October 2017 Archives

BF-18-Postcard.jpgLos Angeles, CA—From February 9-11, 2018, Southern California hosts the nation's largest rare book exhibition as thousands of book lovers, booksellers, and scholars converge at the 51st California International Antiquarian Book Fair.  The 2018 Book Fair also celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus with a special exhibit spotlighting holdings from the special collection libraries of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Occidental College, and University of California Riverside's Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Recognized as one of the world's pre-eminent exhibitions of antiquarian books, this eagerly anticipated bi-annual fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, photographs and more. 

Featuring over 200 booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) and International League of Antiquarian Booksellers(ILAB), the Book Fair presents volumes from five centuries of printing, as well as original manuscripts many of which predate Gutenberg.  Books cover every imaginable area -- from the history of travel and exploration, early science and medicine to classic literature, modern first editions and children's and illustrated books. Items range from a few dollars to six figures.

"Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has captured the imagination of readers and artists for 200 years and has spawned a complete genre of literature, movies and pop culture," said Michael R. Thompson, Book Fair Co-Chair of the Southern California Chapter of the ABAA. "We hope the myriad expressions of the Frankenstein story in this exhibition will excite Book Fair visitors about the possibilities of collecting in subject areas that interest them. With hundreds of top booksellers across the country and around the world, the Book Fair affords boundless opportunities for both the experienced and new collector to unleash their passions."

"The 2017 edition of the Book Fair will have an especially strong international flavor as many of the foreign dealers assembled for the ILAB Congress in Pasadena the preceding week will stay on to exhibit," said Book Fair Co-Chair Jennifer Johnson. "We are particularly excited to welcome a group of Japanese dealers, who are exhibiting at our Book Fair for the first time."

This weekend extravaganza of rare and beautiful books will also include talks and seminars including a session on the basics of collecting.  Discovery Day on Sunday lets attendees present three items to experts for free examination. Designed with the budding collector in mind, Book Fair Finds is a program in which dealers spotlight items priced at $100 or less.

The Book Fair takes place at the Pasadena Convention Center at 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA.  Tickets on Friday, February 9 are $25 for three-day admission.  Proceeds from Friday tickets benefit and offer free admission to the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in February. Tickets on Saturday or Sunday are $15 and include return entry and free admission to the Huntington during the Fair. 

For more, visit cabookfair.com or call 800-454-6401. 

Lot 32.jpgWestport, CT - Pages from a ship’s log from June 1846 describing California’s famous “Bear Flag Revolt” that led to the state’s breakaway from Mexico and eventual statehood, and a set of Thomas Bowles 1720 South Sea Bubble playing cards that chronicled the original stock market crash in England, are expected highlights in University Archives’ November 7th auction.

The “Bear Flag Revolt” lot, with an estimate of $30,000-$40,000, is a critical piece of California state history. It’s a first-hand account, upfront and personal, likely written by a bi-lingual ship’s mate, describing American army officer and explorer John C. Fremont’s arrival at Sutter’s Fort, near modern-day Sacramento, in spring 1846, where he encouraged an armed rebellion to wrest control of the state from Mexico, which loosely controlled it at the time, and push for statehood.

The set of South Sea Bubble cards, the finest set known, was first published by Thomas Bowles in London in 1720. The cards bear satirical portrayals, in cartoon form, of the speculators who were involved in various commercial projects started during the South Seas Bubble of that year. They provide a unique historical record of the reckless stock traders of the time, whose actions led to a market crash in England. They also depicted the day’s fashions (est. $40,000-$60,000).

The 226-lot, online-only auction is an assemblage of autographed documents, rare books, relics and manuscripts. The catalog can be viewed now, at www.universityarchives.com, with internet bidding provided by Invaluable.com. The sale is packed with important, scarce and collectible signed documents and other items relating to some of the most revered names in all of history.

“The scope of this auction is unrivaled and is inclusive of an incredible selection of important autographs, spanning from the presidential and the military to the literary world,” said John Reznikoff, the founder and president of University Archives based in Westport. “The selection ranges from Jefferson and Lincoln to Obama and Bush to Charles Dickens to Albert Einstein.”

The auction will feature rare and spectacular artifacts from significant trailblazers in both history and the arts. These include cigars owned by Fidel Castro, Andy Warhol’s personally owned watch, Ronald Reagan’s Mont Blanc pen, Kennedy’s chair and strands of Washington’s hair. “We even have presidential doodles,” Reznikoff said. “There truly is something for everybody.”

Two lots relating to Presidents Obama and Bush carry identical estimates of $3,000-$4,000. The Obama lot is a list of inspiring thoughts, handwritten by the president on the back of his personal gym workout sheet. The Bush lot is an enormous heavy nylon American flag that flew from the Capitol building during his presidency. The flag measures 9 feet 5 inches by 4 feet 11 inches.

A display of strands of George and Martha Washington’s hair, housed in an ornate circular floral frame, with separate engravings of the couple and an impeccable provenance, is expected to rise to $60,000-$80,000; while a letter written and signed by Thomas Jefferson to his cousin George Jefferson, Jr. in 1811, in which he discusses recent tobacco prices, should realize $6,000-$7,000. 

A wooden box of Cuban cigars, signed by Fidel Castro, who gifted the box to the philanthropist Dr. Eva Haller, with a photo of Castro signing the box while standing next to Dr. Haller, should hit $12,000-$14,000. Also, Andy Warhol’s personally owned Elgin pocket watch, gold-plated, previously sold at Sotheby’s Warhol estate sale 30 years ago, has an estimate of $8,000-$10,000.

JFK collectibles are always a hit with collectors. Up for bid is the rustic Kennedy family-owned rocking chair, last sold in Sotheby’s “Property from Kennedy Family Homes” sale. It’s expected to fetch $2,000-$3,000; while a photo of then-President Kennedy, taken at the swearing-in of his secretary, Mary Barelli Gallagher, inscribed to her by Kennedy, should command $2,400-$3,000.

Mont Blanc pens are desirable anyway, but this auction features Ronald Reagan’s owned (and well-used) Mont Blanc solitaire pinstripe vermeil gold-finished roller ball pen, engraved with his name (est. $8,000-$10,000). Also, a three-page legal brief, penned in 1850 by Abraham Lincoln while he was still an Illinois lawyer, signed by the future president, should make $7,000-$8,000.

A two-page letter, handwritten and signed by Charles Dickens in 1866, to Marguerite Agnes Power, his friend and peer (also a writer), wherein he mentions his latest poem, The Vines, has an estimate of $1,500-$2,000. Also, the signature of Albert Einstein on a blank page, pinned to an autograph album page and grouped with a color photo of Einstein, should garner $800-$900.

John Reznikoff started collecting in 1968, while in the third grade, and in 1979 he formed the company he runs today, University Archives, a division of University Stamp Co. Industry-wide, Reznikoff is considered the leading authenticity expert for manuscripts and documents and he consults with law enforcement, dealers, auction houses and both major authentication companies.

For more information about University Archives and the Tuesday, November 7th auction, please visit www.universityarchives.com.

Image: Pages from a ship’s log from June 1846 describing California’s famous “Bear Flag Revolt” that led to the state’s breakaway from Mexico (est. $30,000-$40,000).

Dracula copy.jpgDallas, Texas - Collectors will have a chance to bid on more than 1,000 lots of the rarest and most beautiful posters ever offered by Heritage Auctions at its Movie Posters Auction Nov. 18-19 in Dallas.

Highlights include the very rare Style A one sheet to the 1931 classic horror film, Dracula (est. $150,000), in which Bela Lugosi brought to life the vampire count of Bram Stoker’s gothic horror novel. This is only the second known copy of this beautiful poster.

Also offered for the first time is a glorious large French poster for the first release of Casablanca, the great wartime romance Academy Award winner. With magnificent artwork by Pierre Pigeot, this outstanding poster also has a chance to realize a six-figure return, with a pre-auction estimate of $100,000.

A Style L one sheet to the 1925 Lon Chaney silent classic, Phantom of the Opera (est. $50,000-100) is another addition to the classic horror titles. Done in vibrant stone lithography, this extraordinary example is one that can become a highlight of any collection.

Collectors also will have a chance to bid on a rare large-format six sheet to The Day the Earth Stood Still (est. $45,000), the 1951 science fiction classic. Larger format posters like this one, which is being offered by Heritage for the first time, more often than not were pasted to walls or glued together and thrown away after use.

Also available is the only known copy of the large format poster for Stagecoach (est. $40,000), the 1939 Western classic directed by John Ford that brought John Wayne to national attention. These posters always have remained exceedingly elusive and this six sheet never has been seen in modern times.

Other classic titles with outstanding posters offered include reissue posters from the 1938 classic King Kong (est. $30,000), 1934’s Tarzan and his Mate (est. $10,000), 1941’s Sullivan’s Travels (est. $14,000) both style one sheets, 1935’s Captain Blood (est. $10,000) and 1921 reissue for Birth of a Nation (est. $10,000).

For more information about these and other lots in Heritage’s Nov. 18-19 Movie Posters Auction, visit www.HA.com/7167.

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

Screen Shot 2017-10-30 at 9.23.46 AM.pngNEW YORK—Sotheby’s is honored to announce a series of sales celebrating Jean Stein - author, editor and oral historian, who chronicled the lives and work of cultural and political figures in New York, Paris, Hollywood and beyond. A cultural connector, who brought together creators in literature, theater and the visual arts, such as William Faulkner, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and others, Ms. Stein created a world that seamlessly combined her involvement in groundbreaking events in 20th century America with her intellectually curious tastes and sprawling network of friends and admirers. Beginning with our evening and day sales of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s will bring to life The World of Jean Stein

THE LIFE OF JEAN STEIN

The daughter of Jules Stein, founder of Music Corporation of America, Jean Stein was born and raised in Beverly Hills, before forging her own path in Paris and New York. While studying at the Sorbonne, she met and had a close relationship with William Faulkner; her enthralling interview with him was featured in the Paris Review, where she eventually became an editor. Upon moving to New York, she took a job with Esquire and contributed to New York Magazine, before taking over the literary magazine Grand Street as editor and publisher in 1990. While working as an editor and a journalist, she co-wrote with George Plimpton a book about the Robert F. Kennedy funeral train, “An American Journey” in 1970, for which she redefined the style of journalism called ‘oral history’, breaking new ground in the biographical sphere with a direct form of reportage involving relentless questioning; in the words of Kennedy Fraser, Jean Stein was “a listener of genius”. In 1982, her acclaimed oral history Edie: American Girl was published, and in 2016, West of Eden: An American Place - her final book which she had worked on for 20 years. 

In addition to writing, editing and travelling around the world, Jean Stein became a mover and shaker of New York intellectual life. A friend to many across the worlds of the visual arts, theater, publishing and the sciences, she connected ideas and people in a way that no one else could. These lifelong friendships and relationships were best illustrated by her Upper East Side apartment - filled with work gifted to her by their creators - and by anecdotes of the salon-style evenings she hosted - where one could be seated beside Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, Joan Didion or a Nobel laureate in the sciences.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION

Jean Stein’s eclectic, avant-garde and cutting edge approach to life translated seamlessly into her collecting philosophy. Mixing and matching objects and paintings from across categories, many of which were symbols of her friendships with artists, she created a captivating and wondrous world that bridged gaps and made connections. Like the guest list at her famed dinner parties, her amalgamation of works of art hanging on her walls, resting on the bookcases decorating the mantle, and filling every corner was astute, opinionated and fascinating. 

The World of Jean Stein opens its doors with the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 14 November, featuring Alberto Giacometti’s 1946 oil, Femme Assise (La Mère de l’Artiste) (estimate $4/6 million). A complex portrait of his mother - one of the artist’s first and most prolific models - the present work signaled his return to portraits in oil, which would dominate his oeuvre for the next twenty years. Femme Assise was originally in Ms. Stein’s father’s collection, who had acquired it from Pierre Matisse in 1955. Ms. Stein was so enamored with the work that she, in her early twenties, purchased it from him just two years later, in 1957, for $750; with this purchase, Kennedy Fraser notes, “she was seeking out the company of artists, writers, and musicians of genius -- becoming a connoisseur of that authentic, confident self-expression she yearned to acquire for herself.” Five years later, she travelled to the artist’s Paris studio on Rue Hippolyte-Maindron to interview the artist, and to sit for him. The resulting series of eight known portrait sketches became known variably as L’Americaine or Portrait de Jean Stein - three of which we are offering in our Impressionist Art Day Sale, and three of which we are offering in our online-only sale dedicated to the Stein collection.

Jean Stein’s collection focuses on Surrealism, as well as the quirky and eclectic. In addition to works by Alberto Giacometti, Dorothy Tanning, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, The World of Jean Stein will offer René Magritte’s La Voix du Sang, an enchanting gouache on paper executed in 1947 (estimate $600/900,000). While the artist visited this subject many times over the course of his career, both in gouache and oil, the present work is one of the most vibrant colorations that has come to market. The vibrating blue sky and illuminated house inside the tree trunk question reality and conventional representation while hinting at the possibility of a new world. 

In the summer of 1994, Ms. Stein’s visionary literary magazine Grand Street chose Hollywood as its theme; to illustrate the issue, Ms. Stein and her art editor Walter Hopps - who also hosted Ed Ruscha’s first one-man show at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles - chose Ed Ruscha’s Light Leaks, picturing it in color on page 120 (estimate $1.5/2 million). Falling in love with the work, Ms. Stein acquired the painting just a year later. The painting itself is an exquisite representation of Ruscha’s command of form, light and shadow. The flowing cursive interrupted by silver flashes and vertical streaks - the effect of scratches and scrapes that mar film and projector lenses - hark back to the Hollywood of old, a world that Jean Stein inhabited before she packed her bags and left for New York, via Paris. 

With artists flitting in and out of her apartment, it is unsurprising to find a number of works in the collection that are gifts directly from artists. Andy Warhol’s Flowers is a perfect example (estimate $150/200,000). Gifted by the artist, the brightly-colored and signature painting is dedicated on the overlap: “To Jean V Love Andy Warhol”. Two additional works from the Collection of Jean Stein will be featured in the November sale series of Contemporary Art: Richard Prince’s Untitled (Protest Painting), acquired from the Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York (estimate $400/600,000) and John Baldessari’s Buffalo and Deer (With Void), exhibited at Sonnabend Gallery’s exhibition of John Baldessari: Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy (estimate $120/180,000). 

The autumn sales of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art will be complemented by an online-only auction titled The World of Jean Stein. Open for bidding from 3-20 November, with an exhibition in our New York headquarters, the offerings include paintings and sculpture by household names. The aforementioned group of portraits of Jean Stein by Alberto Giacometti makes an appearance in this auction alongside quintessential works, including Joseph Cornell’s Untitled (Aviary), an excellent example of the artist’s iconic box constructions (estimate $80/120,000).

 November4_02_pics.jpgIthaca, 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. Featured is a second session of selections from a substantial private library that belonged to Hollywood icon, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.. Volumes from the holdings of James Hurley will also be offered, alongside a range of titles covering American history, including the opening of the American West.              

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1765 printing of Steele's "The Spectator," complete in eight leather-bound volumes, Rowe's "Friendship in Death in Twenty Letters from the Dead to the Living," produced in 1795, and a 1798 leather-bound printing of Booth's "The Reign of Grace from Its Rise to Its Consummation." Additional rare and antique selections include titles relating to Egyptology, military history, Civil War, travel & exploration, children's pop-up & mechanicals, art history, decorative antique, multi-volume sets, and beyond.                       

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is our next session from a varied and sizable collection of books from the private library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., famed actor, director and producer. Born into the epicenter of emerging Hollywood, he was the son of Douglas Fairbanks who married pioneering silent film star icon, Mary Pickford. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. first married Joan Crawford, then survived his second wife, Mary Lee, and this personal collection was generously donated to a local non-profit by his widow, Vera Fairbanks. These books include his handwriting, personal bookplate, and personal inscriptions and notes by authors and other notable figures. A second private library of note featured in this auction is our next session of titles belonging to James Hurley, a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak in the Himalayas.    

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. Of particular note are vintage original animation cells featuring Betty Boop. Other ephemera lots present categories such as Victorian chromolithographs, postcards, antique maps, photography, travel-related 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.

 

drawn-dancers_486x518.pngOriginal works by women cartoonists and illustrators are featured in a new exhibition opening at the Library of Congress on Nov. 18. Spanning the late 1800s to the present, “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists” brings to light remarkable but little-known contributions made by North American women to these art forms.

In fields traditionally dominated by men, many women have long earned their livelihoods creating art intended for reproduction and wide dissemination in newspapers, periodicals and books. Women pursuing careers in the early days of the visual arts, as in nearly every other profession, encountered limitations in training, permitted subject matter and adequate work environments. A host of challenges and longstanding social restrictions in a traditionally male-controlled system impeded many from advancing in their chosen fields.

The selected works drawn from the Library’s extensive collections highlight the gradual broadening in both the private and public spheres of women’s roles and interests, addressing such themes as evolving ideals of feminine beauty, new opportunities emerging for women in society, changes in gender relations and issues of human welfare. “Drawn to Purpose” demonstrates that women, once constrained by social conditions and convention, have gained immense new opportunities for self-expression and discovery to share with growing, appreciative audiences.

The exhibition will feature nearly 70 works by 43 artists in two rotations during its run from Nov. 18, 2017, through Oct. 20, 2018, in the Graphic Arts Galleries of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are not needed.

The exhibition is made possible by the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon. An online version will be available to audiences nationwide at loc.gov on Nov. 18.

“Drawn to Purpose” is organized into seven sections: Themes and Genres; Golden Age Illustrators; Early Comics; New Voices, New Narratives; Editorial Illustrators; Magazine Covers and Cartoons; and Political Cartoonists.

Among the artists and works featured are Grace Drayton’s wide-eyed, red-cheeked Campbell Kids, who debuted in 1909; Lynn Johnston’s comic strip “For Better or For Worse”; Persian Gulf War editorial illustrations by Sue Coe and Frances Jetter; “Mixed Marriage” by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast; and work by best-selling graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier.

The Library will release a companion book, “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists” by curator Martha H. Kennedy, in the spring of 2018. Featuring more than 240 eye-catching illustrations from Library collections, “Drawn to Purpose” provides additional insights into the personal and professional experiences of more than 80 artists. Their individual stories—shaped by their access to art training, the impact of family on their careers and experiences of gender bias in the marketplace—serve as vivid reminders of the human dimensions of social change during a period in which the roles and interests of women spread from the private to the public sphere. The hardcover volume is published in association with University of Mississippi Press and will be available for $50 in the Library of Congress shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Credit card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557 or loc.gov/shop/ and bookstores nationwide.

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: Detail, "Dancing Couples No. 1," Anne Harriet Fish (1890-1964). Cover for Vanity Fair, March 1920.

 

1480.jpgYORK, PA - Hake’s Americana will conclude its stellar 50th year with a Nov. 14-16 auction of extremely rare comic books, original comic art, political items, concert posters, Disney and sports memorabilia. The centerpiece of the sale is the 100% AFA-graded Russell Branton Star Wars collection. Branton’s extraordinary assemblage of vintage Star Wars rarities is regarded as the finest in the hobby and is featured in the Nov. 16 session.

As is the tradition at Hake’s, the auction will open with early American political memorabilia. A 1920 “Americanize America Vote For Cox And Roosevelt” jugate button is the section’s headliner. Considered the most iconic and desired button in the world of political campaign material, its rarity has been compared to that of the Honus Wagner T206 tobacco card or Action Comics #1. High-grade examples of this button seldom appear at auction. The one in Hake’s sale is expected to reach $35,000-$50,000.

A superb 1860 Stephen A. Douglas/Herschel V. Johnson portrait flag of red, white and blue glazed cotton was part of a legendary small find of political flags once used as the backing of a quilt. It is one of perhaps eight known, with two residing in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute and the National Museum of American History. A vibrantly hued and historically important survivor, it is estimated at $20,000-$35,000.

A top baseball prize is a real-photo postcard depicting the Negro League Homestead Grays of 1930. It is one of only two known examples and represents the first of three consecutive years in which Harrison Studio (Hot Springs, Ark.) issued such cards. Estimate: $20,000-$20,000

From December 1953, a copy of Playboy #1 with Marilyn Monroe featured on the cover and as the inside centerfold is CGC graded 8.5. The auction estimate on this rare and iconic issue is $20,000-$35,000. 

A Mickey and Minnie Mouse Driving Donald Duck celluloid wind-up toy, made in Japan in the 1930s, is accompanied by a colorful pictorial box that Hake’s experts have never seen before in the company’s 50 years of operation. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000

The star of the comic book category is a CGC 7.5 VF issue of Marvel’s Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962). This sought-after Silver Age comic introduces The Amazing Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and is the first to show him on the cover. Any collector who has been waiting for a high-grade copy of this important issue to turn up at auction would be hard pressed to find a nicer example. Estimate: $100,000+

The auction contains three great original artworks by legendary comic book artist Jack “King” Kirby. His pencil-and-ink art for Page 8 of the Sept. 1962 issue of Marvel’s Incredible Hulk features eight fantastic Space Age panels and may be the earliest known Hulk art by Kirby in existence. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. His 7-panel rendering of the Human Torch and the Fantastic Four was created for the story “The Sorcerer And Pandora’s Box” in Marvel’s Strange Tales #109 (June 1963) and is estimated at $10,000-$20,000. Kirby’s 6-panel comic book page original art for Marvel’s Thor #174 (March 1970) could reach the $5,000-$10,000 range.

A sensational entry, John Byrne’s original comic book cover art for Marvel’s Fantastic Four #289 (April 1986) is an action-packed scene featuring Human Torch in flames, standing amid wreckage and surrounded by Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, and Hulk’s cousin She-Hulk, who was standing in for The Thing. Not only is it an artistic treasure, it is also profusely annotated in the margins with desirable artist’s instructions and signed by Byrne in the UPC box. “Bidders may be shocked to find that the opening bid is only $100, but the consignor is confident that its true market value will be determined by collectors,” Winter said. Estimate: $20,000-$35,000

Another lot not to be missed is Daniel Clowes’ original comic book cover art for Urban Legends #1 (Dark Horse, June 1993), which starkly depicts a bug-eyed man about to bite into a batter-fried rat. With his offbeat approach to humor, Clowes enjoys a cult following that could be compared to that of Robert Crumb, and his original art is highly coveted, especially those works he created for use as covers. This one, which was completely hand done by Clowes, is estimated at $20,000-$35,000.

The extraordinary Russell Branton Star Wars collection is regarded in the hobby as the crème de la crème of its class. Co-owner of Toy & Comic Heaven and top Star Wars expert James Gallo has described it as “the very best quality vintage Star Wars collection ever to be offered for public sale,” noting that it includes “high-grade carded figures as well as sealed vehicles and playsets.” The collection’s contents are 100% graded. 

“This auction is uncharted territory for the hobby. While graded action figures have been around for several years, many of the extremely rare examples in Branton’s collection have never before appeared at auction with the distinction of AFA grading,” said Alex Winter, president of Hake’s Americana.

From the day he began collecting in 2003, Branton has always focused on condition. “I wouldn’t buy anything that had a low grade. That’s why it took me 10 years to complete my collection,” he said. This leads to the reason why Branton has chosen to sell: he has reached his goal of acquiring every original-trilogy character from Kenner’s 1977-1986 production line. And all are AFA graded.

Several of the “12 Back” carded figures in the collection - Darth Vader, Leia Organa, and Luke Skywalker (estimate $10,000-$20,000) - are each graded an exceptional AFA 95 Mint. “It is easier to find a 10.0 comic than a 9.5 figure like these three,” Winter said.

All three of the 1978 double-telescoping 12 Back carded figures - Luke Skywalker, Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, and Darth Vader - will be offered. The term “double telescoping” describes the action of the lightsabers, which project from the figure’s arm and again from the tip of the lightsaber itself. The Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi figure could reach $75,000-$100,000. A 1980 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Imperial Forces Series 1 three-pack consists of Bossk, IG-88 and Stormtrooper (Snowtrooper) figures. One of the rarest of all three-packs, it is graded AFA 75 Ex+/NM. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000 

Could the Branton collection end up being the first million-dollar assemblage of Star Wars figures and toys? It’s possible, but Hake’s is taking steps to ensure the marketplace isn’t overwhelmed. “This is the first in a series of auctions that will contain portions of Russell Branton’s collection. That way, collectors will have time to plan for their next round of bidding. It’s an important consideration when there’s a once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunity like this one,” Winter said.

Hake’s Americana Auction #222 featuring the Russell Branton collection has opened for bidding by phone, mail or online at hakes.com. The first session will close on Nov. 14, 2017, while the second session will conclude on Nov. 16. Nov. 15 is an interim day in which bidders can peruse the catalog and prepare for further bidding. To request a free printed catalog or for information on any item in the sale, call toll-free: (866) 404-9800 or (717) 434-1600. Email: hakes@hakes.com

Image: John Byrne original comic book cover art for Fantastic Four #289, Marvel, April 1986, desirable artist annotations and instructions in margins, estimate $20,000-$35,000. Courtesy of Hake’s Americana.

Los Angeles--Thirty-eight handwritten letters by Harper Lee to her friend Felice Itzkoff, sold tonight for $12,500 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

Harper Lee, the renowned author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman," was great friends with New Yorker Felice Izkoff as both women hailed from Alabama. 

On January 20, 2009, President Barack Obama’s inauguration day, Lee recalled in one of the letters to Itzkoff, a conversation between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Gregory Peck, which Peck had shared with her. Lee wrote, “On this Inauguration Day I count my blessings...I'm also thinking of another friend, Greg Peck, who was a good friend of LBJ. Greg said to him, 'Do you suppose we will live to see a black President?' LBJ said, 'No, but I wish her well ...’ Harper …” President Johnson was optimistically predicting the election of a black female President in the future.

In another interesting letter, Lee recalled a story told to her by her friend Vivien Leigh, about the evening Leigh’s ex-husband Sir Laurence Olivier insulted Hellen Keller. In the May 2009 letter, Lee wrote, “He was 'on' one night and was considerably annoyed by the 'noise' coming from two people in the audience. 'Somebody making slapping sounds-can't the management put a stop to it?' / 'If you want to put a stop to Helen Keller's enjoyment of your program, have her interpreter be quiet,' he was told. 'It is sometimes rather noisy, when things go as they should.' Of course, Olivier melted, begged Miss Keller's pardon, and gave the rest of his performance in her honor, seemingly unaware of the 'noise.’”

Additional information on the letters can be found at 
http://natedsanders.com/38_Letters_by_Harper_Lee_With_A__Content____On_Oba-LOT47647.aspx

About Nate D. Sanders Auctions

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

swann-basquiat.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries announces their largest and most encyclopedic sale of Contemporary Art to date, featuring scarce and important works by such titans as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yves Klein and Christo. Also in the Thursday, November 16 auction is the largest section of sculpture the department has ever offered, and a slew of works that toe the line between two- and three- dimensions, epitomizing the paradoxical nature of postmodernism.

The sale is led by a set of four evocative prints by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled: Four Prints, 1983-2001, rarely seen complete at auction. Each panel features the graffiti-inspired enigmatic figures for which the visionary artist is known. The set carries an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.

Another highlight is a delicate triptych by the master of the minimal, Yves Klein: L' IKB, l'IKG, et l'immatériel vous souhaitent avec Yves Klein la santé pour toujours!, 1960, consists of a hand-painted International Klein Blue square, a gold leaf square and an annotated square with the artist's handwriting in ink, and is estimated at $100,000 to $150,000.

Latin American art is led by Sans titre, Arthur Luiz Piza’s circa 1964 mixed media collage on canvas, with an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. Politically-relevant commentary by Mexican artist Eduardo Sarabia in the form of a hand-painted ceramic vase and screenprinted box, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, 2005 ($5,000 to $8,000) joins prints and sculptural works by Eduardo Chillida, Jesús Rafael Soto and Esteban Vicente.

The sale is distinguished by a selection of maquettes for important works, including the original design in acrylic on canvas of Gene Davis’s Signal, 1973, for the same-titled color screenprint of the same year, still bearing notations and printers’ marks, with an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. Every Grain of Sand, a collection of approximately 57 pencil drawings by Richard Long circa 1998, comprise the original maquette for a 1999 exhibition of the same name at Kunstverein Hannover and the Orangerie Herrenhausen ($20,000 to $30,000). Making its auction debut is an authenticated pencil and gouache study by Christo for Study for Corridor Store Front - Back Room, 1968, for the 1967-68 installation of the same name, currently at the Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain in Geneva, Switzerland ($20,000 to $30,000). Christo is additionally represented in the sale by collages representing some of his numerous large-scale projects, some of which were never executed, including Wrapped Building Project for 1 Times Square, New York, 1985, and Wrapped Motorcycle/Sidecar (Project for Harley-Davidson 1933 VL Model), 1997, each with a value of $5,000 to $8,000. The objet d’art Wrapped Book Modern Art, 1978, graces the catalogue cover for the auction ($5,000 to $8,000).

Fine examples of sculptural works that transcend designation range from recent works by El Anatsui—whose pigment print with hand collage and copper wire, Pewter Variation, 2015, is simultaneously a print, sculpture and tapestry ($15,000 to $20,000)—to James Rosenquist’s iconic collage-work For Artists, a 1975 color screenprint and collage with belt, valued at $2,500 to $3,500. Also available are several metallic balloon animals by Jeff Koons, as well as sculptures by Jean Arp, David Gilhooly, Jenny Holzer, Paul Sharits and Kiki Smith.

Midcentury superstars Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly will be well-represented by bright and iconic works in the sale. Only two impressions of Target, 1967, an etching on handmade paper by Jasper Johns, have appeared at auction in the last 30 years; here it is expected to sell between $10,000 and $15,000. Richard Hamilton’s color screenprint rebuttal to Andy Warhol, My Marilyn, 1965, is expected to sell between $20,000 and $30,000.

Recent examples of German abstraction include Gerhard Richter’s Eis 2, 2003, a monumental color screenprint in 41 colors, valued at $40,000 to $60,000. Also available is Anima Mundi 18-3, 2010, Imi Knoebel’s set of three collaged acrylic on plastic film mounted to aluminum, with an estimate of  $15,000 to $20,000.

The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at www.swanngalleries.com

Additional highlights can be found here.

Image: Lot 327: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled: Four Prints, complete set of four color screenprints, 1983-2001. Estimate $250,000 to $350,000.

Joesph Leyendecker.jpgLYNBROOK, NY - A never-before-seen cover painting for The Saturday Evening Post from Dec. 30, 1922 - the New Year’s issue - by Joseph Leyendecker (Am., 1874-1951) is expected to soar to $100,000-$150,000 at a two-day auction of iconic collectibles planned for November 15th and 16th by Weiss Auctions, online and in the firm’s gallery at 74 Merrick Road in Lynbrook.

Joseph Leyendecker was one of the most influential American illustrators of the early 20th century. Between 1896 and 1950, he painted over 400 magazine covers; 322 of those were for The Saturday Evening Post. No other artist, until the arrival of Norman Rockwell, was so solidly identified with one publication. He virtually invented the very idea of modern magazine design.

The auction will also feature a photo from 1960 signed by all five Beatles (The Fab Four plus Pete Best); a rare embossed Campbell’s Soup tin advertising sign from the early 20th century; a single-owner collection of New England artworks comprising over 30 pieces; and a superb group of rare salesmen’s sample advertising pieces, to include farm machines with matching posters.

Also up for bid will be a long-time collection of occupational shaving mugs and shaving bowls; a group of around 70 Al Hirschfeld caricature lithographs, signed by the late illustrator; a lifetime collection of zeppelin material, to include Hindenburg artifacts, photos and more; a life vest from the Andrea Doria; a collection of Art Deco toasters; autographs; rare books; stoneware and more.

Military memorabilia will feature a scarce Civil War broadside and World Wars I and II posters (as well as non-war posters). The fine collection of syrup dispensers will include examples for Ward’s Orange Crush, Lemon Crush and Lime Crush, plus Hire’s Root Beer, Orange Julep and more. Also sold will be Part 2 of the Lowell and Barbara Schindler coffee advertising collection.   

Advertising material will be highlighted by a collection from the Midwest of advertising pieces that will include high-grade Coke machines (including a Vendo “Drink Coca-Cola” machine); Coke signs (including a double-sided lollipop sign and a porcelain flange sign); and neons (to include a Coca-Cola Cleveland neon clock with marquee).

Other advertising lots will include a “Drink Hires Root Beer” tin menu sign, an Orange Crush Masonite sign and tin sign, a Star Bottling Works tin sign, a self-framed Squirt soda tin sign and a Richardson Root Beer tin sign. Also sold will be a Suffolk Club Whiskey reverse painted glass sign, a nice collection of insurance advertising signs and a double-sided Mobiloil lollipop sign.  

The New England artworks collection contains works by Aldro Hibbard (oil on boards titled Vermont Frost and Snow Scene Landscape); Henry Gasser (oil on boards titled Winter Walk and East Gloucester Waterfront); Theresa Bernstein (oil on board titled East Gloucester, Little Harbor); Paul Strisik (oil on canvas titled New England Street Scene); Emile Albert Gruppe (oil on canvas titled Mending the Nets); and nice paintings by Carl Thorp and J. Thurston Marshall.

The fine art category continues, with noted artists such as Johann Berthelsen (oil on canvas snow scenes, two of Washington Square, N.Y.); Antoine Blanchard (oil on canvases titled La Place de l’Opera and A View of the Arc de Triomphe from the Champs-Elysees); Grace Hartigan (oil on canvas titled Still Life with Parasol); and John Falter (an ad illustration for Four Roses Whiskey).

The list goes on, with original artwork by Jack Levine (oil and gouache titled Old Man Dozing); Reginald Marsh (etching titled Subway, Three People); G. Bracques (untitled early etching with drypoint); plus paintings by Grandma Moses, Harry Eliott, Anton Altmann and Lorenzo Latimer.

Also sold will be Part 1 of the New York-themed collection of Jerry Winevsky, the first in a series of sales that will consist of 19th and early 20th century New York City photos, postcards, stereo-views, atlases, maps, guide books and more. It is a substantial, truly lifetime collection.

Slot machines will also come under the auction gavel, including a Jennings 5-cent Dutch Boy machine and a Mills 5-cent castle-front machine. Also sold will be a 1-cent Peerless “Honest Weight” floor scale. Many lots can be viewed online now, at www.weissauctions.com. For those unable to attend in person, online bidding will be provided by Proxibid.com and Invaluable.com.

Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, estate or a collection, you may call them at (516) 594-0731; or, you can send an e-mail to Philip Weiss at Phil@WeissAuctions.com. For more information about Weiss Auctions and their big auction planned for November 15-16 visit www.WeissAuctions.com. Updates are posted often.

Image: Never-before-seen cover painting for The Saturday Evening Post from Dec. 30, 1922 - the New Year’s issue - by Joseph Leyendecker (Am., 1874-1951) (est. $100,000-$150,000).

CONSTANTCONTACT.jpgAmherst, MA--In its short fifteen-year history, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has welcomed into its permanent collection more than 7,300 objects ranging from vintage picture-book art to modern day illustrations. In honor of its anniversary, the Museum will present highlights from its holdings in the exhibition Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration, on view November 19, 2017 through April 1, 2018.

The exhibition features 96 artworks representing a range of time periods and media, from Harry Bingham Neilson's 1898 pen-and-ink drawing for Life's Book of Animals to Ekua Holmes's 2015 paper collage for Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Iconic picture-book characters Peter Rabbit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eloise, and Shrek will delight guests young and old. Artists represented in the exhibition include Don Freeman, Trina Shart Hyman, Dorothy Lathrop, Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, David Macaulay, James Marshall, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Jerry Pinkney, Uri Shulevitz, William Steig, Simms Taback, Tony DiTerlizzi, Chris Van Allsburg, Mo Willems, Garth Williams, Paul O. Zelinsky, and Lisbeth Zwerger, among others. 

"I am honored to care for this collection, to preserve the legacies of artists and their contributions to children's literature," said Chief Curator Ellen Keiter. "My goal with the exhibition is to be inclusive. There are no thematic categories or chronologies to follow. It is an eclectic presentation with a focus on acquisitions of the last five years."  

In addition to the variety of artwork, a selection of three-dimensional objects are also on view. A display of dummy books (handmade mock-ups of picture books) provides insight into the artistic process. As Keiter notes, "It's fascinating to study an artist's initial concepts for a picture book and see how the story and images developed and changed. Simms Taback's dummy for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is a near replica of the published book, but at a quarter of its size. Barbara McClintock's dummy for Heartaches of a French Cat begins as detailed drawings, but becomes sketchier as the story progresses." Reproductions of the original dummy books are available in the gallery for guests to handle and read.

A "Treasure Tower" in the center of the exhibition showcases some unique objects from the collection. These include Antonio Frasconi's hand-carved printing blocks, Arnold Lobel's sketchbook, Eric Carle's hard hat from the Museum's ground-breaking, and the inscribed pocket watch that Margaret Wise Brown presented to Leonard Weisgard when he won the Caldecott Medal for The Little Island. A selection of artist doodles--drawn over 15 years of artist visits, workshops, and book signings--are on view in the auditorium hallway.  

In Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration, visitors can learn stories about the creation and acquisition of many works of art. A "Treasure Trivia" wall offers entertaining tidbits about the collection. (What's the biggest artwork in the collection? The oldest? The first?) Guests are also invited to create storybooks in the gallery. They may choose to illustrate their own tale or, in a Mad Libs twist, contribute or change an existing story created by other guests. As Keiter said, "We've noticed how much our visitors enjoy drawing in the galleries."  

Keiter summarized, "We are thrilled to share our world-class picture-book collection with the public. Because nearly 95% of The Carle's permanent collection has come through donations, this exhibition honors the generosity of artists, families, and friends who have entrusted their beloved art to the Museum's stewardship. These gifts ensure that The Carle's mission to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books will continue for generations." 

About Picture Book Art

In the last few decades, picture book art--the illustrations created for reproductions in books--has been gaining popularity in the broader fine arts world as critics and collectors have the opportunity to view the original work. Museums around the United States and abroad are recognizing that children's book illustration, which is so beautifully crafted, can draw in a young audience of art lovers. The picture book has attracted many of the world's greatest illustrators, all drawn to its complex and rewarding interplay of art and story. The Carle's exhibitions have been shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the New-York Historical Society, among others.  

The Carle believes that picture books can inspire imagination, creativity, curiosity, and, empathy. Museum staff strive to deepen and expand guest's appreciation for picture book art through exhibitions, art-making, and other programs that introduce the creative process. Most of The Carle's permanent collection is work on paper and therefore fragile, requiring a carefully monitored environment in terms of temperature, humidity, and light. The Carle carefully preserves and exhibits its collection, making it available for study, and sending it to other museums nationally and internationally.  

A Snapshot of The Carle's Permanent Collection

The Carle collects, preserves and conserves picture book illustration from around the world.  

*    The Carle has 300 artworks from Alice Bolam Preston, who lived in Massachusetts. Preston is one of the myriad of women artists who were formally trained and prolific, yet remained unsung.

*    The Charles Collection comprises 440 artworks and features many Caldecott books and most major contemporary figures.

*    The Steig Collection includes 1,400 pieces from William Steig's picture book archive, including sketchbooks and dummy books.

*    The Lionni Family gave 78 artworks by Leo Lionni, a mentor to Eric Carle and many of his peers.  

*    The Lobel Collection comprises almost 500 works given to The Carle by the Lobel family, representing Arnold Lobel's 20 titles, including work from the beloved Frog and Toad series.

*    Susanne Suba, born in in Hungary in 1913, gifted the Museum nearly 600 artworks.  She was a regular contributor to Publisher's Weekly and illustrated five New Yorker covers beginning in the 1930's.

*    Ashley Bryan, now 93, gifted The Museum nearly 600 artworks. 

Programming:

Members Opening Reception: Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration

November 18, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join authors Angela DiTerlizzi and Heidi Stemple as they host a night of trivia fun about the Museum and its remarkable collection. Enjoy gourmet pizza and local craft beers, great prizes and abundant laughs!

Collection Highlights Tour with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

November 19, 1:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission

Learn some of the fascinating stories and decisions behind the artworks selected for The Carle's 15th anniversary exhibition.

Special Sundays in the Studio: Celebrate!

November 19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission

Special Storytime with Will Hillenbrand 

November 19, 2:00 pm 

Free with Museum Admission 

The Carle is pleased to welcome back Will Hillenbrand, illustrator of more than fifty books, for a special storytime program. Hillenbrand's work is presented in the exhibition Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration. He will read from two picture books he illustrated: Jane Yolen's This Little Piggy and Maureen Wright's Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!

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, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. 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 750,000 visitors, including 50,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including 7,300 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 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm 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

Image: Garth Williams, Cover illustration for Stuart Little [Harper & Row]. Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel in memory of Elizabeth Shallcross Pool who respected all creatures great and small. © 1945, 1973 Garth Williams, used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers and the Estate of Garth Williams.

 

p1btbsh8pa11igl821dkhfsq1o3q5.003.jpegA collection of 26 negatives containing rare never before seen photographs of John Lennon from February 1970 have been uncovered at The Beatles Story.

The negatives, which depict intimate portraits of the former Beatle, were bought to a ‘Memorabilia Day’ held at The Beatles Story on Wednesday (25th October), an event where members of the public were being offered free valuations from leading celebrity memorabilia experts Julien’s Auctions.

Darren Julien, President/CEO of Julien’s Auctions estimated that the collection could sell for over £10,000 at auction. He said: “It’s not often when you find images of John Lennon that have never before been seen by the public. These 26 images/negatives of John Lennon are a rare find”.

The owner of the negatives, who wishes to remain anonymous, told experts that the collection had been stored away in the family’s junk draw for around 34 years, and were presumed to have no value.

Many other items were discovered on the day, including a Beatles Christmas Show programme from 1963 signed by all four Beatles, valued at £8,000 and a signed postcard, valued at £5,000.

These join the letter found at last year’s event, written by John Lennon and addressed to The Queen, the document explains the singer’s reasons for returning his MBE and was valued by Julien’s at around £60,000.

The negatives, the John Lennon letter and many of the other items are to be consigned into an auction taking place at The Beatles Story next year, in October 2018. This will be the first Beatles auction to take place at the award-winning Liverpool attraction and will see around 100 Beatles and music-related items go under the hammer.

The collection of negatives will go onto temporary display within The Beatles Story’s main exhibition from Thursday 9th November 2017, for the public to view and enjoy before the auction.

For more information about The Beatles Story and to purchase tickets please visit: beatlesstory.com

 

Percier.jpgNew York—Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions has been awarded the 2017 Alice Award. The book is edited by Jean-Philippe Garric, professor of history of architecture at the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and co-published by Bard Graduate Center Gallery, château de Fontainebleau, Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais, and Yale University Press. 

The book, published in separate English and French editions, accompanied the exhibition of the same name that was on view at Bard Graduate Center Gallery in fall 2016 and at the château de Fontainebleau in spring 2017. Barbara Glauber, of the firm Heavy Meta, was the designer. 

The $25,000 annual Alice Award, inaugurated in 2013 and administered by Furthermore grants in publishing, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, is given to a book that represents excellence in all aspects of the work, from idea to design to quality of production. Each book on the short list was also awarded $5,000. 

Joan K. Davidson in commenting on the award said: “The Alice was created to encourage in some way the efforts of the writers, editors, designers, publishers, and the cultural institutions who publish books that become works of art. The Alice hopes that praise from a distinguished jury, some public attention and modest grant money can help keep these extraordinary publications coming.” 

“To be named among the other distinguished books that were short-listed for this award is a wonderful tribute,” said Susan Weber, Bard Graduate Center founder and director. “I would like to thank Jean-Philippe Garric, our partners at the château de Fontainebleau and the Réunion des musées nationaux, as well as the Bard Graduate Center staff and catalogue production team who worked with the other outstanding scholars and designers to create this remarkable publication. I am honored that Charles Percier has been recognized by Furthermore and the J. M. Kaplan Fund with the Alice Award.” 

The fifth Alice Award will be presented at a ceremony at the Strand Book Store in New York City in November. To date, the award has contributed $125,000 to institutions in support of illustrated publications. 

2017 SHORTLISTED BOOKS 

Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan by Philip K. Hu and Rhiannon Paget. Co- published by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the University of Washington Press. 

Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965 by Melissa Rachleff. Co- published by the Grey Art Gallery and DelMonico Books*Prestel. 

Robert Winthrop Chanler: Discovering the Fantastic edited by Gina Wouters and Andrea Gollin. Published by The Monacelli Press. 

THE 2017 ALICE JURY 

R.O. Blechman / Illustrator
Paula Cooper / Director, Paula Cooper Gallery
David Godine / Publisher
Jock Reynolds / Director, Yale University Art Gallery, Chair 

ABOUT BARD GRADUATE CENTER 

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute in New York City devoted to the study of decorative arts, design history, and material culture through research, advanced degrees, exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Our community encourages creative investigation of objects, from the everyday to the esoteric. For more information about our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs, visit www.bgc.bard.edu. 

 

Thirty of the world’s leading specialist dealers in rare books, manuscripts, maps and photography will gather in Hong Kong, 17-19th November, to showcase some of the most precious and notable collector’s items. In its sixth year, China in Print is managed by Bernard Quaritch of London and the international fair has built an unsurpassable reputation for presenting some of the finest examples of printed works from the Far East and rest of the world. The market is buoyant, with a particular appetite for illustrated materials from Ancient China that enable scholars and collectors to reclaim the past and rediscover a rich cultural heritage. 

14th century Chinese paper-money and the third edition of Marco Polo’s Travels, dated 1529, are two highlights to be featured at the China in Print fair. Some books will be priced in excess of US$ 1 million but items can also be purchased for as little as US$50. 

China in Print represents a unique opportunity to see all forms of rare works on paper that have been sourced by experts from the US, Europe and Asia, under one roof. Private collectors, institutional clients and anyone with an interest in history and items of beauty can attend the fair and see and meet with the very best experts in their fields, free of charge. 

One of the most valuable items to be released is a book, dated 1674, that features magnificent woodcut illustrations of scientific instruments designed by the Jesuits for the Emperor of China (US$ 750,000). Ahead of Chinese New Year, you can see extremely rare astrological predictions by the second most influential thinker in Chinese history after Confucius, Zhu Xi; the unpublished, 10 volume series of manuscripts, features 878 illustrations in exquisite, vivid colour. The first printed document in China stating that the earth is round is a further draw. 

Crime novel and movie fans will appreciate an original notebook of British novelist Agatha Christie. Dating back to 1948-1951, the manuscript is the only one outside of the author’s estate. Brimming with ideas, it provides fascinating insights on how Christie worked up her plots and characters. 

Andrea Mazzocchi, director of China in Print and senior book specialist at the fair’s organiser Bernard Quaritch Ltd - which celebrates 170 years of dealing in rare books and manuscripts this year -  commented: “In an increasingly digital age there is something magical about interacting with physical objects which are conduits of the past. Their significance and charm make them wonderful focal points to be enjoyed and discussed in galleries, museums and homes - and collecting them is an enthralling and satisfying pursuit.”

For burgeoning collectors, Mazzocchi offers the following advice: “At Quaritch we work with many institutions and private collectors who are seeking to build or expand a collection or library from a particular era or discipline. Good condition is an important factor, and rarity is tantamount. However, above all, we always advise clients that they should acquire works that spark a genuine interest and which speak to them on a personal level. It is the hunt for this indefinable factor - different for each buyer - which makes collecting so exciting.

“At China in Print our specialist exhibitors have already curated an exhibition of scarce limited editions and unique objects - sourced through meticulous research - which are available for you to take home. Our dealers trade under rigorous standards so you can shop confidently. We’re hugely excited by the quality and diversity of content that our biggest fair yet has to offer”.

China in Print is sponsored by AbeBooks.

11-Thomson.jpgNew York—On Thursday, October 19, Swann Auction Galleries’ sale of Art & Storytelling: Art & Photobooks combined works spanning the lifetime of the medium into an auction intended to “highlight the interrelationships between fine art, documentary and vernacular photographs,” according to Daile Kaplan, Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks at Swann Galleries. Ms. Kaplan has long been an advocate for the inclusion of vernacular works and photobooks in the fine art sphere, and organized the first auctions devoted to those subjects in 2014 and 2006, respectively. She added, “We're successfully building a new, broader market of crossover and emerging collectors who enjoy discovering the ways in which art tells a story."

Interest in vernacular photography was so high that the opening bid for many works exceeded the high estimate. One of the sale’s biggest surprises was a circa 1915 salesman’s album for the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company, containing 86 hand-colored silver prints of pencils, erasers and marketing displays, which sold for $10,625 to an institution, above a high estimate of $2,500. Documentary and photojournalism works were included in this category, with Margaret Bourke-White’s silver print Gold Miners Nos. 1139 and 5122, 1950, for a Life magazine story about apartheid in South Africa, reaching $17,500.

The highlight of the sale was an extraordinarily scarce 1862-72 album of 67 photographs depicting South Asia and China credited to John Thomson, which sold for $45,000. Other notable photobooks included Volume X from Edward S. Curtis’s seminal work, The North American Indian, 1915, and the deluxe limited edition of Ansel Adams's Yosemite and the Range of Light, 1979 ($12,500 and $20,000, respectively).

Several long-standing auction records were broken for important works, including the complete BAM Photography Portfolio I, 2000, with photographs by Richard Avedon, Nan Goldin, Annie Leibovitz, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman and others, which sold for $26,250 to a collector. A new record was also established for Saul Leiter, whose atmospheric chromogenic print Waiter, Paris, 1959, sold for $25,000, above a high estimate of $9,000.

Another highlight was a 1981 printing of Roy DeCarava's Dancers, 1956, which nearly doubled its estimate, selling to a collector for $37,500. The dramatic work depicts a darkened Harlem dance hall, where one imagines the subject of Horst P. Horst’s 1987 silver print, Round the Clock III, New York, would feel right at home ($15,600, a record for the work). Iconic works by Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Ormond Gigli and Irving Penn were also met with head-to-head bidding.

The next auction of Photographs & Photobooks at Swann Galleries will be held in February 2018.

Image: Lot 11: John Thomson, album with 67 albumen prints of South Asia and China, 1862-72. Sold October 19, 2017 for $45,000.

The Letters About Literature program kicks off its 25th annual competition, run by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, with a special webinar for educators interested in learning more about the program and how to use it in a classroom on October 25, 2017 at 4 p.m. The program invites readers in grades four through 12 to share letters they have written to authors whose books affected them. For more information about the contest, including instructions for entering and deadlines for each state, and to register for the webinar, visit read.gov/letters

The contest challenges young readers to explore and express how books have changed their view of the world or of themselves. The initiative is designed to instill a lifelong love of reading in our nation’s youth and to engage and nurture their passion for literature. More than one million students have participated in the contest since it began.

A new book from Candlewick Press in association with the Library and edited by Catherine Gourly, titled “Journeys: Young Readers’ Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives,” collects 52 letters submitted to the program that contain insights as profound as they are personal. In one letter, Annie Schnitzer wrote Elie Wiesel, “Reading your story allowed me to connect with my own history,” explaining how reading his memoir deepened her understanding of her grandparents’ plight during the Holocaust. After reading “The House of Mango Street,” Julia Mueller wrote to Sandra Cisneros, “You didn’t tell me how to pull myself back together; you just showed me that I could. I was trying to be somebody else’s definition of beautiful, and you told me that was okay.” 

The letters in this collection offer a glimpse into young people’s lives and their powerful connections to the written word. Booklist calls “Journeys” “a wise pick for educational settings,” and Kirkus Reviews said “students’ letters reveal how deeply books and poetry affect the lives of young readers,” calling them “earnest and often revealing.”

Research has proven a strong link between reading and writing: children who read, write better and children who write, read more. It has also been shown that students benefit most from literacy instruction when they have a personal connection to their reading and writing activities. Letters About Literature was created to channel both those facts - providing an opportunity for students to read and write and challenging students to identify a personal connection with the books they read.  

“Journeys” is available in hardcover ($18.99), softcover ($9.99) and e-book ($9.99) editions. It is available at the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540-4985. Credit card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557 or loc.gov/shop/.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress promotes books, reading, literacy, and libraries, as well as the scholarly study of books. It was founded in 1977 and has established affiliate centers across the country and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Letters About Literature program is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book. 

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.

 

6d4247ebcdc8627bac81741c3bf6067f927f9076.jpegAn important Albert Einstein handwritten manuscript is among items to be featured in The Remarkable Rarities auction by Boston-based RR Auction. 

The manuscript is Einstein's criticism of a paper in which the author, Erich Trefftz, claimed to have found a static solution of the equations of general relativity for two point masses; Einstein points out that such a conclusion is based on an error. Featuring several mathematical equations—including a modified form of his General Theory of Relativity.

The two-page manuscript in German, which is unsigned (but incorporating "Einstein" in the title), no date but circa late 1922. Headed (translated), "Comment on E. Trefftz's Paper: 'The Static Gravitational Field of Two Mass Points in Einstein's Theory,'" the paper was presented on November 23, 1922, to the Berlin-based Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences, who published the work on December 21, 1922. The present manuscript was probably a draft used for typesetting, as it contains several handwritten editor's annotations in pencil which were executed in the published version. This was Einstein's first paper published after he received the Nobel Prize on December 10, 1922.

Most significantly, this manuscript contains a handwritten version of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, incorporating a cosmological constant. In 1915, Einstein made his groundbreaking achievement with the introduction of the General Theory of Relativity. In 1917, Einstein applied his equations to the problem of explaining the structure of the cosmos on a large scale and found that he would need to modify his equations by adding another term, containing a constant, which he called 'cosmological.'This cosmological constant relied on a static universe; upon the later discovery that the universe was expanding, Einstein reportedly called this the greatest blunder of his career.

“With important scientific content—and an enormously significant date within the context of Einstein's career—this is a truly remarkable piece which stands as the most spectacular Einstein manuscript we have ever offered,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. 

Accompanied by a full letter detailed letter of authenticity from University Archives, and copies of the paper as published, in both German and English. 

Among other items to be featured is an Oskar Schindler signed book in German: The Unbesungen Helden [The Unsung Heroes] by Kurt R. Grossmann. The best known work by Grossmann, The Unsung Heroes chronicles the heroic wartime resistance activities of German citizens; it includes a chapter on Schindler. 

The Remarkable Rarities auction from RR Auction began on October 20 and will conclude on October 26.  More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com

Art on a Postcard Secret Auction

PastedGraphic-1 copy.jpgAfter the success of last year’s auction, which raised over £75,000, The Hepatitis C Trust’s Art on a Postcard Secret Auction returns for its 4th year this November. World renowned artists including Jeremy Deller, Maggie Hambling, Antony Micallef, Shezad Dawood, Ben Eine and a host of Royal Academicians such as Mick Rooney RA, Vanessa Jackson RA, Rebecca Salter RA, and Mali Morris RA as well as emerging talent are within the 400 plus postcard sized original artworks up for auction. Proceeds from the auction will go towards the Hepatitis C Trust’s campaign to eliminate the virus as a major public health concern by 2030.

Members of the public will be able to view the artworks in person at the private view at Unit London on 14th November, ahead of the auction on the 16th which this year will be contucted by Ewbank’s on the 16th November where you will be able to bid both online and in person. 

A list of the contributing artists can be found at http://www.artonapostcard.com/blog/secretauctionartists. The artworks will be anonymous until the auction has ended, giving both established and budding art collectors the chance to get their hands on original works from some of the art world’s biggest names.

View more of the available work at: http://www.artonapostcard.com/secret-auction-2017

Harland Miller, ‘I donate to Art on a Postcard each year. They are raising money to eliminate hepatitis C.  I’m more than happy to do this as each year they set out their targets, whether it’s getting Westminster or the World Health Assembly to sign up to their program of elimination, each year they let me know they’ve succeeded. I know the money I help them raise is effective in helping them achieve their goals’

Gemma Peppé, Director of Art on a Postcard  ‘I’m extremely excited to be holding this year’s secret auction at Unit London which  is a fabulous space in central London. Art on a Postcard has blossomed into the best revenue source The Hepatitis C Trust has ever had.. It’s fantastic to be able to combine such a successful and enjoyable event with raising serious money for charity’. 

Art on A Postcard is the fundraising arm of The Hepatitis C Trust. The Hepatitis C Trust is working towards eliminating hepatitis C in the UK by 2030. In 2015 our campaigning led to the Scottish Government committing to our program of elimination.

dean002.jpgAUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin is now home to the Dean F. Echenberg War Poetry Collection. The collection was started in the early 1970s by Dean Echenberg, a flight surgeon during the Vietnam War who later became the director of disease control for the City of San Francisco during the first years of the AIDS crisis.

“The Dean Echenberg War Poetry Collection extends the Ransom Center’s holdings in significant ways,” said Stephen Enniss, director of the Ransom Center. “It reminds us that one of the persistent sources of art is in suffering.”

Throughout history numerous writers have tried to capture their experiences of war in language, often turning to poetry for its ability to convey intensity of feeling and for its authenticity. The common thread that runs through the collection is poetry by people who have experienced war, combatants and noncombatants alike. Included in the collection are printed and manuscript works by men and women from many countries and multiple languages and conflicts. The mix of poetry by both established and nonprofessional writers makes this a uniquely valuable collection for research into war literature.

Noteworthy items in the collection include poet Edmund Blunden’s manuscript for his prose account of his wartime experience “De Bello Germanico: A Fragment of Trench History” and the rare first printing of Robert Graves’ “Goodbye to all That.” Contemporary authors include Dunya Mikhail, Shelly Taylor and Kevin Powers, a graduate of UT Austin’s Michener Center for Writers.

The collection joins others at the Ransom Center related to the experience of war, including collections of World War I poets Edmund Blunden and Siegfried Sassoon, as well as the archives of critically acclaimed novelists such as Norman Mailer, Tim O’Brien and James Salter.

“I had explored various institutions, both here and abroad, as a final home for my war poetry collection,” Echenberg said. “None were the caliber of the Ransom Center, with its complementary holdings and an expressed interest in ensuring the future growth of the collection.”

It was while deployed with the F-100F Fast Forward Air Controllers (call sign “Misty”) that Dean Echenberg read and was moved by an English-language translation of Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s “Bratsk Station and Other New Poems” (1966). After the Vietnam War he sought other poetry inspired by first-hand experiences of war. Initially he focused on the celebrated poets of the First World War, before expanding his scope to include the Second World War, and eventually all conflicts of all periods. The collection has grown to comprise more than 6,500 volumes.  

“War poetry is a constant genre in all countries of the world and has been produced during all conflicts from the earliest times to the present,” Echenberg said. “Over the years, the collection has had a life of its own.” Read the Ransom Center's interview with Echenberg.

Once cataloged, the collection will be available for research and teaching.

Image: Dean Echenberg during his service in Vietnam.

54345_LBJ copy.jpgLos Angeles—Thirty-eight handwritten letters by Harper Lee to her friend Felice Itzkoff, will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on October 26, 2017.
Harper Lee, the renowned author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman," was great friends with New Yorker Felice Izkoff as both women hailed from Alabama.

On January 20, 2009, President Barack Obama’s inauguration day, Lee recalled in one of the letters to Itzkoff, a conversation between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Gregory Peck, which Peck had shared with her. Lee wrote, “On this Inauguration Day I count my blessings...I'm also thinking of another friend, Greg Peck, who was a good friend of LBJ. Greg said to him, 'Do you suppose we will live to see a black President?' LBJ said, 'No, but I wish her well ...’ Harper …” President Johnson was optimistically predicting the election of a black female President in the future.

In another interesting letter, Lee recalled a story told to her by her friend Vivien Leigh, about the evening Leigh’s ex-husband Sir Laurence Olivier insulted Hellen Keller. In the May 2009 letter, Lee wrote, “He was 'on' one night and was considerably annoyed by the 'noise' coming from two people in the audience. 'Somebody making slapping sounds-can't the management put a stop to it?' / 'If you want to put a stop to Helen Keller's enjoyment of your program, have her interpreter be quiet,' he was told. 'It is sometimes rather noisy, when things go as they should.'

Of course, Olivier melted, begged Miss Keller's pardon, and gave the rest of his performance in her honor, seemingly unaware of the 'noise.’”

Bidding for the lot of 38 letters begins at $10,000. 

Additional information on the letters can be found at 
http://natedsanders.com/38_Letters_by_Harper_Lee_With_A__Content____On_Oba-LOT47647.aspx

About Nate D. Sanders Auctions

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

llkiplmiipeggbbh.jpgNew York—Swann Auction Galleries’ auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Tuesday, October 17 garnered eager interest from bibliophiles, exceeding the sale’s high estimate and earning more than half a million dollars. In a focused offering with just more than 300 lots, 92% of works found buyers, with particularly active bidding for Bibles, incunabula, and early manuscript material.

            The top lot of the sale was Lo libre del regiment dels princeps, Barcelona, 1480, a Catalan-language guide for princes by Aegidius Romanus, which sold for $50,000, above a high estimate of $15,000, a record for the work. The book, translated from the original Latin by Arnau Stranyol, is especially noteworthy as Catalan-language incunabula appear so infrequently at auction, and this appears to be the fourth work ever published in that language. Another highlight was the first edition in the original Greek of Herodotus’s Libri novem, an Aldine imprint published in 1502, which doubled its high estimate to sell for $30,000.Each of the 16 works in a dedicated section of Incunabula sold. Beyond the top lot, highlights included the second edition of Nicolaus Panormitanus de Tudeschis’s Lectura super V libris Decretalium, Basel, 1477, reaching $8,125, and Saint Hieronymus’s Epistolae, Venice, 1488, bound in a leaf from a manuscript choir book ($7,000).

            All but one of the 35 offered Bibles found buyers, led by the first edition of the Bishop’s Bible, 1568, the most lavishly illustrated bible in English; the tome replaced the Great Bible for church use, and in the sale nearly doubled its high estimate to sell to a collector for $5,980. Psalterium Romanum…, 1576, a sammelband in handsome contemporary binding executed for a nun, also contains a ritual for baptisms and exorcisms, 1581, reached $2,000. One of few twentieth-century works in the sale was the 1913-14 Insel-Verlag limited-edition facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible in full, exuberant color on vellum, which sold for $7,000.

            A popular section of early manuscript material was led by De claustro animae, a fourteenth-century manuscript in Latin on vellum by Hugo de Folieto, in which he uses the cloister as a metaphor for the soul ($28,750). A vellum leaf from a glossed Psalter in Latin, written in France in the twelfth century, nearly doubled its high estimate to reach $3,000. A beautifully illuminated French vellum bifolium from the calendar of a Book of Hours showing the months of January and June, executed in the later fifteenth century, sold for $5,250.

            Medical highlights included Monstrorum historia, a 1642 collection of descriptions of monsters and medical mysteries, with more than 450 woodcut illustrations. The work was compiled by Ulisse Aldrovandi and published posthumously in Bologna ($7,000). Also of note was the first American edition of Nicholas Culpeper’s The London Dispensatory, 1720, the first herbal, pharmacopoeia and medical book published in colonial America, which sold for $11,250.

            Tobias Abeloff, Specialist of Early Printed Books at Swann Galleries, noted that “There was unexpected interest in unusual items, such as a scarce 1691 edition of Officium defunctorum, or the Latin Office of the Dead, converted by an eighteenth-century owner into a bizarre personal scrapbook,” which reached $2,375, above an estimate of $100 to $200.

            The next auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books at Swann Galleries will be held in Spring 2018.

Image: Lot 163: Aegidius Romanus, Lo libre del regiment dels princeps, first edition in Catalan, Barcelona, 1480. Sold October 17, 2017 for $50,000. (Pre-sale estimate: $10,000 to $15,000).

Charles-Dodgson-Autograph-manuscript-acrostic-poem-signed-Lewis-Carroll-53960g_lg.jpegLos Angeles - An original poem handwritten by Lewis Carroll on the half-title page of a presentation edition of the beloved book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on October 26, 2017. 

Carroll dedicated the poem in 1875 to Jessie Howard Clark, the sister of an “Alice” who died in infancy. Jessie Howard Clark’s father was the author John Howard Clark, who wrote to Lewis Carroll regarding “Bertie and the Bullfrogs,” a book Clark wrote, which was inspired by “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Carroll composed the original poem after learning Clark’s daughter Alice had died in infancy. The poem is dedicated to Alice’s sister Jessie. Cleverly constructed so the letters of the first word in each line form Jessie’s full name, “Jessie Howard Clark,” the poem and copy of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is one-of-a-kind.  

The inscribed poem reads in full:

''Just half a world to travel o'er,
E're this may reach its Southern home:
Such waters wide between us roare
So many a league of barren foam.
In vain the trackless interspace -
England's white ships can cleave the flood,
Hailing as brethren every race
Of English speech & English blood.
Wherever English childhood dwells
'Alice' may hope to find a band
Ready to listen while she tells
Dreams of the shadowy 'Wonderland.'
Child-friend, whom I shall never see!
Let me in fancy feel thee nigh,
And trust in other lands to be
Remembered as the years go by -
Kind thoughts will live, though we may die.
Lewis Carroll.
July 15, 1875.''

Bidding for the book with the poem begins at $40,000. 
Additional information on the poem can be found at 
http://natedsanders.com/Lewis_Carroll_Autograph_Poem_Signed_in___Alice_s_A-LOT47642.aspx
About Nate D. Sanders Auctions

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

130-Fleming copy.jpgNew York—An outstanding auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature at Swann Galleries on Tuesday, November 14 offers myriad signed first editions of prose and poetical classics, with a special focus on literary sets. The exceptional sale of some 300 lots is expected to reach more than half a million dollars.

The top lot of the sale is the deluxe centenary limited edition set of 18 volumes comprising Ian Fleming’s oeuvre, 14 of which recount the antics of Britain’s most famous spy, James Bond. The set shines in vibrant leather bindings, each custom-designed to reflect the contents of the novel: Casino Royale features playing cards, while Octopussy is adorned with undulating tentacles, et cetera. The set, celebrating what would have been Fleming’s one-hundredth birthday, includes a selection of the author’s travel writings, previously unpublished stories and a copy of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. One of 26 lettered sets published in 2008, the present works carry an estimate of $25,000 to $30,000.

Additional fine binding sets include the limited autograph edition of The Novels and Stories of Willa Cather, 1937-41, with 13 volumes, one of a small number of sets bound at the Riverside Press, with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. Also available is the limited autograph edition of The Writings of Thomas Hardy in Prose and Verse, 1915, with 20 volumes, each with photogravure frontispieces and plates, in the scarce dust jackets ($4,500 to $6,000). The 1802 set of William Shakespeare’s dramatic plays—considered the most monumental and uniformly beautiful—will also be available: each of the nine volumes contains engraved illustrations based on earlier works ($3,000 to $5,000). The most important set of The Novels and Tales of Henry James, 1907-17, with 26 limited-edition volumes and an Autograph Note Signed by the author tipped in, carries an estimate of $6,000 to $9,000.

Making its auction debut is the presumed true first edition with the unrestored first issue dust jacket of Anne Frank’s Het Achterhuis, with the author’s name in yellow rather than blue, carrying an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.

Children’s literature is led by a complete set of first editions of the Christopher Robin books by A.A. Milne, through which the world was introduced to Winnie the Pooh and gang. The first three of these rare works are signed by Milne; the quartet, published serially from 1924 to ’28, is valued at $10,000 to $15,000. A first edition of Maurice Sendak’s masterpiece, Where the Wild Things Are, 1963, signed and inscribed with a full-length portrait of the protagonist Max in his iconic monster suit, makes a rare auction appearance, with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. Also available is a presentation copy of the first edition of Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, 1877, inscribed “For the patients of the / London Temperance Hospital / with the Author’s best wishes.” Inscribed copies of this work are scarce, due to Sewell’s untimely death shortly after publication ($7,000 to $10,000). A signed first edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most delicious novel, with an estimate of $6,000 to $9,000, joins first editions of beloved works by L.M. Montgomery and E.B. White.

A run of signed limited editions by William Faulkner spanning his prolific career is led by an association copy of the first edition of his first book, The Marble Faun, 1924, signed and inscribed by Faulkner and his mentor Phil Stone to Dorothy Wilcox. The present copy is especially important because its inscription was specifically referenced in Joseph Blotner’s Faulkner: A Biography, 1974 ($18,000 to $25,000).

A slew of classic first editions by important American authors of the twentieth century includes works by Joseph Heller, Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Harper Lee, Jack London and Kurt Vonnegut, as well as the uncorrected proof of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, 1985, with an estimate of $1,000 to $1,500.

A robust section of science fiction works spans the development of the genre from Shelley to Bradbury. The American issue of the Atlantic edition of the complete set of 28 volumes of H.G. Well’s Works, 1924-27, signed in the first volume, is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000. The cover lot of the sale’s catalogue is the only signed first edition of Philip K. Dick’s first published novel, World of Chance, 1956, ever known to come to auction ($3,000 to $4,000). In addition to rare first editions by Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Finney, Aldous Huxley and H.P. Lovecraft, one of 200 copies of the first limited edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 bound in exceptionally well-preserved white Johns-Manville Quinterra asbestos ($7,000 to $10,000) will be available. The original science fiction novel, the first one-volume edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 1831, is expected to sell between $1,500 and $2,000. In a similar vein, the first edition of Bram Stoker’s seminal Dracula, 1897, is estimated at $3,000 to $4,000, though it is expected to go higher.

Mystery and crime novels feature two Black Widow editions of works by Raymond Chandler, with warm inscriptions: The Big Sleep, 1945, and Farewell, My Lovely, 1945 ($5,000 to $7,000 and $4,000 to $6,000, respectively). Another highlight is the first American edition, in cloth, of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes mystery, A Study in Scarlet, Philadelphia, 1890, valued at $6,000 to $9,000.

The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at www.swanngalleries.com

Image: Lot 130: Ian Fleming, The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. Estimate $25,000 to $30,000.

Euclid (John Windle).jpgBOSTON, MA--The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay for its 41st year, November 10-12, 2017. More than 120 dealers from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and Russia will exhibit and sell a vast selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.  

Special events at this year’s Fair include Ricky Jay, the world’s greatest sleight-of-hand artist discussing Magic, Cheaters & Remarkable Characters; a hands-on bookbinding demonstration by British book artist Mark Cockram; curators Christine Nelson of the The Morgan Library & Museum in New York and David Wood, curator of the Concord Museum, on the largest exhibition on American icon Henry David Thoreau ever mounted; and the 16th annual Ticknor Society Roundtable panel discussion. Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for complete event listings.

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the event offers the ‘crème de la crème’ of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether just browsing or buying, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, and science to sport, natural history, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to the serious collector and the curious browser.

Among the highlighted items for sale at this year’s fair will be the David Powers Collection of John F. Kennedy speeches and manuscripts, spanning the statesman’s political career from his first race in 1946 to his 1960 nomination for president. Most of the material in this collection has never been published and is among the largest cache of original JFK documents remaining in private hands (Powers was a JFK confidant and longtime director of the JFK Library); a one-of-a-kind edition of Michel-Guillaume-Saint-Jean de Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer, which is justly famous for its vivid picture of a colonial world slipping into the chaos of war, revolution, and nationhood (this is the author’s own working copy from 1782); a rare complete portfolio of botanical flower prints by Japanese artist Murakami Sadao; Oliver Bryne’s 1847 vividly illustrated version of Euclid’s Geometry; the sole surviving example of the Santa Fe Capitulations, a printed pamphlet containing the transcription of the letter confirming the privileges accorded to Columbus by the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile in 1492; and rare and first editions of works by Albert Einstein, Edward Gorey, Edith Wharton, James Baldwin, William Blake, Cervantes, Elena Ferrante, Ansel Adams, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, Henri Matisse, and Maxfield Parrish.

The Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about, and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books and ephemera. For attendees wanting to start a collection without breaking the bank, there will be dealers offering “Discovery” items priced at $100 or less, including a selection of children's books and decorative cloth bindings. On Sunday from 1:00-3:00pm, attendees are invited to bring in their own books for free appraisal.

Tickets are $20 for Friday night’s exclusive Opening Night preview event, an opportunity for the public to get a first look at items for sale at the Fair; admission is free on Saturday and Sunday. 

“We were so thrilled with last year’s attendance that we’ve decided to continue to offer free weekend admission at this year’s event,” said show producer Betty Fulton. “We especially saw an increase in younger audiences, who find that holding a book in their hands with an amazing history is a uniquely satisfying experience.”

Friday, November 10              5:00-9:00pm           Tickets: $20.00 - Opening Night (valid all weekend)   

Saturday, November 11          12:00-7:00pm          Free Admission 

Sunday, November 12             12:00-5:00pm         Free Admission

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

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

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

EVENTS AT THE FAIR

The Ticknor Society Collectors’ Roundtable

Saturday, November 11, 1:00pm

The Ticknor Society Collectors’ Roundtable - Collectors talking about their own personal travel collections: Laura Davis, travel books; Robert Stephenson, books on Antarctica; and Mary Warnement, travel guides from the 1950s. 

Of Books and Wild Beasts: Thoreau’s Wilderness Library

Saturday, November 11, 2:30pm

Christine Nelson, Curator at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, marks the bicentenary of the birth of American icon Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) by exploring his lifelong journal and his fantasy of a library reachable “only after adventures in the wilderness, amid wild beasts and wild men.”

Ricky Jay: Magicians, Cheaters & Remarkable Characters

Saturday, November 11, 4:00pm

Ricky Jay, the renowned sleight-of-hand artist, author, and actor speaks about his esteemed collection of books and images of magicians, cheaters, and remarkable characters. Limited capacity. Free admission. Reservations required. Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for details.

Bookbinding with Mark Cockram

Sunday, November 12, 1:00pm

Demonstration - Mark Cockram has been a professional bookbinder, book artist, and teacher for over 25 years all over the UK, Europe, and further afield. He combines techniques from his training in fine art, design, and bookbinding to create stunning, distinctly non-traditional books. Join him for a hands-on demonstration.

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal

Sunday, November 12, 2:30pm

In part two of our discussion on Thoreau, David Wood, Concord Museum Curator, uses Thoreau’s journal to introduce the many facets of this extraordinary man—the student, reader, writer, worker, thinker, Concord neighbor, and keen observer of the world. Learn how Thoreau used his journal to cultivate “and constantly renew” his very self.  

FREE Expert Appraisals!

Sunday, November 12, 1:00-3:00pm

Bring in your own books, maps, and ephemera and discover what they’re worth. Get free expert appraisals from the best in the industry. Learn about details that determine the value of your item and whether or not it would interest collectors and dealers. You might find you have a valuable treasure!

978188.jpgPhiladelphia, PA-Freeman’s October 17 sale of Silver, Objets de Vertu & Russian Works of Art and British & European Furniture and Decorative Arts yielded a number of extraordinary prices, and a top ten list of breadth and interest.

Freeman’s offering of “The Lintern Archive” and “The Storojev Legacy” underscored a strong market for Romanov-related materials. Featuring photos of the Russian Imperial Family, “The Lintern Archive” achieved over double its high estimate, selling for $106,250. “The Storojev Legacy” realized $46,875 and showcased a group of Russian liturgical and personal objects belonging to Father Ivan Vladimirovich Storojev, one of the last to see the Romanov family alive.

...Top honors in the American Silver section went to an extensive silver-gilt service in the “Richelieu” pattern by Tiffany & Company. The service sold for $22,750 against an estimate of $10,000-15,000. In addition, the sale boasted 95 percent sell-through of works by Danish silversmith Georg Jensen. The top lot of this grouping was a rare hardstone mounted bonbonniere which sold for $15,000 against an estimate of $5,000-7,000.

Later the same day, Freeman’s held the British & European Furniture and Decorative Arts sale. A highlight of the afternoon was a pair of impressive Napoleon III Sevres style urns soaring above their estimate to fetch $68,750 against an estimate of $3,000-5,000. 

Additionally, a fine Italian tin glazed earthenware charger by Ulisse Cantagalli sold for well above its estimate for $21,250, indicating a high interest in ceramics. A Louis XVI clock with case by Ormond and works by Tavernier also caught the eye of collectors, selling for $10,000. 

Lastly, luxurious taste prevailed with a pair of Louis XIV Style Bibliotheques fetching $9,375 against an estimate of $4,000-6,000 and the cover lot, a George I giltwood mirror, sold for $10,000. 

SVP and Division Head of Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts, Nicholas B.A. Nicholson, has established Freeman’s as an authority in British & European Decorative Arts and Furniture as well as Russian Works of Art, Silver and Objets de Vertu. As such, Freeman’s is currently reviewing exceptional pieces for its upcoming spring sales. 

 

harry-potter-detail-phoenix.jpgHarry Potter: A History of Magic runs from 20 October 2017 - 28 February 2018, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

  • The exhibition will combine centuries-old British Library treasures, including the oldest items in our collection, the Chinese Oracle bones, with original material from Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury and J.K. Rowling’s own archives, going on display for the first time. 
  • The exhibition includes stunning loans from national and international institutions - including broomsticks, wands and crystal balls. 
  • A 400-year-old celestial globe, enhanced with augmented reality technology, in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, enabling visitors to explore the constellations in the night sky. 
  • The British Library will also be simultaneously launching a regional roll-out of Harry Potter: A History of Magic on 20 October, with specially designed panels inspired by the London exhibition going on display in 20 public libraries across the UK, highlighting each library’s local connections to magic and folklore. 

Harry Potter: A History of Magic will unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic from across the world, which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. 

Based on the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including Potions, Herbology, Divination, Care of Magical Creatures and Defence Against the Dark Arts, this exhibition will also showcase material from J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury’s own collections, going on display for the very first time.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • Annotated sketch of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by J.K. Rowling, complete with the giant squid that lives in the lake 
  • J.K. Rowling’s handwritten list of the teachers and subjects at Hogwarts 
  • Original artwork by Jim Kay for the illustrated Harry Potter editions, including paintings and sketches of Harry Potter, the Hogwarts Express, Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall and Hagrid 
  • The Ripley Scroll - a 6 metre-long alchemical manuscript that describes how to make the Philosopher’s Stone, from the 1500s 
  • Chinese Oracle bones - the oldest datable items in the British Library’s collection, one of which records a lunar eclipse that is precisely datable to 27 December 1192 BC 
  • Celestial globe dating from 1693, made by Vincent Coronelli and brought to life using augmented reality technology, in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, which enables visitors to spin the globe virtually and explore in detail the ancient constellations, some of which share their names with familiar characters from the Harry Potter stories, such as Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Bellatrix LeStrange and Draco Malfoy 
  • An early written record of ‘abracadabra’, used as a charm to cure malaria 
  • An Arabic illuminated manuscript showing male and female mandrakes 
  • The tombstone of Nicolas Flamel, a real historical figure who also features in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 
  • Black moon crystal ball, used by ‘Smelly Nelly’, a Paignton witch from the 20th century who had a taste for strong perfume 
  • A mermaid, allegedly caught in Japan in the 18th century 

Ahead of opening, Harry Potter: A History of Magic has already sold over 30,000 tickets - the highest amount of advance tickets ever sold for a British Library exhibition. Tickets are available to buy from the British Library website.

Julian Harrison, lead curator of Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library, said:

“We’re thrilled to welcome visitors and Harry Potter fans alike to Harry Potter: A History of Magic. We’ve loved discovering the magical traditions that lie behind the Harry Potter books, and we’ve encountered so many amazing artefacts along the way. 

“The exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the history of magic - from mermaids to crystal balls, from broomsticks to garden gnomes! It’s been enormous fun choosing the exhibits.”

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, said of the exhibition:

“The British Library has done an incredible job. Encountering objects for real that have in some shape or form figured in my books has been quite wonderful and to have several of my own items in the exhibition is a reminder of twenty amazing years since Harry was first published.”

This exhibition contains the British Library’s first foray into the world of augmented reality, in partnership with Google Arts & Culture

Amit Sood, Director of Google Arts & Culture said:

“We're excited to collaborate with the British Library on Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Being able to combine two important cultural treasures - the Harry Potter series with the Celestial Globe in the British Library - demonstrates how technology can help us experience art and culture in new and interesting ways.”

20 LIBRARIES JOIN TOGETHER FOR THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY 

On 20 October 2017, 20 public libraries from across the UK will be joining together for the first time, from Edinburgh to Exeter, to present their own interpretations of Harry Potter: A History of Magic, as part of the British Library’s Living Knowledge Network. Using stunning mobile panels inspired by the exhibition, these Living Knowledge Network partners will draw on their own collections and regional connections to magical traditions and folklore to make displays. For the full list of participating Living Knowledge Partners, please see the notes to editors section. 

The Living Knowledge Network builds on local knowledge and national convening power to develop a mutually supportive and self-sustaining network of major libraries - to create value by sharing ideas and sparking connections between libraries, collections and people across the UK.

EVENTS AND LEARNING PROGRAMMES

Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be accompanied by varied learning and events programmes, with over 11,000 free tickets made available for schoolchildren across the UK. The learning programme includes guided workshops, teacher events, a family trail, a large-scale family event on 2 December for up to 900 visitors that will include a range of activities and exhibition entry throughout the day as well as special events aimed at community partners. Adult courses will also be available, on a range of themes including Witchcraft in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, magical illustration and fantasy fiction.

The events programme gives visitors the opportunity to delve into the magical world in even more detail, with the Hogwarts Curriculum Lectures, a series of our hugely popular Late at the Library events, and events exploring illustrating Harry Potter, Medieval magic, the effect of 20 years of Harry Potter on children’s literature and much more. For the full programme, please visit our What’s On pages.

PUBLISHING

On 20 October 2017, Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic will be published by Bloomsbury, and Scholastic will publish simultaneously in the US. Aimed at a family audience, this book showcases a selection of the amazing artefacts, manuscripts, original artwork, and magical objects included in the exhibition.  The eBook edition will be published by Pottermore.

Bloomsbury will also be publishing the official comprehensive companion book, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. A collaboration between the publisher 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.

EXHIBITION TRAVELLING TO NEW YORK IN AUTUMN 2018

US fans will also be able to enjoy Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the New-York Historical Society in October 2018, following its run at the British Library in London.

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. A companion book will be published by Scholastic in the US in autumn 2018.

Image: A phoenix rising from the ashes in a 13th-century bestiary (c) British Library.

Lot 120.jpgCRANSTON, R.I. - An astounding collection of Hasbro G.I. Joe action figure dolls from the collection of a former Hasbro employee in Rhode Island, plus a copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962, the first appearance of Spider-Man, signed by Stan Lee), plus other rare and highly collectible comics, will headline a Fall Toy, Comic & Comic Art Auction slated for Saturday, Oct. 28th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, starting at 12 o’clock noon Eastern time.

Over 300 lots of pop culture items, curated from collections across the country, will cross the auction block that day. The sale will be held in Bruneau & Co.’s gallery, at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. Internet bidding will be facilitated by Bidlive.Bruneauandco.com, Invaluable.com, LiveAuctioneers.com and Bidsquare.com. Phone and absentee (left) bids will also be accepted. 

A strong candidate for top lot of the auction promises to be the copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy issue #15 (Aug.1962), signed by legendary comic illustrator Stan Lee and witnessed on Nov. 12, 2016. (est. $8,000-$12,000). The book, graded CBCS 2.5, featured the first appearance and the origin of Spider-Man, along with Aunt May, Uncle Ben, Flash Thompson and Liz Allen.

Other expected top performers include a fine example of a Hasbro G.I. Joe Action Soldier West Point Cadet equipment set from 1968, the second release with a solid photo box, factory sealed (est. $800-$1,200); and a circa-1967 Hasbro Action Joe State Trooper uniform, factory sealed in its original Hasbro bag, marked “Made in Hong Kong”, offered only thru Sears (est. $400-$600).

Other G.I. Joe items expected to do well include an individually carded 1964 Action Pilot dress uniform, a factory-sealed Race Car Driver uniform; and a circa 1967 Hasbro Action Marine 7727 Rifle-Rack equipment set, in excellent condition and factory-sealed, with G.I. Joe helmet form sticker, as well as an Action Marine mess kit (est. $600-$900).

“Whether you collect comics, G.I. Joe or Star Wars, there is a rarity offered in every category that’s sure to drive collectors crazy in this auction,” said Travis Landry, Bruneau & Co. specialist and auctioneer. Kevin Bruneau, the company president, added, “It’ll be a great sale, filled with memories that bring a guy like myself right back to his childhood. Surely fun will be had by all.”

The auction will open with over 50 lots of vintage toys, including Hasbro G.I. Joe, Mattel He-Man Masters of the Universe, Bandai Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Kenner Star Wars. 

Featured lots will include a French 1978 Meccano Star Wars 20 Back Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi figure, AFA 85 (est. $1,000-$2,000), an Argentinian 1983 Top Toys Star Wars Return of the Jedi Stormtrooper (AFA 80) and a 1984 factory-sealed He-Man Masters of the Universe Leech action figure made in Mexico and the U.S. (est. $200-$300), the red crossbow variant, graded C8-C8.5. 

Within the vintage toy section will be a collection of unused and AFA-graded Mighty Morphin Power Rangers collectibles, highlighted by a 1992 Bandai Megazord and Dragonzord gift set, made in Japan and in unused dead stock condition, entirely factory sealed (est. ($800-$1,200); and the collection of ‘60s-era Hasbro G.I. Joes from the Rhode Island former Hasbro employee.

The second portion of the catalog will feature more than 240 lots of Silver, Bronze, Copper and Modern age D.C. and Marvel comics, to include titles from Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Aquaman, Batman, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Journey Into Mystery, Justice League, Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense, X-Force, X-Factor, New Mutants and other rare titles.

Individual comics will feature a copy of Marvel Comics X-Men issue #1 (Sept. 1963), with the first appearance of Magneto and the X-Men, and the X-Men’s origin, signed by Stan Lee with a witness, graded CBCS 5.0 (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a copy of Marvel Comics Avengers issue #1 (Sept. 1963), with the first appearance of the Avengers, graded CBCS 5.0 (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Other comics will include copies of Incredible Hulk issue #181 (CBCS 7.0), Fantastic Four issue #52 (CBCS 6.5), and Amazing Spider-Man issue #14 (CBCS 3.5). Comic art will include works by great illustrators such as Frank Miller, Neal Adams, Craig Rousseau, Norman Lee and others. Frank Miller’s black variant sketch of Batman in bust, with cowl and cape, drawn on a signed copy D.C. Comics Dark Knight III: The Master Race issue #1, should make $700-$1,000.

Previews will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26th, from 9-5; Friday, Oct. 27th, from noon to 9 pm; and Saturday, Oct. 28th, the date of auction, from 8 am until the start of sale at 12 noon Eastern sharp.

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers has a slate of auctions planned for November. It will hold a live-only toy, comic and collectible auction in the Cranston gallery on Monday, Nov. 13th at 6 pm Eastern; a live-only on-site auction on Saturday, Nov. 18th, at 11 am (address to be released one month before the auction); and a live-only DiscoverIt sale followed by a huge fall auction on Nov. 25th.

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the October 28 toy and comic auction, visit www.bruneauandco.com. To contact Bruneau & Co. via e-mail, use info@bruneauandco.com

Image: Lot 120: Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy issue #15 (Aug.1962), signed by legendary comic illustrator Stan Lee and witnessed on Nov. 12, 2016. (est. $8,000-$12,000).

sig image michelangelo.jpgMichelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from November 13, 2017, through February 12, 2018, will present a stunning range and number of works by the artist: 128 of his drawings, 3 of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, and his wood architectural model for a chapel vault. A substantial body of complementary works by his teachers, associates, pupils, and artists who were influenced by him or who worked in collaboration with him will also be displayed for comparison and context.

A towering genius in the history of Western art, Michelangelo was celebrated during his long life for the excellence of his disegno, the power of drawing and invention that provided the foundation for all of the arts. For his mastery of drawing, design, sculpture, painting, and architecture, he was called Il divino ("the divine one") by his contemporaries. His powerful imagery and dazzling technical virtuosity transported viewers and imbued all of his works with a staggering force that continues to enthrall us today.

"This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to experience first-hand the unique genius of Michelangelo," said Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Met. "The exhibition will display the magnificent beauty of Michelangelo's works in order to deepen our understanding of his creative process."

The exhibition is made possible by Morgan Stanley.

Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor, the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, Dinah Seiver and Thomas E. Foster, Cathrin M. Stickney and Mark P. Gorenberg, Ann M. Spruill and Daniel H. Cantwell, and the Mark Pigott KBE Family.

It is supported by an Indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Selected from 50 public and private collections in the United States and Europe, the exhibition will bring together the largest group of original drawings by Michelangelo ever assembled for public display. Many of the drawings rank among the greatest works of draftsmanship produced. Extraordinary and rare international loans will include the complete series of masterpiece drawings he created for his friend Tommaso de'Cavalieri and a monumental cartoon for his last fresco in the Vatican Palace.

Dr. Carmen C. Bambach, curator of the exhibition, commented: "This selection of more than 200 works will show that Michelangelo's imagery and drawings still speak with an arresting power today. Five hundred years seem to melt away in looking at his art." 

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer will widen the conversation about the artist and present an extraordinary opportunity to see many works that are never displayed together. Drawing was the first thing Michelangelo turned to, whether he was creating a painting, a sculpture, or architecture, and it is what unified his career. He is a forceful draftsman and brings a sculptor's understanding and eye. We can see him thinking—almost having a conversation on the sheet of paper—and there is a sense of intimacy and immediacy, as if looking over his shoulder. The exhibition will give visitors an unmatched opportunity to enter the world of this absolute visionary in the history of art.

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese (southeast of Florence), and died a wealthy and famous man, on February 18, 1564, in Rome. Although he spent the last 30 years of his life in Rome, his love was always for Florence, his patria (homeland), and all things Florentine. His art, his training, his methods, and his poetry were, to the last, rooted in Florentine culture. Michelangelo's longevity was extraordinary for a person of his time. Also exceptional for an artist of his era, five major biographies were written during his lifetime or soon after his death.

The exhibition will trace Michelangelo's life and career, beginning with his training as a teenager in the workshop of Ghirlandaio and his earliest painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony (1487-88), and first known sculpture, Young Archer (ca. 1490). It will move on to the commission of his colossal marble sculpture David in 1501, the early planning of the Tomb of Pope Julius II, and the monumental project of painting The Last Judgment on the Sistine Ceiling. An entire gallery will be devoted to the Sistine Ceiling and will include Michelangelo's original studies for the project. 

Other sections will explore his portraiture and the beautiful finished drawings he created for close friends; his collaboration and friendship with Venetian artist Sebastiano del Piombo (1485/86-1547); and the drawings and poetry he created for the young nobleman Tommaso de'Cavalieri, whom he met in 1532 and who became a life-long friend. The artist's last decades in Rome are reflected in the last part of the exhibition and will include, in addition to architectural drawings, the enormous cartoon (full-scale drawing) he prepared for the Crucifixion of Saint Peter fresco in the Vatican Palace, as well as a rare three-dimensional model for the vault of a chapel. 

Said Dr. Bambach: "His creativity continued to be phenomenal until the end when he died at 88."

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is indebted to the public and private collections that have graciously lent their treasured holdings to the exhibition, including The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; the Royal Collection and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor; the Gallerie degli Uffizi and Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence; the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence; the Musée du Louvre, Paris; the Casa Buonarroti, Florence; the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples; the Albertina, Vienna; the British Museum, London; and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and Fabbrica di San Pietro in Vaticano, Vatican City.

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer is organized by Dr. Carmen C. Bambach, Curator in The Met's Department of Drawings and Prints.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue written by Dr. Bambach that will include essays by a team of leading Michelangelo scholars. It will be published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.

The catalogue is made possible by the Drue E. Heinz Fund.

Additional support for the catalogue is provided by the Wolfgang Ratjen Stiftung, Liechtenstein.

A variety of Education programs will accompany the exhibition, including Met Live Arts performances of La Dolce Morte, based on Michelangelo's love poetry, and Shostakovich, Michelangelo, and The Artistic Conscience.

La Dolce Morte is made possible by The Howard & Sarah D. Solomon Foundation.

A Sunday at The Met program on January 7, 2018 will explore the ideas and influences of Michelangelo's major works. Speakers will include Dr. Bambach and professors of art history Maria Ruvoldt, David Ekserdjian, and James Saslow.

An audio tour, part of the Museum's Audio Guide program, is available for rental ($7, $6 for Members, $5 for children under 12).

The Audio Guide is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The exhibition will be featured on www.metmuseum.org/Michelangelo, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via #MetMichelangelo.

Image: Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475-1564). Studies for the Three Labors of Hercules, ca. 1530. Red chalk, 10 11/16 x 16 5/8 in. (27.2 x 42.2 cm). Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk

DALLAS, Texas - Important examples by Patrick Nagel and Robert McGinnis toppled world records in Heritage Auctions’ $1+ million Illustration Art Auction Oct. 13 in Dallas.

Nagel’s Bold, circa 1980s, sold for a staggering $200,000, shattering the previous record of $161,000 set by Heritage in 2014. McGinnis’ 2002 original DVD illustration art for Casino Royale set an artist auction record when it fetched $47,500, against a $15,000 estimate. 

“This auction was rich with fresh-to-market quality material and collectors took advantage of the opportunity,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “We remain the No. 1 house for hard-to-source artworks from the peak of popular culture.” 

Gritty illustrations from pulp magazines drew interest from multiple bidders who pushed the Hugh Joseph Ward’s 1942 original cover art titled Undercover Man from Private Detective magazine to $81,250. Ward’s cover art for Hollywood Detective magazine sold for $10,625.

Chesley Bonestell’s interior illustration titled Atomic Bombing of New York from Collier’smMagazine sold for $27,500 and Harry Anderson’s original art titled Gangway from a 1937 Cream of Wheat ad campaign hammered for $20,000. 

Examples of classic American pin-up art generated intense interest as a second artwork by Nagel, titled Susan, 1982, sold for $47,500 and Gil Elvgren’s 1946 illustration titled We Had a Little Falling Out sold for $30,000. Back Bend on Toes Ballet, Ice Capades, 1962, by George Petty sold for $27,500 and a second from his Ice Capades series, titled Dutch Girl, 1948, ended at $9,373.

Additional highlights include:

We'll Feel Right at Home. The Travel Guide Says There are Bats in the Belfry, 1984, a Mobil Oil advertisement by Charles Samuel Adams, sold for $17,500

Impromptu Concert, 1950, a U.S. Brewers Foundation advertisement by John Gannam sold for $11,250.

America Give a Hand, To the Men of the Merchant Marine, the stunning original art for a classic propaganda poster, by Rockwell Kent sold for $10,625.

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-17 at 9.38.30 AM.pngBefore the iPhone and Google maps, the must-have portable geographical gadget was the pocket globe. 

Daniel Crouch Rare Books will offer a collection of 18 of such cartographic gems at TEFAF New York Fall 2017. 

The collection will be on sale en bloc for $300,000. 

Pocket globes are a miniature (c3” diameter) representation of the cosmos: a small terrestrial globe housed in a shagreen (shark skin) case lined with celestial gores. 

The earliest mention of such globes is made in Joseph Moxon’s sales catalogue of 1657 “Concave hemisphere of the starry orb, which serves for a case to a terrestrial globe 3” diameter made portable for the pocket. Price 15s”. 

The globes in the collection provide a broad overview of their production during the “long eighteenth century”. They demonstrate the rapid pace of new cartographic information during the period, brought back by the likes of William Dampier, George Anson, James Cook, and George Vancouver, which transformed European understanding of, most notably, Australasia, North America, and the Arctic. As well as geographic changes, the globes also record new political realities, from the birth of the United States, and the fledging Mexican Republic, to the naming of Australia. 

Daniel Crouch says: “Not until the mobile phone and advent of Google Earth would there be an instrument that so neatly epitomized the globe and the heavens in the palm of your hand”. 

Crouch has unearthed a nineteenth century poem sent, accompanying a pocket globe, to a young gentleman going on board the Amethyst man-of-war. The poem suggests that pocket globes were not only as an educational tool for young ladies and gentlemen, but were also Georgian Britain’s must-have executive toy. 

To England ere you bid adieu,

My friend and sailor, gallant Hugh, Proud to exchange, at Honour’s call, Your cricket for a cannon-ball,

This globe accept - so like, we know, One whirl’d six thousand years ago,

By Him whose fiat rules the tide,

And bids our fleets in triumph ride!

Who smote the French by valiant Howe, And crown’d with laurel Duncan’s brow, Bade Jervis Spain’s armada foil,

Bade Nelson thunder at the Nile,

Bade England humble Gallic pride, 

That scatters blood and ruin wide.

On this small Globe, exulting, see Great Britain in epitome;

Britain, our consequential speck, Whose sailors keep the world in check; They, who to shores of Iceland roam, In either India are at home. 

Learn, here, to study daring Drake,

There Raleigh voyaged, here fought Blake; Contemplate Cooke’s eventful story, 

Or follow Anson’s path to glory;

See Rodney, deck’d with flags, advance From vanquish’d Holland, Spain and France! But vain the task to number o’er

These heroes of the British shore...

--“H.M.C.”
Published in the Gentleman’s Magazine, May 1799. 

All 18 globes will be on exhibition at TEFAF NY Fall 2017 displayed on a brass globe tree. 

A fully illustrated colour catalogue is available in both printed and pdf format. 

 

Jarry large images.jpgNEW YORK, NY—The Morgan Library & Museum announced today the acquisition of one of the most important private collections of material related to the life and work of avant-garde French writer Alfred Jarry (1873-1907). Assembled by Dr. Robert J. Stillman and Dr. Linda Klieger Stillman, of Potomac, Maryland, the gift totals some three hundred items, including books, magazines, correspondence, musical scores, and ephemera, encompassing every significant appearance of Jarry in print, as well as modern and contemporary publications that reflect his ongoing legacy.                                              

The formal name of the gift is the Robert J. and Linda Klieger Stillman Pataphysics Collection.

Jarry was a ground-breaking pioneer of the early modernist movements of the turn of the twentieth century. His unusual works traversed literature, art, theatre, journalism, and book design. He is best known for the play Ubu Roi (1896) and for his invention of the set of ideas he termed “Pataphysics”—loosely defined as “the science of imaginary solutions.” Jarry’s work would influence such art movements as Dada, Surrealism, and Futurism. 

“The Morgan Library & Museum is honored that Robert and Linda Stillman have chosen to donate this extraordinary collection to us,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the museum. “Alfred Jarry’s short life had enormous consequences for art of the twentieth century and, indeed, up to the present day. We look forward to organizing an exhibition of these exceptional pieces and to producing a catalog to help foster ongoing scholarship of the artist’s work.”

Included among the many highlights are first editions of Jarry’s rare books, several of which are inscribed to his contemporaries, such as Minutes de sable mémorial (1894) and César Antechrist (1895); the first publication of Ubu Roi as it appeared in the avant-garde magazine Livre d’Art; the author’s corrected proofs for Ubu enchaîné; and the two editions of the Almanach du Père Ubu, illustrated by Pierre Bonnard. Other noted artists represented in the collection include George Rouault and Joan Miró. 

The collection has two important letters from Jarry to his closest friend, Rachilde, one of which is well-known to scholars as “The Testament of Père Ubu,” signed with his character’s name, and previously belonging to Tristan Tzara, founder of the Dada movement.

The Stillman donation also includes extremely rare copies of Jarry’s own artistic magazines L’Ymagier, co-edited by Remy de Gourmont, and Perhinderion. Many other important avant-garde magazines of the day are represented, such as La Revue Blanche, La Plume, Soirées de Paris, and Le festin d’Ésope, edited by Apollinaire. Along with publications from Jarry’s time are hundreds of journals and artists’ books associated with the Collège de ‘Pataphysique and its affiliated societies all over the world, which have furthered Jarry’s eccentric work and ideas.

In addition, the Stillmans have collected visual art contextualizing Jarry and Pataphysics. These pieces include original Jarry woodcuts, a rare photograph of Jarry in his fencing studio plus other original photos, and works by such modern artists as Joan Miró, Thomas Chimes, and William Kentridge. This parallel collection will be loaned to The Morgan Library & Museum for the special exhibition.

“The Morgan Library & Museum epitomizes the ideal venue to house our collection,” wrote the Stillmans, in a statement regarding their gift. “Our primary objective in assembling this unique material was to make it available to researchers and to the public, which aligns with the mission of the museum.

“We look forward to a mutual focus on scholarship, creativity, access and transparency; we value the Morgan’s stewardship and accountability. The institution excels in curating, conservation, cataloguing, digitization, education, display, and exhibitions. We are delighted that the professional staff and the Board of Trustees have enthusiastically welcomed the collection. Global interest in Pataphysics and the Pataphysics of the future assures ongoing engagement with the collection. We are honored to collaborate with the Morgan, and we deeply appreciate the connection we have had made with its extraordinary leadership.”

Dr. Linda Klieger Stillman holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University’s School of Languages and Linguistics. She is a leading international authority on Pataphysics and a longtime member of the Collège de ‘Pataphysique. She has devoted several decades to the study of Jarry and his legacy, and is the author of a number of books and scholarly articles, including a critical biography. Dr. Stillman has also organized international symposia on Jarry and Pataphysics. Dr. Robert Stillman received his medical degree from Georgetown University, is a notable physician in the Washington, DC area, and is currently director emeritus of the Shady Grove Fertility Center with national and international facilities. He is also a clinical professor of endocrinology at Georgetown.

Image: Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), Ubu roi. Paris: Mercure de France, 1896. The Robert J. and Linda Klieger Stillman Pataphysics Collection.

Northampton, Massachusetts--The region’s leading used & antiquarian booksellers and fine letterpress printers, book binders, paper makers, and artist book makers will be showcased at the third edition of the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1 to 5 pm and Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm at the Smith College Campus Center. 

In addition to an exhibition and sale, the fair will feature a keynote address, “Among the Gently Mad,” on December 2nd at 5:15 pm by Nicholas A. Basbanes at Smith College Graham Hall Auditorium in the Brown Fine Arts Center.  Basbanes will sign copies of his books from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Smith College Campus Center.  

Admission to the book fair and the event program is free and open to the public. 

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

Keynote Talk by Nicholas A. Basbanes: Among the Gently Mad. Saturday, December 2, 5:15 pm at Smith College, Brown Fine Arts Center, Graham Auditorium 

Basbanes, is an acclaimed bibliophile and independent scholar of book culture and history. His talk is a reflection drawn on thirty years of in-the-field research conducted among a variety of book people:  collectors, booksellers, librarians, conservators, and readers -- people he affectionately refers to as the "gently mad." 

Basbanes is the author of nine critically acclaimed works of cultural history, with a particular emphasis on various aspects of books and book culture. His first, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books (1995), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, and was named a New York Times Notable Book. His most recent, On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History (2013) was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities research fellowship, and was one of three finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. 

The author will sign copies of his books on Saturday, December 2 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair at the Smith College Campus Center.

In 2015 Basbanes was awarded a Public Scholar research grant by the NEH in support of his work-in-progress for Knopf, Cross of Snow: The Love Story and Lasting Legacy of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  He also writes the “Gently Mad” column for Fine Books & Collections magazine, lectures widely on book related subjects, and is a frequent contributor to Humanities magazine. 

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair Exhibitors by Location

Massachusetts:

L&T Respess Books, of Northampton

Double Elephant Press, of Northampton     

Zea Mays Printmaking, of Northampton             

White Square Fine Books & Art, of Easthampton

Warwick Press, of Easthampton 

Shelburne Falls Booksellers 

Wiggins Fine Books, of Shelburne Falls 

New England Auctions, of Deerfield

Brier Hill Gallery, of Ashfield and West Roxbury

Swamp Press, of Northfield 

Monroe Bridge Books, of Greenfield

Messenger Press, of North Adams

29 Press, of Cheshire 

Willow Bindery, of Shrewsbury

Third Year Studios, of Boston

Herringbone Bindery, of Boston 

Laurie Alpert, of Brookline

Vermont:

Auger Down Books, of Brattleboro, VT

Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Country Bookshop, of Plainfield, VT

Shattuck Studio and Gallery, of Rutland, VT

Maine:

Design Smith Creative Ventures, of Camden, ME

New Jersey:

Le Bookiniste, of Hopewell, NJ

Jeffrey Bergman Books, of Fort Lee, NJ

Memory Press, of Plainsboro, NJ

New York: 

Furious Day Press, of New York

Connecticut: 

Colebrook Book Barn, of Colebrook, CT

John Bale Books, of Waterbury, CT

Yesterday’s Gallery, of East Woodstock, CT

Robin Price, of Middletown, CT

Pennsylvania:

William Hutchinson, of Mendenhall, PA

The Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair is produced by Book Arts Promotions, in association with community sponsor Smith College Libraries. Media sponsor is New England Public Radio, WFCR-FM and WNNZ-AM.  Book Arts Promotions is a collaboration between Mark Brumberg, of Boomerang Booksellers and Duane A. Stevens, of Wiggins Fine Books.  

 

October21_01_pics.jpgITHACA, 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. Featured is a first session of selections from a substantial private library that belonged to Hollywood icon, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.. Civil War history titles and another session of desirable volumes from the holdings of James Hurley will also be offered.           

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1666 printing of Baldini's "Cronologia Ecclesiastica - La Quale Contiene le Vite de Pontefici da S Pietro Sino al Regnante Alsessando VII," with original engravings, "Letters of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Written during Her Travels in Europe Asia and Africa," produced in 1769 in three volumes, and the 1850 first American edition of Erman and Cooley's "Travels in Siberia," in two volumes. Additional rare and antique selections include titles relating to military history, Civil War, travel & exploration, art history, decorative antique, multi-volume sets, and beyond.                          

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is our first session from a varied and sizable collection of books from the private library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., famed actor, director and producer. Born into the epicenter of emerging Hollywood, he was the son of Douglas Fairbanks who married pioneering silent film star icon, Mary Pickford. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. first married Joan Crawford, then survived his second wife, Mary Lee, and this personal collection was generously donated to a local non-profit by his widow, Vera Fairbanks. These books include his handwriting, personal bookplate, and personal inscriptions and notes by authors and other notable figures. A second private library of note featured in this auction is our next session of titles belonging to James Hurley, a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak in the Himalayas. This collection includes desirable titles such as the 1860 first edition of Hume's "A Summer Ramble in the Himalayas with Sporting Adventures in the Vale of Cashmere," and an author-signed copy of Mason's "Routes in the Western-Himalaya."     

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. These lots present categories such as Victorian chromolithographs, postcards, antique maps, photography, travel-related 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.

180-Mendelssohn.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ auction of Autographs will take place on Tuesday, November 7, with rare and illuminating letters, and signed photographs, books and “short snorters” from major world players of the last 200 years.

The cornerstone of the sale is the Jimmy Van Heusen Collection of musical manuscripts and autographs, sold to benefit Cazenovia College in New York. Van Heusen was an American composer of popular songs for musical theater, radio, film and television, best known from songs performed by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and others. The offering of 76 lots includes not only the original musical manuscripts of his biggest hits, but also many autograph musical quotations and letters by some of the most influential composers of classical music from the nineteenth- and twentieth centuries, including Johannes Brahms, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and Antonín Dvorák. Van Heusen’s own works are led by a twice-signed manuscript draft for the vocal score of Love and Marriage, circa 1955, with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. 

Classical highlights include an 1850 signed and dated autograph musical quotation by Robert Schumann from the first act of Genoveva, the only opera he ever composed, in uncommonly good condition ($8,000 to $12,000), and a letter from Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy containing an autograph musical manuscript of May Song, to philologist Adolf Friedrich Stenzler, with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. Also available is an autograph musical quotation, dated and signed, of eight bars from the prelude to the first act of Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, 1846, with an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000, and a brief February 1891 letter from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in which he says he is en route to New York, where he was to play at the inauguration of Carnegie Hall on May 5, 1891, estimated at $5,000 to $7,500.

The top lot of the sale is a 1780 letter from George Washington to his spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge, requesting intelligence during the Revolutionary War. The page, bearing an extremely fine signature, is valued at $25,000 to $35,000. Presidential signatures on important documents include John Adams, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and others. A less formal view of the presidency comes in the form of a circa 1950s inscription and drawing by John F. Kennedy on Senate stationery showing the PT-109 torpedo boat he commanded during WWII ($3,000 to $4,000).

Additional political signatures span the lifetime of America. A manuscript letter by Noah Webster (of Merriam-Webster notoriety), signed “A Federalist,” circa 1800, offers insight into Webster’s opinion on the Constitution, with an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000. Also available is a group portrait of the members of the 1981-86 Burger Court, signed by each, valued at $1,000 to $2,000.

One of the most unusual items available is Marlene Dietrich's personal "short snorter," a scroll of currency signed by over 1,000 military & entertainment notables, including Ernest Hemingway & George S. Patton, from the 1940s ($3,500 to $5,000). Additional items from the actress’s personal collection include two letters to her written by Hemingway: in one dated 1957, he lists his medical complaints, while in an earlier undated letter written aboard the Ile de France, he praises her beauty and restates his love for her (each $10,000 to $15,000).A selection of autographs by scientists features Niels Bohr’s signed and annotated copy of his physics textbook from Trinity College at Cambridge in 1911, An Elementary Treatise on Theoretical Mechanics by James Hopwood Jean ($4,000 to $6,000). A photograph signed by Albert Einstein that shows him at home in Princeton, NJ, celebrating the construction of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem, has an estimate of $3,000 to $4,000. A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud by Halberstadt, signed & inscribed to Horace W. Frink, 1922 ($10,000 to $15,000) will also be available.

The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at www.swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 180: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Autograph Letter Signed, with Autograph Musical Manuscript of May Day, Düsseldorf, 21 June 1834. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

 

Paris-The sixth part of the R. and B. L. library, devoted to the Romantic period, with illustrated books, posters, first editions, autographs and drawings of exceptional quality, ended on a resounding high note. This unique collection, sold in association with Binoche & Giquello, achieved a total of €2,215,938.

Booklovers were there in force to battle over copies in extraordinarily fresh condition, in period bindings, often signed and some richly decorated. The originality and rarity of this collection lay in the fact that often the same texts were contained in these period bindings or were bound at a later date in exquisite covers by great names of the early 20th century. These copies, often cited in bibliographies, mostly belonged to great bibliophiles like Laurent Meeûs, Henri Beraldi and Victor Mercier.

Anne Heilbronn, vice-chairman of Sotheby’s France: "This Romantic library was a true ode to love, and contained great classics of 19th century literature in period bindings, like Notre-Dame de Paris, Les Trois mousquetaires, La Chartreuse de Parme and Le Rouge et le noir."

Dominique Courvoisier, specialist in charge of the sale says, "The results obtained today show an unflagging interest in Romantic illustrated books, and of course in exceptional copies, the prerogative of great collections." "We are now much looking forward to the seventh section," adds auctioneer Alexandre Giquello, a partner at Binoche & Giquello.

Grandville garnered the highest prices in the first session. At €40,000, Les Métamorphoses du Jour, an extremely rare item in a publisher's shagreen binding decorated with animal plates, doubled its high estimate (lot 30, estimate: €15,000/20,000). This work made Grandville's reputation. Another magnificent and highly sought-after copy was Un Autre Monde, a first edition in publisher's shagreen of Grandville's most extraordinary work, written and illustrated in the Surrealist vein (lot 45, €37,500; estimate: €20,000/30,000). A copy of the Aventures de Robinson Crusoë, unique for its 43 original pen drawings, was pre-empted at €27,500 by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (lot 35; estimate: €25,000/35,000).

The second session saw the extraordinary unpublished relic of Victor Hugo's love life addressed to Juliette Drouet, his true love, fire the bidding all the way up to €217,500. This now joins the Anne-Marie Springer collection (private letters) (lot 219; estimate: €70,000/90,000). Genuine evidence of the early days of their love, containing four autograph poems in addition, this was one of three extant notebooks in which Victor Hugo wrote something almost every day for his great love, Juliette Drouet. 

None of Hugo's letters to Juliette Drouet from before October 1833 now survives, because she burned them all after having misunderstood the meaning of a word in one of them. This makes this long declaration of love all the more precious. 

Six magnificent original drawings of landscapes and seascapes by Victor Hugo feature in the collection. They include a striking Gibbet of Montfaucon which at €187,500 largely exceeded its high estimate of €120,000(lot 240, estimate: €80,000/120,000). This terrible symbol was mentioned in his work by the author, who was intensely opposed to capital punishment. Another splendid and powerful drawing, a hitherto unpublished picture of a fantastic castle rising out of the shadows, multiplied its estimate by ten at €150,000 (lot 242, estimate: €10,000/15,000).

A prominent figure in this second part of the sale was Honoré de Balzac with his celebrated Letters to Louise, precious private correspondence (described by his biographer as a real "romantic quest") with a woman whose identity Balzac never knew. They inspired a battle all the way up to €68,750 (lot 119, estimate: €40,000/60,000). The superb first edition of Mémoire de deux jeunes mariées with the monogram of the Empress Marie-Louise, Duchess of Parma, fetched €22,500 (lot 128; estimate: €12,000/15,000).

One of the most sought-after lots by Alexandre Dumas, the prolific writer of plays and historical novels, was his earliest play, Henri III et sa Cour, in a magnificent binding by Thouvenin produced for the famous actress Mademoiselle George. This fine copy, which came with three autograph letters, including two from Alexandre Dumas, stayed within its estimate at €43,750 (lot 167, estimate: €35,000/45,000). One of the finest known examples of the first edition of Les Trois Mousquetaires in a remarkably well-preserved period binding largely exceeded its high estimate at €93,750 (lot 170, estimate: €50,000/80,000).

Lastly, an attractive series of works by Stendhal in the form of autographs and first editions included the writer's great masterpieces. They all respected their estimates: Armance, the author's first novel (lot 337; €37,500; estimate: €30,000/50,000); Le Rouge et le Noir in a period binding (lot 340, €37,500, estimate: €30,000/50,000), and La Chartreuse de Parme (lot 345, €37,500, estimate: €30,000/50,000).

Pre-emptions by the Musées de France

BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE

Lot 35

Jean-Jacques Grandville - Daniel de Defoe 

Les Aventures de Robinson Crusoë, Paris, Fournier the elder, 1840

First printing

Unique copy with 43 original drawings

€27,500

Lot 92

Prince Alexis Soltykoff

Voyage en Perse, 1851

First printing

€4,000

Lot 179

Xavier Forneret

A mon fils naturel. November 1847

€4,000 

MAISON DE BALZAC

Lot 39

Jean-Jacques Grandville

Bookstore poster for "Les Animaux peints par eux-mêmes", c. 1856

€3,500

Lot 40

Jean-Jacques Grandville

Bookstore poster for the "Scènes de la Vie Privée et publique des Animaux", 1842

€10,000

Getty Jerome copy.jpgLOS ANGELES—Artists, intellectuals, and pious members of society in Renaissance Europe looked to nature for inspiration and guidance in their contemplation of divine order. The elements of the natural world—including rocks, trees, flowers, waterways, mountains, and even atmosphere—were combined in paintings, drawings, and manuscript illuminations to create expansive landscapes and vistas, which often formed the settings for secular and religious texts. Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts, on view October 10, 2017-January 14, 2018, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, explores the genre of landscape painting in works of art created for personal or communal devotion.

“This exhibition draws heavily on the Museum’s outstanding manuscripts collection, showcasing the exceptional artistic achievement of some of the most important illuminators in Renaissance Europe,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Shown alongside drawings and paintings from the Getty’s collection, and displayed adjacent to the special exhibition of the work of Giovanni Bellini, visitors will be able to appreciate these objects not just as books of faith, but as the exceptional examples of landscape painting that they are.”

The Garden and Cultivated Earth

In Renaissance devotional manuscripts, the greenery of gardens and farmlands provided stunning settings for a range of narratives centered on the theme of salvation or sanctity. Accomplished illuminators such as Simon Bening and Lieven van Lathem utilized the spaces of gardens, from fenced plantings to flower beds or groves, to separate moments in narrative scenes.

“The art of verdancy, or greenery, presents an idealized view of nature in perfect harmony, a metaphor that premodern Christians equated with paradise in heaven but which also aligned with renewed interests in classical philosophy and developments in science at the time,” explains Bryan C. Keene, assistant curator of manuscripts and co-curator of the exhibition.

The Wilderness and Land Beyond the City

People looked to stark terrains or woodland spaces to heighten their religious experiences during the Renaissance. Some individuals chose to pursue life as hermits, living apart from civilization and relinquishing worldly goods and pleasures of the body. By journeying out into the wilderness, some Christians hoped to achieve a more authentic and pure relationship with God, free from all distraction. Artists often depicted harsh rocky terrains or woodland spaces in religious artworks to both highlight humankind’s inability to master the wilds of nature and to express the wondrous richness of God’s creation.

"The wilderness and desert were seen as pure or untouched environments, spaces that could test the religious conviction of those who entered there,” said Alexandra Kaczenski, former graduate intern at the Getty and co-curator of the exhibition.

Elements and Symbols of the Natural World

Nature flourishes with meaning and metaphor. Wind, rain, thunderstorms, and snowfall are used to evoke a range of moods and engage the spectator in the experience of the landscape. There are many meanings behind individual aspects of a landscape composition, and the tiniest insect or the most threatening mountain held deep significance for Christian devotees. Each actively participated in the narrative and contributed to the prayers, songs, or meditations of devotees.

Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts is curated by Bryan C. Keene, assistant curator in the Manuscripts Department, and Alexandra Kaczenski, former graduate intern in the Manuscripts Department. The exhibition is on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center from October 10, 2017 through January 14, 2018. A richly illustrated catalogue, Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts, will be published by Getty Publications to complement the exhibition.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice (October 10, 2017 -January 14, 2018) at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Image: Saint Jerome, ca.1528 to 1530. Master of the Getty Epistles (French, active about 1520 - about 1549), French. Tempera colors and gold paint on parchment.16.5 × 10.3 cm (6 1/2 × 4 1/16 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig I 15, fol. 1v. Permanent Collection

Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 8.34.53 AM.pngPreviously unseen photographs taken by the father of modern travel writing, Robert Byron, are to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale in London on 15 November. They are estimated at £2,000-3,000.

The images date from Byron’s travels in Iran and Afghanistan in 1933-4 with his Oxford friend, Christopher Sykes. Their journey was later immortalised in Byron’s Road to Oxiana published in 1937, and regarded as the first great book of modern travel writing. The American writer Paul Fussell wrote that The Road to Oxiana is to the travel book what "Ulysses is to the novel between the wars, and what The Waste Land is to poetry." Travel writer and novelist Bruce Chatwin, in his introduction to the book, described it as "a sacred text, beyond criticism.”

The photographs were retained by Sykes and have only recently come to light, found in an old envelope marked ‘Persia. Photos taken by Byron’. The approximately 140 images capture mosques, minarets, bridges, castles, and other antiquities (some now destroyed), several of local inhabitants, and the travellers themselves, including one of Sykes leaning on the giant statue of Shapur I, second king of the Sassanid Empire, in the Zagros mountains in southern Iran. (The statue, which is shown in the photograph lying on its side, where is had been for the past 14 centuries, was repaired and re-erected in 1957).

BOSTON, MA -  Winston Churchill's cigar from a 1947 trip to Paris will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. 

Churchill’s half-smoked cigar from May 11, 1947 at Le Bourget Airport in Paris, measuring 4″ long, retaining the "La Corona / Winston Churchill" red-and-gold band at the end. 

The cigar was retained by Corporal William Alan Turner, Air Quartermaster with 24 Squadron Transport Command, who was a member of the cabin crew that flew Churchill and his wife from RAF Northolt to Paris and home again. 

Includes a candid photo of Churchill just before boarding his plane, this cigar in hand, signed in fountain pen, "Winston S. Churchill," contained in a small folder with Corporal Turner's pencil annotations on the opposite side: "A photograph I took from the doorway of York MW101 at Le Bourget airport, Paris, on 11th May 1947 just before we flew black to Northolt. He is surrounded by French ex-servicemen with whom he had been chatting. He stubbed out his cigar in an ashtray when he came aboard, and I took the remains into protective custody." 

Accompanied by a letter from Churchill's secretary, dated July 1, 1949, transmitting the signed photo to Turner. Also includes two of Turner's scrapbook pages bearing nineteen affixed candid photos recording the trip, showing other members of the 24 Squadron, the York MW101 airplane, sightseeing in Paris, the parade honoring Churchill, and Churchill's departure from Le Bourget. 

During the trip, Churchill went to the Palace des Invalides where he was awarded France's highest military honor, the Medaille Militaire. 

“The cigar became a major part of Churchill’s trademark look, the image he portrayed, and his public persona,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction, “whenever you see an image of him— a cigar is never far away.”

"Provenance is everything," said Livingston, “the letter along with the photographic evidence makes this highly collectible, and of the utmost desirability.”

8e540e720ea1cee43f90d2763f89f117f7a3c9e0.jpegAlso up is a Winston Churchill lengthy draft of a working manuscript for an important speech given by the Prime Minister in London on March 26, 1944.

The twenty-four typed pages on lightweight carbon paper; comprising pages 1-3 and 10-30. Ten pages have pencil edits and strikethroughs, presumably in his secretary’s hand.

In part: “I hope you will not imagine that I am going to try to make you some extraordinary pronouncement tonight and tell you exactly how all the problems of mankind in war and peace are going to be solved…We shall require from our people here, from Parliament, from the Press, from all classes, the same cool, strong nerves, the same toughness of fibre which stood us in good in the days when we were all alone under the blitz. 

Mussolini indeed escaped to eat the bread of affliction at Hitler’s table, to shoot his son-in-law, and to help the Germans wreak vengeance upon the Italian masses whom he had professed to love and over whom he had ruled for more than 20 years…This fate and judgment more terrible than death has overtaken the vainglorious dictator who stabbed France in the back and thought that his crime had gained him the empire of the Mediterranean… 

"The American victories in the Pacific and in particular their latest conquest and liberation of the Marshall Islands, constitute superb examples of the combination of naval, air and military force. It is possible that the war in the Pacific may progress more rapidly than was formerly thought possible. The Japanese are showing signs of great weakness… "

The Fine Autographs and Artifacts from RR Auction began on September 28 and will conclude on October 11.  More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

 

DALLAS, Texas - Heritage Auctions, the largest collectibles auctioneer and the third-largest auction house in the world, has announced it is expanding its San Francisco office to accommodate its growing staff and services. The new office, located at 603 Battery Street, is within walking distance to the city’s Embarcadero and eastern waterfront and financial district.

“This expansion will allow us to grow our staff immediately,” said Alissa Ford, Director of Fine & Decorative Arts in the San Francisco office. “We already offer an array of services and we are now seeking more specialists to serve our growing clientele in the region.” 

The new space will allow Heritage San Francisco to hold larger exhibitions of fine art by well-known artists as well as frequently-changing displays.

The office already offers clients specialists in the areas of Arms & Armor, Fine & Decorative Arts, including California and Western Art, Modern & Contemporary Arts, Entertainment and Music Memorabilia, Fine Jewelry and European Art. Growth areas will target Comics and Original Comic Art and U.S. Coins. 

A Grand Opening is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 26 and will coincide with a special preview of the firm’s American Art Signature® Auction.

“We are growing to enhance and accommodate more specialists and services,” Ford said. “We are pleased to be San Francisco’s go-to auction house.” 

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass.—Tufts University will be the only institution in Massachusetts to host “Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947-2017,” a bold exhibition of the life’s work of one of the preeminent figures in 20th century photography. The exhibit will be held at the Tisch Library on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus, 35 Professors Row, Medford, from Oct. 6 to Nov. 5. The exhibit show is free and open to the public.

Despite Frank’s significant influence on photographers of his own and subsequent generations, there are only few exhibitions of his work. This traveling exhibition to be chiefly shown at universities and schools, seeks to remedy that. Frank’s original silver gelatin prints are today fragile objects, and most are not on public display. Galleries, museums and investors lend Frank originals only under limited conditions of display with exorbitant insurance costs, which makes organizing traditional exhibitions very difficult.

Conceived by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl, this exhibition shows Frank’s work in photos, books and films in a direct accessible manner. Frank’s images are printed on sheets of newsprint and hung on the walls or from the ceiling. Frank’s films and videos, which are so often overshadowed by his photographic work are shown on small portable “beamers”, projecting them directly onto the walls. Each exhibition is to be disposed of after display, thus circumventing the normal cycle of speculation and consumption in the art market. When the idea for this pop-up show first reached Frank in his small, crooked house in the Canadian village of Mabou, he said: “Cheap, quick, and dirty, that’s how I like it!”

“We are honored to bring this installation of Robert Frank’s extraordinary work - in photos, books and film - not only to the Tufts community, but also to the rest of New England to experience,” said Dorothy Meaney, interim director of Tisch Library.

The exhibition at Tufts University is made possible by the generous support of Tufts alumnus Steve Tisch, and the Steve Tisch Foundation, Steidl, and the Richard Ehrlich Family Foundation.

The exhibition hours are 10a.m. to 11:30p.m. The installation is located in Tisch Library on the main level; the Tower Café; the level 1 main stairwell; and the level 2 & 3 stairwells.

The exhibition’s next venues will be the Houston Center for Photography (December 9, 2017-January 5, 2018) and Blue Sky Gallery, Portland (January 5-February 25, 2018), before continuing to visit about 30 further cities around the globe. Previous venues include the Art Institute of Chicago (12.5.-26.5.17), the Tokyo University of the Arts (10.11.-24.11.16), Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte, Appenzell, Switzerland (15.5.-30.10.16), and NYU/Tisch School of the Arts (29.1.-11.2.16).

 

Chicago--The American Writers Museum (AWM) will open two new special exhibits this fall in its changing galleries: Captured Stories: American Writers Through the Lens of Art Shay showcasing Shay’s landmark images of Nelson Algren and other notable writers, and Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page focusing on Wilder’s lifelong relationship with language and writing that shaped her Little House series.

Featured in the Meijer Gallery October 27, 2017 - March 31, 2018, Captured Stories is a collection of American writer portraits by award-winning photojournalist Art Shay, the author of nearly 70 books. For more than 50 years, Shay’s photographs recorded the bombast and energy of postwar America, finding unique angles on the moments and personalities for magazines such as Life, Time, Ebony and Sports Illustrated. But Shay started out as a reporter and he shot with a writer’s eye; his images are stories just waiting to be told. It’s not surprising that he captured the literary world with such unusual sensitivity and insight, from the clarity in the eyes of Gwendolyn Brooks and the weary look of an aging Ernest Hemingway, to Allen Ginsberg teaching a rapt crowd in Grant Park during the 1968 Democratic Convention. A world-class street photographer, Shay wandered countless miles throughout the 1950s exploring Chicago with author and close friend Nelson Algren. On October 29, 2017, Shay will join Gordon Parks, Henri Cartier-Bresson and William Klein as winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lucie Foundation.

Special programs offered in conjunction with Captured Stories are gallery talks about the writers featured in the exhibit; Gwendolyn Brooks by Quraysh Ali Lansana of Our Miss Brooks 100 & Revise the Psalm on Saturday, November 18, Ernest Hemingway by Nancy Sindelar of The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park on Saturday, December 9, and Nelson Algren by Sue Rutsen of the Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach on Saturday, January 13. Gallery talks are from noon to 12:30 p.m. and are free with museum admission.

Featured in the Roberta Rubin Writer’s Room November 18, 2017 - February 1, 2018, Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page details Wilder’s lifetime of writing and explores various themes including Educated on the Move, which shows how the formal and informal education young Laura Ingalls received shaped the style of her writing, subject matter, and the values embedded in the Little House series. The popularity of the novels shaped American understanding of the time period, but often obscured the real woman behind the books. The first book in the Little House series was published when Wilder was 65 years old, but she had been writing since her adolescence. The exhibit will display the longhand manuscript of The Long Winter from the Detroit Public Library, reproduced typed Long Winter pages with handwritten notes by Laura Ingalls Wilder, merchandise, and memorabilia contributed by AWM Affiliates, Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Walnut Grove in Walnut Grove, Minnesota and Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri.

Museum admission includes special exhibits and programs. For tickets and more information, please visit americanwritersmuseum.org/visit.

ishigurok_uncat_orphans_001_300dpi-copy_0.jpgThe Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin holds the archive of novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, the recent recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature for 2017.

Ishiguro was recognized by the Swedish Academy that awards the prize as a writer “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”

Ishiguro joins other Nobel laureates represented in the Ransom Center’s collections including Samuel Beckett, Pearl Buck, J.M. Coetzee, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Gabriel García Márquez, Ernest Hemingway, Doris Lessing, George Bernard Shaw, Isaac Bashevis Singer, John Steinbeck and W.B. Yeats.

“It is one thing for the Ransom Center to collect the papers of Nobel laureates and another thing entirely to collect the papers of future Nobel laureates,” said Stephen Enniss, director of the Ransom Center.  

Acquired in 2015 with the support of then-university President Bill Powers and then-Provost Gregory L. Fenves, the archive provides a meticulous record of Ishiguro’s writing projects, including his seven published novels. Ishiguro kept his notes and multiple drafts for each of his novels.

Prior to the archive’s arrival at the Ransom Center, Ishiguro spent months organizing the materials and making substantial explanatory comments, including a document he titled “HOW I WRITE,” which reveals his drafting process, and page-long documents titled “ARCHIVE NOTES.” These notes elaborate on materials in the archive, ranging from Ishiguro’s one attempt to keep a diary to two early unpublished novels. Throughout the collection are notes with Ishiguro’s annotations, providing a further commentary from the author about his papers and his career.

“The papers offer a deeply intimate glimpse of Ishiguro’s creative process and his struggle to fashion each of his critically acclaimed novels. Rarely does an archive dramatize so fully the play of memory and its ties to the novelist’s art,” Enniss said.

The collection is already accessed frequently by international scholars, students and faculty members, including Fenves (now UT Austin’s president), who led a session on Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go” with incoming first-year students in fall 2015. Fenves engaged students in a discussion about the book’s themes while exploring Ishiguro’s papers.

“I am so pleased that Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize in literature,” Fenves said. “His archive is a source of tremendous inspiration for our students and scholars. He has a gift for crafting narratives that are at once haunting, imaginative and emotionally vital. He is one of the great authors living today.”

A selection of materials from Ishiguro’s archive, including early items that showcase how Ishiguro found his voice and developed into a writer, are on view in the Ransom Center’s galleries through Oct. 31.

Image: Kazuo Ishiguro's chapter 1 plan for "When We Were Orphans." Courtesy of Harry Ransom Center

304-Hopper copy.jpgNew York—An outstanding auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints at Swann Galleries on Thursday, November 2 offers seven lots with an estimate at or above $100,000, more than any from the house’s Prints & Drawings department in nearly ten years. Rare and museum-quality prints from the fifteenth- to twentieth centuries act as an overview of the evolution of Western printmaking, and chronicle the dramatic changes of the latter half of the millennium.

A powerful section of works by American artists in the first half of the twentieth century is led by Edward Hopper’s scarce and haunting etching, The Lonely House, 1923, with an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000. Gritty, iconic views of working-class Manhattan by Hopper’s mentor Martin Lewis, including Snow on the El, 1931, and Relics (Speakeasy Corner), 1928 (each with a value of $40,000 to $60,000), are complemented by works executed during his Depression-era stay in the suburbs with friend and fellow artist Armin Landeck. Regionalists Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood and Paul Landacre are well-represented with pastoral scenes evoking the anxiety of encroaching technology.

A run of works by Pablo Picasso includes myriad media from all periods of his decades-long career. The aquatint and etching Faune dévoilant une femme, 1934, is valued at $80,000 to $120,000, while La Grande Corrida, aven Femme Torero, an etching of the same year, is expected to sell between $70,000 and $100,000.           

Seminal works from the dawn of printmaking in Europe include such iconic works as Israel van Meckenem’s engraving, The Dance of the Daughters of Herodias, circa 1480, with an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000. A run of scarce and powerful works by the master of engraving Albrecht Dürer is led by The Nemesis, circa 1501-02, estimated at $80,000 to $120,000. Additional early prints by the visionary include Coat-of-Arms with a Skull, 1503, and The Sea Monster, before 1500 ($50,000 to $80,000 and $40,000 to $60,000, respectively). An after-print of Heironymus Bosch’s engraving The Temptation of St. Anthony, 1561, replete with distended frogs and damned souls, is valued at $40,000 to $60,000. Works by Pieter Bruegel, Hans Baldung Grien, Augustin Hirschvogel and Lucas van Leyden—the latter’s 1510 engraving Ecce Homo is valued at $40,000 to $60,000—will also be available.

Etchings covering a variety of subjects by Rembrandt van Rijn, with portraits, nudes and landscapes, are led by the 1633 etching Self Portrait in a Cap and Scarf with the Face Dark: Bust, at $30,000 to $50,000.

Francisco José de Goya is well-represented in the sale with lithographs and portfolios, including the limited first edition of Los Caprichos, circa 1799, complete with 80 etchings with aquatint, condemning the foibles of the aristocracy and clergy, which carries an estimate of $70,000 to $100,000. Also from the eighteenth century come two works by the master of English faunal portraits, George Stubbs: the 1788 mezzotint A Sleeping Cheetah, and an engraving with stippling, etching and roulette from the same year, A Horse Frightened by a Lion, each with an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.

Nineteenth-century works include James Ensor’s hand-colored etching, La Vengeance de Hop-Frog, 1898, a macabre scene probably based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, in which Hop-Frog the jester hangs tarred, flaming noblemen on a chandelier. Ensor’s prints are often extensively hand-colored with watercolor and gouache, making each a unique work of art; this one has an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000. Another work by Goya, Picador Caught by a Bull, 1825, was likely an experimental lithograph for Los Toros de Burdeos ($80,000 to $120,000). Also available are works by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Odilon Redon, whose 1892 lithograph Arbre is expected to sell between $50,000 and $80,000.

A strong selection of works by German Expressionists is led by the 1912 woodcut Prophet, by Emil Nolde, and Edvard Munch’s 1902 etching Puberty, each with a value of $30,000 to $50,000. A rare woodcut by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Frau im Stuhl, 1913, carries an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. Across the border in Austria, Egon Schiele created the drypoint Kümmernis in 1914; in this sale, it is valued at $12,000 to $18,000.

The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at www.swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 304: Edward Hopper, The Lonely House, etching, 1923. Estimate $150,000 to $200,000.

Dickens-portrait-by-Jeremiah-Gurney 2.jpgNew York, NY—It has been said that no single person is more responsible for Christmas as we know it than Charles Dickens (1812-1870). In 1843 he published A Christmas Carol, and the story and cast of characters—from Ebenezer Scrooge to Tiny Tim—immediately became part of holiday lore. Even today, almost 175 years after the debut of the book, it is unusual for a year to go by without a new stage or screen adaptation.

Beginning November 3, the Morgan Library & Museum explores the genesis, composition, publication, and contemporary reception of this beloved classic in a new exhibition entitled Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas. On view through January 14, 2018, the show demonstrates how the enormous popularity of A Christmas Carol catapulted Dickens out of his study into international stardom, launching a career of public dramatic readings that the author heartily embraced.  The exhibition gathers together for the first time the Morgan’s treasured, original manuscript of A Christmas Carol and the manuscripts of the four other Christmas books Dickens wrote in the years following. Complementing these works are a selection of illustrations by Dickens’s artistic collaborators, photographs, letters, tickets and printed announcements for his public performances, and even the writing desk used by the author.

“For many years now the Morgan has exhibited the manuscript of A Christmas Carol every December,” said museum director Colin B. Bailey.  “Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas is our most comprehensive look at the creation of this masterpiece and Dickens’s personal motivations. The success of A Christmas Carol was a turning point in the author’s career as he found himself in wide demand not only as a writer, but as a performer capable of captivating audiences with his public readings. Dickens himself, it could be said, was the most unforgettable of the countless actors who have brought the cast of A Christmas Carol to the stage.” 

The Exhibition

Christmas was Charles Dickens’s favorite holiday. Each year he celebrated exuberantly, entertaining family and friends with theatrical performances, dinners, dances, and games. For him, Christmas was a time for storytelling—particularly ghost stories—and each of his tales is based on an implicit belief in the supernatural and emphasizes the moral benefits of imagination and memory. As the author moved from his writing desk to the stage for public readings, A Christmas Carol became the most popular story in his repertoire and strongly influenced his decision to devote a considerable amount of his prodigious energy to theatrical performance up until his death in 1870. The exhibition brings together important holdings from the Morgan's permanent collection, the Charles Dickens Museum in London, the New York Public Library, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Why Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol

What inspired Dickens to write one of the most famous, enduring, and widely adapted stories in all of literature? First, he was in urgent need of money. His novel, Martin Chuzzlewit, brought out in monthly installments, was not selling well. The author had recently moved into a spacious London house to accommodate his growing family and his personal expenses were rising. Moreover, members of his extended family repeatedly sought him out for financial assistance. 

Coupled with these personal imperatives, Dickens was conscience-stricken at the appalling condition of the urban poor. Britain’s economic depression of the early 1840s—the so-called “hungry forties”—was a time of rising unemployment and widespread malnutrition. Following his September 1843 visit to Samuel Starey’s “Ragged School” for severely deprived children living in London’s slums, Dickens contemplated writing an article that would deliver a “sledge-hammer blow” for social justice.

Instant Bestseller, Enduring Classic

A Christmas Carol appeared in bookshops on December 19, 1843 and by Christmas Eve every one of the six thousand copies of the first print run had completely sold out. Dickens declared it “a most prodigious success—the greatest, I think, I have ever achieved.” Most reviews were laudatory. In Fraser’s Magazine William Thackeray proclaimed the book “a National Benefit,” while the Sunday Times called it “sublime.” One American industrialist, after reading the story, gave his employees an extra day’s holiday. In early 1844, second and third editions of three thousand copies were printed and, as its popularity continued to grow, a total of fifteen thousand had been sold by the end of the year. Because of a plethora of pirated editions, which infuriated Dickens, he earned considerably less in the short term from his instant bestseller than he had anticipated. Nevertheless, the book would endure—it has never been out of print to this day—and has been described as the most perfect of Dickens’s work. 

The Later Christmas Books

The popular and critical success of A Christmas Carol initiated the lucrative series of Christmas books that Dickens published over the next several years: The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846), and The Haunted Man (1848). Each of these was written largely in response to public demand for a Christmas book unleashed by the success of A Christmas Carol, and also created the market for the later Christmas stories that Dickens wrote and published in his magazines Household Words and All the Year Round. In 1883 Vincent van Gogh wrote to his friend and fellow painter Anthon van Rappard: “This week I bought a new 6-penny edition of Christmas carol and Haunted man by Dickens . . . I find all of Dickens beautiful, but those two tales—I’ve read them almost every year since I was a boy, and they always seem new to me.” 

The Public Readings—A Second Career

Starting in 1853 Dickens gave public readings of A Christmas Carol in provincial English cities to raise money for local charities. The reaction of audiences was so rapturous that in 1858, he embarked upon a series of weekly paid readings in London. He went on to tour other cities in Britain and expanded his repertoire to include scenes from The Pickwick Papers, Martin Chuzzlewit and Oliver Twist. Dickens rehearsed intensively, memorizing his texts so that he could perform rather than read them, and improvise according to his enthralled audience’s reaction. In 1866 he gave a series of thirty readings in London and elsewhere, receiving a fee of fifty pounds per night. Prior to his reading tour of the United States Dickens embarked on another tour of England and Ireland between January and May 1867, and a so-called “Farewell Tour” in 1870, by which time his fee had risen to eighty pounds. At the end of his last reading, in March 1870, he said: “From these garish lights I vanish now for evermore with a heartfelt, grateful, respectful and affectionate farewell.” 

American Reading Tour, 1867-68

Dickens visited the United States twice, first traveling extensively in 1842. His experience of those travels is recorded in American Notes for General Circulation (1842) and his novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-44). Twenty-five years later, in 1867, he returned to the United States for an extensive—and exhausting—and exhausting reading tour. During both visits, he received an enthusiastic and extravagant welcome, as befitted the world’s first literary superstar. 

He began his reading tour in Boston in December 1867 and ended in New York on April 1868 and was lionized in every city he visited. In seventy-six public readings, he performed his work for more than one hundred thousand people and earned $95,000, equivalent to approximately $1.5 million in today’s money. The tour was a critical and financial success, but it accelerated the decline of the author’s health and he died two years later. 

Image: Jeremiah Gurney (1812­-1895), Charles Dickens, 1867, black and white photograph, The Morgan Library & Museum, MA 7793. Purchased for The Dannie and Hettie Heineman Collection as a gift of the Heineman Foundation, 2011.

166-Ponds.jpgNew York—Hoards of history-lovers came out to attend the preview for Swann Auction Galleries’ auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana on Thursday, September 28. The sale featured a trove of unique material, much of which had never previously been seen on the market. Department Director Rick Stattler said,  "This sale emphasized quality over quantity.  At 325 lots, it was one of the smallest Americana sales we've ever done, but the total hammer was the best of our past four Americana sales, and it finished above the top of its estimate range.”

            The top lot in the sale was an archive of 245 letters that spanned nearly a century by early frontier missionaries in Minnesota, which was sold to a private collector for $112,500—triple the pre-sale estimate, and the highest price ever realized for an archive at Swann. Collectors also won a first-edition Book of Mormon for $37,500, and a New Hampshire broadside proclaiming the end of the Revolution for $22,500.

            A burgeoning section of photographic works performed exceptionally well, with a set of cyanotype albums compiled by E. Radford Bascome, chronicling the construction of the Williamsburg Bridge, 1897-1903, reaching $30,000, above a high estimate of $6,000. McClees’ Gallery of Photographic Portraits… of the Thirty-Fifth Congress, 1859, was one of the first photographically illustrated books published in the United States; it was purchased for $11,250.

            Latin Americana successful in this sale, led by a pair of early manuscripts by Baja California missionaries that brought $27,500 and $11,250, respectively, and Fernando de Cepeda's rare 1637 book on Mexican engineering, which brought $12,500. Among the earliest examples of printing in the Americas are legal power-of-attorney forms printed in sixteenth-century Mexico. A previously unknown example, printed circa 1572, brought a record $2,000.All but one of the lots in this section found buyers, earning $115,272 and exceeding the high estimate for the run.

            Institutions bid actively throughout the auction.  The biggest prize was a medical journal kept aboard the frigate Deane during the American Revolution, which went to the Society of the Cincinnati. Other institutions purchased the papers of naval surgeon Pierre St. Medard, an early manuscript cookbook from Mexico and a logbook of an 1804-16 seal-hunting expedition off the coast of Antarctica.

            Mr. Stattler added, “Buyers seemed confident and we even noted a few impulse purchases by disciplined collectors on the sale floor. The market remains strong for unique and interesting material."

            The next auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana at Swann Galleries will be held in Spring 2018.

Image: Lot 166: Missionary archive of Samuel W. and Gideon H. Pond, Minnesota, 1833-93. Sold September 28, 2017 for $112,500. (Pre-sale estimate: $30,000 to $40,000).

DALLAS, Texas - The personal archives of activist Norman Cousins, who dedicated his life to nuclear disarmament and world peace, offers an historic look at his role as a private citizen in bringing about the Nuclear Test Ban treaty in 1963. Never before offered at auction, his correspondences with world leaders, including several American presidents, will be offered in Heritage Auctions’ Historical Manuscripts auction on Oct. 19 in Dallas. 

“The material shines a light on the immense accomplishments of this quiet hero,” said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions. “Cousins’ role behind the scenes of the negotiations of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty cannot be overstated." 

Cousins’ response to the bombing of Hiroshima was immediate. He wrote an editorial for the Saturday Review on August 6, 1945, the same day the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. He founded organizations, and one such effort, the American-Soviet Dartmouth Conferences, brought him to the attention of the Vatican.  In early 1962, Cousins was approached by Father Felix Morlian to act as an intermediary in getting a message to the Kremlin. Cousins stayed in touch with Morlian, but the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, brought new urgency. Wary of potentially violating any U.S. laws, Cousins reached out to the White House to let them know of his communications with the Vatican, at which time President Kennedy asked him to convey messages to both the Kremlin and the Vatican. Cousins flew to the Vatican and then the Kremlin in December 1962; successfully establishing back channels with the Pope, the Kremlin, and President John F. Kennedy and facilitating communications among the three world leaders.

Through Cousins, the three world leaders could quietly communicate their goals without scrutiny, which served to build trust. Although the U.S. and Soviet Union had been negotiating a treaty since the Eisenhower administration, they repeatedly stumbled when it came to the issue of on-site inspections. The Kennedy administration hit the same road block during their negotiations, but via Cousins were able to successfully assure Soviet Chairman Nikita Khrushchev that on-site inspections would not be used as an opportunity for espionage.

The October auction includes an Inscribed News Wire Announcement Signed by President John F. Kennedy to Cousins dated July 23, 1963, which is expected to bring $7,500. “A more clear testament to the value of Cousins role cannot be found,” says Palomino.

Additional historically important items in the archive include:

·         In a 1961 Typed Letter Signed by Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet leader responds to a proposal that Cousins and Clarence Pickett of the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy made to address the increasing threat of nuclear warfare during the Cold War (est. $1,800). In the letter, Khrushchev admits "we also believe that the problem of disarmament is the most important, truly, the main problem that is currently facing the world."

·         Several Signed Letters to Cousins from Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, on his lingering concerns about the current state of the international crisis amidst the Cold War (est. $1,500+). 

·         Correspondence between Cousins and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, including a Signed, Typed Letter declining Cousins' assistance in arranging meetings with scientists on the topic of radio-active fallout but emphatically expressing his concerns regarding the dangers of nuclear armament ($1,500+).

·         Additional correspondence from historical figures such as President Harry Truman; President Ronald Reagan; First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy; Indira Gandhi; President George H.W. Bush; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer; Robert F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson, among others. 

·         United States Secretary of State Dean Rusk Signed Copy of Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, "a true copy of the United States original of the Treaty banning nuclear weapons tests..." presented to Cousins on Oct. 14, 1963.

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miles1.JPGAlbany Arts Communications is delighted to announce the publication of an illustrated limited edition of Barry Miles’s memoir, In the Sixties, on 5 October 2017, only at www.inthesixties.com.

In 1962, Miles was a student at Cheltenham art school. By 1969, he was running the Beatles’ Zapple label and living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. In between, Miles was a major force in the UK’s nascent counterculture, and active in every significant underground event of the decade.

In the Sixties is Miles’s personal memoir of this turbulent period. A friend of Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, Miles helped to organise the pivotal International Poetry Incarnation at the Royal Albert Hall in June 1965. He co-founded and ran the Indica Bookshop in Mason’s Yard, the epicentre for the London underground scene, and published Britain’s first underground newspaper, International Times (IT), from Indica's basement.

Miles's partners in Indica were John Dunbar, then married to Marianne Faithfull, and Peter Asher. Through Asher, Miles became closely involved with the Beatles, particularly Paul McCartney. Other musicians who appear in the pages of In the Sixties include the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen and Frank Zappa; the book also includes memorable portraits of writers and poets such as Ginsberg and Burroughs, Charles Olson, Richard Brautigan and Charles Bukowski.

This expanded edition of In the Sixties illustrates Miles’s story using personal and long-unseen images of London in the 1960s, including photographs and drawings from pre-Beatles Britain through to the post-psychedelic era. Also included in this edition are exclusive sound recordings of interviews conducted by Miles with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Townshend in 1967, with Mick Jagger in 1968, and a previously unpublished interview with John Lennon in 1969.

Highlights of these unique and unexpurgated interviews include McCartney playing Miles the brand-new acetates of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’; Mick Jagger talking about the Grosvenor Square riots he’d attended the day before; Pete Townshend on plotting for The Who to explode live on television; and John Lennon on making music without the Beatles.

In the Sixties is a record of Miles’s unique position in the history of 1960s and 1970s counterculture: as one commentator has written, ‘He really was there, man, and that is more than most of us can say.’

The book is published by Rocket 88 and will only be available via www.inthesixties.com and the Rocket 88 website. Pre-ordering before the end of June will enable buyers to get a discount on the purchase price, and the chance to have their name printed in the book. 

Image: Barry Miles, Indica Bookshop, Mason’s Yard, 1966

 

telegram copy.jpgDALLAS, Texas - An important telegraph from Ulysses S. Grant to Gen. William T. Sherman giving Sherman permission to destroy all of Georgia during his conquest of Confederate forces is expected to sell for at least $75,000 when it comes up for auction Oct. 19 at Heritage Auctions. The Oct. 12, 1864 letter marked a watershed event during the U.S. Civil War - a 285-mile march by roughly 60,000 soldiers designed to scare the civilians in Georgia into abandoning the Confederate cause - which went down in history as Sherman’s “March to the Sea.”

“This single military strategy had far-reaching effects, that hastened the end of the war and ensured Abraham Lincoln’s reelection,” said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions. “It was originally purchased by R. Douglas Stuart in 1932, and this is the first time it will be offered to the public since then.”

Stuart was the son of Robert Stuart, a founding partner of the Quaker Oats Company. President Eisenhower appointed Stuart as U.S. Ambassador to Canada in 1953, and he served in that post until 1956. After serving as ambassador, Stuart returned to Quaker Oats. He retired as chairman of the board in 1962. He died in 1975 at the age of 89.

Grant’s telegram authorizes Sherman to proceed with his strategy to storm Confederate-held territory with a “scorched earth” approach. In a previous letter to Grant, Sherman said, “I would infinitely prefer to make a wreck of the road and of the country from Chattanooga to Atlanta, including the latter City. Send back my wounded and worthless and with my effective Army move through Georgia smashing things to the sea.”

Sherman's “March to the Sea,” also known as the “Savannah Campaign,” was comprised of the Army of the Tennessee, the Army of Georgia and a cavalry division, was conducted from Nov. 15 to Dec. 21, 1864, when Sherman's forces captured the port city of Savannah, Georgia. After leaving the decimated city of Atlanta on November 16, Sherman led his troops on a bold and destructive campaign targeting both industrial and military targets, effectively crippling the Confederate's capacity to wage war. The March to the Sea was followed by Sherman's successful march through the Carolinas, ending April 26, 1865 with the surrender of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston.

“Grant hesitated at first and did not initially agree with Sherman’s strategy,” Palomino said. “In the remarkable letter offered here at auction, Grant, confident in Sherman's ability, finally relented and gave his permission to Sherman to carry out his proposed march to the sea.”

Another interesting aspect of this Oct. 12 letter are Grant's comments concerning the arming of the black male population during Sherman's proposed campaign. Grant had long supported Union forces taking enslaved blacks from their Confederate-supporting owners and enlisting the now-freed men to serve in the Union Army as soldiers from the time of Lincoln's Jan. 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. 

“This is one of the most significant Ulysses S. Grant letters to be offered on the market in recent memory,” Palomino said, “the communication that resulted in one of the most critical military operations of the Civil War. It greatly exemplifies the entire Stuart collection featured in this auction; it makes clear Grant’s humanity in bearing the weight of making such a tremendous decision.”

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1206279.jpgNEW YORK, NY -- On Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 10am, Doyle will hold an auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. The sale offers material ranging from early illuminated manuscripts to modern literary first editions. Categories include Americana; early printing; illustrated books of all periods (including atlases and color plate books); fine printing and private press books; important bindings (both bound sets and individual remarkable examples of the bookbinder's art); literature of all periods, both English, American, and European; science and technology; travels and voyages; children's and illustrated books; and a diverse range of interesting books in all fields. Original illustration art for books and magazines is also included in the sales, as well as early maps of all regions. Autographs offer letters and documents by major American, English and European figures in literature and the sciences, as well as historically important documents, including Presidential letters and material relating to the Founding Fathers.

Enigma Machine

The Enigma 1 machine was used by the German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe during World War II to encode orders and instructions, using a complex system of rotors and patch cables. The German High Command believed the Enigma cipher to be totally secure; British cryptographers at Bletchley Park under Alan Turing were able to break it, giving Britain and its allies a huge military advantage that may have shortened the War by two years. The example in the sale is from a Private Minneapolis Collection (est. $80,000-120,000).

Color-Plate Books

An American color-plate rarity and one of just eight copies known of this issue, the 1845 New York edition of George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio was pirated from the English edition by New York lithographer James Ackerman, whose aim was to garner recognition for American artists and to encourage continuing the production of such works on native soil (est. $100,000-200,000).

The publication of The Temple of Flora, [1799]-1807, ruined its author and publisher, Robert Thornton, but the extravagance that financially doomed the project resulted in the greatest of all English flower books. The copy in the sale has thirty superb floral plates, all imbued with a thoroughly Romantic aesthetic, and is an unusually complete example, with all of the five frontispieces in colored state (est. $60,000-80,000).

Autographs

An early letter from George Washington to his brother-in-law Burwell Bassett is dated 9 August 1759, just 8 months into his first year of marriage to Martha Custis. The letter regards the procurement of items for Mount Vernon and other matters, mentioning Mrs. Washington twice in addition to other notable Virginians of the period associated with Washington, including William Mercer, Henry Churchill and Colonel George William Fairfax (est. $15,000-20,000).

Maps

British surveyor John Montressor’s A Plan of the City of New-York was produced in secret for the purpose of mounting defenses of British strongholds as the Stamp Act Riots engulfed New York. The 1767 first edition is quite scarce and precedes the better known “Ratzer Plan” of the city by two years. It is property of a New York Collector (est. $8,000-12,000).

Image: JOYCE, JAMES Single typescript leaf, consisting of page 23 from the printer's typescript manuscript for Chapter Twelve of Ulysses.

October7_01_pics.jpgITHACA, 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. Featured is a substantial private library centered in Civil War history. Important modern first editions will also be offered.            

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1660 printing of Douglas' "Form and Order of the Coronation of Charles II King of Scotland, England, France and Ireland," Piazza's "Efemeride Vaticana," produced in 1687 with woodcut engravings, and the 1763 printing of Bracken's "Farriery Improved or a Complete Treatise upon the Art of Farriery." Additional rare selections include modern firsts such as Kipling's "Jungle Book" (1894) and Hemingway works, "A Farewell to Arms" (1920) and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (1940).                        

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is an impressive personal Civil War history library including antique works, regimental histories, signed and limited editions, comprehensive multi-volume sets and much more. Noteworthy examples include the 1882 first printing of Martin's "Campaign Life of Lt. Col. Henry Harrison Young, Aid-de-Camp to General Sheridan and Chief of His Scouts" which includes a laid-in original signature by General Sheridan, the 1987 Broadfoot re-printing of "The Confederate Veteran Magazine," complete in 40 volumes, and the 1885, two-volume printing of "The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant." Additionally of interest in this catalog are signed first editions bearing important names such as Robert Frost, Louis Slobodkin, Victor Keppler, baseball great Hank Aaron and more. Other vintage and antique pieces relate to military history, travel & exploration (Hakluyt, etc.), history, mysteries, science fiction, collecting reference (coins, currency, etc.), art history, science and evolution (Darwin, etc.), decorative antique, multi-volume sets, and beyond.    

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. These lots present categories such as Victorian chromolithographs, postcards (Halloween, Native American, black Americana, Upstate New York, real photo, linen, etc.) and more.    

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DALLAS, Texas—A striking array of celebrity photographs and a collection of Ansel Adams landscapes are among the most coveted images that will be available Oct. 11 in Heritage Auctions’ Photographs Auction in New York.

Expected to be among the top lots is Lawrence Schiller’s 1962 Marilyn 12 Portfolio (twelve photographs), which carries a pre-auction estimate of $25,000-35,000. The collection of 15-by-23-inch gelatin silver and dye coupler photos - number 45 in an edition of 75 - is housed in the original black vinyl clamshell box embossed with the portfolio title, the artist’s name and publisher. Among the included images are photos of the legendary Hollywood starlet enjoying sparklers in the top of a birthday cake, swimming while nude and a contact sheet with 29 images of her photo shoot in and around a pool.

Terry O’Neill’s 1968 Frank Sinatra and Bodyguards, Fountainbleau, Miami Beach (est. $20,000-30,000) is an oversized (47-by-71-inch) gelatin silver image that depicts the legendary singer, his bodyguards and a body double at the Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach in an image that O’Neill said happened by accident. O’Neill had been trying to figure out the best way to capture Sinatra, who was at the Fountainebleau while filming Lady In Cement (in which he starred as private investigator Tony Rome) when the crooner and his crew “appeared around the corner of the boardwalk with his bodyguards, and I just captured the moment,” O’Neill said.

Ian Macmillan’s 1969 The Beatles, Abbey Road (two rare alternate cover photograph outtakes), which carry a pre-auction estimate of $15,000-25,000, show two of the images the photo shoot that produced one of the most famous album cover images of all time. The 17-by-16-7/8-inch dye coupler images are number 10 in an edition of 25.

In 1977, the man known simply as “The Greatest” was captured in John Stewart’s 1977 Group of Seven Photographs featuring Muhammad Ali (est. $10,000-15,000). The set of 27-1/4-by-20-3/8-inch fresson carbon prints includes images that reveal the violent nature of the charismatic Ali’s occupation through close-ups of his fist, his powerful arm and an extremely tight shot of his sweat-covered face staring intensely into the camera, and his sensitive side in an image of him holding a bird on one finger and an image of a turtleneck-clad Ali looking pensive while resting his jaw in his hand.

Annie Leibovitz’s 1999 Bruce Springsteen, Philadelphia (est. $10,000-15,000) is extraordinary, not just because of its composition - at first glance, it almost looks like everything around the artist referred to as “The Boss” is in black and white - but also because of its sheer size. The oversized dye coupler image of Springsteen making his set list for his Sept. 20, 1999 concert in Philadelphia measures 44-1/2 inches high by 65 inches wide, and is signed and dated in ink with the title and edition “1/1” printed on a label on the reverse of the frame.

Edward Steichen’s 1929 Gertrude Lawrence (est. $10,000-15,000) captures Lawrence - an English actress, singer, dancer and musical comedy performer known for her stage appearances in London’s West End on Broadway - peeking out from behind a paper fan. The gelatin silver image measures 9-1/2 inches high and 7-1/2 inches wide.

Ansel Adams

A group of 16 images by the legendary photographer and environmentalist are among the lots expected to draw considerable attention at the auction. Among the Adams highlights:

Ansel Adams’ 1958 Aspens, Northern New Mexico (est. $20,000-30,000) is extraordinary in the way the light aspen trees grab the light, while everything behind them is dark, almost as if it isn’t there. The gelatin silver image measures 18 inches high by 22-3/4 inches wide and is number 96 in an edition of 115.

Adams’ 1955 Half Dome, Blowing Snow, Yosemite National Park, California (est. $10,000-15,000), number 96 in an edition of 115, is a gelatin silver image that measures 15-5/8 inches high and 19-1/2 inches wide, captures a dramatic geological structure in the national park in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

His 1968 El Capitan, Sunrise, Winter, Yosemite National Park, California (est. $10,000-15,000) is another gelatin silver image - measuring 19-1/4 inches wide by 15-1/2 inches high and numbered 95 in an edition of 115 - of arguably the most famous structure in the park. The image looks almost like the merger of two worlds: at the top, the snow-covered El Capitan juts into the sky, high above the clouds and the towering evergreen trees below.

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

·         Steve McCurry’s 1985 Afghan Girl, Pakistan (est. $12,000-18,000) - the stunning image used on the memorable June 1985 cover of National Geographic magazine

·         Lawrence Schiller’s 1962 Never Out Of Sight, Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock (est. $4,000-6,000) - a fascinating image that shows the former model, actress and animal rights activist driving in a convertible, but with the former British film director and producer in the car’s sideview mirror

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Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of Series XIV of the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships:

  • Cathy Ryan, printmaker and book artist
  • Ioana Stoian, artist
  • Peng Wu, paper maker and social practice artist, and Jammo Xu, installation artist

Three jurors, reflecting diverse perspectives and considerable expertise, reviewed the 18 applications received. They were: Kent Aldrich, master printer and proprietor of Nomadic Press in St. Paul; Christina Chang, independent curator; and Jody Williams, book artist and past MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship recipient. All were excited by the general quality of the applications received. After several hours of careful deliberation and discussion, they made a final selection of four participants.

Fellowship recipients will receive project funding, studio and equipment use, artistic support from MCBA staff and artists, as well as a one-year MCBA membership. Recipients have one year to complete the proposed work, which will be exhibited at MCBA in the fall of 2018..

Recipients will also give public presentations relating to their work on February 13, 2018 at 6pm in MCBA’s studios.

 

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