September 2017 Archives

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Highlights:

AALot1.jpgLot 1

Harris (William Cornwallis) Portraits of the Game and Wild Animals of Southern Africa 

Published: London, 1840 Estimate: $12,500/15,000

One of the most important and valuable of the large folio works on South African fauna..... In addition to the beautiful coloured engravings (sic) which render this work almost the most highly prized of the books relating to South African animals, every plate is accompanied by an exhaustive chapter upon the characteristics of the animal represented, as well as by a short sketch of its personal appearance.

Lot 2

Potocki (Count Joseph) Sport in Somaliland (Limited edition signed by Rowland Ward)

Published: Rowland Ward Limited, London, 1900

Estimate: $10,000/15,000

Writing in diary fashion, Potocki recounts his hunting experiences and those of his companions, Counts Tomasz Zamoyski and Jan

Grudzinski. The hunters move through raw, primitive terrain, a land which was changeless yet ever changing. Clearly Potocki was entranced by his Somaliland experience. First published in Polish in 1897, illustrated by Piotr Stachiewicz an artist whose work is little known in the English-speaking world. Rowland Ward used the same illustrations in the English edition which was limited to 200 copies and sold for four guineas. It is now one of the rarities of the genre.

Lot 7

Pease (Sir Alfred E.) Travel and Sport in Africa Published: Arthur L. Humphreys, London, 1902 Estimate: $3,000/4,000

Pease recounts ten years of travel and hunting thorough various parts of Africa in this monumental late Victorian work. Volume One details Algeria and the Sahara regions with attendant sport after lions and antelope species. In Volume Two Pease describes his time spent in Somaliland with hunts after lions and elephants, as well as antelopes, moths and butterflies. Volume Three continues a later expedition into Somaliland and southern Abyssinia hunting lions, elephants, rhino and antelopes.

Lot 43

Roosevelt (Theodore) and Heller (Edmund) Life-Histories of African Game Animals

Published: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1914

Estimate: $1,500/2,000

Published four years after the well-publicized Smithsonian African expedition, which Roosevelt headed and Heller accompanied, this massive work details the species bagged on that adventure, as well as other specimens taken on safaris by the likes of Rainey, Tjader, Powell-Cotton, and others. While most of the text is of a zoological nature, there are plenty of hunting anecdotes supplied by the authors and such note-worthies as A.E. Pease. The numerous maps show game distribution in Africa, and there is a good bibliography of sporting, natural history, and exploration works.

Lot 82

De Saint Pierre (James Henry Bernardin) Studies of Nature Published: C. Dilly, in the Poultry, London, 1799

Estimate: $320/400

The scope of the work varies from the basic descriptions of the plant and animal kingdoms to the applications of laws of nature as the explanation of disorder in society. The third volume also contains other literary works including, Paul and Virginia, the story of two island children who grew up together and fell in love, only to end tragically when civilization interferes.

Lot 95

[Robertson (A Cunningham)] Historical Record of The King's Liverpool Regiment of Foot

Published: Harrison and Sons, London, 1883

Estimate: $200/300

Historical Record of The King's Liverpool Regiment of Foot, containing an account of The Formation of the Regiment in 1685, and of its subsequent services to 1881; also, succession lists of the officers who served in each of the Regimental Ranks, with biographical notices and summaries of their war services. Illustrated with plates. Second Edition.

Lot 198

Pausanias (Nicolas Gedoyn) Pausanias ou Voyage Historique de la Grece

Published: Aux depens de la Compagnie, Amsterdam, 1733

Estimate: $800/1,000

Pausanias' text records contemporary interpretations of monuments and traditions, and is concerned with the identity and history of Greece, issues that were crucial concerns for Greeks under Roman rule. Pausanias' treatment of geography and his descriptions of landscapes, cities and artworks are considered in detail, and there is also a study of his methods as a historian.

Lot 201

The first edition probable second state binding with the top edge unstained. This autobiographical work contains many anecdotes of Lewis's literary contemporaries such as James Joyce, W.H. Auden, Noel Coward - and of South African interest, Roy Campbell. A near fine unmarked copy in a near fine slightly spine darkened dustwrapper. (Morrow A26; 2000 copies printed, less than 1000 in binding 2) 

Lewis (Wyndham) Blasting and Bombardiering Published: Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1937 Estimate: $200/300

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181-Dupas copy.jpgNew York— An auction of Rare & Important Travel Posters at Swann Galleries on Thursday, October 26 promises vicarious thrills and worldwide destinations, teeming with the work of renowned graphic artists such as Roger Broders, Adolpe Mouron Cassandre and Jean Dupas.

The sale is especially remarkable for its dazzling selection of Art Deco works, embodying the Golden Age of luxury travel. The style is epitomized by Jean Dupas’s commission for the newly-formed London Passenger Transport Board, in which he envisions the city as an elysian wonderland; two landscape works from 1930—Thence to Hyde Park… and Where is this bower beside the silver Thames?—are each valued at $15,000 to $20,000. All of the six posters Dupas designed for the Underground are present in the sale, with the four 1933 works carrying an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000 each.

Brightly-colored Deco depictions of European getaways by Pierre Commarmond are led by La Route des Pyrénées, circa 1925, and Villers sur Mer / La Plage des Enfants, circa 1935, one of the few works by the artists to depict people enjoying the advertised locale, each with an estimate of $1,000 to $1,500.

A fleet of scarce and colorful works by poster visionary Roger Broders is led by Marseille / Porte de l’Afrique du Nord, 1929 ($5,000 to $7,500). The iconic Sainte -Maxime, 1929, and Monaco Monte - Carlo, circa 1920, are each valued at $4,000 to $6,000.

The sale features a veritable timeline of aviation history, with early works that capture the feverish fascination with the miracle of flight. Posters advertising fairs and events at which, for the first time in their lives, visitors might see a person fly through the air, such as Grande Semaine d’Aviation Rouen, 1910, by Georges Villa, conflating the human body and flying machine with a winged woman swooping around the city’s famous cathedral ($2,000 to $3,000). Charles Rambert created another work for the same aviation meeting in Rouen, showing a pilot soaring past a cathedral as gargoyles and saints on the spire recoil in horror ($6,000 to $9,000).

Dramatic ocean liner posters include James Scrimgeour Mann’s White Star Line / R.M.S. Olympic & Titanic, circa 1911, rare rendition of the famous sister ships, likely executed before their launch, with an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. Also available is Adolphe Mouron Cassandre’s monolithic image of Normandie / Maiden Voyage, 1935, as well as SS. “Côte d’Azur,” 1931 ($15,000 to $20,000 and $10,000 to $15,000, respectively). A poster for the Hamburg America Line, Around the World via Panama Canal, advertises a cruise on the SS Cleveland that began in New York in January 1915. Because the canal had opened in August 1914, this was likely one of the earliest posters to promote it as a route for passengers ($1,200 to $1,800).

Early posters advertising train travel to New York City showcase landmark rail terminals, such as Ivar Gull’s Pennsylvania Railroad / The Gateway to America, 1929, making its auction debut with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. Across town is Earl Horter’s view of Grand Central Terminal / New York Central Lines, 1927, showing the iconic grand concourse in a new, unfamiliar light, with people driving cars along the promenades in the station ($5,000 to $7,500).

Of special note is By the North Shore Line, a 1923 advertisement for the Chicago Rapid Transit Company by Ervine Metzl, described by Nicholas D. Lowry, Director of Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries, as “arguably the most progressive American poster artist of his time.” The present work shows a fish about to be caught, and is part of a series intended to demonstrate various activities available along the route of the train. The poster makes its auction debut with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.

A premier selection of work by Edward McKnight Kauffer features rare examples of his Vorticist period, including a rare 1922 advertisement for London History at the London Museum, starring the Great Fire of 1666, as well as a promotion for the London Museum of Practical Geology, 1921 ($2,000 to $3,000 and $1,5000 to $2,000, respectively).

The southern hemisphere features prominently among popular destinations, with India and Australia each luring travelers with bright colors and endemic creatures, namely koalas and elephants.

The complete catalogue with bidding information is available at www.swanngalleries.com. Additional highlights can be found here.

Image: Lot 181: Jean Dupas, Where is this bower beside the silver Thames?, 1930. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.

Screen Shot 2017-09-28 at 9.37.00 AM.pngParis, October 2017--One of the main events in the sale catalogue of Books and Manuscripts on 30 October is the rediscovery of one of the five very rare examples of the first edition on Japanese paper of Du côté de chez Swann (Swann’s Way) by Marcel Proust (estimate: €400,000/600,000).

These five legendary examples are the Proustian Holy Grail. The four other known copies belonged to Lucien Daudet, Gaston Calmette (the dedicatee of Swann), Jean Béraud and Jacques de Lacretelle (plundered during the war and never reappeared). This fifth copy is a genuine rediscovery: its last public appearance was in 1942 in a sale at Drouot, where it was bought by the bibliophile Roland Saucier, manager of the Gallimard bookshop on Boulevard Raspail. He kept it until his death.

It first belonged to Louis Brun, as witnessed by this fine autograph envoi:

"A Monsieur Louis Brun

Ce livre qui passé à la N[ouve]lle

Revue française n’a pas

oublié son amitié première

pour Grasset

Affectueux souvenir

Marcel Proust"

(To Mr. Louis Brun: this book, which is moving over to the Nouvelle Revue Française, has not forgotten its first friendship for Grasset. With affectionate memories, Marcel Proust)

Eminence grise to Bernard Grasset, and general secretary of the eponymous publishing house, Louis Brun was in charge of publications. He added several letters and manuscripts received from Proust to his copy.

From Grasset to Gallimard: the envoi encapsulates the publishing adventures of La Recherche (In Search of Lost Time). For Marcel Proust was rejected several times before the right person turned up in the shape of Bernard Grasset, who agreed to publish the novel at the authors' expense. Proust also had to finance its promotion. Du côté de chez Swann, finally published on 8 November 1913, reached the bookshops on 14 November. Although it had got off to a bad start, the book was a huge success for its persevering author. Taking advantage of editorial delays, Gaston Gallimard, André Gide, Jacques Rivière and the entire Nouvelle Revue Française team launched an irresistible charm offensive to persuade Proust to join their ranks. Their efforts paid off during the spring of 1916-this was probably the point at which Proust inscribes the copy to Louis Brun, as he refers to his move from Grasset to the N.R.F.

Apart from the envoi, the book comes with several autograph documents: two manuscripts of articles to be published in the Figaro, promoting Swann's release, and six letters-one to Bernard Grasset and five to Louis Brun-describing his strategy for the promotion of Swann in the press. Louis Brun had them bound at the end of his volume, and they provide valuable evidence of the author's ‘marketing’ methods, with Proust himself writing his publicity articles.

Today, seventy-five years after its last public appearance, this precious book is poised to enter the library of another great collector. 

A separate catalogue is devoted to this extraordinary copy, with a preface by Jean-Yves Tadié. This copy is the third of the four still in circulation to be sold by Sotheby’s; the most recent was the one belonging to Lucien Daudet, which fetched €600,000 in 2013.

LOT 27 copy 2.jpgPhiladelphia, PA - Noting the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the sale opens with an exceptional group of Pre-revolutionary Russian masterworks, including an Imperial presentation ring by Michael Perkhin for Faberge (Lot 21 Est. $80,000-120,000), an exceptional cloisonne enamel box by Feodor Ruckert (Lot 8 Est. $30,000-50,000), and a rare silver presentation cup in the form of a cockerel by Alexander Sokolov (Lot 9 Est. 30,000-50,000).

Wrapping up the Russian section are two important historical collections documenting the last days of the Russian Imperial Family at Ekaterinburg. Never before seen in the United States, The Lintern Archive (Lot 26, 30,000-50,000) comprises a rare Romanov family photographic album which likely belonged to Pierre Gilliard, tutor to the Imperial children. The album contains 66 photographs, many never before seen, and is sold with an historical letter documenting early efforts to recover the remains of the Romanovs in the forests of Ekaterinburg. The collection was discovered on the UK Antiques Roadshow earlier this year. The second collection, The Storojev Legacy, (Lot 27 Est. 30,000-50,000) comprises the theological library of Father Ivan Storojev, who was the officiant at the last religious services attended by the Imperial family. Included in the collection are the pectoral and blessing crosses used at the final service, and his heavily annotated missal which records his involvement. The Romanov family are now saints in the Orthodox Church.

This curated sale of 120 lots has something for everyone, from seasoned collectors to newcomers interested in taking advantage of the exceptional diversity and reasonable estimates

THE VIEWING AND AUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE AT 1808 CHESTNUT STREET

Thursday, October 12 10am-5pm 

Friday, October 13 10am-5pm 

Saturday, October 14 12pm-5pm 

Sunday, October 15 12pm-5pm 

Monday, October 16 10am-5pm

The Last Days of the Romanovs

Sunday, October 15 10:30am at Freeman’s

Join Freeman’s Senior Vice President and Division Head of British & European Furniture & Decorative Arts, Nicholas B.A. Nicholson, for a special lecture on the last days of the Romanov family followed by a private gallery tour with coffee and pastries. To participate contact: RSVP@freemansauction.com.

image.jpgNew York−The September 26 sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts including Exploration and Travel achieved US$1,377,250 and the top lot of the sale was The Christopher Columbus Letter on the Discovery of America, which realized $751,500, a world auction record for a Christopher Columbus letter.

About The Columbus Letter: The Columbus Letter on the discovery of America, the Menzies copy described by Joseph Sabin in 1876, is of the greatest rarity. According to American Book Prices Current only four copies of this Basel edition sold at auction in the past 80 years. Of Plannck's Rome, 1493 edition, the only other obtainable edition, only three copies sold in the past 80 years. For the first edition published in Barcelona in 1493 and the first illustrated edition published in Basel 1493 only a single copy of each edition is recorded in institutional hands.

Second illustrated edition. "The 'Columbus Letter,' as it is commonly called, described at first hand what is undoubtedly the most momentous of all voyages of discovery. The existence of an American continent was now made common knowledge and history was reoriented. An immense impetus was given to the rise of capitalism, both the exploitation of the riches of America and by providing a new outlet for European trade. The center of political and economic power was shifted from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic seaboard, resulting in the great westward migration from the old world to the new" (PMM).

"Christopher Columbus's 1493 announcement of the success of his voyage westward across the Atlantic Ocean quickly became one of the earliest 'best sellers' of European publishing. No less than eleven editions were published in 1493! They were issued across western Europe, in Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Six more editions were published in 1494-97. They are however all quite rare today; several of the editions survive in only a single copy; in total there are no more than 80 extant copies of all the editions" (Osher Map Library).

This important edition is made all the more significant through the combination of text and woodcut illustrations attributed to a Swiss artist. The very same blocks used to illustrate the first Basel edition of 1493, which is known in only one complete copy, now at the New York Public Library, were used to make these impressions. The five woodcut illustrations of the Columbus letter are: 1. A depiction of Columbus landing in a small boat, from a galleon in the foreground, on the island of "Insula Hyspana." Groups of natives stand on the shore. 2. The first map depicting a part of America illustrates Columbus's ships among the West Indian islands of Fernanda, Hyspana, Ysabella, Saluatorie, and Conceptionis Maria. 3. The building of a fort along the coast, "Insula hyspana" in the background. 4.The crowned arms of Spain. 5. Columbus's galleon, "Oceanica Classis," in full sail. 6. A portrait of Ferdinand II of Aragon appears on the title page of the first text.

The beginning of the Columbus letter, addressed to Gabriel Sanchez, Treasurer General of the kingdom of Aragon and translated from Spanish into Latin by Leandro di Cosco reads: "The Discovered Islands. Letter of Christopher Columbus, to whom our age owes much, concerning the islands recently discovered in the Indian sea. For the search of which, eight months before, he was sent under the auspices and the cost of the most invincible Ferdinand, king of Spain." The letter is preceded by a drama by Carolus Verardus celebrating the capture of Granada, during the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, with signature bb missing. "In all other respects it is a most superior copy and a volume of extreme rarity" (Sabin in his 1876 description of this copy). The account of the most famous voyages ever undertaken is one of the greatest high points of book collecting that can be obtained. BMC III,794; BSB-Ink V-77; Church 8; Goff V-125; GW M49579; HC 15942; Sabin 98923; See PMM 35 (first edition, Barcelona, 1493, known in only one copy at the New York Public Library); Wilberforce Eames, The Letter of Columbus on the Discovery of America. New York, 1892. See Osher Map Library, "The Diffusion of Columbus's Letter through Europe, 1493-1497 (online); "Treasures of the New York Public Library" (online); Herbert Reichner, Philobiblion, "Boise Penrose" volume 4, 1931, p 379-384.

 

Elv copy.jpgDALLAS, Texas - A stunning array of pin-ups will be featured among the most coveted lots in Heritage Auctions’ Illustration Art Auction Oct. 13 in Dallas, Texas. Gil Elvgren’s 1947 Vision of Beauty (est. $100,000-150,000) is one of the very rare nude oil compositions by Elvgren, one of the most prolific pin-up artists in American Illustration Art history, the creator of more than 500 paintings of beautiful women who was revered by later pin-up artists as an unquestioned master of the genre.

Patrick Nagel’s 1985 Bold (est. $60,000-80,000) was consigned by one of his original gallerists. Because he only painted on stretched canvas for less than three years, Nagel’s paintings on stretched canvas are particularly rare.

Gil Elvgren’s 1946 We Had a Little Falling Out (est. $30,000-50,000) is a fresh-to-the-market find with exceptional provenance, having resided with the same family for about 60 years. The painting, which was reproduced as “figure 176” in Gil Elvgren All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups, by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, shows a woman straddling a capsized (upside down) canoe in shallow water, with water dripping from her hair and the shirt she is wringing out in her hands, indicating that she was in the canoe when it flipped. The original advertisement said, “Be careful on July the fourth. It pays to stop and think. Don’t play with firecrackers or you’ll end up in the drink.”

Hugh Joseph Ward’s 1942 Undercover Man, Private Detective magazine cover (est. $25,000-30,000) is an exceptional piece from the pulp genre - fiction magazines that started being published in 1896 and survived until the 1950s. His cover art - including this example - frequently included a beautiful woman (often modeled by his wife) fleeing from some kind of monster, or as is the case here, some sinister thug.

Patrick Nagel’s 1982 Susan (est. $20,000-30,000) was given by Nagel to the model who posed for this image nearly 35 years ago. Nagel is known best for his illustrations for Playboy magazine and for the artwork he did for pop group Duran Duran, for whom he designed the cover of the best-selling album Rio. Nagel’s trademark 1980s style can be traced back to early 20th-century graphic and art deco design.

Other top lots are expected to include, but are not limited to:

·         Howard A. Terpning’s Desert Storm (est. $15,000-25,000)

·         Robert McGinnis’ 2002 Casino Royale, original DVD illustration (est. $15,000-25,000)

·         Howard A. Terpning’s Cliff Hanger (est. $8,000-12,000)

·         Charles Samuel Addams’ 1884 We’ll Feel Right At Home. The Travel Guide Says There Are Bats in the Belfry (est. $8,000-12,000)

·         Arthur Burdett Frost’s Mulvaney’s Muley Cow, Harper’s Weekly cartoon est. $8,000-12,000)

·         Norman Saunders’ 1950 Glitter Street Nightmare, Black Mask magazine cover (est. $8,000-12,000)

·         Gil Elvgren’s We Had A Little Falling Out Preliminary (est. $2,000-3,000)

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Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 9.50.10 AM.pngLondon--Incandescent star of stage and screen, Vivien Leigh’s power to fill theatres and auditoriums with her magnetic performances was indisputable; today at Sotheby’s in London, a half-century later, her appeal remained undiminished as collectors turned out in their droves to witness and take part in the sale of her personal collection. Over 1,400 participants from 52 countries drove the auction total to £2,243,867 ($3,031,016), over five times the pre-sale estimate.

Over the course of four days, some 4,000 people flocked to Sotheby’s to view first-hand paintings, furnishings, jewellery, couture, silver, books and further items celebrating all aspects of Vivien’s life. In a saleroom filled to capacity, all of the 321 lots offered found a buyer as lot after lot soared above estimate.

Commenting on today’s results, Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s UK Chairman, said: “On screen, Vivien delivered two of the most iconic lines of the century in her roles as Scarlett O’Hara and Blanche DuBois, performances that are indelibly ingrained in cinematic history. Today’s stupendous result makes abundantly clear that our fascination with this extraordinary woman shows no sign of abating. Bringing this collection to auction has been a journey of discovery, and with all the fresh research into her life, it’s been wonderful to reveal that Vivien was far more intelligent, witty and driven than most people realised. Her fans and the wider public have responded in kind.”

Vivien Leigh’s family commented: “Being able to share our grandmother’s legacy through her collection has ensured that her memory continues to live on. It’s been incredibly exciting finding out more and more about how Vivien lived her life, her love of art and books and old English houses, and the way she decorated her homes. We felt the time was right to share these personal objects with the world and just hope the successful bidders will enjoy these pieces as much as we all have.”

SALE HIGHLIGHTS

A present from Sir Winston Churchill to Vivien Leigh - this still-life of roses painted by the politician in the 1930s reveals the little-known story of their friendship. Study of Roses was sent to Vivien shortly after her visit to Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, in August 1951. It hung in her bedroom for the rest of her life: ‘Whenever I feel particularly low or depressed I look at those three rosebuds. The thought and the friendship in the painting is such a great encouragement to me…and I have the determination to go on’.

Estimate £70,000-100,000; Sold for £638,750

Vivien’s Smythson appointment diary dating from 10 January 1937 to 25 November 1939. The diary gives a unique insight into Vivien’s personal and professional life at the time she was catapulted to fame in her mid-twenties and first fell in love with Olivier. It lists hundreds of appointments as well as tantalising entries linked to Gone with the Wind.

Estimate £2,000-3,000; Sold for £15,000

Vivien Leigh’s personal copy of Gone with the Wind, given to her by the author Margaret Mitchell. The author gave Vivien this book when the two women met in Atlanta, Georgia, during preparations for the world premiere of the film. Vivien wrote to Mitchell on 14 December 1939 thanking her for the book and asking her to inscribe it for her. Mitchell stopped inscribing copies of Gone with the Wind several years earlier but, by way of compromise, Mitchell enclosed with her letter a loose leaf with four lines of verse taken from Robert W. Service's poem 'The Revelation', inscribed to Vivien, which Vivien placed in her book.

Estimate £5,000-7,000; Sold for £50,000

Gone with the Wind, final shooting script, presented to Vivien Leigh by David Selznick, the film’s producer. Copies of the screenplay, all inscribed by the producer, were given as Christmas presents, just a few days after the film's premiere in Georgia on 15 December 1939. Most copies were bound in half-morocco but this is one of a few copies, presumably to especially favoured recipients, that is fully leather bound.

Estimate £10,000-15,000; Sold for £58,750

The wig worn by Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois in the film 'A Streetcar Named Desire', inscribed with her name.  Made by Stanley Hall for Wig Creations and possibly after a design by Lucinda Ballard, who was Oscar® nominated for her costume design in the film. Larry, writing to Stanley Hall on 10 August 1950, requested a wig for the character to be sent to Vivien in California, specifying the ‘parting to be central, but the character of the dressing…to be untidy, unkempt, poor and tatty.’ This untidiness was a deliberate decision to reflect the ‘nervous worn out character’ of Blanche, with Hall and Leigh favouring a thin, dull coloured wig.

Estimate £400-600; Sold for £7,500

An inscribed silver goblet by Georg Jensen - a wedding gift from Katharine Hepburn. Hepburn was Vivien’s maid-of-honour at Vivien and Larry’s marriage ceremony which took place on 31 August 1940 at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

Estimate £8,000-12,000; Sold for £12,500

A silver cigarette box, engraved with ‘Vivien and Larry Love Myron [Myron Selznick]’, a gift from the man credited with securing Vivien with the role of Scarlett O’Hara. Myron Selznick, Larry’s American agent and David’s brother, had bought the rights to produce Gone with the Wind. Despite spending $50,000 in the quest for his Scarlett, David was desperate to find the new girl the public wanted to fit the heroine as described in the novel: striking green eyes, slanted brows, black hair, magnolia white skin and an arresting face. Late in December 1938, when filming had started, Myron engineered the meeting between David and Vivien during the dramatic burning of Atlanta scenes.

Estimate £400-600; Sold for £10,000

Study for Portrait of Vivien Leigh by Augustus John, red chalk on paper. Larry commissioned a painting of Vivien by Augustus John in 1942. Vivien had around three to five sittings, and whilst the painting was never finished, allegedly because Larry thought that the artist had become too infatuated with his subject, John also did a number of drawings of Vivien, of which this work in red chalk is one.

Estimate £5,000-7,000; Sold for £18,750

A watercolour by Roger Kemble Furse of Vivien Leigh Reading with Tissy, a black-and-white stray adopted by Vivien in the mid-1930s.

Estimate £1,000-1,500; Sold for £62,500

Vivien’s Charm bracelet, 1940s

Two of the charms in this highly personal bracelet commemorate some of the most memorable achievements of Vivien’s career. Her performance in Gone with the Wind (1939) is commemorated by a charm designed as the novel by Margaret Mitchell from which the film was adapted, the interior pages revealing both her name and that of her character, Scarlett O’Hara.  Similarly, the oval locket contains a recreation by Vivien of a painting of the famous entertainer and muse Emma, Lady Hamilton by George Romney. Vivien starred as Lady Hamilton in the 1941 film opposite Laurence Oliver, who played Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Estimate £1,000-1,500; Sold for £33,750

The Xmas 1940 Wristwatch, 1940

This watch is likely to have been a gift from Larry to Vivien for Christmas 1940, marking their first Christmas together as a married couple. The exuberance of the inscription to the reverse, in Olivier’s own handwriting, speaks volumes of his joy at finally being married to his ‘Darling’. Vivien clearly loved the watch, as she was often photographed wearing it at numerous points throughout her life, in private and public.

Estimate £800-1,200; Sold for £25,000

The ‘Eternally’ Ring, 1940s

This token of love between Vivien and Larry is inscribed to the interior Laurence Olivier Vivien Eternally, in Olivier’s own handwriting.

Estimate £400-600; Sold for £37,500

The Streetcar Named Desire Jewel Case

Probably a gift to Vivien on the 12 October 1949, the opening night of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Aldwych Theatre, London. The theatrical production of Tennessee Williams’ play was directed by Olivier, whom was possibly the giver of this present.

Estimate £800-1,200; Sold for £11,250

Two albums of photographs of Vivien’s early life, including studio portraits of Vivien as a baby and young child, photos of Vivien as a child in Calcutta, and school photos from Roehampton, the convent school in England which she joined in 1920 at the age of six.

Estimate £300-500; Sold for £3,500

A large collection of photographs of Vivien and Larry in various film and theatre productions, including Vivien in A Yank at Oxford (1938), Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), with Larry in The Sleeping Prince, in The Doctor’s Dilemma, Ship of Fools and a small number of Vivien as Blanche DuBois and one as Scarlett O’Hara, as well as four portraits by Angus McBean.

Estimate £800-1,200; Sold for £9,375

11-Thomson.jpgNew York—On Thursday, October 19, Swann Galleries will offer Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks, an auction celebrating the narrative qualities of vernacular and fine art photography. Just over 400 lots range from early experimental works to contemporary objets d’art.

The top lot of the sale is a scarce 1960s print of Ansel Adams's monumental Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, valued at $80,000 to $100,000. It is extremely rare to find this photograph, originally taken in 1941, printed before the 1970s.

Early highlights include an extraordinarily scarce 1862-72 album of 67 photographs depicting South Asia and China credited to John Thomson, with an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. Also available is Volume 10 of Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian, 1915, with 74 photogravures documenting the Kwatiutl peoples ($10,000 to $15,000); and a set of 54 plates from Animal Locomotion, 1887, by Eadweard Muybridge, valued at $40,000 to $60,000.

Much of the sale is devoted to twentieth-century art and documentary pieces by American photographers, with works by Margaret Bourke-White, Imogen Cunningham and Harold Edgerton. Highlights include Shop, Le Bacares, Pyrénées, France, 1951, by Paul Strand, valued at $25,000 to $35,000, and Irving Penn’s Les Garçons Bouchers, 1950-51, with an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. 

Midcentury counterculture is alive and well with Robert Frank’s gritty Fishkill, N.Y. (Newburgh), 1955, printed circa 1969, and Diane Arbus's Teenage Couple on Hudson Street, N.Y.C, 1963, each valued at $15,000 to $25,000. The dramatic silver print Dancers, 1956, by Roy DeCarava, printed 1981, is expected to sell between $15,000 and $25,000.

Vernacular works have become a hallmark of Swann photographs auctions: this sale includes a vast array of daguerreotype and tintype portraits from the nineteenth century, and a collection of more than 2,000 mugshots from Arizona dated 1918 to 1928 ($7,000 to $10,000). Also available are dye transfer prints of mid-century food spreads, and an American ice cream archive with 350 photographs.

An encyclopedic selection of portfolios and photobooks includes the complete BAM Portfolio, with 11 photographs by major artists including Richard Avedon, Nan Goldin, Annie Liebovitz, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman and William Wegman, 1993-2000, printed 2000, valued at $20,000 to $30,000. The limited first edition of Mr. Knife, Miss Fork, 1931, with 19 black and white photograms by Max Ernst, carries an estimate of $5,000 to $7,500. Also available is a self-titled portfolio by Brassaï of ten iconic silver prints of Paris, 1932-51, printed 1973 ($20,000 to $30,000).

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35. For further information and to make arrangements to bid, visit www.swanngalleries.com.

Additional highlights can be found here.

Image: Lot 11: John Thomson, album with 67 albumen prints of South Asia and China, 1862-72. Estimate $40,000 to $60,000.

_exhibition LeonardotoMatisse_PressReleaseImage_Email_584x380_081117_v1.jpgLeonardo to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning October 4, presents 60 masterpieces of European drawing spanning the Renaissance to the Modern age. It is the first presentation to highlight the full range of Robert Lehman's vast and distinguished drawings collection------ numbering over 700 sheets------ and to explore his significant activity as a 20th-century collector. The exhibition will trace the development of European drawing across five centuries through works by such celebrated masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Ingres, Seurat, and Matisse.

The exhibition is made possible by the Robert Lehman Foundation.
Drawn from the Museum's acclaimed Robert Lehman Collection, the exhibition will present a dynamic array of styles, techniques, and genres—from compositional studies for mythological and biblical narratives to panoramic landscapes and arresting studies of the human form. The selection will also illustrate the different facets of the artists' creative processes—from Leonardo's keen anatomical observation in his Study of a Bear Walking, to Dürer's awakening artistic self-consciousness in his Self-Portrait study, to Rembrandt's re-interpretation of Leonardo's painted masterpiece, The Last Supper.

The selection of drawings on view in Leonardo to Matisse will reflect significant developments in the medium between the 15th and 20th centuries, as styles, techniques, and genres evolved, evoking illuminating comparisons across regions and eras. The portraits, figure studies,landscapes, mythological and biblical narratives included in the exhibition will represent diverse sacred and secular subjects in media ranging from metalpoint, pen and ink, and chalk to graphite, pastel, and charcoal.

The role of drawing as the foundation of all the visual arts will be illustrated by numerous preparatory studies for painting, sculpture, textiles, engraving, and stained glass, including rare 15th century Netherlandish designs for a carved capital and tapestry. Elucidating the varying stages of the design process, the works on view will include rapid preliminary sketches, detailed studies of motifs, expansive compositional designs, and finished drawings intended for patrons.

The Robert Lehman Collection

Robert Lehman bought his first drawings in the 1920s, adding works on paper to his father's distinguished painting collection. He began with rare sheets by Italian masters and continued to acquire drawings for the next half century, principally in the field of Italian art, but more expansively through examples from England, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States.

By his death in 1969, the drawings collection numbered more than 700 sheets. While a few examples found their way into other public institutions in his lifetime, the remaining sheets form part of the Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum. Together with the holdings in the Department of Drawings and Prints, it has granted the Museum an outstanding collection of works on paper.

The Robert Lehman Collection is one of the most distinguished privately assembled art collections in the United States. Robert Lehman's bequest to The Met, a collection of extraordinary quality and breadth acquired over the course of 60 years, is a remarkable example of 20th-century American collecting. Spanning 700 years of western European art, from the 14th to the 20th century, the 2,600 works include paintings, drawings, manuscript illumination, sculpture, glass, textiles, antique frames, maiolica, enamels, and precious jeweled objects.

Leonardo to Matisse is organized by Dita Amory, Curator in Charge, and Alison Nogueira, Associate Curator, both of the Robert Lehman Collection at The Met.

"Conversation: Collecting Drawing," an Education program to accompany the exhibition on October 29, will consider the legacy of Robert Lehman.

Image: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, 1780-1867). Study for "Raphael and the Fornarina" (detail), ca. 1814. Graphite on white wove paper, 10 x 7 3/4 in. (25.4 x 19.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.646)

7274-03.jpgNational Book Auctions's September 23, 2017 sale featured a broad range of rare and antique books and ephemera.

One standout offering was the four-volume "Historical Records of the Survey of India" published in 1945, which brought $1,312 against a high estimate of $700. This was one of several important titles from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Their expedition was sponsored by the Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. Many more volumes from the Hurley collection will be offered in National Book Auctions's next sale on October 7, 2017.

For more information about bidding or consigning, please contact mail@nationalbookauctions.com or 607-269-0101.

_pjs2056.jpgAUSTIN, Texas — The archive of award-winning author Michael Ondaatje has been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Ondaatje, author of the Booker Prize-winning novel “The English Patient,” is widely regarded as one of the finest English-language novelists writing today. 

Ondaatje’s archive, which fills more than 90 boxes, documents in great detail his working methods.  Present are research notes containing background detail on the places where his fiction is set. He composed his novels in dozens of handwritten notebooks often resembling scrapbooks, with found images inserted among the manuscript pages. Also present are audio recordings of Ondaatje dictating his difficult handwriting to a typist, and, finally, heavily annotated printed drafts. These materials will give students and scholars a glimpse of his writing process from the 1960s to the present, and the archive will serve as the primary resource for all future studies of Ondaatje’s work. 

“Displaced by history, the inhabitants of Michael Ondaatje’s novels often find their most stable home in language,” said Stephen Enniss, director of the Ransom Center. “He is a master stylist in both poetry and prose, and we are honored to add his work to the Ransom Center’s collections, which include many of our finest contemporary writers.” 

Born in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, in 1943, Ondaatje immigrated to England in 1954 and moved to Canada when he was 18. He has said of himself, “I am a mongrel of place. Of race. Of cultures. Of many genres.”

During a career spanning more than 50 years, he has written fiction, poetry, short stories and a memoir. He began his career as a poet but is best known as the author of the 1992 novel “The English Patient,” which was made into a critically acclaimed motion picture. He followed that success with “Anil’s Ghost” (2000), “Divisadero” (2007) and “The Cat’s Table” (2011), each of which is represented in the archive with extensive manuscript drafts. Also present are drafts for each of his poetry collections including “The Collected Works of Billy the Kid” (1970), “Secular Love” (1984), “The Cinnamon Peeler” (1990) and “Handwriting” (1998). 

In addition to materials documenting the genesis of his writings, the archive also contains abundant correspondence demonstrating Ondaatje’s centrality to the literary and cultural communities of Canada and the broader world during more than 50 years.

At the Ransom Center, the archive joins those of several correspondents documented in the Ondaatje papers, including Russell Banks, J. M. Coetzee, Don DeLillo, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jayne Anne Phillips and James Salter. There is also extensive correspondence between Ondaatje and such friends and fellow authors as Margaret Atwood, John Berger, Carolyn Forché, Joan Didion, Richard Ford, Carlos Fuentes, Victoria Glendinning, Jim Harrison, Hanif Kureishi, W. S. Merwin, Alice Munro, Sharon Olds, Salman Rushdie, Elizabeth Smart and Graham Swift.

Correspondence and documentation relating to the development of the Academy Award-winning film adaptation of “The English Patient” includes a rich and lengthy correspondence between Ondaatje and the film’s director and screenwriter Anthony Minghella, and letters from actors Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Other materials include scripts, plays, poetry manuscripts, address books, calendars, photographs, speeches, talks, audio and video recordings, rare Canadian literary journals and research materials.

The archive is an essential source for scholars interested in understanding the development of the creative works of the author. The archive will be available for research and teaching once processed and cataloged.

Image: Notebooks containing the first draft of Michael Ondaatje's novel "The English Patient," 1988. Photos by Pete Smith.

ab1f28ee-9fb5-44d7-9112-8839d3ae2abe.jpgPHILADELPHIA, PA — Literary enthusiasts and avid collectors of first editions need not look hard to find items worth seeking in Freeman's forthcoming Sept. 28th Books, Maps & Manuscripts sale. Leading the literature section of the sale is a first edition, first issue copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, or There and Back, published in London in 1937 by George Allen & Unwin (Lot 244). With its first state dust jacket (containing the notable misprint "Dodgeson" for "Dodgson), seven full-page illustrations and map endpapers, this near-fine copy is expected to elicit strong participation from interested parties. Complementing Tolkien's fantastical classic is a complete, attractive set of A.A. Milne's Christopher Robin Books (Lot 250). The set comprises first trade editions of When We Were Very Young (1924), Winnie-The-Pooh (1926), Now We are Six (1927) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928), each retaining its original gilt-pictorial and gilt-paneled colored cloth and intact dust jackets. The individual volumes are embellished with compelling decorations by E.H. Shepard, and Winnie The-Pooh has additional pictorial endpapers depicting a bird's-eye-view of the "100 Akre Wood." Other notable first editions in the sale include: Lot 234, James Joyce's, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. (New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1916) and Lot 208, a five-volume set of Charles Dickens's Christmas Books, which includes a first edition, third issue of Dickens's beloved classic, A Christmas Carol. Freeman's Books, Maps, and Manuscripts Auction will take place at 10am on September 28, 2017 at 1808 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Exhibition will be open Sunday, September 24 at 12pm-5pm, and Monday, September 25 through Wednesday, September 27: 10am-5pm. 

 

9ace19f5772220f5088d14987d1c1dc711b9dd57 copy.jpgBOSTON, MA - Prince's personal notebook with an extensive handwritten working script for the film Under the Cherry Moon is among more than 200 items that will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.  

The Mead college-ruled notebook contains fifteen single-sided pages of Prince's handwritten working script for the film. In the middle of the notebook there are two consecutive pages with messages written by Susannah Melvoin in red colored pencil, with large happy and sad faces drawn in the center. These are soon followed by the fifteen pages of Prince's working screenplay for Under the Cherry Moon, written by him in pencil; several pages are annotated by Prince in purple pencil, with notes indicating scenes and page numbers. 

The dialogue begins with a line from "Tricky," "I like 'em nice 2, u know that certain special way." Mary replies, "Special. What do u mean?" Tricky: "U should know, Mary. That's what u are." Prince then writes some stage directions: "Mary smiles. She likes Tricky." The dialogue continues with a line from Mary: "Have u ever been 2 Maxim's?" Tricky: "Oh yes, honey Chris & I, we…No." Mary: "Tomorrow night at 8. We'll see how well u adapt 2 the finer side of life. (Just then Chris comes up & takes Mary's hand)." Chris: "We'll be there. (beat) May I?" 

It is interesting to note that this scene plays out in the film in essentially the same manner envisioned here, with one exception: the name of the restaurant is changed from "Maxim's" to 'Le Pavillon.' The next page has a scene that takes place slightly later in the film and features some memorable dialogue. Tricky says, "Man that was a dog thing 2 do. You mean she set u up 2 bust into her old man's private business?" Christopher replies, "She don't know what's good enough 4 Isaac Sharon is even better 4 me." Tricky: "She's bad, cuzzin." Christopher: "She's tricky, Tricky." Tricky: "But she ain't as smart as us." Christopher: "She's smarter. But she ain't got no street. U know I wish there was some way 2 bring her down 2 our world then she could experience the real fun." Tricky: "Gimme a dark room & a Johnny Mathis album and I'll show her the real fun." In the film this conversation differs slightly, with "Johnny Mathis" swapped out for 'Sam Cooke.' 

A few pages later is the famous 'Wrecka Stow' scene in the restaurant. Prince sets up the joke: "(He begins 2 write on a napkin) 'It's obvious Little Miss Mary has never been off the city block.' He shows the napkin 2 Mary. There are 2 words—Wrecka Stow." Mary: "What is that? Some new language?" Christopher: "Read it. Do u know what it is?" After some back-and-forth, Mary says, "Wrecka Stow. Wrecka Stow. It's nothing. Admit it. (Tricky is laughing harder now. People are starting 2 stare)." Christopher: "Surely you must know. Again. This time say it louder." Mary: "Wrecka Stow! Wrecka Stow!" Chris: "Louder!" Mary: "(very loudly) WRECKA STOW! I give up. What is it?" Christopher: "If u wanted 2 buy a Johnny Mathis album where would u go?" Mary: "(very embarrased) The Wrecka Stow." As in the previous dialogue, "Johnny Mathis" is changed to 'Sam Cooke' in the film. 

Their conversation continues with a few similar jokes before transitioning into the sole musical performance of Under the Cherry Moon, a restaurant-crashing rendition of 'Girls & Boys.' Tricky: "Wait, wait I got one. (He writes FLO on the napkin). Mary: "(spells it out) F, L, O. It not a nickname 4 your cousin Florence is it?" Tricky: "No, cuzzin! (He rises from the table and does a spin Jackie Wilson would be proud of and drops into a full split. The kids in the restaurant are amazed and he slides up smooth.)" Tricky: "When I be dancin' I split rat down 2 da FLO!" Prince continues to describe the scene: "Again they laugh. Loudly. The M'tre 'd runs 2 the tele. The waiters begin the nightly ritual of moving the tables back so that people can dance. Christopher smiles at Tricky who asks Mary 2 dance. Christopher runs 2 the bandstand and asks the piano player if he can sit in. He obliges and Christopher immediately raises the tempo. Christopher: 'Bb fellas. Girls and Boys.' The groove gets right after a second or 2 and the place starts jumping. Christopher signals Tricky who grabs the boom box and runs 2 the stage. He puts a microphone on the deck. 'Girls and Boys' the song blasts loudly into the air. Tricky starts dancing on the stage. Everyone cheers and parties harder. Just then Mr. Sharon and his aides burst into the restaurant." Mary is removed from the restaurant by her father, and the scene ends—as does this notebook. In very good to fine condition, with moderate wear to covers; interior pages remain crisp and clean. 

From the collection of singer-songwriter Susannah Melvoin, an extended member of the Revolution during the Parade era, who shared a longterm working musical relationship with and was engaged to Prince during the 80s. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Melvoin. 

For the most part, it seems that few changes were made between the dialogue as written here and in the final film—some short sequences were omitted, and some words were changed here and there, but in general this draft matches what became the final script for Under the Cherry Moon. Listen to Susannah Melvoin discuss this handwritten script in her interview on the Rare and Remarkable! Podcast.

“It is rare to have so much of Prince's handwriting in a single item, and outstanding to see the evolution of his creative thought process as it was committed to paper,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.  “His sense of humor shines in this script, and that it so closely resembles the final product makes it all the more remarkable.”

Among other items to be featured: 

Prince's handwritten musical enhancements notes for the 1984 film Purple Rain.

Prince's bright yellow custom-made high-heeled shoes.

Prince 'Mountains’ Handwritten Chorus Music Sheet Lyrics and Album.

Prince's 1980 Rick James Tour All Access Pass.

The Prince Auction from RR Auction began on September 14 and will conclude on  September 27.  More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

 

Paris - Sotheby’s, on October 10th, in Paris, in association with Binoche & Giquello, will auction off a new chapter of the remarkable library of R. & B. L. The sale will take place in the Galerie Charpentier under the hammers of both auction houses. On this occasion, the expert Dominique Courvoisier will team up with the specialists of Sotheby's. 

This sixth part is devoted to the Romantic period. Its two catalogues comprise a large collection of illustrated books and posters by Daumier, Grandville and Gavarni, together with first editions, autographs and drawings of exceptional quality by authors including Balzac, Borel, Chateaubriand, Custine, Desbordes-Valmore, Dumas, Forneret, Hugo, Lamartine, Mérimée, Musset, Stendhal, Sand and Vigny.

Copies in these two collections are in extraordinarily fresh condition, in period bindings, often signed and some of them richly decorated. 

The originality and rarity of this library lies in the fact that different copies of the same text cohabitate in diverse period bindings, or by great binders of the early 20th century when bound later, with their illustrated covers. These copies, often cited in bibliographies, often bear prestigious provenances such as Laurent Meeûs, Henri Beraldi or Victor Mercier.

GRANDVILLE

Central to this collection, Grandville is largely represented through his advertising, his animal drawings and 43 original dip pen drawings featured in an extraordinary, unique copy of the Aventures de Robinson Crusoë (estimate: €25,000/35,000).

Often decorated with gilt or polychrome plates, these copies are in exceptional condition, like one of the Métamorphoses du Jour (estimate: €15,000/20,000), the work that made Grandville's reputation, and that of Un Autre Monde (estimate: €20,000/30,000).

ROMANTIC FIRST EDITIONS

VICTOR HUGO

The collection features an impressive set of first editions, letters, autograph manuscripts as well as magnificent ink drawings in Victor Hugo's hand. 

The outstanding lot is an unpublished relic of Victor Hugo's love life, a manuscript compilation of notes addressed to his great love, Juliette Drouet, who followed him into exile. This Autograph Notebook dates from 1834, the first period of their relationship. In it, Hugo proclaimed his love to Juliette almost every day, so that she could read it before going to sleep (estimate: €70,000/90,000). 

Six magnificent original drawings of landscapes, seascapes and monuments include a striking Gibet de Montfaucon (estimate: €80,000/120,000). This horrific symbol of the Ancien Régime is described by Hugo, who was intensely opposed to capital punishment, in Notre Dame de Paris, as "that deep charnel house where so many human remains and so many crimes have rotted together". 

HONORÉ DE BALZAC

The collection includes several first editions by the author of the Comédie Humaine, in extremely rare period bindings, including a superb first edition of Mémoire de deux jeunes mariées stamped with the monogram of the EmpressMarie-Louise, Duchess of Parma (estimate: €12,000/15,000), and an exquisite copy of Vautrin containing a signed autograph envoi to the great Romantic actress Marie Dorval (estimate: €15,000/20,000). 

The most remarkable set of autographs are the celebrated Letters to Louise: precious private correspondence, described by his biographer as a real "romantic quest", to a woman whose identity Balzac never knew (estimate: €40,000/60,000).

ALEXANDRE DUMAS

The collection includes the first two plays by this prolific writer of drama and historical novels: Henri III et sa Cour and Trilogie sur la vie de Christine, offered to the famous tragic actress Mademoiselle George (estimate: €35,000/45,000) whose name is stamped in Gothic letters in the centre of an inlaid binding masterpiece by Thouvenin. It comes with three autograph letters, two of which by Alexandre Dumas.

Also worth noting is one of the finest known copies of the first edition of Les Trois Mousquetaires in a remarkably well-preserved period binding (estimate: €50,000/80,000).

STENDHAL

Stendhal is represented by an extremely rare example of the very first run of Histoire de la Peinture en Italie containing a handsome envoi to Paul-Louis Courier, the famous pamphleteer whom the author much admired (estimate: €30,000/40,000). His two most famous novels also feature: Le Rouge et Le Noir (estimate: €30,000/50,000) and La Chartreuse de Parme (estimate: €30,000/50,000), both first editions in fine Romantic bindings, as well as a splendid set of autograph letters.

ALFRED DE MUSSET AND GEORGE SAND

The two celebrated lovers are reunited in this collection through a group of first editions in contemporary bindings, some with envois, as well as drawings, letters and manuscripts, including Sand's astonishing critical study on Hugo and L’Année terrible (estimate: €7,000/10,000) and an amusing illustrated letter from Musset to his "godmother" in which he depicts himself bowing before her (estimate: €4,000/6,000).

Auction at Sotheby’s Paris -10 October 2017

Exhibition: 6-7-9 October 2017

Screen Shot 2017-09-20 at 11.39.35 AM.pngNEW YORK-Sotheby’s is pleased to offer a selection of important daguerreotypes from the renowned collection of Stanley B. Burns, MD in its bi-annual Photographs auction on 5 October 2017 in New York. Collected with passion and connoisseurship over the last four decades, this fine group of daguerreotypes provides a fascinating glimpse into mid-19th century life, from astonishing medical studies, occupational portraits, post-mortems, and architectural studies, to gold rush era landscapes and cityscapes. The collection will be on view to the public alongside the Photographs exhibition from 30 September - 4 October. 

Dr. Burns’s prized collection is especially rich in medical studies, including a haunting quarter-plate daguerreotype of a Physician with his Operative Kit (above, estimate $15/25,000), an exceptional quarter-plate daguerreotype of Dr. Charles Linnaeus Allen Studying Anatomy with Student (estimate $25/35,000), as well as a fascinating selection of Portraits of Persons with Physical Abnormalities (estimate $8/12,000). Rare gold-mining landscapes, such as Street Scene in Benicia, Solano County, California (estimate $30/50,000) and Chinese Gold Miners Posed with Nuggets, California (estimate $30/50,000) offer historical insight into the Gold Rush era in the American West. 

Fascinating Photographs from the Collection of Stanley B. Burns, MD

While the collection is primarily based on photographs by American artists, there are two outstanding works by French photographers, including a luminous quarter-plate daguerreotype depicting a Ceremony Commemorating the Abolition of Slavery in the French Empire, Martinique (estimate $50/70,000) and The Artist and His Wife: A Narrative Portrait (estimate $70/100,000), a rare six-plate narrative daguerreotype depicting the historical painter Pierre Louis Alexandre Abel Terral and his wife Catherine Célina Porion.

A practicing opthamologist and lifelong collector across many fields, Dr. Burns kick-started his passion for photography in the 1970s when he purchased his first medical daguerreotype. Since then, he has devoted his life to photographic history and has amassed an unrivalled collection of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, and paper prints. In 1977, he created the Burns Archive to share his unique discoveries and promote the history of photography to the world. Dr. Burns has authored more than 60 books and essays on the subject, all illustrated with works from his vast collection. His photographs have been the basis of dozens of exhibitions at prominent museum and universities, either through loan or donation, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the J. Paul Getty Museum. His collection and expertise have been instrumental tools of study for television and filmmakers; most recently he served as consultant for Steven Soderbergh’s HBO/Cinemax series The Knick.

338-Picasso.jpgNew York—Swann Auction Galleries opened the fall season with a marathon sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, breaking multiple records and earning more than $2.6M. The Tuesday, September 19 auction offered 635 examples of fine and museum-quality works, many of them originals, to a crowded hall of bidders.

The top lot of the sale was a large black-and-white lithograph by Pablo Picasso of Françoise Gilot, titled Françoise sur fond gris, 1950, which sold after breakneck bidding to a buyer on the phone for $125,000. Of the 49 works by the master offered in the sale, 75% found buyers, for a total of $389,590. Additional highlights included the color linoleum cut Les Banderilles, 1959, and the aquatint Femme au fauteuil II: Dora Maar, 1939, each of which sold for $27,500. A run of Madoura ceramics by Picasso also performed well, led by the platter Mat Owl, 1955, at $11,250.

The sale featured a cavalcade of original and unique works by marquee artists, led by Elephant Spatiaux, a 1965 watercolor by Salvador Dalí in his signature style, at $60,000. Lyonel Feininger’s atmospheric watercolor Space, 1954, reached $47,500. A portrait in pencil by Diego Rivera of his friend Ralph Stackpole, probably based on an earlier photograph, exceeded its high estimate to sell for $40,000, while Paul Klee’s pencil-and-ink Durch Poseidon, 1940, reached $30,000. 

The sale broke several long-standing auction records for works by important artists. Henri Matisse’s etching Jeuene femme à la coiffure hollandaise, regardant des poissons, 1929, exceeded its previous record by nearly $15,000, selling at Swann for $22,500. A late cubistic color aquatint and etching by Georges Braque, Hommage à J.S. Bach, 1950, more than doubled its previous record at $11,875. Three records were set for works by Thomas Hart Benton, with additional records achieved for works by Yves Tanguy and Jacques Villon.

Todd Weyman, Director of Prints & Drawings at Swann Galleries, said of the sale, “The market continues to grow for both blue chip and niche works on paper, seen in yesterday’s bidding across the board. We are pleased that some of the most unique and important works, such as Picasso’s Françoise sur fond gris and Feininger’s Space found new homes with enthusiastic bidders.”

The next auction of Prints & Drawings at Swann Galleries will be held on November 2, 2017.

Image: Lot 338: Pablo Picasso, Françoise sur fond gris, lithograph, 1950. Sold September 19, 2017 for $125,000.

Lot 121 D.jpgPHILADELPHIA, PA—On Thursday, September 28, Freeman’s will host its Fall 2017 Books, Maps & Manuscripts auction. Though encompassing notable material from a range of collecting genres, the sale is highlighted by a fresh-to-the-market example of what is generally considered to have been the first American atlas: Charts of the Coast of America from Cape Breton to the Entrance of the Gulph of Mexico, published and sold by Matthew Clark and Osgood Carleton in Boston between 1789 and 1790. Tradition holds that this particular copy, which is comprised of sixteen of the original eighteen charts available for subscription, has been kept in the same private collection since 1880. It is one of but few extant bound sets of Clark’s charts: individual sheets are rare in themselves, seldom appearing at auction, and most complete copies of the atlas are only to be found in university archives or private libraries. This sale, therefore, represents a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire an important piece of early Americana and a key document in the country's cartographic history.  

The largest printed survey of the East Coast of North America at the time of its production, the atlas’s engraved, nautical charts depict territory from Cape Breton to the Gulf of Mexico. The maps were intended to be a set of working charts and consequently, rarely survived their use at sea, making this compilation exceedingly rare. Dedicated to the renowned Bostonian John Hancock, this volume is especially interesting because each chart bears cartographer Osgood Carleton's signature. The presence of multiple signatures indicates that this volume consists of charts that were individually sold, serially issued and later bound, thereby pre-dating the single-volume general atlases that that Clark and Carleton later sold and authenticated with just one signed notice. 

The atlas's subscriber-owner appears to be a certain "Elihu Morris," who floridly inscribed his name in brown ink under the word "Massachusetts" at the preface. He may be identified with many others known by this name in earlier periods, but a provisional identification might be made with the E. Morris specified in the will of William Morris of Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, NJ, dated 7 April, 1777. 

Alongside this important atlas, Freeman's will present other noteworthy Americana, including: a first edition engraved and hand-colored "Accurate Map of North and South Carolina, with their Indian Frontiers," by R. Sayer & J. Bennett, London, circa 1775 (Lot 126); a document dated December 22, 1834 and signed by William Barret Travis (1806-1836), an Alabama-born lawyer, who was a leader in the Texas Revolution and Joint Freeman's Books, Maps, and Manuscripts Auction will take place at 10am on September 28, 2017 at 1808 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. The exhibition will be open Sunday, September 24 at 12pm-5pm, and Monday, September 25 through Wednesday, September 27: 10am- 5pm. 

 

260-Galileo.jpgNew York—Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books come to Swann Galleries on Tuesday, October 17. The wide-ranging auction of some 300 lots covers a plethora of topics and periods.

Setting the sale apart is a prodigious selection of early books relating to food and wine, with highlights including L’Humore Dialogo, Milan, 1564, a treatise by Bartolomeo Taegio on viticulture, valued at $4,000 to $6,000, as well as the first edition of Domenico Romoli’s La Singolare Dottrina…dell’Ufficio dello Scalco, Venice, 1560, a guidebook for hoteliers and chefs with a year’s worth of menus ($2,000 to $3,000). Also available is a first edition of the oldest known Spanish-language book on carving, a Latin translation of a third century work describing imaginary banquets full of scholarly conversation, and various cookbooks and instruction manuals.

The sale is led by a phalanx of important works from the scientific revolution, including the first edition of Thomas Salusbury’s Mathematical Collections, London, 1661, containing the first English translation of Galileo Galilei’s System of the World, in which he proved the validity of the Copernican heliocentric theory ($10,000 to $15,000). 

A guide to conduct for rulers by thirteenth-century Augustinian philosopher and theologian Aegidius Romanus, also known as Egidio Colonna, Archbishop of Bourges, titled Lo Libre del regiment del princeps, 1480, is present in the first edition published in Catalan in Barcelona—one of the earliest books printed in that language ($10,000 to $15,000).

From the Age of Exploration comes the complete first-edition set of nine volumes recounting Captain James Cook’s voyages to the Southern Hemisphere, the South Pole and the Pacific Ocean. These official accounts, containing numerous engravings of scenes encountered on the journey, were published in London from 1773 to 1784 ($10,000 to $15,000).

Also available is the first edition in the original Greek of Libri Novem, by Herodotus, published in Venice in 1502, previously in the possession of the Venetian Doge Mario Foscarini, with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.

Medical highlights are led by Hippocrates’s Libri omnes, bound with Paul of Aegina’s Libri septem, both of which were published in Basel in 1538 ($4,000 to $6,000). Also available is the first edition of Ulisse Aldrovandi’s Monstrorum historia, Bologna, 1642, illustrated with more than 450 woodcuts depicting monsters, prodigies, portents, et cetera, as well as true medical accounts, such as the first description of a bladder exstrophy ($3,000 to $5,000). The first full-length medical book printed British North America, Nicholas Culpeper’s Pharmacopoeia Londinensis; or, The London Dispensatory, Boston, 1720, is valued at $6,000 to $9,000.

Maximos Planudes’s Anthologia Graeca Planudea, Florence, 1494, was the primary basis of the Greek Anthology in Europe for some 200 years after its publication; a first edition will be offered with an estimate of $5,000 to $10,000.

Manuscript material is led by a fourteenth-century copy on vellum of the allegorical treatise De Claustro animae, by Hugo de Folieto, using the cloister as a metaphor for the soul ($3,000 to $5,000).

An encyclopedic selection of Bibles is led by the Insel-Verlag limited-edition facsimile on vellum of the Gutenberg Bible in Latin, Leipzig, 1913-14, estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. Also available is Biblia sacra polyglotta, the first edition of the fourth, final and most accurate of the large-scale polyglot bibles of the sixteenth- and seventeenth centuries, a tour-de-force of typography and layout employing Greek, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic, Samaritan and Ethiopic fonts, printed in London from 1655-57, valued at $3,000 to $5,000.

The auction offers a substantial array of Greek and Roman classics from the Genevan presses of the Estienne dynasty of scholar-printers. These include Thucydides’s De bello Pelopponesiaco libri VIII, 1588, and the contemporary physician and historian Achilles Pirmin Gasser's annotated copy of Olympia, Pythia, Nemea, Isthmia, 1560, by Pindar et al. ($2,500 to $3,500 and $1,000 to $2,000, respectively).

A selection of treatises relating to architecture features Vincenzo Scamozzi’s L’Idea dell’Architettura Universale… Parte Prima, Venice, 1615; Ottavio Bertotti Scamozzi’s later volume, Le Fabbriche e i Disegni di Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, 1776-83; and Palladio’s own masterwork, I Quattro Libri di Architettura, Venice, 1581. Each of these titles is valued between $3,000 and $5,000.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35. For further information and to make arrangements to bid, visit www.swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 260: Galileo Galilei, Galilæus . . . His Systeme of the World, in Thomas Salusbury's Mathematical Collections and Translations, first edition, London, 1661. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000. 

Auction date: Tuesday, October 17, at 1:30 pm

Exhibition dates: October 14, 12-5; October 16, 10-6; October 17, 10-12

SAN MARINO, Calif.—Sandra Ludig Brooke, Librarian of the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, has been named the Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, The Huntington’s Interim President, Steve Hindle, announced today. She joins the staff in early January 2018.

“It is with enormous enthusiasm that we bring Sandra on board to lead the Library division at this transformative time,” said Hindle. “Libraries—including significant rare book and manuscript libraries like The Huntington—are undergoing spectacular shifts in the way that they function, underscored by the rapid changes in technology. Tremendous opportunities lie ahead for making our collections more discoverable, and more relevant, than ever before, and we look forward to Sandra and her very capable team leading the way forward.”

Brooke succeeds David Zeidberg, who has served as director for the past 21 years.

“This is an auspicious moment for research libraries,” said Brooke. “Rare book and manuscript collections are astonishingly nuanced embodiments of the cultures that created them. Today, digital technologies offer myriad ways to magnify the impact of these rare and precious materials—to enhance their discovery and make new kinds of scholarly inquiry possible. It’s an exhilarating time, and I look forward to being a part of it at The Huntington.”

For the past 10 years, Brooke has overseen the Marquand Library’s staff and collections. The Library is one of the oldest and most extensive art libraries in the United States, attracting more than 150,000 visitors each year. Its collection comprises a full range of library materials to support research in art and architecture, the decorative arts, photography, and archaeology from prehistory to the present. She previously was head of collection development at the Williams College Libraries and an editor for the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Bibliography of the History of Art, and has done curatorial and museum education work at the Yale Center for British Art and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in art history from Northwestern University and Williams College, respectively, and did graduate work in the history of art at Yale University where her principal research was in 18th and 19th century British art. She also holds a master’s degree in library science from the State University of New York at Albany.

At The Huntington, she will be responsible for a staff of more than 70 and a world-renowned collection of some 9 million rare books and manuscripts covering, principally, British and American history, literature, art, and the history of science, stretching from the 11th century to the present. Among the collections are 7 million manuscripts, 420,000 rare books, 275,000 reference books, and 1.3 million photographs, prints, and ephemera.

She will serve as one of 10 members of the Huntington’s senior staff, reporting to the President. Central to the Library’s mission is its work with scholars; some 1,700 or so access the collections each year conducting advanced research in the humanities. The Library also is responsible for a Main Exhibition Hall, showcasing some of the most significant rare books and manuscripts in the collection; for the Dibner Hall of the History of Science, a permanent exhibition on astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light; and a temporary exhibition space which most recently displayed an acclaimed exhibition on the work of science fiction author Octavia E. Butler.

Among the Library’s most iconic holdings are the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (ca. 1400-1405); one of 12 vellum copies of the Gutenberg Bible known to exist (ca. 1455); quarto and folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays, some of which were printed during the writer’s lifetime; the monumental Birds of America by John J. Audubon; and the original manuscript of Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography. Newer holdings include manuscript collections from writers Charles Bukowski, Octavia E. Butler, Jack London, and Hilary Mantel.

 

DALLAS, Texas - The landmark political memorabilia collection of David and Janice Frent - widely regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind ever assembled - will debut Oct. 21 at Heritage Auctions. This is the first of eight auctions dedicated to the collection with items spanning everything from buttons to banners, from George Washington up through recent elections. The collection has never been displayed publicly, but a number of items can be seen illustrating the important two-volume reference work Running for President, The Candidates and Their Images, edited by eminent historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.  and published by Simon & Schuster in 1994.

“Presenting this monumental collection at auction will be quite a challenge,” Heritage Director of Americana Auctions Tom Slater said. “I have presided over the auction sale of some of the greatest political collections including those of U.I. ‘Chick’ Harris and Merrill Berman. But the Frent Collection dwarfs even those legendary holdings. We anticipate a minimum of eight quarterly catalog auctions of 500-600 lots each, and those will just include the more important pieces in the collection. The Harris and Berman collections each realized over $2 million dollars at auction, and the Frent Collection will unquestionably achieve multiples of that amount.”

The collection was begun by the Frents when they were newlyweds nearly a half century ago, when they happened on a Mason jar containing some colorful turn-of-the-century political buttons including “Rough Rider” Theodore Roosevelt. Both already had an affinity for American history, and these tangible artifacts immediately caught their fancy. Little did they know that the chance discovery would ultimately result in a collection which has all but taken over the Frents’ spacious suburban home. “It’s hard to imagine living without the collection,” Janice said, “but over time the burden of being its custodians has grown harder to bear; it’s a great responsibility. Now we find ourselves looking forward to sharing these much-loved treasures with a new generation of collectors.”   

While the profusion of rare and unusual objects is astonishing, the uniformly high condition standards maintained by the collectors is also remarkable. 

“Over the years, prices of rare political items have risen to the point where many purchases amount to investment decisions,” Slater said. “When that occurs in a collecting field, condition becomes more and more important. But clearly this was a priority from day one for the Frents. That practice should pay real dividends for the sellers as we auction the collection. Many of the pieces are the finest we have ever seen, and that will not go unnoticed by bidders.” 

“We always tried to obtain the finest condition available,” David said, “and if we had the opportunity to upgrade, we always took it. We weren’t thinking in investment terms in those days. We just wanted the most appealing examples we could find.”

All items in the October auction are available for viewing and interactive bidding at HA.com/6181. For more information about the Frent Collection auctions, please contact Tom Slater at 214-409-1441 or TomS@ha.com.

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.

The ABAA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 National Collegiate Book Collecting Competition

1st Place  

Alexander M. Koch, The Breath and Breadth of the Maine Woods

Unity College

2nd Place 

Mark Gallagher, A New Spirit of Truth: The Writings of the American Transcendentalists

UCLA 

3rd Place 

Xavier González, “Books That Count”  Books and DVDs Calculated to Inspire Children and Young Adults to Explore the Wonderful World of  Mathematics 

Harvard University

Essay Winner

Sarah Linton, “THE FICTION WE HAVE BECOME” William Gibson’s Uncertain Future and the Cyberpunk Revolution

Johns Hopkins University 

The judges were very impressed with the submitted collections and wish to thank all who participated.  The Awards Ceremony will take place at the Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Montpelier Room on Friday, October 20th at 5:30pm. The event is free and open to public. 

The National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest was establishing in 2005 by Fine Books & Collections magazine to recognize outstanding book collecting efforts by college and university students, the program aims to encourage young collectors to become accomplished bibliophiles. 

The contest is now administered jointly by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), the Grolier Club, and the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division (the Library of Congress), with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

Potter first copy.jpgDALLAS, Texas - A rare, first-edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - one of just 500 original copies, of which 300 were destined for British libraries - set a world record when it sold for $81,250 during Heritage Auctions’ offering of rare books Sept. 14 in Dallas. Frenzied bidding pushed numerous lots well past their pre-auction estimates, propelling the total sales in the event to nearly $2 million.

“We are very pleased with the performance of Genre fiction in our auction, continuing on our earlier successes in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Mystery and Detective Literature,” Heritage Auctions Rare Books Director James Gannon said. “Heritage is extremely strong in presenting and marketing these books, and by now we have the attention of the rare book market and a large following of enthusiastic bidders.”

A swarm of bidders pursued the first edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone until it more than quadrupled its pre-auction estimate before finally hammering at $81,250. Presented as originally sold, without a dust jacket, the volume also set the world record for the highest price paid for an unsigned work of fiction published in the last 50 years.

“We have sold great Harry Potter titles - not to mention chairs - in the past, but we never really paid attention to such a thing as a world record,” Gannon said. “This recent copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone surpassed the earlier record of approximately $60,000 by more than 30 percent. It very well may be the highest price obtained at auction for any unsigned work of literature published in the past 50 years.”

A first edition of History of the Indian Tribes of North America by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall climbed to $66,250. The work is now famous for its color plate portraits of the chiefs, warriors and squaws of the various tribes; the original paintings were destroyed in the Smithsonian fire of 1865, so their appearance in this work preserves the only known likeness of many of the most prominent Indian leaders of the early 19th century.

Another lot that far exceeded expectations was a John James Audubon [Robert Havell, engraver] Original Copper Printing Plate, and John James Audubon Brown Creeper, Certhia Familiaris, and California Nuthatch, Sitta Pygmea drew $62,500 - more than six times the pre-auction estimate. The Birds of America was published between 1827 and 1838 in London, after which many of the plates were sold for scrap or melted down. This plate is believed to be one of 78 still extant, from the original 397.

A 1919 first edition of T.S. Eliot’s Ara Vos Prec (The Ovid Press) is another lot that sparked furious competition among 13 bidders until it climbed all the way to $57,500 - more than 11 times its pre-auction estimate. One of just four presentation copies printed on Japan vellum, this copy is not numbered, and is inscribed by Eliot on the half-title: “for my mother / Charlotte C. Eliot / T.S. Eliot.”

“The crystal-clear provenance on the T.S. Eliot material helped these lots to far exceed their estimates,” Gannon said. “Coming directly from his family is really the very definition of ‘fresh to market’ and it is more accurate to say ‘never to market’ before.”

A 1929 first edition of Red Harvest, the first book written by Dashiell Hammett, was offered in its rare, original color-printed dust jacket, which was totally unrestored. Bidders pushed the auction price to $50,625. The lot was the premier offering from the KoKo Collection, the most substantial collection of mystery and detective literature ever offered by Heritage Auctions.

Other top lots included, but were not limited to:

·         Hartmann Schedel’s 1493 Liber cronicarum cum figuris et ymaginibus from The Nuremberg Chronicle: $50,000

·         A 1926 first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises: $25,000

·         Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes [In The All-Story, Vol. XXIV, No. 2]: $28,750

·         John James Audubon’s The Birds of America, From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories: $28,750

·         A 1937 first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Or There and Back Again: $28,750

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, London, 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.

"Law's Picture Books" Published

Yale.JPGTalbot Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of an important new title: “Illustrated law books” may seem like an oxymoron. After all, law is conceptual, analytic, and so very wordy! Yet for the past decade, over a thousand illustrated law books have been assembled in the Yale Law Library - spanning eight centuries and four continents. Law’s Picture Books began as a major exhibition of that collection at the Grolier Club (9/13 to 11/18/17) in New York City, curated by Rare Book Librarian Michael Widener and legal historian Mark S. Weiner. In challenging the stereotype of legal literature as a dreary expanse of dry text, this book will surprise and delight both bibliophiles and members of the legal community.

This handsome full-color book is enhanced by Michael Widener’s essay “Collecting Yale Law Library’s Picture Books,” Mark S. Weiner’s “Reflections on an Exhibition,” Jolande E. Goldberg’s “Ars Memoria in Early Law: Looking Beneath the Picture” and Erin C. Blake’s “Law’s Picture Books and the History of Book Illustration.”

Law’s Picture Books

The Yale Law Library Collection

Michael Widener Mark S. Weiner

Paperback, full color, vii, 211 pp., 9”x 9” ISBN 978-1-61619-160-3 $39.95

 

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the nation's leading auction houses, will expand its regional reach to Atlanta, Georgia. With headquarters in Chicago, this will be the firm's eighth location in addition to Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale and St. Louis. 

Mary Calhoun has been hired as director of business development for the location. Calhoun is a civic leader who sits on the board of numerous local organizations and helps to coordinate some of their largest annual events. These organizations include the Atlanta Opera, the Trust for Public Land, Atlanta History Center, Cherokee Garden Library and Cherokee Garden Club.

Calhoun spent seven years at Sotheby's New York in a number of business development and marketing roles. Notably, she oversaw marketing initiatives for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Duke and Duchess of Windsor collections.

"I'm thrilled to bring my years of experience to Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as the firm grows in Atlanta," said Mary Calhoun. "With the recent hiring of Michael Shapiro, former Director at the High Museum of Art, I'm excited to help bring the exceptional service and reach of an international auction firm to Atlanta." 

Regarding Leslie Hindman Auctioneers' expansion into Atlanta, Michael Shapiro, who joined the firm as a Senior Advisor, said, "Leslie has created one of America's leading auction houses, and I look forward to helping Leslie Hindman Auctioneers continue to flourish."

At Sotheby's Calhoun worked closely with management teams, specialists in numerous categories and all areas of client service. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. 

"We plan on making Atlanta a major auction center," said Leslie Hindman, founder and CEO of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. "We are delighted that Michael Shapiro and Mary Calhoun will lead our efforts in building a hub for the entire Southeast."

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is a globally recognized brand with eight national offices and over 60 auctions conducted annually in collecting categories such as fine jewelry and timepieces, contemporary art, 20th century design, rare books, furniture, decorative arts and more. They work with buyers and sellers across the globe, connecting with millions of collectors through each auction conducted. For more information, please contact Jim Sharp at (312) 280-1212.

About Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is among the leading fine art auction houses of the world and one of the largest in the country. As a globally recognized brand, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers conducts over 60 auctions annually in categories such as fine jewelry and timepieces, contemporary art, modern design, rare books, furniture, decorative arts and more. The firm has salerooms and business offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale and St. Louis but connects with millions of collectors worldwide through online resources and global listings. The firm is also a founding partner of Bidsquare, a live auction platform formed by six leading auction houses, and owns a proprietary online bidding platform, LHLive, as well as LHExchange, an e-commerce site specializing in high-end designer furniture and decorative arts. Visit www.lesliehindman.com for more information.

Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 8.24.11 AM.pngLOS ANGELES - The Getty Museum will exhibit a rare drawing by one of history’s most admired artists, Michelangelo, for a limited time from September 20 through October 29, 2017. The drawing was part of a landmark group of 16 drawings and one painting acquired by the Getty Museum in July of this year.

Study of a Mourning Woman, ca. 1500-05, by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) made headlines after it was rediscovered in the collection at Castle Howard in 1995. Before then, it had been hidden among other treasures in the family collection, unknown to scholars for hundreds of years. This is the first time the drawing has been exhibited in a museum since its rediscovery. 

“Michelangelo’s drawing is the supernova among a collection of some 16 extraordinarily rare and important drawings recently acquired by the Getty,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Michelangelo is rightly regarded as one of the very greatest painters, sculptors, architects, and draftsmen in history, and it was important to me that the people of Los Angeles and other visitors to the Getty have the opportunity to view this exquisite addition to our collection before it is shown elsewhere.”

Following its presentation at the Getty, the drawing will be loaned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for the exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsmen and Designer opening November 13.

Michelangelo’s powerful pen and ink study of a mourning woman exemplifies his extraordinary talent for monumental figural conceptions. It is characterized by dense hatching and crosshatching in brown ink, with highlights of white lead. The figure is seen in profile and dressed in a full-length robe worn by women of antiquity as depicted in Renaissance painting. Her pose and attitude reflect the mourning figures often found in paintings of Christ’s deposition from the cross or a lamentation. 

“With a sculptor’s three-dimensional conception of space, Michelangelo here depicts a solidly monumental single figure of a type for which he became famous,” said Julian Brooks, senior curator of drawings at the Getty Museum. “This immensely powerful work is a new linchpin in our Italian Renaissance collections and a superb example of the artist’s talent and creativity.”

The drawing represents the pinnacle of a group of pen and ink drawings made early in Michelangelo’s career, at a pivotal moment when his fame as a sculptor was also spreading to dramatic painted compositions. While there is no known Michelangelo project that includes this figure, the design was nevertheless known to a number of the artist’s contemporaries. Examples of figures directly inspired by Study of a Mourning Woman can be found in a manuscript page in the Farnese Hours by Giulio Clovio (1498-1578), and drawings by Lorenzo Sabatini (c. 1530-1576) and Francesco Salviati (1510-1563).

For this special presentation, the drawing will be displayed in the Getty Museum’s North Pavilion, on the second floor gallery devoted to Italian Renaissance paintings. It will go on view again at the Getty in January 2018, when it returns from the Michelangelo exhibition at the Met, alongside the other recently acquired drawings and Jean Antoine Watteau’s painting La Surprise, 1721.

LH Map.jpgJ.T. Palmatary's rare birds-eye view of pre-fire Chicago sold just shy of $200,000 in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers' September 13 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction conducted in Chicago. It was printed in 1857 by Braunhold & Sonne and is one of four known copies. The three other copies are held by the Library of Congress, the Newberry Library and the Chicago History Museum. 

The example offered by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers was the only known obtainable copy of the map in private hands. Having sold to a collector in Chicago, it remains in private hands. 

"As the map is one of only four known copies, we're thrilled that it sold to a Chicago area collector," said Gretchen Hause, Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Palmatary is known for his aerial views of cities. The birds-eye view of Chicago was completed just one year after the Illinois Central Railroad was built, which appears in the foreground of the map. Another notable feature is an area called "The Sands," visible in the lower right-hand corner. Notorious in its time, the area was known for having a high concentration of brothels, gambling dens, saloons and inexpensive motels. In 1871, during the Great Chicago Fire, the Sands became a point of refuge for displaced Chicagoans. Palmatary detailed notable places in the city, as depicted on the map via a lower margin legend. The view includes street names, homes, churches and points of industrial interest. 

"The market remains strong for rare material in excellent condition. Both of these things contributed to the high price realized for Palmatary's Chicago map," said Hause.

The Fine Books and Manuscripts department is now accepting consignments for its December auction. Visit lesliehindman.com for additional information.

About Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the world¹s foremost fine art auction houses, has been providing exceptional service and achieving record prices since 1982. With more salerooms in the United States than any other auction house, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers conducts over 60 auctions annually in categories such as fine jewelry and timepieces, contemporary art, modern design, rare books, furniture, decorative arts and more. The firm has salerooms and business offices in Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale and Saint Louis but connects with millions of collectors worldwide through online resources and global listings. The firm is also a founding partner of Bidsquare, a live auction platform formed by six leading auction houses, and owns a proprietary online bidding platform, LHLive, as well as LHExchange, an e-commerce site specializing in high-end designer furniture and decorative arts. Visit www.lesliehindman.com for more information.

BOSTON, MA - Princess Diana's sterling silver card case sold for $20,974 according to Boston-MA based RR Auction

The case was among belongings Diana had personally donated to charity months before her death on Aug. 31, 1997.

Engraved on the front, "Diana," and was given to her as a gift by her 'Granny.' The handsome case has a lovely, ornate design on the exterior with leather card pockets inside. 

"What makes these items incredibly special is the strong sentimental value they offer, many coming directly from Princess Diana," said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

03f56192e1c88311047152bd37d9e2d3a35b23d5.jpegHighlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:

Diana’s hand-written French vocabulary book from her time at a Swiss finishing school sold for $15,204. 

A 17-inch (43-centimeter) silver necklace with a capital "D'' charm that Diana is thought to have worn as a teen sold for $8,893. 

Princess Diana and Mother Teresa photo and signature display sold for $8,636. 

A casual white sweater likely worn in Diana’s teenage years sold for $8,572. 

Princess Diana's elegant black metal mesh handbag sold for $7,411. 

Princess Diana signed Red Cross photograph sold for $7,136. 

Princess Diana sterling silver perfume bottle sold for $6,270. 

A silver locket containing a photograph of Princess Diana and her sons Prince Harry, and Prince William sold for $6,209.

The Princess Diana Tribute auction from RR Auction concluded on September 13.  More details including results can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

Princess Diana's French Lesson Book With Extensive Handwriting

Remarkable circa 1978 handwritten French vocabulary notebook from her time at Swiss finishing school, marked on the front cover in her own hand, "Diana Spencer, Madame Fowls Vocabulaire, Articles de Fowlor." 

Inside are a total of 19 pages full of handwritten notes (most double-sided), plus a couple of additional lines, consisting of translations of vocab words from French to English. 

Affixed throughout are small photocopies of short French articles, apparently used in her class. 

Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Sally Fell, the head chef at Althorp, in part: "I was employed as head chef at Althorp House during the 1980s when Diana, Princess of Wales, was a regular visitor. 

During this period Raine Spencer was in the process of totally redecorating Althorp in her own style. As Diana now permanently resided in London, one of the rooms listed for redecoration was her old bedroom and the butler at the time, Carl Ackerman, was instructed to remove all of Diana's belongings and offer them to the staff, or dispose of them if no interest was shown. All the items were placed on a long table in the courtyard, and we the staff were invited to take what we wished, which is how I came to possess Diana's French vocabulary school book." 

“We know of only one other example of Diana's schoolbooks to be held in private hands,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Diana attended Institut Alpin Videmanette, a finishing school in Rougemont, Switzerland, for one term in 1977-1978. It was during this period that she was first introduced to Prince Charles, who was dating her older sister Sarah. Their relationship lasted only briefly before dissolving over some of Sarah's comments reported in the gossip columns. 

Diana and Charles's relationship blossomed in 1980, and they got married in 1981. 

“It’s a truly remarkable Diana piece, filled with her teenage handwriting,” said Livingston. Executive VP at RR Auction. 

 

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY - On September 21, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 opens the doors to a larger, newly designed location on the first floor of the museum, featuring dedicated space for programming organized in collaboration with MoMA PS1.

Coinciding with the New York Art Book Fair, September 21-24, 2017, the space's opening events include signings with Christian Wassmann, Debi Cornwall, Katherine Bernhardt and Sascha Braunig, and magazine issue launches with BOMB and OSMOS. Artbook @ MoMA PS1 is also proud to host a celebration for the new facsimile of Depero’s Bolted Book published by Designers and Books. For a complete, up-to-date event schedule, please visit us online at www.artbook.com/momaps1.

Also during the fair, internationally recognized artist’s book maker Jan Voss will be the featured artist hosted by the new Artbook Atelier within the space. A unique print shop, the Artbook Atelier will commission artists to design “unlimited” limited editions that will be produced "on-site and on-demand" for finite periods of time. Customers will be able to request commissioned prints by the yard on a variety of papers. Each edition will be printed on demand for one year, after which Artbook Atelier will declare and cap the edition size.

As part of MoMA PS1 and the community, Artbook has a special bond with Greater New York and Long Island City in particular, and continues to welcome neighborhood residents and families. Ongoing programs developed with the museum's curatorial team will make Artbook @ MoMA PS1 a hub for the community.

In the fall, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 opens its new children's book area, where kids will have a space of their own to play and discover new and classic children's titles. A cozy maze of low shelves housing a world of books recognizable to children as their own, this space will become an ongoing focal point of the new store. An adjacent area with comfortable seating will be filled with lush greenery provided by The Sill, a plant shop on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

In the winter, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 will unveil another new section: a world-class selection of rare art and photography books that will complement its acclaimed offering of titles on contemporary art, theory, and visual culture. Continuing our decade-long partnership with the museum, we will continue to stock titles from publishers large and small, and from imprints based locally as well as internationally.

As visitors return to Artbook over the months and years to come, they will discover that the space looks a little bit different each time. In fact, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 has been specially designed to encourage fluidity in its layout, enabling this dynamic environment to accommodate different kinds of events, panel discussions, workshops, and experimental programming. With its carefully-conceived, flexible configuration, the new space embraces and supports MoMA PS1’s mission to serve as a catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art.

Both a world-class art bookstore and an inviting public space for museum programs, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 welcomes international, American, and local visitors; artists as well as students; and readers steeped in art theory alongside people coming to contemporary art for the first time.

"We are thrilled to be partnering not only with the curatorial team at MoMA PS1 but also with the Long Island City community, Greater New York City, and local artists," says founder Skuta Helgason. "We look forward to becoming a hub for book-focused events, artist-centered programs, and community partnerships. It makes our day when we see someone browsing the shelves and discovering an artist for the first time."

“It is so important to give books, their covers, and their content a physical and visual presence in a space beyond the internet. Once a year, MoMA PS1 is completely filled with books for the New York Art Book Fair, but with the newly expanded book space, Artbook @ MoMA PS1, we can offer a dedicated home for books and related programs throughout the year,” added Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large at the Museum of Modern Art. “Visitors can browse and experience this environment of inspiration, discovery, surprise, and discussion, looking over the surfaces of books displayed generously like a landscape, open them and go deeper into their content, and even participate in programs—which is more than what is possible at any other space in New York City. We are filling an urgent need in the creative community.”

ABOUT ARTBOOK

Artbook LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of D.A.P. / Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., the world's largest distributor of books and museum catalogs on art, photography, architecture, and design. In addition to the bookstore at MoMA PS1, Artbook also runs the acclaimed magazine store in the entry Kiosk to the museum on Jackson Avenue.

Other Artbook store locations include:

  • Artbook @ Hauser Wirth, Los Angeles, CA
  • Artbook @ Walker, Minneapolis, MN

And art fairs:

  • Artbook @ Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL
  • Artbook @ Design Miami, Miami, FL
  • Artbook @ Frieze NY, New York, NY
  • Artbook @ New York Art Book Fair, New York, NY
  • Artbook @ The LA Art Book Fair, Los Angeles, CA

Online, artbook.com offers an ever-expanding selection of art, photography, architecture, and design titles from world-class museums and galleries, international imprints, and small presses.

MS. Sansk_d.14_16v copy.jpgOXFORD, 14 September 2017 - The origin of the symbol zero has long been one of the world’s greatest mathematical mysteries. Today, new carbon dating research commissioned by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries into the ancient Indian Bakhshali manuscript, held at the Bodleian, has revealed it to be hundreds of years older than initially thought, making it the world’s oldest recorded origin of the zero symbol that we use today.

The surprising results of the first ever radiocarbon dating conducted on the Bakhshali manuscript, a seminal mathematical text which contains hundreds of zeroes, reveal that it dates from as early as the 3rd or 4th century - approximately five centuries older than scholars previously believed. This means that the manuscript in fact predates a 9th century inscription of zero on the wall of a temple in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, which was previously considered to be the oldest recorded example of a zero used as a placeholder in India. The findings are highly significant for the study of the early history of mathematics.

The zero symbol that we use today evolved from a dot that was used in ancient India and can be seen throughout the Bakhshali manuscript. The dot was originally used as a ‘placeholder’, meaning it was used to indicate orders of magnitude in a number system - for example, denoting 10s, 100s and 1000s.

While the use of zero as a placeholder was seen in several different ancient cultures, such as among the ancient Mayans and Babylonians, the symbol in the Bakhshali manuscript is particularly significant for two reasons. Firstly, it is this dot that evolved to have a hollow centre and became the symbol that we use as zero today. Secondly, it was only in India that this zero developed into a number in its own right, hence creating the concept and the number zero that we understand today - this happened in 628 AD, just a few centuries after the Bakhshali manuscript was produced, when the Indian astronomer and mathematician Brahmagupta wrote a text called Brahmasphutasiddhanta, which is the first document to discuss zero as a number.

Although the Bakhshali manuscript is widely acknowledged as the oldest Indian mathematical text, the exact age of the manuscript has long been the subject of academic debate. The most authoritative academic study on the manuscript, conducted by Japanese scholar Dr Hayashi Takao, asserted that it probably dated from between the 8th and the 12th century, based on factors such as the style of writing and the literary and mathematical content. The new carbon dating reveals that the reason why it was previously so difficult for scholars to pinpoint the Bakhshali manuscript’s date is because the manuscript, which consists of 70 fragile leaves of birch bark, is in fact composed of material from at least three different periods.

Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, said:

‘Today we take it for granted that the concept of zero is used across the globe and is a key building block of the digital world. But the creation of zero as a number in its own right, which evolved from the placeholder dot symbol found in the Bakhshali manuscript, was one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of mathematics.

‘We now know that it was as early as the 3rd century that mathematicians in India planted the seed of the idea that would later become so fundamental to the modern world. The findings show how vibrant mathematics have been in the Indian sub-continent for centuries.’

 Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian, said:

‘Determining the date of the Bakhshali manuscript is of vital importance to the history of mathematics and the study of early South Asian culture and these surprising research results testify to the subcontinent’s rich and longstanding scientific tradition. The project is an excellent example of the cutting-edge research conducted by the Bodleian’s Heritage Science team, together with colleagues across Oxford University, which uncovers new information about the treasures in our collections to help inform scholarship across disciplines.’ 

The Bakhshali manuscript was found in 1881, buried in a field in a village called Bakhshali, near Peshawar, in what is now a region of Pakistan. It was found by a local farmer and was acquired by the Indologist AFR Hoernle, who presented it to the Bodleian Library in 1902, where it has been kept since.

An academic paper about the results, conducted at the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, is currently being prepared for publication. A short video about the research results can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV_gXGTuWxY&feature=youtu.be 

A folio from the Bakhshali manuscript will go on public display at the Science Museum in London as a centrepiece of the major exhibition Illuminating India: 5000 Years of Science and Innovation, opening 4 October 2017. The exhibition will celebrate India’s central role in the history of science and technology by exploring its influential contributions to subjects as diverse as space exploration, mathematics, communication and engineering.

Image: Carbon dating has revealed that folio 16 from the 70-page Bakhshali manuscript dates from 224-383 AD. This is therefore one of the earliest known examples of the use of zero (written as a dot) used as a placeholder, i.e. the use of zero to indicate orders of magnitude in a number system.

Lincoln Ferro.jpgDALLAS, Texas (Sept. 12, 2017) - A rare and exceptional Abraham Lincoln: Life-size Portrait by Penrhyn Stanlaws (est. $1,500+) is just one of the many standout lots featured in Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 2 Americana & Political auction. Consignments of quality material relating to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln are being accepted until Oct. 11, 2017. The auction comes a year after Heritage’s $2.4 million special auction dedicated to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

The 25-by-30-inch oil-on-canvas is a half-length portrait of Lincoln, seemingly modeled on the Feb. 9, 1864 photograph by Mathew Brady, clutching a green cloak. The portrait is considered one of the most accurate images of Lincoln ever created.

Stanlaws used several references to complete the artwork: Volk's Lincoln life mask of 1860, physical descriptions (including that given by Lincoln himself), 120 photographs of Lincoln and one description "given me personally by an usher in Ford's Theatre on that fateful night."

Two more bronze likenesses of Lincoln on offer in the auction include an 11-inch bust of our 16th president (est. $2,500+), signed "Jo Davidson 1943" on back of Lincoln's collar. One of the preeminent sculptors of his time, Davidson’s unique piece in that he traditionally only worked from live subjects. “To complete this bust in a way that would have been satisfactory to him must have been a great struggle - he strived to capture not only a subject’s likeness but character as well. It is a really unique piece that is not a typical example of Davidson’s method,” said Don Ackerman, Consignment Director for Heritage Auctions.

The second bronze is an approximately 24-inch tall life-sized bust of Abraham Lincoln by Louis Mayer (est. $10,000+). The piece is signed on the side by the artist: "Louis Mayer © 1916", and has a lovely, greenish-brown patina with excellent detail. This marks the first time Heritage ever has sold a full-body Mayer statue of Lincoln.

Not to be outdone, the auction also holds a Lincoln & Hamlin: Ferrotype Jugate (est. $3,000+), inscribed in small letters below the busts "Lincoln and Hamlin" in near-mint condition.

To consign your material to be auctioned alongside these items Dec. 2, visit Heritage Auctions’ Historical Americana portal to meet the Oct. 11, 2017 consignment deadline.

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, London, 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.

mostyn-add-ms-89250-f052r copy.jpgA rare and beautiful Psalter - a volume of psalms - produced in thirteenth-century London has been acquired by the British Library. The Mostyn Psalter-Hours was acquired for the nation with a grant of £390,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and funding from other generous supporters.

The book includes a calendar, decorated with twenty miniatures of the labours of the months and the signs of the Zodiac, and a Psalter with eight of the original ten large historiated initials, the Hours of the Virgin, and the Office of the Dead.

The manuscript can be identified securely as having been produced in London, and is one of relatively few surviving examples of luxury books known to have been made in the capital during the medieval period. Its calendar features a sequence of London saints - including the seventh-century bishops of London, Melitus and Erkenwald - and the feast of the translation of Edward the Confessor in Westminster in 1269. 

The manuscript’s original patron is unknown, but its high quality illumination - where text sits alongside highly decorative letters and illustrations - indicates that it was made for an important individual - possibly a bishop, as an image of a bishop appears in the illustration for Psalm 101, which is where a donor portrait might be expected.     

“The Mostyn Psalter-Hours is an outstanding example of English illumination of the highest quality and represents a crucial piece of evidence for the history of English painting,” said Kathleen Doyle, Lead Curator, Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library. “Because the manuscript is localised to London, it is a critical focus around which to group other manuscripts - of Psalter texts and others - in a Westminster/London context, and to compare with books made in other centres. The addition of the Mostyn Psalter to the British Library’s collections will facilitate identification of London-based scribes and artists in other manuscripts. Similarly, the representation of the possible patron within the book will also help shed light on the process of creating such luxury books.”

The purchase price of the manuscript was £775,000 and was supported by a contribution of £390,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, along with support from the Art Fund, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, the late Bernard Breslauer, the Friends of the British Library, and the Friends of the National Libraries.

John Glen, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism said: “This important thirteenth-century manuscript was produced in London so it is fitting that it will now go on display at the British Library. I am pleased that this rare work has been saved for the nation through a generous donation from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and that the manuscript will be digitised and available for all to enjoy.”

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of NHMF, said: “The Mostyn Psalter-Hours is quite simply exquisite. What makes it particularly special is that we are able to trace its production back to thirteenth-century London and with just a few luxury books produced in the capital during this period still remaining, it’s a rare survival. The National Heritage Memorial Fund was set-up to save the UK’s most precious heritage at risk and so we felt it imperative this treasure should be safeguarded for future generations to study and enjoy.”

“We are hugely grateful to the NHMF and for the generous support of all the other funders, for making this important acquisition possible,” said Scot McKendrick, Head of Western Heritage Collections. “The British Library holds the world’s largest collection of medieval English Psalters and current and future generations of scholars will be able to study the Mostyn Psalter-Hours alongside other notable examples from the period.”

The manuscript has been digitised and is available to view on the Library’s Digitised Manuscripts website. It will also be placed on display in the Library’s Sir John Ritblat Treasures gallery (which is open seven days a week), after which it will be available to scholars in the Library’s Manuscripts Reading Room.

Image: lluminated page from the Mostyn Psalter-Hours (Add MS 89250 folio 52r).

The September 9, 2017 sale at National Book Auctions featured a wide array of books and ephemera, with particular focus on children's literature and modern firsts.

A signed first edition of Roald Dahl's "Boy" brought $1,187 against a high estimate of $500 and a signed first edition of Stephen King's "IT" brought $1,000 against a high estimate of $400, likely due to renewed curiosity surrounding the release of the major motion picture adaptation.

The sale also featured colonial American pamphlets, vintage science fiction pulp magazines, cased ambrotype portraits, illustration art, and vellum volumes dating back to the early 17th century.

Further complementary material will be offered in future sessions throughout the fall and winter of 2017. For more information on bidding or consigning, email evan@worthauctions.com or call 607-279-0607.

LONDON, England (September 11, 2017) - One of the world's largest auction companies, Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com), has now opened an office in London, England at 6 Shepherd Street, London, Mayfair W1J 7JE. The London office joins Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong in the international footprint for Heritage Auctions.

“London is the next logical step in the international expansion of Heritage,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “It is one of the financial centers of the world, as well as a major hub of the art and collectibles market. We are very excited to take this step, and expect that the transparency, efficiency, and global presence of Heritage will be quickly recognized and embraced by the British market.”

The office will be staffed by veteran coin collectors and experts Max Tursi and Nicholas Mathioudakis. Tursi received an MA in Classics from Universitá degli Studi of Pavia, Italy.  A life-long coin collector, he has worked for a number of prestigious firms including Christie’s Rome, Astarte S.A. in Lugano, Spink and Son and Classical Numismatic Group in London. Most recently he has been partnered with Mathioudakis at London Coin Galleries Ltd. since 2014. In the last 18 years Tursi has acquired extensive experience in both the retail and the auction world. Focusing mainly on ancient coins, his area of expertise extends to European medieval and modern coins.

Nicholas Mathioudakis has been collecting coins since the age of thirteen. Having lived in Saudi Arabia, he would spend a lot of time roaming the souks in search of hidden treasures where he also bought his first ancient Greek coin. His drive and passion for numismatics led him to take up a full time position at Morton and Eden (formerly associated with Sotheby’s) where he catalogued ancient coins and paper money. Mathioudakis’ areas of expertise include ancient coins, paper money, particularly of the Middle East, European medieval, Islamic and modern coins. 

Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions is the world's largest auctioneer of fine art and collectibles and the largest auction company founded in the United States. In addition to its headquarters in Dallas, Heritage has offices in New York City, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago and Palm Beach as well as in Asia and Europe.

The Heritage Auctions' London saleroom and offices are regularly open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number is +44 (0)207 493 0498 and the email address is UK@HA.com. For additional information, visit HA.com.

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

Speke title MR copy.jpgThe National Library of Scotland and Bernard Quaritch Limited today announced the Library’s acquisition of one of only twelve family copies of John Hanning Speke’s What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, which includes an additional eight-page supplement, describing Speke’s announcement of his discovery of the source of the Nile to the Royal Geographical Society, as well as details of his feud with Sir Richard Burton - pages which were suppressed from the trade edition at the behest of Speke’s family and his publisher, Blackwood’s. 

Speke and Burton’s dispute stemmed from their first joint expedition to Africa in 1854-1855, and continued to blight their second expedition in 1856-1859. During their second expedition they located Lake Tanganika, and Speke, leading a subsidiary party, discovered Ukerewe Lake on 3 August 1858, which he named the Victoria Nyanza. As Speke’s biographer Alexander Maitland wrote, it was ‘in this moment [...] that the inspiration struck him, so clearly henceforward he could never be in any doubt, that here, stretching out before him, was the lake which formed the great reservoir of the White Nile’. 

Burton disagreed with Speke’s hypothesis, but Speke travelled back to England before him and lectured to the Royal Geographical Society on the expedition’s discoveries and his (correct) conviction that he had identified the source of the Nile, before publishing an account of the expedition in Blackwood’s Magazine. In his final expedition (1860-1863), Speke was able to confirm that the Victoria Nyanza was the source of the Nile, and he returned to England in 1863 to a rapturous reception. Later in the year he published his Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile and then in 1864 What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, his final work, which was based on his notes from the two earlier expeditions, and was intended to provide a context to his discovery while also presenting his arguments against Burton. 

For nearly 150 years after its publication Speke’s final work, published just weeks before his death, held a secret known to very few and unremarked in print: an eight-page supplement, which he called the ‘Tail’, with a description of his first public announcement to the RGS on the source of the Nile and further details on his feud with Burton. Speke had originally wanted to include the ‘Tail’ in his book, but pressure from his family and his friend and publisher John Blackwood led Speke to agree to suppress it. By way of a compromise, Blackwood’s printed twelve extra copies for the author to distribute to his family, which included the additional material; of these twelve, only five are known to survive. 

The archive of William Blackwood & Sons is held by the National Library of Scotland, and Blackwood’s ledgers for the publication of the book document these twelve ‘Tail’ copies, which are also recorded in a letter from William Blackwood to Speke of 16 July 1864: Blackwood wrote to Speke that he would receive his copies of the book shortly, adding, ‘[i]n a short note I have to day from my Uncle John, he beg[s] of me, to drop you a line to be very cautious, & not let any of these copies be sent about beyond your family circle’. Until very recently the Library has only held a copy of the standard edition of What Led ..., but it has now acquired a ‘Tail’ copy from the antiquarian booksellers Bernard Quaritch Ltd, who were offering it on behalf of a private collector. 

This copy was inscribed by the author’s brother Benjamin Speke, presumably after John Hanning Speke’s death on 15 September 1864. Dr Graham Hogg, a rare books curator in the National Library of Scotland, said: ‘We are delighted to acquire this copy for our collections in view of the fact that the Blackwood’s archive provides the key to the history of this long-forgotten suppressed text, and we also hold correspondence between the Blackwoods and John and Benjamin Speke. Moreover, this example is, as far as we know, the only one of the five recorded copies to be held in any institution internationally and thus freely available to scholars’. Maitland, who drew heavily on the Blackwood’s archive when writing Speke, commented, ‘I can’t think of a better place than the National Library of Scotland for this book now’. 

Mark James of Bernard Quaritch Ltd added, ‘Quaritch is delighted to have facilitated the acquisition of this rare and remarkable volume by the Library, and its previous owner is very pleased that we have found a permanent home for it in such a suitable collection’. 

 

Amherst, MA--Eric Carle is famous for his representations of cheerful suns and soulful moons. While he traditionally leaves his daytime skies the white of the paper, he evocatively paints his nighttime scenes in deep blues and indigos. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to present "The Art of Eric Carle: Night," on view from September 12, 2017 through March 18, 2018. The exhibition features original artwork from more than 20 Carle books, including Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Dream Snow, and The Very Quiet Cricket. Several pieces from Draw Me a Star are also included to mark the 25th anniversary of the book's publication.

Carle often sprinkles his nighttime images with twinkling stars, fireflies, and other creatures of the night. The moon--in all its phases--always displays a gentle face. "The calm moon is a source of comfort in the night," says Carle. 

Visitors to "The Art of Eric Carle: Night" will recognize familiar nocturnal images from some of the artist's classic picture books. Ellen Keiter, the Museum's chief curator, says the idea for the exhibition occurred to her while she was looking through Carle's art; she found herself repeatedly lingering over his arresting nighttime scenes. "I was very taken with them. The blues really appealed to me. I wondered if there was enough nighttime imagery to assemble a show. I thought it could be a beautiful installation," said Keiter.  

What she found will delight visitors--33 original collages. The selection on display--ranging in date from 1972 to 2015--provides a broad representation of Eric Carle's distinguished picture-book career. The exhibition includes collages from some of his most popular books like The Very Lonely Firefly and The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse to lesser known titles such as The Honey Bee and the Robber and The Secret Birthday Message.

"It was rewarding to do this research," said Keiter. "I found stunning sunsets and vast night skies. I hope visitors enjoy seeing Eric's work from this unique perspective."

Keiter encourages people to visit the Museum to see Carle's art firsthand: "The original collages are incredibly vibrant; their colors and textures really sing. Art always appears 'flatter' on the printed page," she said.  

In addition to the art, guests to "The Art of Eric Carle: Night" are invited to make fun "moon shadows" on a heat-sensitive painted wall and to explore colors and patterns at two Starry Night light tables. A specially-constructed Night Walk creates a magical experience for visitors of all ages.  

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.  

About The Carle

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. Eric Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master's degree programs in children's literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-559-6300 or visit the Museum's website at

www.carlemuseum.org

Screen Shot 2017-09-06 at 9.32.00 AM.pngFirst published in 1943, and since translated into 270 languages and 26 different alphabets, few books have touched the world like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s modern fable The Little Prince. In its first Folio edition, this definitive two-volume set includes a new introduction by his biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff, as well as restored versions of Saint-Exupéry’s unforgettable illustrations, as inseparable from the story as the words themselves. 

Already a best-selling French author and pioneering pilot, Saint-Exupéry wrote his most cherished work while in secluded, self-imposed exile in America after escaping the fall of France to the Germans in 1940. Armed with a set of children’s watercolours and a typewriter, he created a story that was both a wide-eyed celebration of childhood adventure and a sombre, existential work of startling depth. A year after its publication, Saint-Exupéry took off on a mission over the Mediterranean and disappeared, his body never to be found. In Schiff’s poetic words, the author and his prince would forever ‘remain tangled together, twin innocents who fell from the sky’. 

Before his doomed return to Europe, Saint-Exupéry left a working copy of the manuscript, including numerous illustrations not included in the first edition, with his friend Silvia Hamilton, in ‘a rumpled paper bag’. The commentary volume to the Folio edition includes these preliminary sketches and drawings, accompanied by a page-by-page description by Christine Nelson, curator of the recent celebrated exhibition of the collection at New York’s Morgan Library and Museum. 

Using a painstaking production process, Folio have used a 1943 edition to restore each image to its vibrant, original colouring. As a nod to the book’s origins, the illustrations retain their original French captions. The binding on the main volume is a striking yellow with the unmistakable image of the prince staring out at the stars, while the commentary volume is bound in blue in a rippling design by celebrated designer Paul Bonet used on an early French edition of the work. 

Product information 

Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Bembo Infant. 112 pages. 40 integrated colour illustrations. Printed endpapers. 83⁄4 ̋x 61⁄4 ̋. Blocked slipcase.
Commentary Volume: Bound in blocked paper. 80 pages.
36 integrated colour illustrations. 83⁄4 ̋x 61⁄4 ̋. 

UK £49.95 US $73.95 Can $99.95 Aus $99.95  

The British Library is delighted to announce that Harry Potter: A History of Magic will open at the New-York Historical Society in October 2018, following its run at the British Library in London from 20 October 2017 -- 28 February 2018.

The exhibition’s New York opening marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US by Scholastic, following the 20th anniversary celebrations of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK in 2017.

Ahead of the UK opening in London, Harry Potter: A History of Magic has already sold over 25,000 tickets - the highest amount of advance tickets ever sold for a British Library exhibition. Tickets are available to buy from the British Library website.

The exhibition unveils rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Exploring the subjects studied at Hogwarts, the exhibition includes original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay, going on display for the first time. 

As it travels from London to New York, the exhibition will evolve to include US-specific artefacts from New-York Historical’s collection and items from US Harry Potter publisher Scholastic’s collection.

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

“We are so excited to be taking a major exhibition to New York for the very first time. Harry Potter: A History of Magic promises to be a stunning exhibition, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic across the world, which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. We’re delighted to be able to share this exhibition with fans across the pond following its run here in London, especially as we have the opportunity to develop the exhibition for a US audience in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and US publisher Scholastic.”

Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, said: 

“As the oldest museum in New York, the New-York Historical Society is honoured to present Harry Potter: A History of Magic in 2018 and bring these incredible treasures from the British Library to a whole new audience. The Harry Potter series has turned a generation into avid readers, and they’re sure to be enchanted by this fascinating exploration of magical traditions and myths from across the world, which make the Harry Potter series so rich and exciting.”

US fans will also get a sneak peek of what to expect in the exhibition. On 20 October 2017, marking the day the exhibition opens in London, Scholastic will publish one of the two accompanying titles, Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic. Aimed at a family audience, this book showcases a selection of the amazing artefacts, manuscripts, original artwork, and magical objects included in the exhibition. Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic will be published by Scholastic simultaneously with UK print publishers Bloomsbury on 20 October alongside the eBook edition, which will be published in both markets by Pottermore.

In autumn 2018, to accompany the exhibition in New York, Scholastic will also publish an official comprehensive companion book, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. A collaboration between the publishers and British Library curators, this lavishly produced, full-colour coffee-table book will make the exhibition experience available to everyone. Again, a digital edition will be published by Pottermore - this edition will have enhancements allowing the content to be navigated in multiple, digital-first ways and will feature additional visuals of exhibition artefacts.

BL-Lamb.jpgIn Mu Xin’s Words: Treasures of the British Library will take place at the Mu Xin Art Museum in Wuzhen, from 15 October 2017 to 14 January 2018. Mu Xin (1927-2011) was an ardent admirer of English poetry, drama and fiction and the exhibition features original manuscripts - loaned by the British Library - of four of his favourite writers: Lord Byron, Charles Lamb, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf.

These rare and valuable manuscripts are visiting China for the first time, as part of a wider three-year programme of cultural exchange, The British Library in China: connecting through culture and learning. This has already seen a hugely successful exhibition of literary treasures at the National Library of China in Beijing, and the launch of a Chinese language website - www.britishlibrary.cn - that features over 200 digitised items and more than 70 interpretive essays, including the items and authors featured at the Wuzhen exhibition and themed articles on Mu Xin and English literature.

The exhibition at Mu Xin Art Museum will coincide with the 2017 Wuzhen Theatre Festival and includes:

  • The original 1923-24 manuscript of The Hours by Virginia Woolf (published subsequently in 1925 as Mrs Dalloway
  • Handwritten manuscript of Lord Byron’s poem Love and Gold
  • Typewritten and extensively corrected manuscript for act one of Oscar Wilde’s play Lady Windermere’s Fan
  • Original letters from Charles Lamb, co-author of Tales From Shakespeare, a book which was instrumental in popularising Shakespeare’s works in China

Mu Xin was a passionate reader of all these authors and wrote at length on them and their works. He described Byron as “the strongest voice in human civilisation […] against authority and for freedom, absolute freedom of the individual.” 

Of Charles Lamb’s impact on him as an adolescent he wrote: “it was love at first sight.” Writing about Irish author Oscar Wilde he could be more ambivalent: “Wilde was indeed a wit, sharp and eloquent. At times, however, I want to say to him: ‘Do not say too much. The more you say, the more mistakes you make.’” 

Recalling a lifetime’s reading of Virginia Woolf, Mu Xin commented: “Age really matters. I read her when I was in my thirties, forties, even fifties. In my sixties I understood. I understood where she had been right, and where she had been wrong.”

The Director of Mu Xin Art Museum Chen Danqing said: “It is a pleasure and an honour for the Mu Xin Art Museum to host a display from the British Library, featuring a selection of manuscripts by iconic writers including Lord Byron, Charles Lamb, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf. When Mr Mu Xin was referencing these great authors in his lectures, the idea that their manuscripts would one day find their way to Wuzhen would have been unimaginable. Generations of Chinese readers have admired English literature in its translated form. Now, seeing these original manuscripts in person makes that reading experience much more real and rich. I’m sure these great writers would have loved to meet their Chinese readers.”

Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library, said: “We are delighted to bring these treasures of English and Irish literature to Wuzhen, so that people in China can see for themselves original drafts bearing the very marks of their creation. Through his long career, Mu Xin himself exemplified the breadth and depth of cultural exchange between Britain and China, so it’s doubly appropriate that we are displaying works by four of his favourite authors in the spectacular Mu Xin Art Museum dedicated to his life and art.”

The curator of In Mu Xin’s Words: Treasures of the British Library, Alexandra Ault said: “The manuscripts selected highlight the act of writing and the creative processes of each author. Byron’s Love and Gold shows the poet working intensively on a single sheet of paper, continually turning it to make use of all the available space while crossing out sections before rewriting. The second draft for Lady Windermere's Fan is typewritten and both stage directions and actor’s lines are extensively corrected by Wilde in pencil. It bears the stamp of Mrs Marshall's typewriting office on the Strand, London, showing how often a number of people could be involved in the production of a manuscript. These four exciting items bring to life the production of literature and place famous plays, stories and poems into three-dimensional creative spaces.”

Image: Letters from Charles Lamb to the poet Bernard Barton, 1822-1831. © British Library Board.

 

2075.jpgFairfield, ME—James D. Julia’s late summer sale truly hit it out of the ballpark, captivating bidders from all over the world with extraordinary selections of fine temptations from the most desirable and prestigious collecting categories. After the hammer fell for the last time, 60 lots made $10K or above. In addition, 16 lots realized $25K or more, and 3 lots broke the $50K mark!

This sale featured breathtaking treasures that caught everyone’s attention for their rarity and irresistible appeal from start to finish. Several exceptional sales results spotlight the quality and range of James D. Julia’s Fine Art, Asian & Antiques division.

The first day of this sale offered a full range of carefully curated paintings and fine art.

Lot 1159A, Jiro Takamatsu’s Shadow of Two Keys (Skeleton & Church Key) “NO. 211,” was estimated at $30,000-50,000 but locked up $69,575. This work is signed and dated by the artist and retains its label from the Tokyo Gallery. It descended through the family of Robert H. Chase of Greenwich Village, NY, and was discovered hanging in the kitchen of a Maine home. Lot 1392, a thoughtful painting attributed to Narcisse-Virgil Diaz de la Peña called “Figure Beside Woodland Pool Looking Across to Pasture” soared to over ten times its low estimate to realize $60,500. This piece was from the Webster Family Trust and descended from the Rockefeller/Dodge Family. And lot 1340, Heywood Hardy’s “The First of November” featuring sportsmen on their horses and dozens of eager hounds and came from a Woodstock, VT collection with fabulous provenance was another best in show, making $48,000. This sale also featured two other Hardy works, “Preparing for The Hunt” and “The Meet with Riders & Hounds,” which also sold above their low estimates. 

The second day of this sale presented finely curated collections of European decorative arts and American historical rarities.

Lot 2075, The Book Les Roses, authored by Redouté and Thory and published in Paris by Firmin Didot (1817-1824), was the day’s best seller, realizing $65,340 on a $10,000-20,000 estimate. This attic find is from the estate of Louise A. Livingston of Oyster Bay, Long Island. Bidders battled over two important militaria highlights on day two of this sale. They included lot 2011, a Nantucket Presentation Sword given to Mexican War Hero Major Moses Barnard for “Planting the 1st American Flag on Parapet at Storming of Chapultepec, September 13, 1847” and lot 2004, a 1st Battalion marked Revolutionary War Charleville musket. When the smoke finally cleared, these items realized $41,140 and $36,300 respectively. And lot 2133, a Queen Anne Transitional Walnut Ball and Claw foot corner chair more than doubled its low estimate to realize $30,250.

The final day of the sale featured a stunning array of outstanding Asian arts and American decorative arts. 

Two tables with great provenance served up outstanding results. The first, lot 3569, was a Qing Dynasty Huanghuali and hardwood side table which made $33,880. This table was purchased in 1923 in Peking and has remained with the original owners, the Hobart family, ever since. Items from the Hobart collection established the benchmark for the Chinese antiquities market in the United States at two famous sales conducted at Sotheby’s in New York. And the second, lot 3597, a 19th century Anglo-Indian marble topped carved rosewood side table realized $27,225 on its $4,000-6,000 estimate. This table descended from the family of William G. Pierce who sailed from New York to Hong Kong, arriving June 15th, 1849. And lot 3523, Tsuguharu Foujita’s charmingly illustrated A Book of Cats: Being 20 Drawings, more than doubled its low estimate to make $21,175. 

Those are just a few of the leading highlights from this comprehensive sale, but they certainly don’t tell the entire story of this incredibly successful auction. 

James D. Julia is internationally recognized as the leader in works featuring Maine artists and themes and Rockport School paintings, and the sales results from those categories only serve to solidify that well-deserved reputation. Lot 1045, Gertrude Fiske’s “The Old Cove, Ogunquit” more than doubled its low estimate to make $24,200. Lot 1210, Leon Dabo’s “The Hudson, Autumn Morning” realized $24,200. This work was featured in the 15th Annual Exhibition at the Poland Springs Gallery and formerly shown in the Maine State Building, Poland Springs, Maine. This auction featured three works by Maine’s own Marsden Hartley - the most important being lot 1018, his “Summer Haze” which made $42,350. Lot 1168, Aldro Thompson Hibbard’s “West River, Vermont” realized $18,150; this handsome example was one of two Hibbards sold through this auction. Lot 1081, Emile Albert Gruppe’s “Motif 1,” one of 23 Gruppes sold through this auction, made $19,360. 

Eight works by Hayley Lever were also extremely popular among bidders. Highlights among those include lot  1133, his “Eastern Yacht Club Regatta, Marblehead, MA” which sailed to $36,300; lot 1267, his “Calm Day, St. Ives, Cornwall, 1905” which tripled its low estimate to make $32,670; lot 1101, his “East Gloucester, MA, 1913” which realized $20,570; and lot 1134, his “Sunday Afternoon Stroll, Marblehead, MA 1924” which found its way at $18,150. 

Other paintings featuring nautical themes also ruled the sea at this sale. Lot 1220, Thomas Chambers’ “View from West Point” featuring an impressive view of the Hudson River made $15,730. Lot 1075, Jack Lorimer Gray’s “Snowfall, Waterfront” realized $31,460; this was one of two Grays sold through this auction. And lot 2249, James Edward Buttersworth’s “Shipping in a Busy Channel” changed hands at $23,595; three other Buttersworth examples were also featured in this sale. 

Two unusual painting highlights deserve special note. The first is lot 1442, Barend Koekkoek’s “Traveler in A Forest Landscape.” This under-the-radar example was estimated at $2,000-3,000 but realized $19,360 - over six times its high estimate! And lot 2290, Sir Henry Raeburn’s “Portrait of John Balfour, M.P” made $18,150. This handsome half portrait of a young man with curly brown hair wearing a brown coat, yellow vest, and white stock descended in the family of Albert L. Ellsworth, founder of the British American Oil Company. 

This sale featured a number of exceptional American-made antique highlights. Lot 2214, a circa 1912-1915 Old Town Canoe Company display sample, paddled its way to $25,410. This is the company’s earliest salesman’s model sample; these absolute rarities can be identified by the wording: “Genuine Old Town Canoe Co. Canoes” painted on their sides. Lot 2111, a leaping stag full body copper weathervane, probably by Cushing & White, made $18,150. This fine example is from a home in Biddeford, ME. And lot 2206, a late 19th/early 20th century carved carousel dog in the manner of the Herschell-Spillman company realized $9,075. 

Finally, lovely and important antique items designed for the home caught the eyes of enthusiastic bidders. Lot 3037, a fine carved oak tall case clock with a marked Tiffany & Co. dial ticked its way to $12,100, more than doubling its low estimate. Lot 3115, an elaborately detailed Rococo Revival Boulle marquetry shelf clock featuring a cast bronze figure of a younger partially robed Father Time holding a sickle in his right hand and a sundial in his left hand made $6,655. Another sterling highlight is lot 3096, a set of twelve silver service plates from Redlich & Co., NY. These are detailed with pierced rims, floral medallions, and scroll work and realized $8,470. Lot 3584, a large Qing Dynasty celadon glazed bottle vase whose provenance includes the Webster Family Trust and the Rockefeller/ Dodge Family, made $19,360 - nearly ten times its low estimate. And things were twice as nice with lot 3049, a pair of fine vintage Hermes black leather “Constance” handbags. Estimated at $2,500-3,500, they carried the day at $4,840.

According to Department Head Bill Gage, “This auction represents one of the finest for collectors in memory, with a great number of individuals bidding in person, over the phone, and online. We moved this sale a week earlier than usual to coincide with several other important antique shows and events in the New England area. Clearly that was a great decision based on the number of new faces noted in our standing room only gallery during the sale. Our next Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction is scheduled for February 2018 and we are already accepting consignments for that much anticipated sales event.”

 

38-White.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ biannual auction of African-American Fine Art on Thursday, October 5 promises never-before-seen art from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present. With just over 150 lots of scarce and important works by marquee artists including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Norman Lewis and Charles White, the sale carries an estimate of $2.3 to 3.4 million. The African-American Fine Art department at Swann Galleries, the only one of its kind in the world, celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the house.

The top lot is a life-size pen-and-ink drawing by Charles White, titled Take My Mother Home, 1957, estimated at $250,000 to $350,000, the most significant drawing by the artist to come to auction since the house’s 2011 offering of Work, 1953 ($306,000). White is additionally represented by two oil monotypes, which are the first examples the artist’s work in the medium offered by Swann. Works by Elizabeth Catlett will also be offered: War Worker, 1943, is only the second painting by the artist ever to come to auction, valued at $60,000 to $90,000. The first, also offered by Swann, was Friends, 1944, which sold for $81,250 on December 15, 2015. Catlett is further represented by two bronze busts: Cabeza Cantolando (Spring Head), 1960, and Glory, 1981 ($8,000 to $12,000 and $30,000 to $40,000, respectively).

The selection of sculpture continues with two large works by Richmond Barthé: The Awakening of Africa (Africa Awakening), 1959 and Stevedore, 1937, cast 1986 ($50,000 to $75,000 and $30,000 to $40,000, respectively).

Fin de siècle paintings and prints by Edward M. Bannister and Henry Ossawa Tanner stand out in a modern-leaning sale. A large work from Tanner’s mid-career time in Paris, Flight into Egypt, circa 1920-25, illustrates one of the artist’s primary motifs ($200,000 to $300,000).

Haunting paintings by Hughie Lee-Smith are led by Untitled (Youths on a Lakeshore), 1952, valued between $100,000 and $150,000—one of his iconic depictions of young African-Americans in a desolate landscape. In a similar vein is The Encounter, a 1991 oil painting estimated at $50,000 to $75,000.

Abstraction is headed by Norman Lewis’s Untitled (Processional Composition), a 1960 oil painting of calligraphic figures on marbleized slate, expected to reach between $100,000 and $150,000. The sale also features two large 1950s abstract canvases by Alma Thomas as well as works by Ed Clark, Sam Gilliam, James Little, Al Loving, Sam Middleton and Haywood “Bill” Rivers.

A burgeoning section of photography includes a fine print of Roy Decarava’s Dancers, 1956, estimated at $15,000 to $25,000, as well as rare works by Louis H. Draper, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, P. (Prentice) Herman Polk and James VanDerZee. A quadriptych from Carrie Mae Weems’ Sea Island Series of silver prints and text panels interpreting the environs and lives of the Gullah people ($35,000 to $50,000) leads a selection of photographs and sculptures by the artist.

Proponents of the AfriCOBRA movement Wadsworth Jarrell and Nelson Stevens are well represented in the sale by colorful paintings and prints. Stevens’s Jihad Nation, 1970, is the first important painting and AfricCOBRA work by the artist to come to auction. It is expected to sell for $50,000 to $75,000. After achieving an auction record for a painting by Jarrell in fall 2016, Swann is pleased to offer Midnight Poet at 125th Street & Lenox, an acrylic street scene in the iconic style of the movement, valued at $25,000 to $35,000.

A run of figurative collages by Romare Bearden is led by Melon Time, 1967, at $80,000 to $120,000. Other unique works by the artist include the collage and watercolor The Evening Boat, 1984, of people waiting under an azure sky ($30,000 to $40,000), and At the Dock, 1984, valued at $20,000 to $30,000.

Contemporary art on offer includes The Emancipation Approximation (Scene 9), 2000, from Kara Walker’s important portfolio of screenprints of the same name, valued at $8,000 to $12,000 and works by Emma Amos, Eldzier Cortor, Jonathan Green and Julie Mehretu.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35. For further information and to make arrangements to bid, visit www.swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 38: Charles White, Take My Mother Home, pen, ink and wash, 1957. Estimate $250,000 to $350,000.

New Book on Civil War Artifacts

9780764353918.jpgAtglen, PA--Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., would like to introduce J. Howard Wert's Gettysburg: A Collection of Relics from the Civil War Battle

J. Howard Wert was a recent college graduate when the armies of the North and South converged near his family's homestead just three miles outside Gettysburg in the summer of 1863. A militia member and anti-slavery supporter, Wert acted as a guide for Union General George Meade, helping position federal troops in the fields and hills around town. Perhaps more importantly, he collected and labeled artifacts from the battle, including a still-hot Confederate shell that almost hit him near Little Round Top. After the war, Wert resumed gathering relics of the three-day battle, many given to him by veterans of both sides, including weapons, clothing, letters, furniture, and even items related to Lincoln's Address. Now this amazing private collection can be appreciated through more than 120 color pictures and informative text about both the items and Wert's life.

About the Author
Bruce E. Mowday is an award winning journalist and author who has written more than 15 books on history, business, sports, and true crime. He has previously written books on the Civil War on Gettysburg and Fort Delaware. In connection with his books, Bruce has appeared on C-SPAN, Pennsylvania Cable Network, and the Discovery ID channel. G. Craig Caba is a charter member and past president of the Harrisburg Civil War Roundtable and Gettysburg Battlefield Park Associates. He has authored numerous Civil War books, and he is CEO and curator of the J. Howard Wert Gettysburg Collection.

Size: 9 1/8″ x 18 1/8″ | 127 color photographs | 144 pp

ISBN13: 978-0-7643-5391-8 | Binding: hard cover | $34.99

About the Publisher
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is an independent publisher. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers' passions. Visit schifferbooks.com to explore our backlist of more than 5,800 titles.

Manhasset, NY—The Congregational Church Of Manhasset and Flamingo Eventz are pleased to announce that the 67th Annual Manhasset Antiques, Vintage Books & Ephemera will be held Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29 in the Church School at 1845 Northern Boulevard (Rt. 25A), Manhasset, NY 11030. 

A benefit for the Ladies Club of the Church, and acknowledged to be one of the finest and longest running shows on Long Island, it is renowned for it’s presentation of the Classical Antiques, China, Pottery, Porcelain, Jewelry, Silver, Textiles, and exceptional Decorative Accessories. This year we are very pleased to include Vintage and Antiquarian Books alongside Vintage Paper & Ephemera!

Selected professional Exhibitors from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Arizona, Maine, and Pennsylvania will present these exceptional items in designed displays and individual rooms throughout the Church school.

Items offered include 19th & 20th Century Porcelain & China; Vintage Books from Classical Literature to Modern Firsts; Vintage Paper & Ephemera from Advertizing to Manuscripts to Postcards; Furniture from Aesthetic to Victorian to Edwardian to Art Deco to Mid-Century Modern; 19th & 20th Century Glass from Commercial to Utilitarian to Depression-Era to Tiffany to Art; Bronze Statuary and Items of Design; Stained Glass from Lamps to Illuminated Windows to Decorative Panels; Asian Fine Arts from China, Japan, India, and beyond; 19th & 20th Century Paintings, Watercolors, and Photography;  Vintage Toys & Dolls; Fine and Antique Jewelry and Personals from Native American to European & Asian; and much, much more.

Special Features found only at Flamingo shows include antiques appraisals by well-known appraiser, television personality, and Star of Market Warriors on PBS; John Bruno, on Sunday 1-3pm at $5/item.

Show Hours: Saturday, October 28: 10am-5pm; Sunday, October 29: 11am-4pm.

Admission: $7/person, under 12 free with adult.

Directions: LIE to Exit 36N, Searingtown Road, to Northern Blvd. (Rt. 25A) west approximately 1/2 mile to the Church on the North side of Northern Blvd, directly opposite the Americana Shopping Center.

Appraisals: Non-jewelry appraisals provided by John Bruno, Star of PBS’s Market Warriors, Sunday, 1-3pm at $5/item.

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative and respected Antiques Shows, Book & Ephemera Fairs, and Antiques Appraisal Events in the Northeast. They have over 50 years experience as antique dealers and over 25 years experience as professional event promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association, and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who most recently appeared on Market Warriors on PBS.

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 10.15.27 AM.png“Le manuscrit franciscain retrouvé,” Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS n.a.l. 3245 (formerly our manuscript TM 686) was without question the most important Franciscan manuscript ever offered for sale by Les Enluminures (indeed, it would not be an exaggeration to state simply that it was one of our most important manuscripts ever). The publication in 2015 by Jacques Dalarun of the new, very early life of St. Francis found uniquely in this manuscript caused a worldwide sensation. Its complete contents and historical context will be explored at a colloquium sponsored by Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (CNRS) on September 20-22, 2017. 

In honor of this manuscript, we present a small group of manuscripts that illuminate the place of books in Franciscan life in the Middle Ages. Franciscans turned to books daily, to guide their public and private prayers, as sources of spiritual renewal, as aids to preaching and confession, and for study. The Franciscans were an international order, and these manuscripts were copied across Europe, with examples from Italy, France, England, the Low Countries, Germany, and Spain; they range in date from the thirteenth to the fteenth century. Some of the manuscripts were copied by Franciscans, others were used by them, still others include texts by Franciscan authors. Highlights include: a delightfully illustrated fourteenth-century Mammotrectus, a Franciscan educational text, signed by the scribe who was the leader of a Franciscan convent in Umbria; a tiny thirteenth-century portable Bible from Spain with evidence that it was used by Franciscans; and a collection of sermons by an important Franciscan preacher, copied in Paris during the author’s lifetime. 

IRHT colloquium program here 

ENLIGHTEN THE DARKNESS: An Exhibition in Honor of “Le manuscrit franciscain retrouvé” 

Opening and Reception: Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 7 PM to 9 PM 

Exhibition: September 21st through September 29th Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 7 PM 

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. Important first editions and children's books are presented across the catalog, including many author-signed copies. An impressive array of early printings dating back to the 16th century will also be offered.           

Antique and rare books in this catalog include numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1562 printing of Cicerone's "Le Orationi" in three volumes, "La II Parte delle Lettere del S. Diomede Borghesi," produced in 1584, and the 1653 printing of Bell'Haver's "Dottrine Facile et Breve," in a vellum binding. Additional rare selections include the 1872 printing of Darwin's "Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals," Townsend's "Coats of Arms of Principal Families in Bedfordshire," produced c1784 with hand-colored plates, and first edition copies of both volumes of Carter's "The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen," published in 1923 and 1927. Signed and limited editions include volumes from publishers such as the Limited Editions Club, Easton Press, Folio Society, Black Sparrow Press, and others.                     

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a sizable group of first printings of vintage and antique children's books, featuring such examples as the 1943 first American edition of Saint Exupery's "The Little Prince," an author-signed first edition of Roald Dahl's "Boy: Tales of Childhood," and the 1945 first edition of E. B. White's "Stuart Little," in the original dustjacket. Other author-signed children's titles include works by E. B. White, A. A. Milne, Dr. Seuss, Lois Lenski, Tasha Tudor, Walter Farley and others. Additionally included in this catalog are many modern first editions and signed books bearing important names such as J. Edgar Hoover, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Frank Herbert, Julia Child, Edward Gorey, Alfred Hitchcock, James Thurber, and Frank McCourt.    

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. These lots include categories such as incunabula, antique tintypes, vintage erotic comics (R. Crumb, etc.), antique billheads, lithographs, and more.    

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

 

 

Alice Adams.jpgNorthhampton, MA - Flamingo Eventz and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers have joined forces to present the 13th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair on Sunday, October 15, 10am - 4pm at Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA. Exhibitors from across the Northeast will fill the school’s cafeteria, stage, corridors, and lobby with collectible, rare, antique, modern, fine, scholarly and used books, manuscripts, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, postcards and every other sort of printed ephemera.

Exhibitor Specialties include: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting. These, and many other specialties, will be found at this event. Be sure to check our website, FlamingoEventz.com, for a full Exhibitor List and complete details.

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

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

Dates/Hours: Sunday October 15, 2017; 10am-4pm.

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

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

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

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

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Background: SNEAB was born in 2014 as an expanded incarnation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers, which began in 1976. Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers encompasses Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The organization's members include bookselling firms founded as early as 1825. Our booksellers offer books from the 16th through the 21st Centuries, plus broadsides, maps, manuscripts, prints and ephemera. You can find an index of specialties on their website: www.sneab.org. Many of their members also purchase books and other material, and you are invited to contact them directly. 

Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative and respected Book & Ephemera Fairs, Antiques Shows, and Antiques Appraisal Events in the Northeast. They have over 50 years experience as antique dealers and over 25 years experience as professional event promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association, and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who most recently appeared on Market Warriors on PBS.

 

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala.

Three organizations received awards from Hayden and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein: the Children’s Literacy Initiative; the National Center for Families and Learning; and Pratham Books.

Originated by Rubenstein in 2013, the Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide. The awards recognize groups doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work, and they spotlight the need for the global community to unite in striving for universal literacy.

“Literacy is the first line of defense against so many problems—unemployment, hunger, poor health—and gives people a foundation for a brighter future,” Hayden said. “Through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, the Library of Congress is proud to honor these exemplary organizations for their continued efforts to raise reading levels. Their work is moving and truly life-changing, and it is our privilege to recognize them here tonight.”

Prizes and Recipients

  • David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000): Children’s Literacy Initiative, Philadelphia

Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) works with pre-K through third-grade teachers to improve early literacy instruction so children become powerful readers, writers and thinkers. CLI creates a sustainable, school-wide culture of literacy that introduces students to the joys of reading, writing and lifelong learning. The organization coaches teachers one-on-one and in small groups in the classroom—providing demonstrations and feedback that help teachers incorporate effective literacy practices into their daily work with students. It stocks classrooms with learning materials and collections of high-quality children’s literature and extends its services with online professional development resources. CLI provides workshops and seminars to build a teacher’s knowledge of literacy content and pedagogy.

  • American Prize ($50,000): National Center for Families Learning, Louisville, Kentucky

Established in 1989 by its current president, Sharon Darling, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) works to eliminate poverty through educational solutions for families. Throughout its 28-year history, NCFL has changed the lives of millions of families across the country by providing literacy strategies, programming and resources. Engaging multiple generations together has been a fundamental and distinguishing aspect of NCFL’s work, because it knows this creates a stronger impact and greater success for families.

  • International Prize ($50,000): Pratham Books, Bangalore, India

Established with the mission of “a book in every child’s hand,” Pratham Books has helped millions of children have access to engaging, affordable, multilingual books. In order to scale the creation and distribution of multilingual content, Pratham Books launched StoryWeaver, India’s first open-source, digital repository of multilingual stories. All content on StoryWeaver is openly licensed. Users can read, download, print and share stories for free as well as use tools embedded on the platform to create and translate content into local languages.

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program is also honoring 15 organizations for their implementation of best practices in literacy promotion. These organizations are:

  • The Asia Foundation, San Francisco
  • Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb, Maine
  • Centre for Knowledge Assistance and Community Development, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • CODE, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • CommonLit Inc., Washington, D.C.
  • Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities/PRIME TIME, New Orleans
  • Reading Partners, Oakland, California
  • Reading Works Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau, Alaska
  • Serve Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • State Library of Western Australia - Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program, Perth, Australia
  • Story Share Inc., Boston
  • Tales and Travel Memories, Elgin, Illinois
  • Yayasan Sulinama, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia

Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of The Carlyle Group. He is a major benefactor of the Library of Congress and the chairman of the Library’s lead donor group, the James Madison Council.

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards are administered by the Library’s Center for the Book, which was created in 1977 by Congress to “stimulate public interest in books and reading.” A public-private partnership, the center sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages, nationally and internationally. The center provides leadership for affiliated state centers for the book and nonprofit reading-promotion partners and plays a key role in the Library’s annual National Book Festival.

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Backstage Dressing Room.JPGFRANKLIN, Mass. - A collection of 25 limited edition prints, all signed and numbered by the legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and all 25 from his Drawn Blank Series of artworks based on drawings done between 1989 and 1992, will be sold Wednesday, Sept. 20, online-only, by Woodshed Art Auctions, at 11 am Eastern. A Prestige Collection sale will follow at 12 noon.

Each giclee carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000, although the sky could be the limit for a signed print from a man with the star power and cache of Bob Dylan. The circa 2013 prints are from the heirs of a private estate in London, England and all are framed in silver-finish wooden molding, with deep mats and glass glazing. They’re large (42 inches by 32 ¾ inches, framed).

“Last year I saw an exhibition of Bob Dylan’s paintings at the New Orleans Museum of Art,” said Bruce Wood, the owner of Woodshed Art Auctions. “It was my first introduction to his work and I was impressed by the directness of his technique. When I was approached by the inheritor of his collection, my first thought was to mix them into auctions over several months.”

But when he saw the print collection en masse, Mr. Wood had a change in strategy. “It was obvious that the strength of the images obviated the need for dilution among better-known artists,” he observed. “We decided to give Mr. Dylan’s works the spotlight, as a ‘back-up act’ to our next Prestige Signature Collection sale. I’m confident the group will perform quite well.”

Dylan the musician became Dylan the artist during the three-year period. The resulting collection was published in a book titled Drawn Blank, which became the moniker for the collection as a whole. They were expressive drawings, capturing Dylan’s chance encounters and observations on tour. They were a blend of portraits, interiors, landscapes, still lifes, nudes and street scenes.

At the time, Dylan said producing art helped him to “relax and refocus a restless mind.” It was a personal exercise more than anything, but in 2006 Ingrid Mossinger, the curator of a German art museum, came across Drawn Blank (published in 1994) during a visit to New York. She got in touch with Dylan’s team about exhibiting his art in public, something that had never been done.

Much to Mossinger’s amazement and elation, Dylan said yes. When Dylan told Mossinger it was always his plan to eventually create paintings based on the drawings in Drawn Blank, she made the suggestion that he do just that for the exhibition, working in watercolor and gouache. The paintings, which formed a collection titled The Drawn Blank Series, were expressive and vibrant.

Dylan said at the time, “I was fascinated to learn of Ingrid’s interest in my work, and it gave me the impetus to realize the vision I had for these drawings many years ago.” Dylan painted several versions of the same image for The Drawn Blank Series, using different colors and tones, which resulted in a dynamic variety of impressions, feelings and emotions, on display in the exhibition.

The choice and skill in applying different color arrangements to the same original drawing enabled Dylan to express his feelings and perceptions of an idea or a view, continually evoking different feelings and reactions and thereby creating evolving works of art. This technique, as it turns out, is intrinsic to Dylan in all aspects of his creative life, both as a musician and an artist.

After World War II, when the epicenter of printmaking shifted from Europe to America, many artists began to dedicate their entire oeuvres to print, as it came to be viewed as being on the same level as painting and sculpture. Artists such as Andy Warhol were committed to the medium - repeating an image in many different colors and ways. That’s what Dylan has done.

As part of this tradition, a carefully selected collection of Dylan’s paintings was chosen to be published as signed limited edition graphics (or prints), giving collectors and art lovers around the world instant access to Bob Dylan’s works of art. Each edition was published in a limited number of 295 copies worldwide. All are printed on soft texture paper and come with a COA.

Woodshed Art Auctions’ Prestige Collection sales are so-named because they are smaller events focused on modestly priced works by big-name artists. Already consigned for the September 20th sale, starting at noon, are paintings and drawings attributed to Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein and others. 

The catalog will be posted online in early September. Bidders can register on the Woodshed Art Auctions website (www.woodshedartauctions.com) and online bidding will be facilitated by Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Telephone and absentee (or left) bids will also be accepted.

Woodshed Art Auctions is a family-owned art gallery specializing in oil painting restoration and live and online art auctions, celebrating its 50th anniversary. The firm 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 information about Woodshed Art Auctions and the Bob Dylan signed limited edition prints collection auction and the Prestige Collection sale, both planned for Wednesday, Sept. 20, please visit www.woodshedartauctions.com

Image: Giclee print titled Backstage Dressing Room, from Bob Dylan’s (Am., b. 1941) Drawn Blank Series, pencil signed and numbered (189/295) by Dylan and nicely framed (est. $2,000-$3,000).

student_poets_2017_pr_486x506.jpgThe Library of Congress today announced the winners of its A Book That Shaped Me: Letters About Literature Summer Writing Contest, a program that asks rising fifth- and sixth-graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives.

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

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

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

The grand-prize judging round, which selected state and grand-prize winners from the pool of state finalists, was conducted by a panel assembled by the Library of Congress that included educators, children’s authors and Library of Congress staff.

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

Grand-prize winners will read their essays during the "A Book That Shaped Me" awards presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The contest presentation will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at 11:50 a.m. at the Children’s Green Stage and will be emceed by Eun Yang, NBC4 Washington television anchor.

Grand Prize & State Winners

1st Place Grand Prize & Virginia State Winner
Suzahn Vollstad, Prince William Public Library, who wrote about “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” by W. Bruce Cameron

2nd Place Grand Prize Winner
Isla Rodriguez, Richmond Public Library - Ginter Park Library, who wrote about “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly.

3rd Place Grand Prize & Pennsylvania State Winner
Megan S. Garrabrant, Bucks County Free Library System - Langhorne Branch, who wrote about “Courage to Soar” by Simone Biles.

Delaware State Winner
Molly Amerling, Frankford Public Library (of Sussex County Department of Libraries), who wrote about “The Journey” by Francesca Sanna.

Maryland State Winner
Lily Luther, Montgomery County Public Library, who wrote about “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier.

Washington, D.C., Winner
Safya Biswal, DC Public Library - Northeast Library, who wrote about “Pax" by Sara Pennypacker.

West Virginia State Winner
Alexander Irby, Cabell County Public Library - Gallaher Village Public Library, who wrote about “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" by J.K. Rowling.

State Finalists (winners indicated by asterisks)

District of Columbia Finalists
* Safya Biswal, DC Public Library - Northeast Library
Nekole Isaac, DC Public Library
Sienna Morgan, DC Public Library

Maryland Finalists
Rushi Jain, Montgomery County Public Library - Germantown Public Library
* Lily Luther, Montgomery County Public Library
Josiah Main, Montgomery County Public Library
Raniya Najih, Montgomery County Public Library
Sidney D. Robinson, Montgomery County Public Library

Virginia Finalists
Devin Dunn, Alexandria Library - Beatley Central Library
Lucy Garfield, Prince William Public Library System
Olivia Hana Lee, Prince William Public Library System - Montclair Public Library
Isla Rodriguez, Richmond Public Library - Ginter Park Library
* Suzahn Vollstad, Prince William Public Library System 

Delaware Finalists
* Molly Amerling, Frankford Public Library (of Sussex County Department of Libraries)
Catherine Cole, New Castle County - Kirkwood Library
Kestra Cole, New Castle County - Brandywine Hundred Library
Maggie Clarke-Fields, New Castle County - Brandywine Hundred Library
Kate McGowan, Delaware Library System - Dover Public Library

Pennsylvania Finalists
Shannon Connor, Indian Valley Public Library
* Megan S. Garrabrant, Bucks County Free Library System - Langhorne Branch
Isabella Peli, York County - Guthrie Memorial Library
Annabelle Troup, Bucks County Free Library System - Quakertown
Eliana Whing, York County - Collinsville Community Library

West Virginia Finalists
Kathryn Bell, Cabell County Public Library
Brooke Hayden Carey, Cabell County Library
Alivia Harley, Putnam County Library
* Alexander Irby, Cabell County Public Library - Gallaher Village Public Library
Kaylee J. Polk, Putnam County Library

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

The Library of Congress National Book Festival, now in its 17th year, will gather more than 100 authors for readers of all ages to offer talks, Q&As and book-signings. The festival will be presented free of charge at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit loc.gov/bookfest/.

The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private- and public-sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Charter Sponsors include the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The James Madison Council, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patron sponsor is the National Endowment for the Arts; the Contributor-level sponsors are Thomas V. Girardi, Beverly and Lyman Hamilton, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Scholastic Inc. and the Junior League of Washington; and, in the Friends category, Booklovers Circle members, Candlewick Press, Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc., Democracy Fund, Joseph and Lynn Deutsch, Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of Sweden, The Hay-Adams, J.J. Medveckis Foundation, Mensa Foundation, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Timothy and Diane Naughton, Reading Is Fundamental, the Nora Roberts Foundation, Patricia Glass Schuman and Vincent Civello, Small Press Expo (SPX), Split This Rock and the White House Historical Association. Media Partners are C-SPAN2’s Book TV, NPR and PBS Book View Now. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival can contact the Library at devofc@loc.gov.

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

Image: 2017 National Student Poets

 

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