture, regional and political history, natural history, science and technology - providing insights on the formation of collections at institutions of higher learning.

“The University of Texas at Austin is built on the core values of learning, expanding understanding, and creating knowledge. Celebrating the material holdings that support its mission, this book offers a chronicle of creativity and discovery fostered by the collections,” Gregory L. Fenves, president of the university, states in his foreword.  

Bober conceived this survey and organized more than 350 individuals to lend their expertise. She writes in the introduction: “Coming to understand the richness of Austin’s collections while working closely with so many people who share a passion for them has been an enormous privilege. I believe this book, whatever its lacunae, speaks eloquently to the university’s collecting strengths and the resources for scholarship and study that are publicly available.”

Included is a historical introduction by Lewis Gould, professor emeritus of American history. His essay traces the formation of the collections and acknowledges many people whose visions are manifest in these material resources.

For more information about the book, please visit the UT Press website

Western & Oriental Mans & Mins .jpegBloomsbury Auctions will hold their fifth sale devoted to manuscripts and miniatures on 6 July at 16-17 Pall Mall. The sale comprises a wealth of fascinating, rare and important Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. With 175 lots ranging in date from the 8th century to the 1800s, the sale offers buyers a rich selection of text fragments and leaves, illuminated miniatures, charters (including an important 13th century English rental roll) and codices, with several key pieces fresh to the market. Dr Timothy Bolton, Head of Department comments, “Bloomsbury Auctions are proud to be the only auction house to offer regular sales dedicated solely to that most refined form of all book arts - manuscripts; and with this colossus of a sale we are especially delighted to continue to bring to the market a wide variety of examples from both the West and the Near East together in a single catalogue.”

Western Manuscripts and Miniatures

A previously unrecorded choir book leaf from a set of antiphonaries produced by the newly identified Master of the Montepulciano Gradual, features in the sale (Lot 62, Est. £15,000 - 20,000). The leaf is in immaculate condition and although it is from a known book by a recognised artist, it is otherwise unrecorded. The artist was renowned for great innovation and accomplishment, working in Central Italy c. 1325-1335. The leaf features a large and beautifully decorated historiated initial ‘V’ which encloses a female saint, shown being crowned at the moment of execution. The scene demonstrates the simplicity of 14th century liturgical illumination, and also the intricacy, best shown through the detail of the executioner’s the sword and club, which draw the eye and point to the artist’s great skill. 

A fascinating travel text, titled the Antonine Itinerary, is another interesting and high value piece (Lot 98, Est £20,000-30,000). It can perhaps be thought of as a Roman Google maps app, detailing in list form the places and cities in the Roman Empire and the number of days it would take to journey there by foot from Rome. Originally this would have been used by military powers in the Roman Empire when planning the moving of troops. It also includes information for maritime travel and ports. The text was originally written in the 3rd century AD, but no copy survives from before the Middle Ages. This one dates to c. 1500 and is most probably the only manuscript of it to ever come to the open market. Notably it lists the oldest recorded town in the UK, Camulodunum or as we know it today, Colchester.

A remarkable and rare scroll measuring nearly four metres in length and dating back to the 13th century, likely before 1291, details the rents paid on the Christchurch ecclesiastical estate in Ipswich. The scroll is in excellent condition, with original stitching and beautiful script in Latin. It neatly lists the names of those living on the estate and how much they paid the church (Lot 69, Est. £3,000-5,000). 

A newly discovered Glagolitic fragment is a highlight. The strange and angular Glagolitic script is the oldest known Slavic alphabet, created in the 9th century by Saint Cyril, a Byzantine monk from Thessaloniki. Glagolitic script survives in only tiny numbers, and is one of the rarest to come to the market. Carrying an estimate of £8,000-12,000 (Lot 91), the script is part of the reading for the Feast of St. Apollonia. Only four sets of similar fragments have been offered for sale in the last two hundred years, but this remarkable piece appears in fresher condition than any other in living memory. 

A standout piece from the end of the 14th century is The Hardouin Hours, a charming and exquisitely illustrated Book of Hours, many pages decorated with fearsome dragons. This was written and illuminated in Paris at the turn of the 15th century for a wealthy and influential patron from Brittany. Further illustrative details include, a hare with a bow and arrow, a white stork watching as two brown boars run up the vertical bar border, a yellow duck about to take flight and elsewhere, a rabbit playing the bagpipes (Lot 115, Est. £25,000-35,000). 

Oriental Manuscripts & Miniatures 

The Oriental section features a single-owner collection of Indian Miniatures. Collected over 40 years, it is evident the collector has a superb eye for exceptional pieces. A mid 19th century miniature depicts a story from the Bhagavata Purana with Lord Krishna and the gopis (Lot 164, Est. £2,500-3,500). Here Krishna is shown moments before he steals the gopis’ clothing and hides up a nearby tree. As the story continues, the gopis beg for their clothes to be returned. This relates spiritually to the idea that to show true adoration, one needs to be rid of all earthly possessions. Typically, Krishna is shown already in the tree, so this illustration is special because of the sense of anticipation as to what is about to unfold. 

A stunning Pichhwai on linen also shows Lord Krishna dancing in the Vrindavan Gardens with adoring gopis nearby (Lot 167, Est. £1,500-2,000). Measuring an impressive 880 by 880mm, the scene is colourfully decorated with a great range of animals including fish, turtles, storks, monkeys and parrots as well as deities flying in the sky. Pichhwai paintings originated in the holy town of Nathdwara, Rajasthan, and typically illustrate scenes from the life of Lord Krishna. They were traditionally painted on cloth and used as wall hangings for royal households. 

An important patron of the arts, Maharao Ram Singh II of Kota is depicted in a striking illuminated miniature dated c.1850 (Lot 168, Est £4,000-6,000). Maharao Ram Sing II had a fondness for commissioning his portrait and is sometimes shown in surreal or fanciful scenarios. 

Here however is a modest scene showing him flanked by two attendants and dressed in a beautiful brocade gown and draped in pearl and emerald necklaces, he serenely holds out a flower to his mistress who is unseen. 

The sale offers further star lots from other properties. Demonstrating considerable detail is a mid 17th century piece from a dispersed manuscript which features another prolific patron of the arts, Shah Jahan (Lot 171, Est. £800-1,200). He is shown seated on a composite elephant, made up of a plethora of other animals such as monkeys, fish, with tiny tortoises making up the elephant’s feet, and a snake making up the tail. This leaf is evidently from an opulently illustrated Persian manuscript, probably commissioned by a high-ranking official in the Moghul court. 

A Moroccan, Dala’il al-Khayrat, prayer book (Lot 131, Est £1,000-1,500) containing five full page illustrations of Mecca, Medina and the Prophet’s Tomb in a rich colourway of yellow and red is an additional sale highlight. 

 

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 9.26.01 AM.pngKansas City, MO. June 7, 2017- A new exhibition featuring works by some of the most well-known American photographers of the 1930s will be on display at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photographers, 1933-1941 opens June 23 and includes iconic images by five photographers: Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Wolcott, and Peter Sekaer. It is the first Depression-era exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins.

The Farm Security Administration, created in response to the Great Depression, provided loans to farmers, facilitated the removal of families from economically challenged cities for resettlement in rural communities, and formed camps for migrant workers.

“The themes of adversity and resilience in these photographs are some of the same themes running through contemporary life,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “With the downturn of the economy in 2008, many people found themselves facing increased hardship. These photographs help us better understand not only the strength of the human spirit in times of suffering, but also the remarkable power of social and documentary photography to shape public opinion and influence government decisions.”

In 1935, Roy Stryker, an economist from Colombia University, was given the difficult task of determining how to prepare pictorial documentation of rural areas and problems and present them to the American government and people. He assembled an initial team of five photographers, including Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein. Marion Post Wolcott and Peter Sekaer worked for other government agencies.

“Many people dismiss these images as sad photographs, but I’ve never seen them that way,” said Jane L. Aspinwall, Associate Curator, Photography. “Roy Stryker didn’t see them that way either. He recognized in the photos a quiet human dignity, something that, as he described it, ‘transcends misery’ and reflects our ‘ability to endure.’”

The exhibition of 64 photographs is arranged thematically and geographically into three sections. The first section includes Lange’s images of urban hardship in San Francisco in 1933-38. The next section focuses on the South, an area hard hit by the Depression. The final section documents the plight of the migrant worker, most often located in California.

“It was an important watershed moment in the history of photography when the American government dispatched photographers to record the plight of the poor and the successes of federal programs,” said Aspinwall. “These photographs were meant to ‘show America to Americans’—to demonstrate that the government recognized their hardships and was working to relieve them.”

The exhibition draws heavily upon the photographers’ own words about their work, found in captions on the backs of the photos, artists’ field notes, and excerpts from interviews. These materials expand the exhibition beyond the subject matter and allow viewers a greater understanding of each photographer’s point of view.

To highlight the museum’s extensive holding of Dorothea Lange’s work, her photographs—including the highly recognizable Migrant Mother—make up more than half of the photos in the exhibition. Migrant Mother, one of the most requested photos by visitors, was featured on the PBS program Antiques Roadshow in 2013. Dignity vs. Despair will be on view until November 26.

Image: Arthur Rothstein, American (1915-1985). Farmer and sons in dust storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, April 1936. Gelatin silver print, 21 7/8 x 17 7/8 inches. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.4330.

 

Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 12.15.50_1496834178654.pngA newly discovered 17th century seafaring chart of the Mediterranean is to be offered for sale at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale in London on Wednesday 14 June.  Hidden away in a house in the West Country for decades, the sea map - known as a Portolan chart -  is estimated at £40,000-60,000.

Portolan charts were first made in 13th century Italy as navigational aids. The name comes from portolano, i.e. relating to ports and harbours, and the word in modern Italian for pilot book. The development of cartography in the 15th and 16th century made the maps more accurate, and the information they carried on shipping routes and ports became extremely valuable. The Spanish and Portuguese treated their Portolan charts as state secrets and kept them under constant guard against spies acting for the English and Dutch. 

The Portolan chart to be sold at Bonhams dates from 1637, and was made by Placidus Caloiro et Oliva, a member of a distinguished Catalan family of chart makers. Created in Messina, Sicily, it takes the island as its centre and shows routes to most of the islands of the Mediterranean, and the African, European and Arabian coastlines. The names of numerous costal locations appear in red and sepia in semi-italic lettering. The chart is beautifully and elaborately ornamented with compass roses, animals, town vignettes, and a roundel of the Virgin and Child. 

Bonhams Head of Fine Books and Manuscripts Matthew Haley said, “Not only is this Portolan chart a beautiful object, but the European and Ottoman Empire flags scattered across it also provide a wonderfully visual impression of the spread and complexity of international rivalry in the region in early to mid -17th century.”

Image: Portolan chart of the Mediterranean, 1637.  Estimated at £40,000-60,000.

Kestenbaum & Company’s June 22nd auction will include nearly 350 lots of Fine Judaica. Featured in the sale will be Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters and Graphic Art. On offer will be a broad range of subjects within the Printed Books section of the sale, including incunabula, early 16th century Bibles and rabbinica, Chassidic texts, books relating to America, France, Russia, Spain and Portugal, as well as Passover Hagadahs, Illustrated and Holy Land Travel and anti-Semitic and Holocaust related materials. 

The auction catalogue cover lot features Aryeh Yehudah Leib ben Mordechai of Brody’s Zemir Aritzm VeCharvoth Tzurim, an exceedingly rare first edition of the earliest anti-Chassidic polemical tract, printed in Oleksinetz, 1772, at a pre-auction estimate of $40,000-60,000 (Lot 81).  Another important lot on offer is the second incunable edition of Jacob ben Asher’s halachic code Arba’ah Turim, Soncino, c. 1490, estimate $60,000-80,000 (Lot 173).  

Highlights of American and Anglo Judaica include:

  • The earliest known Chevrah Kadisha (burial) manual in the United States, written by Jacob Mordecai, Richmond, VA, c. 1823, at an estimate of $10,000-15,000 (Lot 8)
  • The second American edition of the Passover Hagadah, New York, 1850, estimate $5,000-7,000 (Lot 120)
  • The first English translation of the Passover Hagadah according to Aschkenzic rite, London, 1770, estimate $5,000-7,000 (Lot 119)

A selections of texts originating from other areas around the globe includes:

  • Spanish physician Fernando (Isaac) Cardoso’s Utilidades del agua de la nieve, del bever frio I caliente [“The Uses of Water and Snow and of Cold and Hot Beverages], Madrid, 1637, estimate $3,000-5,000 (Lot 78)
  • Portuguese Marrano Pedro Teixeira’s travels through the Persian Gulf and the Near and Far East, Antwerp, 1610, estimate $4,000-6,000 (Lot 236)
  • Loi Relative aux Juifs, granting Jews full equality in the realm of political and social rights in France, Paris, 1791, estimate $5,000-7,000 (Lot 109)
  • Moise Sabato Beer’s broadside Gadol Verav Veram Napoleon, a poem in praise of Napoleon with numerous Biblical and classical allusions, Pisa, 1809, estimate $2,000-3,000 (Lot 206)
  • Jacob Cremieu’s original manuscript of the first Hebrew-French dictionary, 1838, estimate $2,000-3,000 (Lot 270)
  • Military Oath of Allegiance to Czar Nicholas II written for Jews, Russia, 1906, estimate $1,000-1,500 (Lot 220)

Of note among anti-Semitic, Holocaust and Zionist related books:

  • A letter of protection issued by the Spanish Ambassador Angel Sanz Briz, “The Angel of Budapest”, 1944, estimate $10,000-15,000 (Lot 133)
  • A large 4-color map of Lodz displaying how the Nazis radically restructured the demographics of this Polish city as a way to exclude its Jews, 1942, estimate $1,200-1,800 (Lot 143)
  • An autograph book belonging to the journalist Oscar Guren, with hundreds of entries obtained at the Twentieth Zionist Congress, 1937 and the Evian Conference, 1938, estimate $4,000-6,000 (Lot 317)

Further books of interest include:

  • Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud’s Warum Krieg?, the celebrated exchange on the root causes of war by two of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century, Paris, 1933, estimate $1,200-1,800
  • Illustrated Books including those by George Grosz, Alfred Kubin, Ze’ev Raban, Karl M. Schultheiss, etc. (Lots 254-255, 260-261)

Noteworthy Manuscripts selections include:

  • An early 15th century manuscript of Jacob ben Asher’s halachic code: Tur - Choshen Mishpat, estimate $25,000-30,000 (Lot 299)
  • Samuel David Luzzatto’s (The Shadal) autograph manuscript, Commentary to the Book of Ezekiel, Padua, estimate $10,000-15,000 (Lot 300)
  • Yitzhak ben Yoseph Israeli’s astronomical work, Yesod Olam, with many charts and diagrams, Vilna, 1769, estimate $5,000-7,000 (Lot 311)
  • Yoseph Aschkenzi of Safed’s Kabbalistic manuscript, Safed, late 17th century, estimate $4,000-6,000 (Lot 265)
  • Samson Raphael Hirsch’s “Cheschwan” autograph manuscript, Frankfurt am Main, c. 1857, estimate $3,000-5,000 (Lot 279)

Rounding out the sale within the Graphic Art section:

  • A group of c. 45 Anglo-Judaic prints including portraits as well as scenes by Rowlandson and other British caricaturists, 18th-19th centuries, estimate $5,000-7,000 (Lot 325)
  • A group of c. 24 prints of mostly Jewish costume, also with synagogue and related scenes, 18th-19th century, estimate $2,000-3,000 (Lot 324)

The auction will take place on Thursday, June 22nd at 3:00 pm in our gallery located at 242 West 30th Street in New York City. The exhibition will be held from Monday, June 19th through Wednesday, June 21st. For further information, to request images, or for any other queries, please contact Jackie Insel at 212-366-1197 or Jackie@kestenbaum.net

Titanic letter.jpgLYNBROOK, N.Y. - Ocean liner memorabilia will take center stage at Weiss Auctions’ June 22nd sale, as a letter handwritten aboard the RMS Titanic on April 13, 1912, an original life ring from the SS Andrea Doria, and a glass clock given to first class passengers on the maiden voyage of the SS Normandie in 1935 will all come up for bid in the firm’s gallery at 74 Merrick Road.

The Thursday auction has a 10 am (Eastern) start time and is packed with hundreds of lots of antique advertising, rare books, historical memorabilia, autographs and more. Along with the ocean liner items is the lifetime coffee advertising collection of Lowell and Barbara Schindler, featuring not just coffee items but also syrup dispensers, talcum tins, signs and other rare pieces.

The Schindler collection is so massive it will be spread out over several sales. For those unable to attend in person, online bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. Previews will be held on June 19th (10-5), June 20-21 (10-8) and June 22nd, from 8am-9:45 am.

Any item from the doomed ocean liner RMS Titanic is certain to generate buzz throughout the gallery. The letter up for bid, handwritten aboard the ship two days before it sank after striking an iceberg as it crossed the Atlantic on its ill-fated maiden voyage, was penned on actual RMS Titanic stationery. It was written by a member of the Holverson family, en route to New York.

The SS Andrea Doria, an ocean liner for the Italian Line named after the 16th century Genoese admiral of the same name, was a symbol of national pride for a country still recovering from World War II. But it sank in 1956 and 46 people lost their lives when the vessel collided with a Swedish ship off the coast of Nantucket. The life ring up for bid reads, “Andrea Doria, Genova.” The ring was recovered by an officer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Yakutat WAVP 380.

The French ship SS Normandie also sank in US waters, but under much different circumstances. She entered service in 1935 as the world’s largest and fastest passenger ship, but during World War II, she was dispatched to New York and renamed the Lafayette. While being converted to a troop ship, the vessel caught fire and capsized, at Pier 88. The cost to repair her was so great she was scrapped, in 1946. The glass clock up for bid from the 1935 maiden voyage is quite lovely.

Another Titanic-related item will also come up for bid: an original photo, framed, of Major Archibald Butt, an aide to Presidents Roosevelt and Taft, who died during the ship’s sinking.

Rare books will include a copy of The Story of the Exodus, one of 250 copies signed by the renowned Russian-French painter Marc Chagall (1887-1985); and signed limited edition art books, to include Henry Spencer Moore’s Nudes (1976), with 10 lithographs, each signed and numbered (2/50); and Jacques Villon’s Lionello Venturi (Paris, 1962), signed, one of 175 copies.

The sale will also feature a collection of Civil War cartes de visites, a Civil War draft broadside printed in New York in 1864 and a terrific collection of Alamo-related material, to include Davy Crockett, a Santa Anna autograph, a Ramon Musquiz autograph, a Juan Almonte autograph, a Thomas R. Miller autographed document and copies of the Texas Independence newspapers.

Advertising signs will feature a Hartford Fire Insurance Company self-framed tin sign, a Fidelity Phenix Fire Insurance Company sign, a Niagara Fire Insurance Company reverse glass sign, a Germania Life Insurance Company sign, and an Aetna Insurance Company 1896 paper calendar.

Other items set to cross the auction block will include a Diamond Dyes oak general store cabinet, a rare poster for the magician Niuqsar from the 1920s, a circa 1930s window card for the famous magician Howard Thurston, original cover art for the December 1922 issue of The Wireless Age by O.J. Schulz, and an animation cel setup for Disney’s Little Toot with Courvoisier background.

Rounding out just a few more of the day’s more intriguing lots is a grouping of Queen Victoria items (including a signature on a document, a handkerchief and a pair of stockings with the Royal insignia), a pair of weight-lifting beer steins and a grouping of Kentucky long rifles.

Weiss Auctions’ next big sale after this one will be held on Wednesday, July 19th, also online and in the Lynbrook gallery. Headlining that sale will be Part 1 of the Jerry and Nina Greene collection of toys, trains, soldiers and toy castles, as well as European trains and accessories from the Finger Lakes collection, toy soldiers and accessories from all makers, Lionel trains and more.

Also offered will be a Steiff collection (including larger pieces), dolls (including French fashion dolls, German bisque, vintage Barbie dolls and more), die-cast vehicles (including mint-in-box Matchbox and Dinkys), and pressed steel (including boxed Tonka, Structo, Buddy L railroad pieces, NyLint, Doepke and Smith Miller). There will be something for every taste and budget. 

Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, estate or a collection, you may call them at (516) 594-0731; or, you can send an e-mail to Philip Weiss at Phil@WeissAuctions.com. For more information about Weiss Auctions and the big auctions planned for June 22 and July 19 visit www.WeissAuctions.com. Updates are posted often.

Image: Handwritten letter, penned on actual RMS Titanic stationery and written aboard the ship by a member of the Holverson family, en route to New York.

fantasia copy.jpgDALLAS, Texas (June 2, 2017) - From animation drawings to production cels, concept art to storyboards, Heritage Auctions’ July 1 Animation Sale will offer one of the largest selections of artwork from the groundbreaking classic 1940 Walt Disney animated feature film Fantasia. No other piece highlights the rarity of this auction as well as Kay Nielsen’s epic “Night on Bald Mountain” Concept Painting (Walt Disney, 1940), which is expected to sell for $50,000.

“We’re highlighting this sale featuring ‘The Art of Fantasia,’” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation at Heritage Auctions. “This is one of the largest collections of production artwork - cels, animation drawings, concept art, storyboards  - from this film ever in one auction. Over 60 pieces of original production art for this film are in this sale!”

Being offered is a fantastic original of Mickey Mouse as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” Production Cel. Mickey’s role as the “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is arguably his greatest and most impactful role (est. $15,000). The Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen, makes another appearance with a piece of Preliminary Background Art (est. $10,000). Another piece of animation from Fantasia is a Production Cel from the “Nutcracker Suite” section. This cel features Fantasia’s equivalent of Dopey, Hop Low and the accompanying mushroom dancers. Ben Ali Gator and Hyacinth Hippo Production Cel (est. $5,000) will be a fun hand-inked, hand-painted, fan favorite, and the “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” Storyboard Painting (est. $1,000) is a magical representation of Mickey’s role. 

In addition to the ample amount of Fantasia production art, pieces from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Song of the South, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Pinocchio as well as rare never-before-seen artwork from all the major animation studios, among others, will be presented in the July event.

Some of the earliest known art to come from the hand of Tim Burton will be offered, such as Stalk of the Celery Monster (est. $10,000) from Burton’s time at Cal Arts in 1979, and The Black Cauldron (Walt Disney, 1985), several concept art pieces from his time as an apprentice at Disney (est. $5,000).

Ken Anderson’s early Disneyland Haunted Mansion Studies (est. $5,000) is one of the most important lots Heritage Auctions has ever offered regarding Disneyland. Based on the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose California, The Haunted Mansion notes and plans are confined to a soft binder that Walt Disney and Ken Anderson loosely designed in 1957, 12 years before the ride officially opened. 

One of the earliest known Mighty Mouse Production cels on its Key Master set ups from the cartoon Pandora’s Box is a special lot being offered in this sale. It is a rare, blue Super Mouse (Mighty Mouse) Production Cel on its Key Master hand-painted production background before legal reasons required the character to have his name and colors changed. In this Key Master Background Setup Super Mouse features the original, pre-infringement, Superman colors. This key cel and background set up could be the earliest Key Master Setup of Super Mouse/Mighty Mouse known to exist (est. $5,000).

“This auction will also feature the largest collection of Disneyland hand-silkscreened park entrance posters ever offered to the public,” Lentz said. “These are signed originals highlighted in several books celebrating the art of Disneyland.”

Posters include the Haunted Mansion Entrance Poster (est. $5,000), Peter Pan Entrance Poster (est. $2,500), Matterhorn Bobsled Attraction Poster (est. $3,500), Monorail Disneyland Park Attraction Poster (est. $3,000), Alice in Wonderland Park Attraction (est. $3,000) and the Autopia Park Attraction Poster (est. $2,500).

More than 1,000 rare and many never-before-seen lots from all major animation studios from some of the most important people in the history of animation also will be included in this sale. 

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

·         It’s a Small World Concept Painting by Mary Blair (est. $10,000)

·         Song of the South “Tar Baby” Concept Art by Ken Anderson (est. $25,000)

·         Lady and the Tramp Production Cel (est. $1,000)

·         Scooby-Doo/Super Friends Publicity Cel (est. $1,000)

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Van Gogh 1.jpgFRANKLIN, Mass. - A pair of pen and ink drawings attributed to the Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) - one a tree study and a landscape with a haystack drawn on both sides of a single sketchbook page, the other a group of three figural studies on one page - will be part of Woodshed Art Auctions’ online-only art sale, slated for Wednesday, June 21st.

Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. Lots may be viewed on the Woodshed Art Auctions website: www.woodshedartauctions.com

The van Goghs will be two offerings in a 41-lot Prestige Collection sale, so-named because they are smaller auctions focused mainly on modestly priced works by big-name artists. This auction certainly fits that bill. In addition to van Gogh, other artists will include Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol, Maurice Sendak, Roy Lichtenstein and Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss).

The list continues with names such as Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Erte, Victor Brauner, Hans Hofmann, Jean Cocteau, Al Hirschfeld, Edouard Manet, Joaquin Torres Garcia, Aristide Maillol, Kurt Schwitters and Kees van Dongen. There is also a drawing of the character Batman by comic book artist Bob Kane (and signed by actor Adam West, who played Batman in the TV series), and a drawing of Superman signed and inscribed by artist Joe Schuster, Superman’s co-creator.

“This is our third Prestige Collection sale, and our consignors have provided a great selection of drawings,” said Bruce Wood of Woodshed Art Auctions. “It’s a mix of intense works attributed to the pen of van Gogh, campy drawings by Warhol, Chagall souvenir drawings from a voyage aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, and autographed superhero portraits from comic book superstars Schuster and Kane. The way these diverse artworks play off each other just makes me smile.”

The van Gogh drawings are attributions - done in the manner of the Dutch master but lacking the necessary provenance to say they were definitively drawn by him. However, both carry the clout and cache of the van Gogh name and are expected to attract keen bidder interest. The drawings on either side of a sketchbook page is the more ambitious of the two lots (est. $25,000-$35,000).

One side, titled Tree Study, is signed “Vincent”, while the other side, Landscape with Haystack, is unsigned. The page was removed from a cardboard and linen sketchbook measuring about 6 inches by 9 inches that previously contained 11 sheets of drawings and sketches, all attributed to van Gogh. The cardboard front cover is inscribed in Dutch which, when translated into English, reads: “Some small drawings by Vincent van Gogh. From the collection of my grandfather.”

The cover is signed “S. James van den Bergh” and the style of the cover’s pencil inscription is consistent with its age. A photo of the sketchbook cover is included in the lot, but not the actual cover. The sketchbook was discovered in a family estate. The owner of the estate is deceased.

The other van Gogh pen and ink drawing is titled Figure Studies (est. $10,000-$20,000) and is also an attribution, albeit signed. It was executed on Ingres 1871 watermarked drawing paper and measures 6 ½ inches by 7 ½ inches. The drawing shows three figural renderings - sketch studies, actually - and is in overall very good condition, except for a very small repair to the left margin.

Two whimsical and colorful souvenir drawings attributed to Marc Chagall (Fr., 1887-1985), done and signed on sheets of stationery from the Cunard ship RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, will both be in the sale, each with an estimate of $10,000-$20,000. Both are unframed black ink and chalk drawings and one is dated 1973, the year the QE2 chartered a Mediterranean cruise honoring the 25th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. Chagall did the drawings aboard the cruise.

A gouache painting on paper attributed to the Pop Art icon Roy Lichtenstein (Am., 1923-1997), titled Still Life with Goldfish, is expected to change hands for $6,000-$10,000. The unframed piece is signed front and back and was possibly a study for a larger painting. It comes with a certificate of authenticity/attribution from Bonner Art Services in Toulouse, France (2011).

A mixed media on paper attributed to the equally renowned Pop Artist Andy Warhol (Am., 1928-1987), titled Electric Chair (Orange), is also a possible study for a larger painting and it, too, carries an estimate of $6,000-$10,000. The drawing, signed front and back, comes with a certificate of authenticity/attribution from Gallery 64 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, dated 2006.

Another drawing attributed to Warhol, titled Campbell’s Soup Can, signed and initialed and done in marker ink on buff bond paper, has an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. An identical estimate has been assigned to the drawing in graphite and color pencils on buff-toned medium-weight bond paper attributed to Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss, 1904-1991) of a bird, signed by the artist.

Robert “Bob” Kane (Am., 1915-1998) was the comic book writer and artist who co-created, along with Bill Finger, the DC Comics character Batman. His marker, ink and white pencil on die-cut blue card stock of Batman (est. $1,000-$2,000), signed and dated 1991, is inscribed with “Bats Wishes,” and is also signed by Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the TV series.

Joe Schuster (1914-1992) is the Canadian-born American artist-illustrator who co-created the equally famous superhero Superman, along with writer Jerry Siegel, in Action Comics #1, in 1939. His colorfully rendered drawing of Superman, done in ink and crayon on white card stock, signed and inscribed “Best wishes, from Joe Schuster,” unframed, should sell for $3,000-$5,000.

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. A drawing of a character from that very book, attributed to Sendak and titled Wild Thing (a.k.a. Moishe), was executed in graphite pencil on green bond paper. The signed drawing should hit $2,000-$4,000.

The auction will begin at 12 o’clock noon Eastern time. Previews will 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, Mass. To schedule a preview call 508-533-6277.

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, e-mail him at bruce@woodshedartauctions.com. For more info, please visit www.woodshedartauctions.com

Image: Pen and ink drawings attributed to Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) - a tree study and a landscape with a haystack drawn on both sides of a single sketchbook page (est. $25,000-$35,000).

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 8.50.04 AM.pngLe Cirque, a rare, complete portfolio of 38 lithographs by the Russian/French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) leads Bonhams Prints and Multiple Sale in London on 27 June. It is estimated at £120,000-180,000. 

Cirque was printed in an edition of 250 in 1967, but the idea for the series had first been proposed in the mid-1930s by Chagall's art dealer Ambrose Vollard, (whose name is immortalized in the Vollard Suite, the 100 lithographs which he commissioned from Picasso). Vollard shared Chagall's passion for the circus, and often invited the painter to share his box at the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris.

Chagall's fascination with the circus and its performers dates from his childhood in pre-revolutionary Vitebsk (then part of the Russian Empire; now in Belarus). He saw a destitute man and his young children perform a handful of clumsy, acrobatic stunts. The public walked by unimpressed, and in later life Chagall always remembered the sad scene of the family trudging away, unappreciated and empty-handed. "It seemed as if I'd been the one bowing up there", he said, identifying himself with the father, while also connecting artists and circus performers as kindred spirits on the edge of society.

The 38 lithographs that make up Cirque are, however, joyous and exuberant. The scenes feature familiar circus characters, from acrobats to bareback riders - as well as some less familiar ones, including two-headed beasts and a female performer in a red dress sleeping on top of a lion.

Bonhams Director of Prints, Lucia Tro Santafe, said, "Cirque is one of the peaks of Chagall's printmaking achievements. With its outlandish costumes and feats, the circus provided an ideal setting for Chagall to create the dreamlike compositions for which he's famous. As he put it himself in the text accompanying Cirque, "for me, a circus is a magic show that appears and disappears... [In it], I can move towards new horizons".

 

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