February 2018 Archives

Blancus.jpgThis March, Daniel Crouch Rare Books will exhibit the Jason C. Hubbard Collection at the Tokyo Book Fair (23 - 25 March).

Jason Hubbard bought his first map in 1971. Since then, he has built up a collection of over 800 items relating to Japan, put together over a lifetime of acquisition and scholarship.

The collection contains nearly 400 individual maps of Japan, from 1522 to 1960, with 220 of those maps printed before 1800. There are also nearly 150 regional, city and road maps of Japan, including manuscript ephemera. The main collection is supplemented by a broader collection of Asian maps featuring Japan, giving extensive coverage of eastern Asia. There is also a collection of 82 sea charts covering southeast Asia.

The entire collection is on offer for $2.2 million.

Highlights include the only known example of Christophoro Blancus and Inácio Moreira’s map of Japan, the most accurate representation of the country at the time of engraving.

The wider focus of the collection is represented by the rare first edition of Hendrik Doncker’s exquisite sea chart of the Indian Ocean. It is one of the earliest maps to show the new Dutch discoveries in Australia: previously there had been no proof of any land that far south, despite belief in a mythical “Terra Australis” at the south pole.A set of proof maps, an unusual survival, prepared by Nicholas de Fer for Jacques Robbe’s geographical text, demonstrates Hubbard’s interest in the process of cartographic history. Printed maps might go through several versions before their final published state, but the earlier proofs were normally discarded.

The collection will be offered as a whole, as a unique opportunity to obtain an astonishingly comprehensive survey of Japan in European cartography and literature from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, focusing in particular on the evolution of European printed cartography of Japan before 1800.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of the Japanese language edition of Jason Hubbard’s book, ‘Japoniae Insulae: The Mapping of Japan’. Mr Hubbard will be at the Daniel Crouch Rare Books stand at the Tokyo Book Fair.

Image: BLANCUS, Christopher and MOREIRA, Inacio. IAPONIA, Rome, 1617.

pjs9398_300dpi.jpgAustin, Texas — The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has acquired the Fritz Henle archive, containing about 180,000 black-and-white negatives, 10,000 color transparencies, 150 contact sheet books, 11 books of magazine clippings and tear sheets and thousands of work prints spanning the photographer’s six-decade career. The materials were donated by the Henle Archive Trust.

Henle (1909-1993) was one of the most productive and best-known magazine and editorial photographers of the post-war era. Born in Germany, he immigrated to the United States in September 1936, and between 1937 and 1941 his work was featured on the cover of five issues of Life magazine and in more than 50 stories in its pages.

Henle’s photographs were widely published in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, The Saturday Evening Post, Holiday, Collier’s, Look, Town and Country, Mademoiselle and Glamour. In addition to these popular picture magazines, Henle was a frequent contributor to photography publications such as U.S. Camera, Popular Photography, Modern Photography and Minicam Photography.

Henle also published dozens of books of his photographs including “This is Japan” (1937), “China” (1943), “Mexico” (1945), “Paris” (1947), “Hawaii” (1948), “Virgin Islands” (1949), “Figure Studies” (1954), “The  Caribbean” (1957), “Holiday in Europe” (1963), “The American Virgin Islands” (1971), “Fritz Henle” (1973) and “Casals” (1975).

The Fritz Henle archive joins more than 1,000 color and black-and-white photographs acquired by the Ransom Center, through gift and purchase, since 1979.

In 2009, the Ransom Center celebrated the centenary of Henle’s birth by organizing the major exhibition “Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty,” with a catalog co-published with the University of Texas Press. Exhibition curator Roy Flukinger noted that, “Throughout Fritz Henle’s professional career his photography was recognized repeatedly for its artistry, eloquence and insightfulness.”

“We couldn’t be happier than to have Fritz’s archive be part of the Ransom Center,” note his son and daughter Martin and Tina Henle. “It fulfills his wishes for the disposition of his life’s work and allows it maximum accessibility for future generations.”  

Researchers will have access to the collection once it is processed and cataloged.

Image: Fritz Henle (American, b. Germany, 1909-1993), [Nieves Orozco], 1943. Gelatin silver print (contact sheet). Fritz Henle Papers and Photography Collection, Harry Ransom Center © The Fritz Henle Estate

carpue.jpgPBA Galleries realized strong sales in their February 22nd Fine Books sale. Leading the way was the collection of early plastic surgery medical texts included in the nearly 500 lots of rare, interesting, unusual, and captivating material, from charming illustrated children’s books to art, science, fine printing, occult, finely bound books, early religious tracts, medicine, astronomy, natural philosophy, history, and much more, including classic rock & roll posters from San Francisco in the 1960’s.

Particularly strong sales were seen among the early rhinoplasty texts. A 1587 edition of Giralomo Mercuriale’s De decoratione liber... additi nunc primum duo tractatus; alter De varicibus alter, De reficiendo naso: nunquam antea editi sold for $5,400. Although a second edition of the work, it is the first to include Gaspare Tagliacozzi's important letter to Mercuriale, which marks the first published description of his achievements in rhinoplasty. He describes several successful cases and announces the imminent publication of a complete treatise on the subject.

Tagliacozzi’s Cheirurgia nova... de narium, aurium, labiorum'que defectu, per insitionem cutis ex humero, arte, hactenus omnibus ignota, serviendo... was eventually published eleven years later in 1598 and the third edition, with 23 woodcut illustrations sold in the sale for $5,100. Two folio editions had been published in Venice prior to this first octavo edition from Frankfurt. Heirs of Hippocrates provides: "This work, is a classic in the history of plastic surgery and is especially noteworthy for its description of rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty had been practiced in ancient India and, in the thirteenth century, by a family of itinerant Sicilian surgeons who kept the operation a family secret. The volume is divided into two parts: the first, ‘Theory of the art of plastic surgery,’ is about the structure, function, and physiology of the nose; and the second part, ‘Practice of the art,’ describes and illustrates the instruments and operative procedures for restoration of the nose, lip, and ear. Tagliacozzi also fully discussed the complications, that often occurred during these operations."

A rare 1833 work in English by the rhinoplasty pioneer, Johann Friedrich Dieffenbach, produced spirited bidding and sold for $10,200. Surgical Observations on the Restoration of the Nose; And on the Removal of Polypi and Other Tumours from the Nostrils;... With the History and Physiology of Rhinoplastic Operations, Notes and Additional Cases was translated by John Stevenson Bushnan while he was a student in Heidelberg and this volume is the rarest of work in English on the subject.

The rare first work by the English surgeon, Joseph Constantine Carpue, A Description of the Muscles of the Human Body, as they appear on Dissection; with the Synonyma of Cowper, Winslow, Douglas, Albinus, and Innes, and the Nomenclature of Dumas... With prints and maps, showing the insertion of muscles, was apparently prepared for use by his pupils, with the introduction headed "To Students of Anatomy." Selling for $7,800, this 1801 first edition contains seven engraved plates, four with hand covering and was owned by the Medico-Chirurgical Society of Aberdeen as the society's ownership markings appear in holograph on the title page and by ink stamp on the first and final text leaves.

Other highlights from the sale are: 23 volumes from the Nonesuch Dickens which included a printing plate for an illustration by Phiz (Hablot K. Browne) selling for $3,300; the 1712 first edition in English of The Theory and Practice of Gardening which was the first important book on garden design of the 18thc. to appear in England which realized $2,280; the Arion Press limited edition, Poems of W. B. Yeats, illustrated with six etchings by Richard Diebenkorn sold for $2,160; and selling for $1,920, a first printing in the original dust jacket of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! inscribed and signed by the author.

PBA Galleries holds sales of fine, rare and collectible books every two weeks and invites consignments for all upcoming sales. For more information regarding upcoming sales, consignments, or auction results, please contact PBA Galleries at (415) 989-2665 or pba@pbagalleries.com.

GW button copy.jpgDallas, Texas - Not only did the earliest artifact referring to George Washington as the "Father of His Country" set a world record when it sold for $225,000 in Heritage Auction’s Feb. 24 American & Political Auction, but the sale itself set a world record as the highest grossing auction of political memorabilia collection ever offered.

The David and Janice Frent Collection of Political & Presidential Americana, Part II, realized a record $1.2 million from 641 bidders. The sale eclipsed the previous world auction record when The Frent Collection debuted at Heritage in October 2017, generating $911,538. 

“To say this auction was a pulse-pounder is an understatement,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. “It’s been a career highlight bringing this collection to auction and the results have just been astounding.” 

The rare Washington artifact is now the world’s most valuable Washington button, created to celebrate the first president’s 1789 Inauguration. It features a crisp, stamped bust of Washington and the words "Pater Patriæ," a Latin phrase meaning “Father of his Country.” Modern collectors avidly seek a wide variety of coat button designs honoring Washington that were sported by patriotic Americans. The Frent Collection features some 50 assorted examples, believed to be the largest such holding ever assembled.

Surprises did not stop with Washington, as an 1868 silk campaign flags for Ulysses S. Grant, one of just three believed known in this design, raced to $62,500, more than triple its presale estimate. A stunning 1860 brooch featuring an ambrotype portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Mathew Brady, depicting the president in the iconic "Cooper Union" pose, sold for $35,000 - a new high water mark for this item at auction. 

Considered one of the finest designs among historic political textiles, an outstanding example of the "Ship of State" Silk Campaign Flag from Henry Clay's 1844 campaign ended at $32,500. Another 19th century textile, an important and near mint 1864 Jugate Silk Campaign Ribbon for Lincoln and Andrew Johnson sold for $21,250.

A unique 1920 Jugate Postcard featuring Democratic running mates James M. Cox and Franklin D. Roosevelt led the auction’s extensive selection of 20th century memorabilia when it sold for $27,500 - more than 10 times the highest previously reported price for a political postcard. The record price resulted from an epic contest between a leading collector of political post cards and a top specialist in items relating to the Cox candidacy. “Sometimes bidders will just dig in their heels,” Slater observed, “and such battles are particularly likely when an item holds interest for two different types of collecting specialists .” A large Cox and Roosevelt jugate poster backing the League of Nations, also believed to be the only known example, sold for $21,250.

Additional highlights included: 

·       A figural "Plumed Knight" Display Piece, depicting American political leader and 1884 GOP presidential candidate James G. Blaine, sold for $17,500.

·       A campaign broadside from Lincoln’s 1864 reelection campaign sold for $16,250.

·       A gilt brass "Eagle with Glory" Inaugural Button for Washington, a  prohibitively rare variety and the first example ever offered by Heritage, sold for $15,000 after opening at $1,000.

Heritage Auctions will offer an online-only session from The Frent Collection beginning at 10 a.m. CST, March 10 on HA.com. The 509-lot offering includes period memorabilia relating to Lincoln and an extraordinary array of political pinbacks and ribbons. To learn more, visit HA.com/6198.


HA Spidey copy.jpgDallas, Texas - The original art for The Amazing Spider-Man #100 sold for $478,000, at Heritage Auctions on Friday, setting a world record for the most expensive Marvel Comics Silver or Bronze Age cover ever sold at public auction.

It also is the most expensive piece of Spider-Man art drawn by legendary artist John Romita, Sr.

The winning bidder chose to remain anonymous.

The previous public auction record for a piece of Spider-Man art drawn by Romita, Sr., was set by Heritage Auctions in 2013 when his cover for The Amazing Spider-Man #121 (Marvel, 1973) sold for $286,800.

Considered one of the most iconic covers of the 1970s, the cover masterfully portrays Spidey and dozens of famous canon characters. Collaborating with the legendary Stan Lee and artist Frank Giacoia, the trio understood the anniversary issue's cover needed to be a masterpiece. Historians and fans alike rank the cover among the most influential of all time.

The original cover was offered during Heritage’s Comics & Comic Art Auction held online and in Dallas.

“A true work of art, the winning bidder got a lot of bang for the buck in that the cover depicts so many iconic characters,” Heritage Auctions’ Senior Vice President Ed Jaster said. “This cover was done during the peak period of John Romita, Sr.’s artwork, at a time when Spider-Man’s popularity was extremely high.”

Presented in Marvel Comics’ popular “floating heads” style, more than two dozen famous faces surround a full-body image of Spider-Man. Vicious villains such as Kingpin, Doctor Octopus, Scorpion and the Beetle appear; and Peter Parker’s girlfriends Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy, his beloved Aunt May and Parker’s boss at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson, are also depicted.

Top sellers on the auction’s first day included a copy of Batman #1 (DC, 1940), which sold for $334,600 and the first appearance of Green Lantern from All American Comics #16 (DC, 1940), which brought $215,100. 

The auction continues Saturday with a Signature Internet Session beginning at 1 p.m. CST on HA.com. The session includes a copy of Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963) and a high-grade copy of Fantastic Four #52 (Marvel, 1966), which features the first appearance of Black Panther, a character that shattered box office records last week when the superhero appeared in the blockbuster film of the same name.

62-Monet copy.jpgNew York— On Tuesday, March 13, Swann Galleries will offer a superlative auction of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, featuring original artworks and scarce multiples by some of the most influential artists of the last 200 years.

Following the house’s record-breaking autumn sale of Edward Hopper’s 1923 print The Lonely House for $317,000, Swann will offer an even more scarce etching by the master: House by a River, 1919, an early example of his theme of isolation. Only one other copy of this print, which depicts a still-extant house in Nyack, NY, has appeared at auction in the last 30 years. The work carries an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.

Hopper’s mentor Martin Lewis is well represented in the auction with a selection of the gritty urban views for which he is known. Bedford Street Gang, 1935, leads the pack at $15,000 to $20,000. Additional highlights include an extremely rare circa 1930 charcoal drawing titled New York Nocturne, previously in the collection of the artist’s widow, with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000, and the scarce etching Manhattan Lights, 1931 ($12,000 to $18,000).  

From the same period comes the complete set of Six American Etchings, Series I, 1924, published as a promotion for subscribers of the New Republic, with works by Peggy Bacon, Ernest Haskell, Hopper, John Marin, Hayes Miller and John Sloan. This set includes Hopper’s Night Shadows, which is often removed from the group ($30,000 to $50,000).

The auction is distinguished by an array of unique works by notable artists. An exceptionally early drawing by Claude Monet of Maison au toit de chaume, Gainneville, 1857 (when the artist was only 16), carries an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. Two figurative pencil drawings by Amadeo Modigliani will also be offered: Femme nue, trois quarts, debout, circa 1915, and Femme nue, circa 1915 ($50,000 to $80,000 and $40,000 to $60,000, respectively). Georges Braque is represented by a gouache and watercolor painting, Femme au bicyclette, 1920-22 ($20,000 to $30,000. A Futurist-cum-Deco painting by Fortunato Depero of New York, 1930, will be offered with an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.

Two bronze sculptures by Henry Moore make a rare auction appearance. Half Figure, 1952, from an edition of only five, carries an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000, while the smaller, seated Woman, 1961, is valued between $15,000 and $20,000.

Interest in Latin American art has led to a larger offering of works by popular artists from the region, including José Clemente Orozco, David A. Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo, as well as paintings by early Mexican modernists. An especially rich offering of prints by Diego Rivera includes each of the three works regarded as the finest lithographs by artist, all from 1932. Zapata, a portrait of the revolutionary, carries an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000, while Frutos de la Escuela is valued at $20,000 to $30,000. The scarce El sueño (La noche de los pobres) has been seen at auction only ten times in the last 30 years ($20,000 to $30,000).

Pablo Picasso is well represented with prints, ceramics and even a drawing. The selection is led by the elegant lithograph La Colombe, 1949, with an estimate of $50,000 to $80,000. Fine terre de faïence ceramic works include an unusually tall partially glazed vase with anthropomorphic forms and a pitcher titled Flower Women, 1948 (each $20,000 to $30,0000). Finally, Profile d’Homme Vert, 1956, in striking green crayon is valued at $8,000 to $12,000.

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

Image: Lot 62: Claude Monet, Maison au toit de chaume, Gainneville, pencil, 1857. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.


U2NyZWVuIFNob3QgMjAxOC0wMS0zMSBhdCAxNi4zOS4yMy5wbmc=.pngPeter Harrington, one of the world’s largest rare booksellers, is attending the New York Antiquarian Book Fair this March with a selection of its finest rare books, manuscripts and photographs each of which has a fascinating history. Prices range from $5,00 to $385,000.

The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair is being held at Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, New York from noon-8pm on Friday March 9th, noon-7pm on Saturday March 10th and from noon - 5pm on Saturday March 11th.

Peter Harrington will be on Stand A8.

Pom Harrington, the owner of Peter Harrington, says “We are bringing with us over one hundred and twenty rare books, manuscripts and photographs specially selected to be of interest to visitors to the fair. Do come and visit us to see some fascinating pieces of history if you can.”

Full details of the items Peter Harrington are bringing with them can be downloaded via the PDF attachment link at the top of this release and a series of videos about some of the items can be seen HERE. For more details about the Fair please click HERE.

Items on display will include:

A fascinating deposition for a complex patent case entirely in Abraham Lincoln’s hand and signed four times by him, from the years when he was making his reputation as “Honest Abe”, in his adopted home state of Illinois. 

This excellent first edition, in its original bright dust jacket, of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in New York by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1925.

A tall and very fresh Second Folio edition of the collected Shakespeare’s plays Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, set page-for-page from a corrected copy of the First Folio. It is estimated that only 1,000 copies of the original edition were produced and it also contains Milton’s “Epitaph”, the first of his English language poems to be printed.

This is a rare first edition of the first volume of Das Kapital of which only 1,000 copies were printed and it was the only volume to appear in Marx’s lifetime.

As Peter Harrington say "Das Kapital was the most important work published in his lifetime, a thorough critique of the classical economic theories espoused by the likes of Adam Smith. It was not seen at the time as a harbinger of revolution, but was read with interest by sober German bankers and financiers, and was even issued in serial form. 

Marx would certainly have raised a thick black eyebrow at our price, although he understood perfectly that the capitalist system tended to produce high priced luxury goods. Marx spent most of his adult life in poverty, but he was a firm believer in the power of literature to change minds, being a prodigious writer whose collected works now fill fifty volumes.”

This first edition collection of the 85 essays by Alexander Hamilton and others, which became known as The Federalist is a very famous and influential American political work as it originated as America sought to ratify their new constitution. Hamilton was one of the Founding Fathers of the US and is the subject of the new musical. Only 500 copies of this first edition were printed and as the second volume was larger than the first most sets include a second volume which has been trimmed down making this uncut set in its original boards extremely rare.

This unusually large famous “roaring lion” signed portrait of  Churchill, captured within weeks of the US entry into World War II, is particularly sought after as bears the signatures of both Karsh and Churchill.

This exceptional photograph of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan standing in front of a portrait of Winston Churchill was signed by Reagan at Thatcher’s request. It was additionally signed by her and framed to hang at her official residence in Downing Street until her resignation, after which it was displayed in her home until her death. It is a remarkably symbolic image of the Special Relationship and is one of the best pieces of Thatcherite memorabilia in private hands.

Image: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies by William Shakespeare, 1632 ($385,000). Courtesy of Peter Harrington. 



35 RICHARD III AND EDWARD V - DUCHY OF CORNWALL Compotus or Receiver's Rolls for Cornwall and Devon copy.jpgThe accounts for the Duchy of Cornwall for 1483 - a momentous year in English history - are to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London on 21 March. They are estimated at £4,000-6,000.

The records were taken to Bonhams offices in Exeter for valuation, having been bought as part of a job lot at a local auction in Devon. They were drawn up on the orders of Richard III who came to the English throne in June 1483. His brother Edward IV had died earlier that year, and Richard had been appointed Protector to his 12 year old nephew, who succeeded his father as Edward V.  When Edward V was denounced as the product of an unlawful marriage, he was stripped of the crown and Richard declared the legitimate king in his place.  Edward and his brother Richard were imprisoned in the Tower of London, where they were later famously murdered, traditionally on the orders of Richard III.  

The Duchy of Cornwall was created by Edward III in 1337, specifically to produce an income for the heir to the throne.  It covered, and still covers, areas outside Cornwall -mainly in Devon, including Plympton, Tavistock and Exeter. The accounts for sale are for the period Michaelmas, 22nd year of Edward IV’s reign to Michaelmas, the first year of Richard III’s year i.e. 29 September 1482-29 September 1483. During this time, the position of Duke of Cornwall was held by the future Edward V, and then by Richard III’s son Edward (who died the following year at the age of 10).

The records are highly detailed, showing totals for rents, sales and court receipts for each manor within the Duchy, with the names of the bailiffs or reeves. The receipts for tin mines were particularly valuable.  By this period, the profits from the Duchy were worth around £500 a year. By contrast, the annual average wage of a labourer was then about £2.00.

Bonhams valuer in Exeter, Sam Tuke, said, “It is always exciting to come across something so special. The accounts are particularly interesting because they include details of properties in Devon as well as in Cornwall itself. They are of course, written in mediaeval Latin, but our specialists were able to decipher the text, and reveal their true value."

Bonhams Exeter will be holding two Fine Books and manuscripts valuation days in March as follows:

  • Tuesday 13 March 11.00 am -3.00 pm at Bonhams, The Lodge, Southernhay, West Exeter EX1
  • Wednesday 14 March 10.00 am - 1.00 pm at The Burton Art Gallery, 39 Kingsley Road, Bideford EX39

Neff_125 copy.jpgThe Bibliophile as Bookbinder:  The Angling Bindings of S.A. Neff, Jr., a new exhibit exploring one man’s passion for the natural world and the world of books, will open with a reception on Friday, February 23 from 6-9pm at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.  The show will continue for two months, and a comprehensive retrospective catalogue and forty-seven minute documentary will accompany the exhibition.

Over five decades ago, Mr. Neff began a serious pursuit of trout fishing and collecting books on the art of angling.  His travels took him to some of the most picturesque and challenging trout rivers in this country and abroad.  His collection of angling books grew into a proper library of three thousand volumes—the oldest dating from 1554—with a focus on fly-fishing for trout and salmon.

In the early 1980s, Mr. Neff transitioned from a career in graphic design to fine bookbinding.  An autodidact by nature, he began his training with occasional workshops and seminars sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers.  Since 1986, his work has been exhibited in at home and abroad.  

Neff is cognizant of the traditional structures in bookbinding that have evolved over numerous centuries.  He has chosen to embrace rather than negate these traditions.  However, he prefers to stretch the boundaries whenever possible.  For over two decades he has focused his binding efforts exclusively on work for his angling library.  Neff has created sets of bindings with multiple volumes contained in drop-back boxes.  Usually working with goatskin, the design on the box serves as an introduction to its contents.  Even single volumes are housed in a decorative box.  The works range from bindings with intricate pictorial panels of Japanese dyed paper to decorative leather bindings with multiple onlays and elaborate gold tooling. In bridging centuries of binding design, Neff has often focused on modern interpretations of 17th and 18th century panel designs.  His collection of angling bindings is unique in its genre, and will remain intact in perpetuity.

As the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the nation, Minnesota Center for Book Arts celebrates the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing, and hand bookbinding to experimental artmaking and self-publishing techniques, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution of book arts through book arts workshops and programming for adults, youth, families, K-12 students, and teachers. MCBA is located in the Open Book building in downtown Minneapolis, alongside partner organizations The Loft Literary Center and Milkweed Editions. To learn more, visit www.mnbookarts.org.

54-Hine-EllisIsland copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries opened the 2018 season with a $1.6M auction of Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks on February 15. Important rare and unique work, both fine art and vernacular, brought a variety of buyers to the fore, with especially active bidding by institutions.

Leading the auction and closing to applause was Photographic Views of the Red River Raft, 1873, one of three extant copies of Robert B. Talfor’s documentation of the second attempt to clear debris from Louisiana’s Red River. Several institutions competed for the 113 hand-colored albumen prints, and the album quadrupled its high estimate to sell for $93,750.

A collection of 24 prints of Lewis W. Hine’s most iconic photographs, spanning the entirety of his career, made their victorious auction debut, selling 92%. The works—each boasting the handstamp of Hine’s Hastings-on-Hudson studio, as well as notations in his own hand—were previously owned by Isador Sy Seidman, a friend of Hine, photographer and lifelong collector of photographs of New York City. An extremely rare early printing of the monumental Powerhouse Mechanic, or Mechanic at Steam Pump in Electric Power House, circa 1921, led the selection at $81,250. A contact print of One of many youngsters working in Carolina cotton mills, also known as Sadie Pfeifer, a Cotton Mill Spinner, Lancaster, South Carolina, 1908, printed 1931, doubled its high estimate to sell to a collector for $30,000. The lasting relevance of these images is exemplified by the buyer of Russian family at Ellis Island, 1905, who happily relayed that the children in the photograph are his great-grandmother and her sister.

Notable auction records were set for works by marquee artists, including Cindy Sherman’s Self-Portrait as Lucille Ball, 1975, for $25,000. Roy DeCarava’s double portrait of Dizzy Gillespie & Roy Eldridge, 1956, also achieved a record at $27,500. The fifth book of Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian, 1907, set a record for that volume, selling to a collector for $43,600. 

Seven of the eight offered lots by Ansel Adams found buyers, led by a candid portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox, 1937, which doubled its high estimate to sell for $48,600. Additional highlights included Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941, and Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine, California, 1944 ($43,200 and $21,600, respectively).

Daile Kaplan, Director of Photographs & Photobooks and Vice President of Swann Galleries, noted that she expects to see increased interest in nineteenth-century vernacular albums, given the success of The Red River Raft. The auction featured an especially strong selection of such works, including an album of 19 hand-colored salted paper prints of indigenous Brazilian women, 1861-62, which was purchased by an institution for $23,750.

The next auction of Photographs & Photobooks at Swann Galleries will be on April 19, 2018. The house is currently accepting quality consignments for autumn auctions.

ImageLot 54: Lewis W. Hine, Russian family at Ellis Island, silver contact print, 1905, printed circa 1931. Sold February 15, 2018 for $6,000.

Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 8.13.10 AM.pngThe Folio Society and House of Illustration are thrilled to announce Max Löffler as the winner of the eighth annual Book Illustration Competition - a unique partnership between The Folio Society and House of Illustration. Max was named the winner of the prize, a prestigious commission worth £5,000 to illustrate Arthur Conan Doyle's The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by eminent Holmesian Helen Dorey, at an exclusive ceremony held at House of Illustration on Tuesday 20th February.

Löffler's winning entry was selected from over 450 entries received from 48 countries. Max is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer from Germany. The shortlisted artists, who each receive £500, are Andy Potts (UK), Andrew Pinder (UK), Harry Woodgate (UK, Student), Erik Freij (Sweden, Student) and Zuzana Cupová (Czech Republic, Student).                                                                                        

At the ceremony, Helen Dorey said: 'The standard of the entries was universally high and is a tribute to the universal appeal of Sherlock Holmes. Max Löffler's illustrations elegantly express the essence of the stories with an added element of mystery that makes them utterly compelling.' 

Folio Society Art Director, Sheri Gee commented: 'It's so interesting to see such varied depictions and styles in the shortlisted entries but each is united in representing a cohesive entry - where the binding and each illustration work perfectly together. We felt that for each of these entries we'd like to see what more they'd do if they completed the commission. They had piqued our interest. Max showed real ingenuity and imagination in his entry and gave them a timelessness which sits well with Sherlock Holmes' universal appeal. I felt that the depiction of 'the woman' (left) was particularly sublime. 

Colin McKenzie, Director of House of illustration, said: 'We had a very strong shortlist this year and we particularly admired the different approaches taken to the subject and the high standard of the illustration from all those on the shortlist. But we are delighted with our overall winner whose work intrigued the judges and evoked so powerfully the stories illustrated.' 

2017 BIC winner and member of the 2018 judging panel, Darya Shnykina said: 'This year's longlist presented a lot of strong and enchanting entries and the final selection wasn't easy. But I am very confident about the winner we selected. Max's illustrations aren't just beautiful, they're sophisticated. And after all an exquisitely expressed idea is the most captivating thing.' 

Colin McKenzie also revealed the recipient of the People's Choice Award, voted for by 3681 members of the public online. The winner - Svetlana Boiko - will receive books worth £100 from The Folio Society and a year's membership to House of Illustration.

Arthur Conan Doyle's The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, illustrated by Max Löffler, will be available from The Folio Society in October 2018. 




Special Exhibitions at AIPAD, April 5-8

New York - Three special exhibitions will be on view at The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD, April 5-8, 2018 at Pier 94 in New York City. Sir Elton John will curate an exhibition on the theme of reflection. Collector Joe Baio's photographs will be the focus of an exhibition exploring childhood and adolescence. Work influenced by the Black Panthers will be on view in an exhibition from the Photographic Center Northwest. 

Featuring 96 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries, the 38th edition of the Show will open with a vernissage on April 4, 2018. One of the world’s most important annual photography fairs, The Photography Show is the longest running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium and is organized by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD).

Sir Elton John: A Time for Reflection

Sir Elton John has invited exhibiting AIPAD member galleries to submit work for an exhibition around the theme, A Time for Reflection. Photographs that Sir Elton John finds inspiring and relevant to the theme will be featured at The Photography Show in a special exhibition. The works will be available for purchase and participating galleries will donate a percentage of the sales to The Sir Elton John Charitable Trust.

Forever Young: Selections from the Joe Baio Collection of Photography

Selections from the Joe Baio Collection of Photography will be exhibited publicly for the first time at The Photography Show. The Baio Collection, built around the themes of childhood and adolescence, spans the history of the medium from the 19th century to the present. Nearly every medium and movement in photography’s history is represented, with vernacular photography hanging democratically beside related images by famous photographers. On view at The Photography Show will be work by many of today’s significant photographers including Elinor Carucci, Larry Fink, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Nan Goldin, Emmet Gowin, Pieter Hugo, Ryan McGinley, Vik Muniz, Nicholas Nixon, Hellen van Meene, and Bjørn Sterri. Classic work by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Brassäi, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Roy De Carava, Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), Robert Frank, Lewis Hine, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Saul Leiter, Helen Levitt, Ray Metzker, August Sander, and Garry Winogrand will also be shown. Culled from his collection of 6,000 images, the selection for The Photography Show, curated by Mr. Baio and Anne Griffin, will be installed salon-style to echo the collection as it is displayed in their home.

All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party

Launched in 1966, and active for less than 20 years, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense indelibly pierced the public consciousness. All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party, curated by Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director and Curator at the Photographic Center Northwest, is drawn from a book of the same name (Minor Matters Books, 2016). The exhibition showcases a select group of contemporary black artists, including emerging and internationally-acclaimed practitioners, from 22 to 70 years of age, who have been informed or influenced by the Panthers. Exhibiting artists include Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Endia Beal, Bruce Bennett, Howard Cash, Kris Graves, Ayana V. Jackson, Kambui Olujimi, Lewis Watts, Carrie Mae Weems, Hank Willis Thomas, and Robert Wade. After The Photography Show, the exhibition will be on view through June 10 at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panthers. 


A program of more than 12 talks and panel discussions will feature daily sessions with leading curators, critics, artists, gallerists, collectors, and journalists. More information is available at AIPADShow.com/Talks.


The AIPAD Award honors visionaries who have contributed to the field of photography including artists, curators, and publishers. This year’s recipient of the second annual award is Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator of Photography, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO.


The Photography Show will feature 96 established and new galleries from at least 14 countries and 49 cities from across the U.S. and around the world, including Europe, the U.K., Asia, Canada, and South America. In addition, more than 30 book sellers and publishers will be represented at the Show. A full list of exhibitors is available at AIPADshow.com/Exhibitors.


The Photography Show presented by AIPAD will be held from Thursday, April 5, through Sunday, April 8, 2018. A public vernissage will be held on Wednesday, April 4, from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 5, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, April 6, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 7, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 8, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

For more information, the public can contact AIPAD at +1 202-367-1158 or info@aipad.com or visit AIPADShow.com.

2091c.jpgFairfield, ME — James D. Julia’s mid-winter auction launched the 2018 auction season in the most auspicious way possible, with bidders competing for the spectacular lots on offer. After the hammer finally fell silent, 48 lots made $10K or above. In addition, 9 lots realized $25K or more, and 10 lots broke the $50K mark!

James D. Julia's Fine Art, Asian & Antiques auctions enjoy a well-deserved reputation of offering only the finest selections of carefully curated paintings, and this auction did not disappoint on any level. The top lot in this event, Fernando Botero’s “A Lawyer,” made it legal at $150,750 on a $125,000-175,000 estimate. This masterpiece features a portly, pensive looking man carrying a book and is signed “Botero 98.” It appears in Marc Fumaroli’s Botero Drawings, 1999. “Happy New Year,” a painting attributed to Frenchman Paul Emile Chabas, realized $24,200 - over six times its low estimate. This joyful work comes alive with two finely dressed, cherubic children and bouquets of peony flowers. Works by Haley Lever were well represented in this sale, with his “Fishing Boats - Sunrise” from 1904 reeling in $60,500. This handsome, signed painting is titled on a Clayton-Liberatore Art Gallery label. And Morris Graves’ “War Maddened Bird Following St. Elmo’s Fire” tempera on paper soared to $81,675, more than four times its low estimate. 

Enthusiasts battled over this sale’s fine selections of exceptional powder horns from important collections. A group of 13 Revolutionary War-era powder horns, carved by the “Folky Artist,” sold for $27,225. This group represents 13 of about 30 known horns carved by this artist whose name has been lost to history. He is thought to be from the south, as southern icons, such as palmetto trees, long leaf pine sprouts, and a Spanish mission, are among the subjects engraved on his horns. A French and Indian War Pennsylvania map horn changed hands at $58,080 - almost four times its low estimate. This detailed example is illustrated starting in Philadelphia and moves north along the Allegheny and its forks depicted as “Monagahny” and Ohio to Lancaster, Carlisle, Shippensburgh, Fort Louden, Fort Lettelton, Fort Stony Creek, Fort Bedford, and Fort Ledgner, and features a great drawing of Fort Pitt flying a British flag on a pole. And a Charleston, SC map horn realized a whopping $78,650 on its $8,000-12,000 estimate. This museum quality artifact is carved with exquisite attention and shows a view of Charleston and its rivers branching into the “Congarees,” “Saux Tee,” “Keeowee,” and others. 

This remarkable sale also made history with its once-in-a-lifetime offerings of antique archival materials, ephemera, and items associated with important people, places, and things. Four massive hand drawn and painted planning maps used by Morton L. Deyo, a World War II hero who commanded naval gunfire support at Utah Beach in the Normandy invasion - amongst other notable accomplishments - sold for $7,620. A “Barbary Pirate” flintlock pistol from the Stephen Decatur estate shot to $18,150 on its $1,000-2,000 estimate. Decatur led successful naval battles in both Barbary Wars, North Africa, the French Quasi War, and the War of 1812; family legend holds this pistol was a souvenir from the Barbary Coast wars. A solid gold Tiffany presentation snuff box presented by the citizens of Buffalo to Lt. John Worden made $48,400. Worden was the hero of the Victory of the Monitor Over the Merrimac. This handsomely decorated box is engraved with the battle scene between the U.S. Navy Ironclad “Monitor” and the Confederate Navy Ironclad “C.S.S. Virginia” (Merrimac), as well as other naval themes. Our catalogers noted that this is one of the most important American Civil War U.S. Navy artifacts to be presented for public auction. And a wonderful time capsule text, “Manuscript Rules And Regulations of USS Congress And USS Constitution, 1817-1821” cruised to $62,920 on its $15,000-25,000 estimate. 

Enthusiasts also saluted the fine offerings of flags on offer through this sale. An iconic 12-star Confederate 1st National Flag from the renowned Boleslaw And Marie-Louise Mastai collection made $76,230. This remarkable rarity was pictured on cover of the 1973 text “The Stars and the Stripes: The American Flag as Art and as History From the Birth of the Republic to the Present” by Mastai. And a Confederate Battle flag made $70,180. This incredibly rare example closely follows the pattern of ANV (Army of Northern Virginia) battle flags and is totally hand sewn. 

Eye-catching Asian treasures gave this sale a touch of international intrigue. A Chinese silk embroidered robe sold for $7,260 on an $800-1,200 estimate. This early 20th century blue silk example is decorated with roundels of various figures within a landscape; its collar and seams are accented with ruyi and fastened with gilded buttons. And a Satsuma pottery vase by Yabu Meizan almost doubled its high estimate, realizing $11,495. This fine Meiji period beaker shaped vessel is exquisitely painted with a continuous waterfront landscape around the lower half and a procession of figures around the top. 

Fine antiques from a wide array of specialty categories tempted collectors throughout this two day event. A cast iron “The Yankee Schoolmaster” (also known as “The Alphabet Man”) made $25,410. This toy was designed as an early educational vehicle to teach children the alphabet or various words; only a handful of these elaborately constructed rarities survived over the past 100+ years. A pair of massive, engraved walrus tusks signed by artist Nathaniel Finney blew away their $6,000-8,000 estimate to sell for $91,960. These c.1870 tusks are illustrated with vignettes of popular actors who worked in San Francisco during the 1860s-1870s, and include the founding members of the California Troup of Actors associated with the California Theatre. An outstanding solid gold Russian hinged box decorated with a micro mosaic top closed the deal at $50,820 on its $4,000-6,000 estimate. Its 2" x 3" scene shows a man on a horse crossing a river with others following, while women are seen on foreground with soldiers. And an important carved and polychrome painted tobacconist figure of Native American man, attributed to Thomas Brooks, was on fire... eventually realizing $26,015. This truly outstanding example has provenance to Danbury, Connecticut by descent to its current owner and was featured on a 1/2 page in color in National Geographic Magazine, September 1931, vol. LX, number three, illustration VII.

Image: Historic Lot Of Four Planning Maps Used By Admiral Morton L. Deyo Abo (a, b, c, & d), $7,260

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the nation's leading auction houses, will open its newest location in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia this spring. In September of 2017, the auction firm announced its expansion into Atlanta after hiring Director of Business Development Mary Calhoun. Prior to this announcement Michael Shapiro (former Director of the High Museum of Art) had joined the firm in April 2017 as Senior Advisor, Museums and Private Collections. 

In May 2018, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will open at 668 Miami Circle in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. The facility will accommodate local auctions as well as full-service resources for appraising property and participating in global auctions through the firm¹s Chicago headquarters. The first auction to be conducted in Atlanta is scheduled for August 2018. Consignments are currently being accepted across all categories, which include fine art, fine jewelry, modern design, books and manuscripts, furniture, decorative arts and more.

"We plan on making Atlanta a major auction center," said Leslie Hindman, founder and CEO of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. "Our focus has always been offering exceptional service and access to the global art market at a local level. The new location will not only be a resource for Atlanta but become a hub for the entire Southeast."

Lelia Williamson has also joined Leslie Hindman Auctioneers' Atlanta team as Consignment Manager. Before starting with the firm, Williamson worked at both Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Galleries in Atlanta and Rago Arts and Auction Center in New Jersey. She was Manager of the Department of American Paintings at Hirschl & Adler and spent time as a Curatorial Assistant at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She received her MA from Sotheby¹s Institute of Art in New York, specializing in American Fine and Decorative Arts.

"I'm thrilled to join Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in my native Atlanta," said Lelia Williamson. "The South is filled with extraordinary collectors and institutions, and we look forward to establishing the local expertise and resources needed to serve this thriving market." 

The new Buckhead location will be open Monday through Friday during business hours and on occasional weekends for auction previews. Appraisal appointments are available for all categories and can be scheduled at any time. For more information, please contact Mary Calhoun at (404) 800-0192.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is a globally recognized brand with eight national offices and over 60 auctions conducted annually for over a dozen collecting categories. They work with buyers and sellers across the globe, connecting with millions of collectors through each auction conducted.

About Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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

1517421670148.jpgWashington, DC—For more than 40 years, Sally Mann (b. 1951) has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature's magisterial indifference to human endeavor. What unites this broad body of work—figure studies, landscapes, and architectural views—is that it is all bred of a place, the American South. Using her deep love of her homeland and her knowledge of its historically fraught heritage, Mann asks powerful, provocative questions—about history, identity, race, and religion—that reverberate across geographic and national boundaries.

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, the first major survey of this celebrated artist to travel internationally, investigates how Mann's relationship with her native land—a place rich in literary and artistic traditions but troubled by history—has shaped her work. The exhibition brings together 115 photographs, many exhibited for the first time. On view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from March 4 through May 28, 2018, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog, presenting an in-depth exploration of the evolution of Mann's art, and a short film highlighting her technical process.

"In her compelling photographs, Mann uses the personal to allude to the universal, considering intimate questions of family, memory, and death while also evoking larger concerns about the influence of the South's past on its present," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington. "With the acquisition of works from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2014, the National Gallery is now one of the largest repositories of Mann's photographs. We are grateful for the opportunity to work closely with the artist in presenting a wide selection of the work she has created over four decades."

Exhibition Support

The exhibition is supported by a generous grant from the Trellis Fund. Additional support is provided by Sally Engelhard Pingree and The Charles Engelhard Foundation.

Exhibition Organization and Curators

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.

The exhibition is curated by Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art, and Sarah Kennel, The Byrne Family Curator of Photography, Peabody Essex Museum.

Exhibition Tour

*National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 4-May 28, 2018 *Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, June 30-September 23, 2018
*The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, November 20, 2018-February 10, 2019
*Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 3-May 27, 2019
*Jeu de Paume, Paris, June 17 -September 22, 2019
*High Museum of Art, Atlanta, October 19, 2019 -January 12, 2020

Exhibition Highlights

The seeds for Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings were planted in 2014, when National Gallery of Art curators undertook a review of photographs from the Corcoran Gallery of Art after its collections were placed under the stewardship of the National Gallery. Among the Corcor­an's works were 25 photographs by Sally Mann, made from the mid-1970s to the early 2000s. With the addition of these works, plus several more acquired through purchase, the National Gallery became one of the largest public repositories of Mann's photographs in the country. The curators' interest in mounting an exhibition of Mann's art deepened when they realized that despite her immense talent and prominence, the full range of Mann's work had not yet received sufficient and widespread scholarly and critical atten­tion.

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings is organized into five sections—Family, The Land, Last Measure, Abide with Me, and What Remains. The exhibition opens with works from the 1980s, when Mann began to photograph her three children at the family's remote summer cabin on the Maury River near Lexington, Virginia. Taken with an 8 x 10 inch view camera, the family picturesrefute the stereotypes of childhood, offering instead unsettling visions of its complexity. Rooted in the experience of a particular natural environment—the arcadian woodlands, rocky cliffs, and languid rivers—these works convey the inextricable link between the family and their land, and the sanctuary and freedom that it provided them.

The exhibition continues in The Land with photographs of the swamplands, fields, and ruined estates Mann encountered as she traveled across Virginia, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi in the 1990s. Hoping to capture what she called the "radical light of the American South," Mann made pictures in Virginia that glow with a tremulous light, while those made in Georgia and Mississippi are more blasted and bleak. In these photographs, Mann was also experimenting with antique lenses and the 19th-century collodion wet plate process and printing in a much larger size (30 x 38 and 40 x 50 inches). The resulting photographic effects, including light flares, vignetting, blurs, streaks and scratches, serve as metaphors for the South as a site of memory, defeat, ruin, and rebirth. Mann then used these same techniques for her photographs of Civil War battlefields in the exhibition's third section, Last Measure. These brooding and elusive pictures evoke the land as history's graveyard, silently absorbing the blood and bones of the many thousands who perished in battles such as Antietam, Appomattox, Chancellorsville, Cold Harbor, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Spotsylvania, and the Wilderness.

The fourth section, Abide with Me, merges four series of photographs to explore how race and history shaped the landscape of Virginia as well as Mann's own childhood and adolescence. Expanding her understanding of the land as not only a vessel for memory but also a story of struggle and survival, Mann made a series of starkly beautiful tintypes between 2006 and 2015 in the Great Dismal Swamp—home to many fugitive slaves in the years before the Civil War—and along nearby rivers in southeastern Virginia where Nat Turner led a rebellion of enslaved people on August 21, 1831. Here, Mann's use of the tintype process—essentially a collodion negative on a sheet of darkened tin—yields a rich, liquid-like surface with deep blacks that mirror the bracken swamp and rivers. Merging her techniques with metaphoric possibilities, she conveyed the region's dual history as the site of slavery and death but also freedom and sanctuary. Mann also photographed numerous 19th-century African American churches near her home in Lexington. Founded in the decades immediately after the Civil War when African Americans in Virginia could worship without the presence of a white minister for the first time, these humble but richly evocative churches seem alive with the spirit that inspired their creation and the memories of those who prayed there.

Also included in Abide with Me are photographs of Virginia "Gee-Gee" Carter, the African American woman who worked for Mann's family for 50 years. A defining and beloved presence in Mann's life, Carter was also the person who taught Mann the profoundly complicated and charged nature of race relations in the South. The final component of this section is a group of pictures of African American men rendered in large prints (50 x 40 inches) made from collodion negatives. Representing Mann's desire to reach across "the seemingly untraversable chasm of race in the American South," these beautiful but provocative photographs examine an "abstract gesture heated up in the crucible of our association," as Bill T. Jones, who in part inspired the series, once said.

The final section of the exhibition, What Remains, explores themes of time, transformation, and death through photographs of Mann and her family. Her enduring fascination with decay and the body's vulnerability to the ravages of time is evident in a series of spectral portraits of her children's faces and intimate photographs detailing the changing body of her husband Larry, who suffers from muscular dystrophy. The exhibition closes with several riveting self-portraits Mann made in the wake of a grave riding accident. Here, her links to southern literature and her preoccupation with decay are in full evidence: the pitted, scratched, ravaged, and cloudy surfaces of the ambrotypes function as analogues for the body's corrosion and death. The impression of the series as a whole is of an artist confronting her own mortality with composure and conviction.

Sally Mann

Born in 1951 in Lexington, Virginia, Sally Mann continues to live and work in Rockbridge County. Mann developed her first roll of film in 1969 and began to work as a professional photographer in 1972. She attended Bennington College, Vermont, and graduated in 1974 with a BA in literature from Hollins College, Roanoke, Virginia where she earned an MA in creative writing the following year. She has exhibited widely and published her photographs in the books Second Sight: The Photographs of Sally Mann (1983), Sweet Silent Thought: Platinum Prints by Sally Mann (1987), At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women (1988), Immediate Family (1992), Still Time (1994), Mother Land: Recent Landscapes of Georgia and Virginia (1997), What Remains (2003), Deep South (2005), Sally Mann: Photographs and Poetry (2005), Proud Flesh (2009), Sally Mann: The Flesh and the Spirit (2010), and Remembered Light: Cy Twombly in Lexington (2016). Mann's best selling memoir, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs (2015), was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has received numerous honors as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2011 Mann delivered the prestigious William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University.

Catalog and Related Programs

Published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, in association with Abrams, this richly illustrated monograph constitutes an in-depth exploration of the evolution of Mann's art through its five sections: Family, The Land, Last Measure, Abide with Me, and What Remains. Plate sections are enriched by the inclusion of quotations by Mann herself and by her most beloved authors. Essays by curators Sarah Greenough and Sarah Kennel analyze Mann's photographic development in concert with her literary interests and Mann's family photographs, respectively. In their valuable contributions, Hilton Als, New Yorker staff writer and recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism; Malcolm Daniel, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Drew Gilpin Faust, president and Lincoln Professor of History, Harvard University, explore literary and photographic responses to racism in the South; Mann's debt to 19th-century photographers and techniques; and the landscape as repository of cultural and personal memory. Featuring 230 color illustrations, the 332-page catalog is available in hardcover at shop.nga.gov, or by calling (800) 697-9350 or (202) 842-6002; faxing (202) 789-3047; or emailing mailorder@nga.gov.

Introduction to the Exhibition
March 4 at 2:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium
Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art

Public Symposium
Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
April 14 at 10:30 a.m.
East Building Auditorium
Illustrated lectures by noted scholars
Made possible by the James D. and Kathryn K. Steele Fund for Photography.

Documentary Film
An eight-minute documentary demonstrating Mann's artistic process is screened in the exhibition.

Image: Sally Mann, Oak Hill Baptist 01:01, 2008-2016, gelatin silver print, collection of the artist, image © Sally Mann


PaddingtonCC.jpgAmherst, MA—Sixty years ago, the story of a bear from Darkest Peru found a place in children's literary history when William Collins published A Bear Called Paddington. This coming April, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is proud to be the first American museum to feature the beloved bear in Paddington Comes to America. This exhibition is on view from April 14th through October 7th and is generously supported by HarperCollins Children's Books and YOTTOY Productions. 

On Christmas Eve in 1956, Michael Bond spotted a lonely bear in a London shop. He took it home as a present for his wife and they named it Paddington, after the nearby railway station. Michael, then working as a BBC cameraman, began writing a story about the bear. Bond recalled, "After ten days I found that I had a book on my hands. It wasn't written specifically for children, but I think I put into it the kind of things I liked reading about when I was young." A Bear Called Paddington was first published in 1958. 

Bond continued writing and 15 Paddington novels, numerous picture books, and many compilations and gift editions have been published since. Today, more than 35 million Paddington books have been sold worldwide and they have been translated into 40 different languages, including Latin. For the last 37 years of his life, Bond lived in London, not far from Paddington Station where it all began. He continued to write until shortly before his death in June 2017 at age 91.

Paddington Comes to America brings together copies of notes from one of Bond's notebooks, his typewriter, first edition books, memorabilia, and 70 original illustrations by six artists, including a black-and-white line drawing by Peggy Fortnum, the first artist to create a visual image of Paddington. Eager for Paddington to be convincing, Fortnum visited the London Zoo to sketch and photograph bears. She described her challenges: "The line has to be expressive. I do lots of drawings. Humorous drawing is more difficult than any other kind of drawing." Fortnum's charming illustrations, matching the warmth of Bond's story, made the idea of a talking bear from Peru seem perfectly reasonable. Bond said of Fortnum: "She thought very highly of Paddington, as I did of her. It was a happy combination."

In the seventies and eighties, several illustrators worked on various Paddington projects. In 1972, Bond wrote the first in a series of books for younger readers. These picture books required a more detailed illustrative style than the novels and Fred Banbery was hired as the artist. Banbery illustrated six Paddington picture books. Museum visitors can view his watercolors from Paddington at the Seaside in the exhibition.  

In 1975, illustrator and animator Ivor Wood designed the puppet for the original Paddington television series. Wood also developed a drawn cartoon strip of Paddington that the London Evening News published in the late 1970s. Wood's drawings appeared on a number of products that were licensed around the same time, including a successful stationery line. His six illustrations on view show his penchant for bright colors and bold outlines.   

In the 1980s David McKee, who was already well known for writing and illustrating his own books, including King Rollo, Elmer, and Mr. Benn, was hired as the new artist for Paddington. Seven of McKee's paintings from Paddington at the Zoo are showcased in the exhibition. Barry Macey, who was an in-house artist with Paddington & Co., Ltd., created the artwork for much of the older products and some of the prints. His illustrations from Paddington in the Hot Seat, Paddington Passes Through, and Paddington Takes a Cut are on display. 

Paddington Comes to America also features the work of New England artist R. W. Alley. In 1997 Alley was commissioned to illustrate a new series of Paddington picture books by HarperCollins for an American audience. His version of Paddington worked so well that, two decades later, Alley continues to illustrate the Paddington books. He worked closely with Bond to develop the visual look of each story. Alley notes the author's openness to change: Bond insisted the first book be re-illustrated to reflect a major renovation at Paddington Station. And although Paddington never ages, he is always relevant for the time. Alley's art from more than 20 Paddington picture books is on exhibit, along with some of his preliminary sketches and dummy books. 

Paddington's status as a cultural icon does not go unnoticed in the exhibition. On view are copies of stills from the 1970s stop-motion television series as well as images from the two recent blockbuster Paddington movies. A display of limited-edition plush bears includes a Gabrielle bear. Gabrielle was the first company to create a Paddington bear and was responsible for giving Paddington his Wellington boots, to help him stand up. 

Surely one of the highlights for guests to Paddington Comes to America is a recreated double-decker bus. Guests are invited to board the "hop on/hop off" bus, which also doubles as a reading area. Young visitors will receive special Paddington London Bus Passes and will be encouraged to learn more about the famous sites in London featured around the gallery, having their passes stamped at each location.  


Members Reception: Paddington Comes to America

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 5:00 pm Reception; 6:15 pm Paddington Bear at 60, with Paddington Bear Illustrator R. W. Alley. Members RSVP by April 16 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at membership@carlemuseum.org.

Gallery Talk with R. W. Alley and Ellen Keiter

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 1:00pm. Free with Museum Admission. 

Join Artist R. W. Alley and Chief Curator Ellen Keiter for a gallery talk in the special exhibition Paddington Comes to America, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the iconic Paddington Bear.

Special Storytime: R. W. Alley**

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:00 pm. Free with Museum admission. 

R. W. Alley has illustrated over one hundred books for children and, for the past twenty years, has illustrated Michael Bond's Paddington books in all their formats. Join us for a special story time and drawing demonstration with Alley as he reads one of the charming Paddington picture books. 

**Book signing to follow program. Can't make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

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. A leading advocate in its field, 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 43,000-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: R. W. Alley, Illustration for A Bear Called Paddington, HarperCollins, 2007. Courtesy of the artist. © R. W. Alley 2018.

Rare Books Uncovered Paperback.jpgFew collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry as collectors of rare books. In fact, book collecting is the only pastime that has a clinically diagnosable illness—bibliomania—to describe its more obsessive hobbyists. The focus of their desire is seemingly limitless: centuries’ worth of rare and unique tomes, manuscripts, and historical documents, each with unique stories and histories. In Rare Books Uncovered, Rebecca Rego Barry recounts some of these remarkable discoveries from the world of book collecting. 

Barry’s passion for books started as a teenager, haunting library book sales and tiny independent bookshops. A voracious reader, she volunteered at her local public library in New Jersey, interned at Random House during college, and worked for Simon & Schuster after graduation. Despite her bibliophilic tendencies, Barry never regarded herself as a collector until she came across a copy of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at a church book sale. Although familiar with Miller’s work, “it never occurred to me to check whether the copy was a first edition or not,” Barry says. Upon closer examination a few months later, a blue card flitted out of book. It was, she came to realize, a press pass issued in 1931 to renowned journalist William Shirer from the Chicago Tribune. Further research and detective work, including tracking down Shirer’s family members, revealed that Shirer and Miller were acquaintances and colleagues in the 1950s. Barry believes the book to be Shirer’s copy (a first edition) of Miller’s masterpiece, into which he used an old press pass as a bookmark—a real treasure, found for $1. 

Barry soon realized she’d “rather be working with ‘old’ books instead of new ones.” She returned to graduate school, earning a master’s degree in book history at Drew University, and then went to work in the university library’s conservation department, where books in need of repair go to get fixed. “I loved working with old books in a hands-on way,” Barry says. She began working in the university’s archives as well, gaining an appreciation for manuscripts and historical documents. 

Today, Barry is the editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine, and hearing so many extraordinary tales of treasures found—and, alas, of those that got away—fueled and informed the writing of Rare Books Uncovered. Bibliophiles relish such tales. In this new paperback edition of Rare Books Uncovered, there are 56 individual stories from collectors, dealers, librarians, and others, each entertaining, educational, and inspirational. There’s the Texas family whose discovery of 300+ vintage comics in a basement closet netted them $3.5 million. And the Salt Lake City bookseller who volunteered for a local fundraiser and came across a 500-year-old copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle. And the collector who, when called by a friend to go dumpster diving, turned up a valuable piece of New York City history. These believe-it-or-not “barn finds” will delight casual collectors and hardcore bibliomaniacs alike.

Great books are out there—in Philadelphia flea markets, California swap meets, and English country homes—and discovering one, whether by chance or single-minded pursuit is a pleasure worth savoring and sharing. Just like every angler with a fantastic fish tale to share, every book collector has at least one great “find” to reveal. Rare Books Uncovered celebrates the scouts, the books, and the thrill of the hunt. 

About the Author

Rebecca Rego Barry is the editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine, a quarterly for book & fine art collectors, dealers, curators, and librarians. She has also written about books and history for various publications, including The Guardian, Slate, JSTOR Daily, LitHub, The Millions, Barnes & Noble Review, The Awl, and The Economist.

Praise for Rare Books Uncovered

“Bibliophiles rejoice! This book about rare book finds is a great find.” —Maine Antique Digest

“…a welcome gift for a passionate reader or collector.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“…a lovely collection of stories … a perfect primer for anyone interested in book collecting.” —Library Journal, starred review

Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places

Pub date: February 27, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-7603-6157-3

280 pages with 23 color photos

USD: $19.99, GBP No VAT: £12.99, GBP VAT: £12.99, CAN: $25.9

For more information, to request a review copy of the book or an interview contact: Steve Roth | 612-344-8156 | steve.roth@quarto.com 

Voyageur Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group

1510845370992.jpgWashington, DC—One of the most innovative Italian books of the early baroque period, the Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia, published in 1612, illustrates the experiences of Saint Francis and the buildings of the Franciscan community at La Verna. Drawing from the Gallery's rich holdings of works with Franciscan imagery, Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna contextualizes this publication alongside some 30 traditional representations from the late 15th through the mid-18th century. Heavenly Earth will be on view on the ground floor of the West Building from February 25 through July 8, 2018.

"We are very fortunate to have two copies of the first edition of the Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. "This exhibition offers a special opportunity to share outstanding prints depicting Franciscan themes from the permanent collection as well as from the Kirk Edward Long Collection."

In September 1224, in the wilderness of La Verna, a mountain in the Casentino Valley in Tuscany, Francis of Assisi began a 40-day fast and contemplation of Christ's Passion, during which he prayed to share in Christ's suffering. The legendary answer was a fiery, six-winged seraph enfolding the figure of a man on a cross. When the seraph departed, Francis's body was imprinted with the crucifixion wounds of Christ, which the friar bore for the remaining two years of his life. Francis's mystical union and unprecedented stigmatization on La Verna was a critical event in Western spirituality and proved to be the effective birth of modern monasticism. La Verna is an active monastery today and is the second most holy site for the Franciscan Order, after Assisi.

Exhibition Organization and Support

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Exhibition Highlights

On view in the exhibition will be two first-edition copies of the Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia, acquired by the Gallery in 2012 and 2013. In 1608, Brother Lino Moroni invited the head of the Florentine Accademia del Disegno and gifted draftsman and painter Jacopo Ligozzi to illustrate not just Francis's experiences on the mountain but also the area's topography and the buildings of the Franciscan community established there. The resulting work, the Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia (1612), combined meticulous observation and unique vantage points in a set of 22 illustrations, which were then engraved by Raffaello Schiaminossi and Domenico Falcini. Five of the engravings include overslips—paper tabs showing the contemporary topography that, when lifted, reveal an earlier view of the landscape.

Other highlights in the exhibition include early works such as the refined miniature leaf Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata (1470s) by Cosmè Tura as well as anonymous woodcuts, which demonstrate the variety of early artistic interpretations of the stigmatization. Later prints after paintings by Federico Barocci and Peter Paul Rubens incorporate specific visual details of the event based on accounts published in I Fioretti di San Francesco and its appended Considerazione, translated into Italian in 1477. Although the majority of works feature Saint Francis receiving the stigmata at La Verna, the exhibition also includes a range of Franciscan iconographic themes popular in the Counter-Reformation, such as the saint's rapt prayers in the wilderness, his devotion to the Madonna and child, and the Pardon of Assisi.

Exhibition Curator

The exhibition is curated by Ginger Hammer, assistant curator, department of old master prints, National Gallery of Art.

Image: Cosmè Tura, Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata, 1470s miniature on vellum National Gallery of Art, Washington, Rosenwald Collection


344.jpg.jpgFalls Church, VA - On Thursday, Feb. 22, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will pay tribute to Black History Month with a two-part auction that incorporates historical material, early photographs and memorabilia from its associated company, Waverly Rare Books. 

The seamless, consecutive sessions will start at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time with a boutique selection of 65 portraits and paintings by Harlem Spiral Collective artist Merton D. Simpson (1928-1913) and continues with the Johnson Family Collection of Black Americana and Ephemera. All forms of bidding will be available for the entire auction, including absentee and live via the Internet.

The opening portion of the sale, titled “Faces of Merton Simpson,” focuses on images of celebrated Black Americans and other celebrities painted by Simpson, an acclaimed Abstract Expressionist, after he joined the Spiral group in the mid 1960s. Other members of the Spiral arts alliance included Romare Bearden and Hale Woodruff.

Among those depicted in Simpson’s portraits, collages and studies are Jesse Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Diana Ross, Maya Angelou, Leontyne Price, Diahann Carroll, Marian Anderson and many other African-American entertainers and leaders of the struggle for racial equality. Many of the portraits are very reasonably estimated at $200-$400. Additionally, the sale features several desirable abstract paintings by Simpson.

The collection amassed by the Johnson family of New Jersey spans three centuries of Black American history and includes a vast array of toys, dolls, board games and other collectibles, as well as important documents, books, photographs, advertising and other ephemera. 

“The Johnson Collection provides a panoramic overview of both the severe challenges and great triumphs Black Americans have experienced in their rise from slavery to the White House,” said Quinn’s Executive Vice President Matthew Quinn. “It is sometimes difficult to view our past through a lens like this, but it is more important that we never forget.”

Two cast-iron mechanical banks reflect the negative stereotypes perpetrated against Black Americans during their long struggle for freedom. One depicts a man, the other, a woman in a yellow dress known as “Dinah.” The Dinah bank was patented in England in 1911 by the John Harper Co., and retains its original paint. Estimate: $200-$300

A toy highlight is the Heubach Koppelsdorf bisque baby doll in a striped dress, with beautifully molded features. It stands 10½ inches high and is estimated at $100-$200.

There are many ceramic items, from Weller’s figural tablewares to cookie jars and a fine Limoges pitcher. A pair of tobacco humidors depicting a black man and woman, both with removable hat lids, will be offered with a $40-$60 estimate.

The Johnson collection is tremendously diverse, covering numerous categories including clocks, textiles, magazines, sheet music, boxing mementos, Civil War abolitionist postal covers, books, postcards, trade cards, and other ephemera.

A Green River Whiskey tin advertising sign depicts the distillery’s familiar man and horse imagery with the logo “She was bred in old Kentucky.” Copyrighted in 1899, the sign is accompanied by two (empty) Green River pint bottles. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000

Three lots contain cruel reminders of slavery in the form of wrist, neck and hand shackles. Lot 345 consists of two sets of shackles, one with a padlock indicating an issue date of 1856-7; the other bearing an anchor-and-sun logo. The pair is estimated at $200-$300. Also, there are five historically important scrapbooks that were maintained from 1876 to 1892 by former slave David F. Nelson. One of the scrapbooks contains numerous articles about Nelson’s escape from slavery, other runaway slaves, and related subjects. Its estimate is $120-$240.

Quinn’s Feb. 22 auction will commence at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For additional information on any item in the auction, call 703-532-5632, ext. 575; email catherine.payling@quinnsauction.com. Quinn’s is located at 360 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046. Online: www.quinnsauction.com. View the catalogue and bid absentee or live via the Internet at https://www.LiveAuctioneers.com or https://www.Invaluable.com.

Image: One of five scrapbooks maintained from 1876-1892 by former slave David F. Nelson, contains numerous articles about his escape from slavery, other runaway slaves, related subjects. Est. $120-$240 (Lot 344: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/59965802_5-scrapbooks-maintained-by-former-slave-1876-1892


mccpnhjmemdcjhog copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries will offer an auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Thursday, March 8, featuring an extensive selection of early Spanish books on a variety of subjects, as well as important Medieval astronomical treatises dating to a period when studying the stars was as mythical as it was scientific.

One of the many “stellar” highlights is the first illustrated edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, 1482, by Caius Julius Hyginus, containing the earliest printed depictions of the constellations. The work boasts 47 woodcuts of zodiac figures and allegorical depictions of planets, and relays starry myths dating to the first century AD; it is valued at $15,000 to $20,000. Also available is the first illustrated edition of the most popular European textbook of astronomy from the thirteenth century to the early modern era, Johannes Sacrobosco’s Sphaera mundi, 1478, with 11 woodcut astronomical diagrams, including the phases of lunar and solar eclipses. This edition was also the first to include the tract on planetary theory attributed to Gerard of Cremona, and carries an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.           

The Medieval study of astronomy extended into the medical realm with extensive tracts on the affect of stars on the body. Examples in this auction include De computatione dierum criticarum, 1496, by Julián Gutiérrez, uses the stars to determine the critical days affecting the progression of an illness ($8,000 to $12,000). Also available in an extremely unusual Spanish tome of astrological veterinary medicine, specifically relating to horses, Pedro García Conde’s Verdadera Albeytería, 1734, relaying the influence of the stars on a horse’s physiognomy ($400 to $600).

Printed circa 1496-97, Arte de Ajedres by Luis de Lucena is the earliest surviving manual of chess, introducing a new mode of play still in use today. With 161 woodcut diagrams of board set-ups and discussion in Spanish of 11 openings and 150 problems, the scarce tome is valued at $10,000 to $15,000.

Two seventeenth-century French erotic dialogues make a rare auction appearance. L’Ecole des Filles, 1676, the first work of pornographic fiction in French, is attributed to Michel Millot and Jean L’Ange, both of whom were punished after the publication ($8,000 to $12,000). An early edition of Aloisiae Sigeae Toletanae Satyra Sotadica de Arcanis Amoris et Veneris by Nicolas Chorier, previously in the collection of notorious eroticist Gershon Legman, contains six dialogues concerning a sexual initiation; called “the most outspoken erotic work of the seventeenth century,” it carries an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.

Also in the auction is the first book devoted to the lore and nature of cats, François-Augustin Paradis de Moncrif’s Les Chats, 1727, bound together with the rarely-seen Les Rats, 1737, by Claude-Guillaume Bourdon de Sigrais, the first published book about rats. Amusingly, the city of publication for the rat tome is listed as “Ratopolis”; this sammelband carries an estimate of $1,000 to $2,000.

Manuscripts are led by an early sixteenth-century Flemish illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, with six full-page borders filled with flowers, birds, animals and insects in colors on a gold leaf background, with an estimate of $6,000 to $9,000. Also available is Pedro de Gracia Dei’s Blasón General y Nobleza del Universo, a circa 1500 copy of a substantial portion of his 1489 Coria original edition of the same name. The Spanish manuscript contains 41 drawings in color based on the printed version, concerning heraldry, planets, nobility and the like ($3,000 to $4,000).

The travel section contains scarce works on missionary journeys to the East, particularly accounts of ill-fated ventures in Japan such as the first edition of a history and martyrology of a Christian mission to the region, José Sicardo’s 1698 Christiandad del Japón ($8,000 to $12,000).

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

Additional highlights can be found here.

Image: Lot 109:  Caius Julius Hyginus, Poeticon Astronomicon, first illustrated edition, with 47 half-page woodcuts, Venice, 1482. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.

Wolfe archive.jpgBoston, MA—Skinner, Inc. Significant and wide-ranging participation by museums interested in adding to their public collections led the Skinner February 9th auction of the Collection of Avis and Eugene Robinson. More than twenty-six cultural and educational institutions, in this country and abroad, vied to bid on items from the collection of artifacts, documents, and photographs chronicling the full scope of African American history from enslavement to emancipation, from Jim Crow to Civil Rights to the present day.  In all, the collection formed a rich mosaic portraying the complex, often painful, often triumphant history of a people.

The auction’s top lot, selling for $12,300 in the room, was an archive of 18th -20th century documents and photographs from Rhode Island’s DeWolf family, the states most prominent family involved in the transatlantic slave trade.  A framed “$100 Reward for Isaac Churcher,” went for $7380, while an 1833 broadside for the “Public Sale of Negroes” sold for $2583.

Photography of all types was well represented. A tintype of an African American Confederate soldier sold for $9225, while another of a soldier in an infantry uniform went for $5535. The auction catalog cover lot, a tintype of a seated young woman reading a book sold for $6765. Twentieth-century images included two press photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that sold for $4613. Selling for $738 was a lot of sixteen press photos of Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panthers.

Other top lots include a framed copy of Frederick Douglass’s The North Star newspaper that sold for $10,455. A braided leather mistress whip made $11,685, while a pair of Middle Passage bilboes went for $1722. A small triangular painting of figures in a bus by folk artist Mose Tolliver (American 1916-2006) sold for $6150, eking out a record for the artist. Finally, an Antar Dayal campaign poster of Barack Obama in 2008 with the motto, “Yes we can.” sold for $2583.

Image: DeWolf Archive, 18th to 20th century, sold for: $12,300; https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3075B/lots/34

Ruysch.jpgDaniel Crouch Rare Books will exhibit at the 31st edition of TEFAF Maastricht, with a collection of maps, books and scientific instruments that emphasize the links between cartography, navigation and astronomy during the Age of Discovery.

This March Daniel Crouch Rare Books will explore the mapping of heaven and earth in the Age of Discovery. Exploration in this period did not simply expand European territorial knowledge, but in turn spurred improvements in scientific instruments and in astronomical observation.

The collection of six Ptolemy atlases provide a perfect example: although they are groundbreaking examples of cartography, containing the first available printed maps of America and Japan, they are based on astronomical calculations made by an ancient Greek cartographer. 

The calculations needed for cartography produced both practical and fantastic results. Day to day navigation is represented by the sextant used by the navigator George Vancouver (£75,000), whose name lives on in the city in Canada. Vancouver accompanied Captain James Cook on his second and third voyages of Pacific exploration, and was one of the men who recovered Cook’s body after he was killed in a confrontation with locals in Hawaii.

At the opposite end of the scale is an extraordinary, and possibly unique instrument named the ‘Coelometer’ by its inventor (£100,000), which can be used for astronomical calculations from the time of sunset anywhere in the world to finding longitude by observing the moon. 

The improvement of scientific instruments spurred the production of atlases of the skies as well as the earth. The exhibition contains an example of the only celestial atlas published during the Dutch Golden Age, by Andreas Cellarius (£350,000).

And while at the moment it is mainly territorial controversies that occupy our attention, the collection provides a reminder of how contentious the heavens can be. A copy of John Senex’s groundbreaking star atlas (£15,000) contains one of the most controversial maps of the century, a star chart. The data used for the chart was published without permission from the astronomer, Nicholas Flamsteed, who responded by buying every copy of the book he could find and burning them.

ImageJohann Ruysch’s fan-shaped world map from the third Rome Ptolemy, 1507.

Mummy HA copy.jpgDallas, TX - Rare movie posters from classic American horror flicks, including the only-remaining Belgian poster for The Mummy (Universal, 1933), haunt Heritage Auctions’ Movie Posters event April 7-8 in Dallas. Cinema’s classic monsters in the 600-lot auction range from a beastly, 47-inch tall poster for King Kong (RKO, 1933) to an elusive poster from the iconic vampire film London After Midnight (MGM, 1927).

“Our spring auctions traditionally offer posters with stunning images from some of the most iconic movies ever made,” Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said. “We believe there are rare posters in this wonderful group for every taste.”

The 24-1/2-by-33-1/2-inch stone lithograph poster for The Mummy, which is making its auction debut at Heritage, is the only remaining poster of its kind. It depicts the haunting visage of Boris Karloff as the shrouded Egyptian priest Imhotep, the mummy who escapes thousands of years after being buried alive. The well-preserved piece comes from Universal’s original European distribution and is expected to sell for $60,000.

A London After Midnight (MGM, 1927) Argentinean one sheet (est. $30,000-60,000) shines a spotlight on one of the “holy grails” of lost cinema, the last known copy of the film which was destroyed in a fire in an MGM studio vault in 1965. Posters from the film, which starred Lon Chaney and directed by Dracula’s Tod Browning, have been as elusive as the film itself over the last 80 years, and this Argentinean one sheet is the first to appear at Heritage since 2009.

A 21-by-58-inch Japanese STB tatekan from The Seven Samurai (Toho, 1954) (est. $20,000-50,000) is an extraordinary collectible poster for fans of Japanese cinema and director Akira Kurosawa. This rare country-of-origin poster from Kurosawa’s most prestigious film is believed to be the only known copy in existence. A bittersweet tale of the price of war and the loss of noble warriors, The Seven Samurai is one of the most influential films in cinema history and was among the highest-grossing films ever made in Japan.

An oversized Swedish King Kong (RKO, 1933) poster (est. $20,000-50,000) features “The Eighth Wonder of the World” raging through New York, holding Fay Wray in one hand while smacking planes out of the sky with the other. Considered by most to be among the greatest horror/fantasy films ever made, King Kong definitely was one of the most innovative, using stop-motion animation that became the industry standard for decades. The rare, oversized stone litho Swedish poster, from the Kirk Hammett Collection, is reminiscent of the U.S. three sheet with its striking image of King Kong atop the Empire State Building.

Also on offer is an extraordinary post-war French release double grande poster from Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1947), which is expected to sell for $60,000, as well as an arresting British six sheet poster from the 1939 hit The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (20th Century Fox), which measures a mammoth 77-3/4 inches by 87-1/2 inches.

Other top lots include, but are not limited to:

·         Creature from the Black Lagoon (Universal International, 1954) (est. $15,000-30,000)

·         The Lady Eve (Paramount, 1941) (est. $15,000-30,000)

·         This Gun for Hire (Paramount, 1942) (est. $15,000-30,000)

Will_Shortz_2014 copy.jpgFew things beat the combination of a leisurely morning spent with a cup of hot coffee and the New York Times crossword puzzle.  Crossword enthusiasts the world over have long enjoyed the challenge of the puzzle considered the crème de la crème of the genre, and consider solving it their biggest accomplishment of the day.  The man behind the puzzles is Will Shortz who, for the past twenty-five years, has selected and edited the Times’ daily puzzles -- puzzles that can stump the average crossword enthusiasts and stretch the imaginations of the experts.

At the upcoming Ephemera Fair on March 17 & 18, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, CT, Shortz -- who also hosts a popular puzzle show Sunday mornings on National Public Radio -- will share his passion for puzzles in a special guest appearance on Sunday, March 18th, at 9:45am.  Shortz will give a talk that traces the history of crosswords -- from the very first puzzle published in 1913 to the sophisticated art form it is today—using illustrations from his own personal collection of puzzle ephemera. 

The steps Shortz took on the path to becoming the New York Times crosswords editor fit together just like pieces in a puzzle.  Born and raised on an Arabian horse farm in Indiana, Shortz knew early on just what he wanted to do in life—become a professional puzzle maker.   His parents thought he was just going through a phase, but at age 14 he had already sold the first puzzle he created to Venture Magazine.  

At Indiana University he designed his own major, graduating with a one-of-a-kind degree in enigmatology, or the science of puzzles. His parents encouraged him to go to law school, convinced that he couldn’t make a living in puzzles.  Undaunted, Will skipped the bar exam to begin his chosen career in puzzles immediately, and he’s never looked back. He’s even one of the featured experts in “Wordplay,” the 2006 documentary film about crossword puzzles and the people who create them.

Along the way, Shortz, a long-time member of the Ephemera Society, has amassed a collection of more than 25,000 puzzle books and magazines dating as far back as 1534, including mechanical puzzles and other related items, such as a crossword bracelet from 1925 where each wooden link is a crossword square.  Highlights of his collection include the world’s first crossword puzzle, which was published in a supplement to the New York World on Dec. 21,1913 (the only known copy in private hands) as well as an original copy of the world’s first crossword book, published by Simon and Schuster in 1924.   

The Ephemera Fair, produced by Impact Events Group in Lexington, Mass., is the largest fair of its kind in the country.  It is held in conjunction with the Ephemera Society of America’s 38th annual conference.  More than 80 exhibitors from all over the country and Europe will be showcasing and selling what collectors have come to call “eye candy” - delicious discoveries in categories that include correspondence, advertising materials, posters, historical documents, posters, tickets, scores, scripts and cards.  If you’ve ever saved Valentines from long-ago sweethearts, or treasured theater stubs or matchbooks from restaurants you’ve patronized over the years, then you’re already an ephemera enthusiast.

Here is a quick look at just one of the delicious "eye candy" categories to sample at the upcoming Fair.  Colorful, printed advertisements have existed ever since craftsmen, shopkeepers and other business people realized the advantage in promoting themselves and their products.  Today, advertising ephemera is much in demand.   From exhibitor, Richard West, of Periodyssey in Northampton, Mass. comes a fine example -- an advertisement for a famous literary magazine called "The Chap-Book," the first little magazine of its kind.  Published from 1894-1898 by Stone & Kimball, contributors included such luminaries as H.G. Wells, Henry James, Hebert Beerbohn and Eugene Field.  The Chap-Book advertisement that Periodyssey is featuring is from an 1896 edition.

Advertising candy, from Richard D. Sheaff of Bethel, Vermont, includes an early chromolithography American flag advertising hop bitters with the line, “…try the bitters before you sleep. Take no others.”   Richard is also bringing a delightful advertisement for Silver Gem Chewing Gum to the Fair, in which a flying female figure dispenses a cornucopia of silver gem pieces to eager school children scooping them up in their hats.  And who could doubt the color printing talents of Hinds, Ketchum of Chicago when their advertisement for their services, in the shape of a label, is so colorful itself.    Then, there is the bright blue advertising poster for Town's Hotel in Bellows Falls, Vermont, advertising all of the modern improvements -- steam heating and electric bells!

Fair hours are:  Saturday, March 17 from10am-5pm; and Sunday, March 18 from 11am-4pm.  Ticket price is $15 for adults (children under 16 are admitted for free with adult ticket).  Students with an I.D. are also admitted for free. Discount coupons are available on the website www.ephemerafair.com.  Tickets for the Will Shortz presentation on Sunday are limited and must be ordered in advance from the Ephemera Fair website or are included with the conference fee at www.ephemerasociety.org

Heritage-GG copy.jpgDallas, Texas - A Signed and Inscribed First Edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby may sell for as much as $100,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Rare Book Auction March 7 in New York. Signed, modern first editions are among the auction’s 600 lots, many from private collections, including a rare Inscribed Presentation Copy of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (est. $20,000).

“‘Signed, first editions’ is the theme of this season’s auction,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage. “We have the great fortune to offer many of the 20th century’s greatest novels signed by their authors. Nearly all come from private collections not seen at auction in decades.” 

James C. Seacrest, a Lincoln, Nebraska, publisher and philanthropist, assembled the largest collection featured in the auction. Estimated to bring more than $440,000, all proceeds from the Seacrest Collection will be donated to charity, according to a family representative.

The Seacrest Collection features the near fine, 1925 copy of The Great Gatsby, inscribed by Fitzgerald in 1939 for Tatnall Brown, a banker and former Dean of Haverford College. “The inscription reads ‘For Tatnall Brown / from one, who / is flattered at / being remembered / F Scott Fitzgerald / Hollywood, 1939,’ which reflects Fitzgerald’s deep and well-documented concern about his legacy as a novelist,” Gannon said. 

Additional signed modern editions from the Seacrest Collection also include copies of On the Road by Jack Kerouac (est. $8,000) and Vladimir Nabokov’s 1955 First Edition of Lolita (est. $4,000). Signed tomes by U.S. Presidents include Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower (est. $5,000) and a first edition of Whither Bound? by Franklin D. Roosevelt - an association copy inscribed by Roosevelt to his youngest son (est. $5,000). 

Seacrest also sourced important volumes by Charles Dickens, including a signed and dated First Edition, Second Issue, of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (est. $25,000) and an 1843 First Edition of A Christmas Carol, which includes an envelope addressed in Dickens’ hand and signed by him (est. $15,000). The auction also offers additional copies of Dickens’ classics from the Collection of Daniel J. King, such as a set of Christmas books, including a third-person autograph note by the author (est. $15,000) and an unsigned, First Edition, first issue, of A Christmas Carol (est. $10,000). 

The King collection includes choice, first-edition examples of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale (est. $10,000), an asbestos-bound copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (est. $7,000) and two scarce Audubon Prints: The White-Headed Eagle (est. $7,500) and an Uncolored Gannet (est. $2,500).

The auction also features the first time Heritage has presented a significant grouping of Continental, Irish and Latin American literature. The Continental section is anchored by The Marylin R. Duff Collection, featuring an important signed Holograph Manuscript by Jorge Luis Borges, circa 1926 (est. $20,000), Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s Voyage au bout de la nuit; a presentation copy of Anna Karenina, inscribed by author Leo Tolstoy (est. $10,000) and an inscribed copy of Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen by Friedrich Nietzsche (est. $30,000). Rounding out the auction’s Continental, Irish and Latin American section offerings is one of just 150 first edition copies of Ulysses by James Joyce (est. $12,500). The section also presents what is considered among the most significant association copies in all of Latin American literature: A 1969 first edition of Pablo Neruda’s Fin de Mundo (est. $12,000), inscribed by the author for Chilean President Salvador Allende.

Additional highlights include:

·         Edward Lear’s Book of Nonsense (est. $15,000), which leads one of Heritage’s strongest offerings of Children’s and Illustrated Books to date.

·         Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language (est. $7,000), from the second offering of books from a private St. Charles, Illinois, collection.

·         Beautiful copies of Winnie-the-Pooh (est. $6,000), Finnegan’s Wake (est. $6,000) and a first edition copy of William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses (est. $6,000), which was limited to 100 copies.


beethoven scottish songs copy.jpgNew York - On March 9, the Books and Manuscripts auction at Bonhams New York will offer a rare autograph manuscript by Ludwig Van Beethoven, along with a number of historically significant lots including a prism belonging to Benjamin Franklin, the Bible used at the first swearing-in of President Ulysses S. Grant, an atlas by famed cartographer Ptolemy, and an Isaac Newton manuscript on the creation of the fabled philosopher’s stone. 

“This is a sale packed with incredibly significant works by some of the most important figures in music, science, and history. From Newton’s experiments in alchemy to music illustrating Beethoven’s genius, these works are truly one-of-a-kind and the rarest of the rare,” said Ian Ehling, Director of Books and Manuscripts.

Music Highlights 

One of the sale’s highlights is a Beethoven sketch-leaf from part of his Scottish Song, Sunset, Op 108, written for voice, violin, violoncello, and piano, and set to Walter Scott’s poem, The Sun upon the Weirdlaw Hill (estimate: $80,000-120,000). Between 1809-1820, Beethoven composed Scottish, Irish and Welsh folk songs, commissioned by Scottish publisher George Thomson. Although this relatively simple air was written with amateur performers in mind, the extensive editing, refining, and perfecting of the present sketch-leaf shows Beethoven’s working process, providing a fascinating insight into a genius at work. 

Interestingly, this sketch-leaf was originally presented as a token of friendship from Beethoven biographer Alexander Wheelock Thayer to Auguste Grimm, daughter of Wilhelm Grimm of the Brothers Grimm. Thayer was appointed US Consul in Trieste by President Abraham Lincoln, and is the author of what is still considered the most authoritative biography on Beethoven. The document marking Thayer’s appointment and signed by President Lincoln is also in this sale (estimate $4,000-6,000).

Three lots by German composer Richard Wagner will also go under the hammer, including a handwritten announcement by Wagner for the inaugural Bayreuth Festival Theater in 1876 (estimate: $40,000-60,000), advertising his four-part epic music drama Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The Ring, which roughly follows Norse mythology, was performed for the first time at the festival. Along with the announcement, heavily altered and corrected autograph manuscripts from the Prelude to Act III of Siegfried (estimate: US$150,000-200,000), and part of the libretto for Götterdämmerung or Twilight of the Gods (estimate: $90,000-120,000) will be up for auction.

Science Highlights

In conjunction with his ground-breaking contributions to mathematics and science, Isaac Newton also explored the experimental possibilities of alchemy, or “chymistry.” The present 8-page manuscript in Newton’s hand is complete and gives detailed instructions on the scientific process to create the Philosopher’s Stone, a substance that could turn lesser materials into gold. Estimated at $200,000-300,000 this manuscript represents one of only a small number of Newton’s manuscripts that are in private hands, and is one of the longest and most substantial.

Two lots once belonging to Albert Einstein are also featured in the sale: a violin (estimate: $100,000-150,000) gifted to the theoretical physicist soon after he arrived to the U.S. in 1933 as a resident scholar at the Princeton Institute for Advance Study, and a letter to his son (estimate: $100,000-150,000) in which Einstein acknowledges for the first time his indirect but significant role in the creation of the atomic bomb.

Additional Highlights

Additional highlights in the 33-lot sale include the only presidential inauguration Bible in private hands, used by President Ulysses S. Grant during his first inauguration in 1869 (estimate: $80,000-120,000); an extremely rare 1478 edition of Ptolemy’s atlas, noted for being the edition Christopher Columbus used prior to his voyage (estimate: $600,000-800,000); and a glass prism belonging to Benjamin Franklin (estimate $20,000-30,000) used in his optics experiments which led to his invention of the bifocal lens. The prism was later gifted to Joseph Pope, designer of the famed orrery in the Philosophy Chamber at Harvard University.

The Books and Manuscripts sale will preview at Bonhams New York from March 6-8, with the auction to be held March 9 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

Image: Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) Autograph Manuscript, sketch-leaf part of the score of his Scottish Song, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. Estimate: US$80,000-120,000

February17_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 private collection of antique volumes dating back to the 16th century. A varied array of signed copies of books from many categories will also be presented alongside a number of modern firsts, including science fiction titles.              

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1583 printing of de Ribadeneira's "Vida del P Ignacio de Loyola," bound in vellum, de Angelis' "Tractatus de Confessionibus tam Iudicialibus quam Extraiudicialibus," produced in 1695, and the 1608 printing of Gerson's "Imitation of Christ," bound in vellum. Additional rare and antique selections relate to travel & exploration, books-on-books, Civil War, theology, Catholicism, mountaineering, polar exploration, Alaska, Arctic, Antarctica, children's, decorative antique sets, Easton Press bindings, art history and beyond.                        

Several interesting collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a fine array of important modern printings such as a first state of Dos Passos' debut novel, "One Man's Initiation," a rare 1928 printing of Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover," and an author-signed, limited first edition of Asimov's "The Roots of Dawn." Other selections feature author-signed copies by writers such as Rudyard Kipling, Maurice Sendak, Louis Auchincloss, Paul Theroux, John Masefield, Jerzy Kosinski, Bob Hope, and more. In addition to signed trade editions are a number of limited and special editions.       

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings and many group lots of desirable titles, including a number of lots featuring antique eastern European books, periodicals and ephemera.   

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

Custer.jpgWestport, CT - Rare and fascinating archives of material pertaining to Albert Einstein and Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s wife Elizabeth, plus others, will come up for bid in an online-only auction of autographed documents, manuscripts, books and relics scheduled for Wednesday, February 21st by University Archives, at 10:30 am Eastern. In all, 249 lots will come up for sale.

Bidders can view all the lots now, and register to bid, at www.UniversityArchives.com. Online bidding is being facilitated by Invaluable.com. The auction is packed with important, scarce and collectible signed documents and other items relating to some of the most important names in all of history. The archives are in the spotlight due to their rarity, importance and high estimates.

“Many of these archives haven’t seen the light of day for many years,” said John Reznikoff, the founder and president of University Archives, based in Westport. “These groups present a significant opportunity for both institutions and collectors alike. Sometimes dealers end up buying them and breaking them up. This sale has a host of material in nearly every category.”

The Einstein archive comprises letters and telegrams (14 pieces in all) written by Albert and his wife Elsa, to their friend, the Danish journalist Karen Stampe Bendix (1881-1963). Written in Danish and German from 1930-1933, the letters cover a range of topics, to include the growing German threat (“particularly deplorable is the weak stance by the British”) (est. $15,000-$2,000).

The Elizabeth Custer archive of over 600 manuscript pages is a newly discovered, unpublished and museum-quality trove of letters and drafts by Mrs. Custer, the custodian of the legacy of her famous military husband killed at Little Big Horn. Most were written from Daytona Beach, Fla. (circa 1927-1932). Included are several notebooks, plus a buggy whip (est. $20,000-$25,000).

Additional archives in the auction will include:

  • An archive of ten signatures, signed letters and documents from ten U.S. Secretaries of the Treasury, to include Alexander Hamilton (a partially printed document, signed as “Alexander Hamilton” and dated January 4th, 1792, in the midst of a financial crisis), Salmon Chase (also a partially printed document), and eight others. (est. $3,000-$5,000).
  • An archive of twelve letters (21 pages total) written by and to Gen. William Smallwood (1732-1792), all pertaining to the recruitment of soldiers and officers for the Maryland Line in the Continental Army at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. After the war, Smallwood was elected to Congress and was Governor of Maryland (est. $6,000-$8,000).
  • An archive of 17 autograph letters signed “C.E. Gordon” (Charles “Chinese” Gordon), 13 of them dated 1882 and mostly relating to tortoises and the giant Coco de Mer palm tree growing in the Seychelles in Africa, which Gordon had identified as the location of the biblical Garden of Eden (the palm being the Tree of Knowledge). (est. $5,000-$6,000).
  • An archive of more than 225 letters, mostly written between 1942 and 1945, by British Lieutenant Jack Harrison of the Royal Navy - over 1,000 pages in all, to include five full page detailed drawings, to his mother in Nottingham, England. Also included are letters and envelopes from Harrison’s service in Africa in 1945 and after (est. $1,200-$1,400).

Kennedy items are hugely popular with collectors. Lots will include John F. Kennedy’s personal and historic Cuban Missile Crisis “Victory Map”, 55 inches by 21 inches, with eight “sticker” symbols representing Soviet planes, ships and missiles (est. $30,000-$35,000); and a six-page letter hand-written by Jackie Kennedy to her mother while in college, in 1951, from aboard the Queen Elizabeth ship, written on Cunard Line stationery, with illustrations (est. $3,500-$4,000).

Muhammad Ali’s personal diary from 1968, with over 1,800 words written in the champ’s own hand, including two signatures, has an estimate of $8,000-$10,000. The diary, titled National Diary for 1968, was written while Ali was banned from boxing for refusing military service. Also, a four-page manuscript written by Marlon Brando, with signatures, a peek into the inner mind of the enigmatic actor, with musings, quotes and meanderings, should hit $1,800-$2,000.

Presidential items are a hallmark of University Archives auctions. A document inscribed and signed by Abraham Lincoln from June 10, 1861, written to Secretary of War Simon Cameron, endorsing a Maryland general’s request to assemble a brigade, should bring $6,000-$8000; and a free franked postal cover inscribed and signed by Thomas Jefferson in Sept. 1821, addressed to a professor of medicine at Transylvania University in Kentucky, has an estimate of $3,500-$4,000.

A recently discovered four-page letter, written and signed by Alexander Graham Bell in 1917 to his wife Mabel, signed by him and possibly one of only a couple of Bell letters in private hands that mention the telephone, has an estimate of $12,000-$14,000. Also, an important archive of 39 letters, mostly typewritten, between Dr. George Papanicolaou, the inventor of the Pap smear, and noted eugenicist Dr. Leon F. Whitney, spanning 1937-1954, should gavel for $10,000-$12,000.

A lovely typed copy of the poem The Road Not Taken, signed by its author, Robert Frost, should command $800-$1,000. It’s a narrative poem - four stanzas of five lines each - and reads quite conversationally. It’s also one of Frost’s most popular works. Also, a one-page partially printed and partially handwritten document in Cyrillic, signed by the Russian Empress Catherine the Great (as “Catherine”), dated Feb. 23, 1765 and rewarding a servant, should hit $1,500-$1,700.

University Archives was founded in 1979, as a division of University Stamp Company, by John Reznikoff, who started collecting stamps and coins in 1968, while in the third grade. Industry-wide, Reznikoff is considered the leading authenticity expert for manuscripts and documents. He consults with law enforcement, dealers, auction houses and both major authentication companies.

For more information about University Archives and the Wednesday, February 21st auction, please visit www.universityarchives.com.

Image: Elizabeth Custer archive - over 600 manuscript pages - a museum-quality trove of letters and drafts by Mrs. Custer, the widow of General George Armstrong Custer (est. $20,000-$25,000).

At the Ordinary General Meeting on 4th February 2018 the presidents of ILAB’s national member associations voted for Sally Burdon (Australia) as new ILAB President. She succeeds Gonzalo F. Pontes who served as President from 2016 to 2018; and will be supported by ILAB Vice‐President Fabrizio Govi (Italy).

Sally Burdon is very familiar with the work of ILAB. She has been part of the ILAB committee since 2014 and served as Vice-President under Gonzalo F. Pontes for the past two years.

Ms Burdon was instrumental in organizing the two large, international World Book & Copyright Day campaigns in 2015 and 2016. These fairs motivated booksellers on all continents to promote the trade in their respective countries and to raise over 20,000 Euros for UNESCO’s literacy work in South Sudan.

She is co-convener of the ILAB International Mentoring Programme which was launched in December 2016 to a successful start. Ms Burdon is dedicated to bookseller education, supporting future generations of booksellers through programmes such as the Mentoring Scheme and to the promotion of high standards throughout the trade.

Sally Burdon is a member of the Burdon family of antiquarian booksellers, in effect she was a bookseller in training from the age of 10. After a period of living overseas, she returned to Canberra in 1982 and started working full time in the family business now known as Asia Bookroom. She is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), served on the faculty of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar for 3 years and has organized conferences on bookselling in Australia.

In further elections, the presidents voted for Stuart Bennett as General Secretary, he follows Michel Bouvier (France) in this position.

Anne Lamort (France) and Pavel Chepyzhov (Russia) became new members of the ILAB Committee.

Norbert Donhofer was elected President of Honour.

ILAB Committee 2018
President: Sally Burdon (Australia)                                                                                    

Vice President: Fabrizio Govi (Italy)                                                                                 

Treasurer: Rob Shephard (UK)                                                                                           

General Secretary: Stuart Bennett (US)                                                                              


Anne Lamort (France)

Michael Graves-Johnston (UK)

Robert Schoisengeier (Austria)

Pavel Chepyzhov (RU)

Immediate Past President: Gonzalo F. Pontes (Spain)



Rosin-8_600.jpgSan Marino, CA — A spectacular trove of thousands of valentines and related material—some dating as far back as the late 17th century—has been given to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, the institution announced today. Considered the best private collection of its kind in the world, the Nancy and Henry Rosin Collection of Valentine, Friendship, and Devotional Ephemera contains approximately 12,300 greeting cards, sentimental notes, folk art drawings, and other tokens of affection that trace the evolution of romantic and religious keepsakes made in Europe and North America from 1684 to 1970. The Rosins had given the collection to their son, Bob, who together with his wife, Belle, donated it to The Huntington for safekeeping. "This collection was carefully created by my parents," he said. "I can't think of a better place for it to be, given its historical and educational value."

The Rosin Collection brims with well-preserved paper (and in some cases, vellum or mixed media) materials that range from lacy 18th-century devotional cards, hand-cut by French and German nuns, to elegant Biedermeier-era (1815-1848) greeting cards complete with hand-painted love scenes, gilded embossing, mother-of-pearl ornaments, and silk chiffon. The collection includes cameo-embossed lace paper valentines from England, elaborate three-dimensional and mechanical Victorian paper confections, as well as handmade works of American folk art demonstrating traditional paper-cut techniques (scherenschnitte) and colorful Germanic Fraktur illustrations. Some of the most historically significant items include heartrending Civil War soldiers' valentines with personal notes detailing the hardship of war and longing for home. The Rosin Collection also contains bitingly satiric "vinegar" valentines, dance cards, memory albums, and watch papers (sentimental notes inserted into pocket watches), among other items relating to the history of love and devotion.

"We are profoundly grateful to Bob and Belle Rosin for this invaluable, and truly beautiful collection that was so carefully developed," said Sandra L. Brooke, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington. "It will dramatically enhance our holdings in several areas to which we are committed—especially 19th century social history and visual culture, and of course, our renowned U.S. Civil War material."

Nancy Rosin is president of the National Valentine Collectors Association, president emerita of the Ephemera Society of America, and a member of the American Antiquarian Society and The Grolier Club. She says collecting valentines has been her "passionate obsession" for 40 years. "My quest to acquire sentimental expressions of love, especially those celebrating Valentine's Day—a significant social event that was enjoyed by all strata of society—grew into a desire to share them with the public," said Rosin. "Bob grew up watching us build this collection piece by piece. I'd long hoped the collection would end up where it would have the most research value and the highest standard of preservation, so it is deeply gratifying to know Bob and Belle have given these works to The Huntington."

The Huntington's collection of historical prints and ephemera was begun by its founder, Henry E. Huntington, about 100 years ago, and has since grown to contain hundreds of thousands of items that support public exhibitions and scholars' research, especially in the areas of British and American cultural history. The Rosin Collection significantly increases the institution's distinction of being one of the leading archives for ephemera studies.

"This is a collection I've been familiar with and admired for many years," said David Mihaly, Jay T. Last Curator of Graphic Arts and Social History at The Huntington. "It is without a doubt the best in private hands in terms of quality and range within its focus—to say nothing of the sheer wonder and delight the items provide. Pull a string and an ingenious cobweb device lifts to reveal a mouse in a trap; unfold a die-cut valentine and watch a majestic carriage spring to life in 3-D; read a witty poem and realize it's a hilarious jab at a Victorian-era politician; look closely at a tiny, centuries-old card and see it was delicately perforated with hundreds of tiny pinpricks, and hand painted so expertly. We certainly will enjoy researching and processing this collection—and hope to plan an exhibition in coming years."

The institution expects to start preserving and cataloguing the Rosin Collection this year, with research access soon to follow.

Image: Fold-open Valentine card. German, ca.1900. Maker unknown; three-layer construction of die-cut, embossed, and color lithographed paper with applied elements. 7¼" x 9" x 5" open. Gift of Belle and Robert Rosin. Nancy and Henry Rosin Collection of Valentine, Friendship, and Devotional Ephemera. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.


Spiderman-HA copy.jpgDallas, TX - The Original Cover Art from The Amazing Spider-Man #100  - considered one of the most iconic covers of the 1970s - could sell for as much as $300,000 in Heritage Auctions’ winter Comics & Comic Art event Feb. 22-24. Brimming with fresh-to-market high-grade vintage books, the auction features rarely seen art, such as Frank Frazetta’s Tree of Life Original Painting (est. $300,000).

“Hot on the heels of a last year’s record sales, we are starting 2018 with milestones of comic history,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations for Comics & Comic Art at Heritage. “There are wonders to be found for every collector across every price point.” 

Artists John Romita Sr.’s and Frank Giacoia’s cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #100 masterfully portrays Spidey and dozens of famous canon characters and marks the first time the artwork has ever been offered at auction. Collaborating with the legendary Stan Lee, the two understood the anniversary issue’s cover needed to be a masterpiece. Historians and fans alike rank the cover among the most influential of all time.

“This cover was done during the peak period of John Romita, Sr.’s artwork, at a time when Spider-Man’s popularity was extremely high,” Heritage Auctions’ Senior Vice President for Fine & Decorative Arts Ed Jaster said. “John Romita, Sr., had done the covers and interior of Spider-Man #39-95, and he changed the character from a kind of nerdy high school kid to a more self-confident college student, which is part of the reason why Spider-Man was able to capture more of an older market.”

Another striking example of Marvel Comics’ bombastic Silver Age covers is the Original Cover Art to Thor #154 by Jack “King” Kirby and Vince “The Prince” Colletta (est. $80,000). Thor almost jumps right off the page amid a highly detailed and character-stuffed background. Leading a selection of DC Comics cover art is the 1964 Original Cover Art from Superman #171 by Curt Swan and George Klein (est. $50,000). 

Original daily newspaper comic strip art includes two important rarities: a scarce original Calvin and Hobbes daily comic strip by artist Bill Watterson (est. $70,000). In addition to Watterson’s, fans of Charles Schulz are offered the Original Art for the Dec. 21, 1958 Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip featuring a coveted holiday theme and an entire cast of characters (est. $70,000). Even more beloved themes from Peanuts are offered, particularly Snoopy on his doghouse or pretending he’s a WWI Flying Ace, Charlie Brown and Lucy on the pitcher's mound and Lucy as the sarcastic psychiatrist, talking Charlie Brown through an existential crisis.

The sale’s selection of high-grade vintage comic books includes copies of Batman #1 (DC, 1940), CGC FN/VF 7.0 (est. $250,000) and a scarce copy of All-American Comics #16 (DC, 1940), CGC FN+ 6.5, featuring the origin and first appearance of Green Lantern (est. $125,000). The price guide value of the first appearance of Wonder Woman, in All Star Comics #8 (DC, 1942), CGC FN+ 6.5 (est. $100,000), has skyrocketed by 49 percent between 2016 and 2017.

Collector favorites include Captain America Comics #1 (Timely, 1941), CGC VG- 3.5 (est. $85,000), for its dynamic Adolf Hitler cover by Kirby, and the first appearance of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962), CGC FN 6.0 (est. $50,000).

A private collector’s complete run of every Archie-related comic or character reference ever published between 1941 and 1971 debuts in this auction with a group of 30 lots, starting with his first appearance in Pep Comics #22 (MLJ, 1941), CBCS Restored FN+ 6.5 (est. $50,000). The collection holds a coveted Archie Comics #1 (MLJ, 1942), CGC GD/VG 3.0 (est. $30,000) as well as a choice copy of Archie Comics #50 (Archie, 1951), CGC VF- 7.5 (est. $5,000). Perhaps rarest of all is an unusual promotional issue published as a shoe store giveaway (Archie, 1948), CGC VF/NM 9.0 (est. $3,000), rarely seen at auction.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

·         Square Eggs (a.k.a. Lost In The Andes), 1973, a classic painting depicting Walt Disney’s Donald Duck family by Carl Barks (est. $50,000)

·         Original art by Kirby and Paul Reinman for Page 20 from Marvel Comics’ X-Men #1 (est. $40,000)

·         Robert Crumb’s original art for “Morbid Sense of Humor,” (est. $30,000), a one-page story which was published in Despair #1 (Print Mint Inc, 1969)

·         A rarely-seen high-grade copy of The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962), CGC FN+ 6.5 (est. $30,000)

Boxborough Paper Town Returns on March 31

Startling Stories.jpgBoxborough, Massachusetts — Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the popular Boxborough Paper Town - The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper - from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard-to-find treasure!

Scheduled for Saturday March 31, 2018 at the Boxborough Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and much, much more. Plus, we have appraisals by well-known appraiser John Bruno, star of the PBS series Market Warriors, and guest appraisers from 1-3pm. Interested parties - both dealers & customers - should contact Flamingo Eventz at 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com.

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

Date/Hours: Saturday, March 31, 2018, 9am-3pm

Location: The Boxborough Regency Hotel & Conference Center, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01709. Directly off I-495, exit 28.

Admission: Adults: $7 ($1 Discount with Ad or Website Coupon), Young Collectors 12-21: $4, plenty of free parking.

Appraisals: By John Bruno, Star of Market Warriors, and guest appraisers 12-2pm at $5/Item.

Directions: I-495 Exit 28, East on Massachusetts Ave (Rt. 111), right on Adams Place to Hotel. Check our website: flamingoeventz.com for easily downloaded maps.

Miscellaneous: Food & refreshment available at the Hotel restaurant during show hours.

Information: For Dealer or Customer information, please call or click 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, successful, and respected Book & Ephemera Fairs, Antiques Shows, and Vintage Flea Markets in the Northeast. The Brunos have over 25 years experience as antique dealers and over 22 years experience as professional show promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who can be seen on the PBS series Market Warriors.

image005.pngLos Angeles -The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today the gift of six rare Italian manuscript illuminations from collectors James E. and Elizabeth J. Ferrell. The donation has been made in Elizabeth’s name. The generous donation comprises large historiated initials from a group of twenty known leaves originally from a choir book made around 1400 for the Carthusian monastery of Santo Spirito in Farneta (Lucca), Italy. The book was commissioned by Niccolò di Lazzara, the archbishop of Lucca.
“Jim and Zibbie Ferrell have been longtime supporters of the Museum, and we are deeply grateful for this important gift,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Over the past two decades, they have been very generous and enthusiastic lenders of manuscripts and other works from their collection to exhibitions at both the Getty Center and Getty Villa. A number of their objects are included in the reinstallation of the Villa that will be completed in April. The gift of these six spectacular objects assures Jim and Zibbie a permanent place in the growth and enhancement of our manuscripts collection, and in particular adds greatly to our representation of fourteenth-century art from Central Italy.”
The Ferrell’s have been involved with the Museum’s manuscripts department for almost twenty years, frequently lending works from their collection and supporting exhibitions and scholarly projects. This is their first gift of works of art to the Getty. The leaves are from a gradual, a choir book that contains the sung portions of the Mass. The vibrant illuminations were painted by Niccolò da Bologna, known for his expressive figures and crowded, action-filled narrative scenes. The subjects featured within the historiated initials relate to important feast days of the church, including the Trinity, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and several related to individual saints (including two scenes of Saint Paul’s martyrdom, a stunning image of Saint Mary Magdalene’s ascent into Heaven, and one with the Twelve Apostles).
“Niccolò da Bologna was the most prolific Bolognese illuminator of the late fourteenth century, and the Getty already owns two exceptional examples of his work,” says Elizabeth Morrison, senior curator in the Department of Manuscripts. “Each of the initials demonstrates Niccolò’s ability to render figures with a liveliness that seems to allow them to leap off the page. He is an artist whose rich and varied oeuvre deserves to be represented through multiple examples.”
The six initials will make their debut in the upcoming exhibition, Artful Words: Calligraphy in Illuminated Manuscripts on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from December 18, 2018 through April 7, 2019. Learn more about this important donation and the work of Niccolò da Bologna on the Getty Iris.

Image: Initial P: The Nativity (detail), about 1392-1402, Niccolò da Bologna, from the Gradual of Niccolò di Lazzara for Santo Spirito in Farneta (Lucca). Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment, 7 ½ x 6 15/16 in. Private collection.

Boston, MA — A flown swatch of fabric recovered from the wreckage of the Hindenburg sold for $36,282 according to Boston-based RR Auction. 

The piece of red cotton canvas was found among the wreckage of the Hindenburg following its disastrous explosion at Naval Air Station Lakehurst in New Jersey on May 6, 1937.

It was picked up by the Rosemary Dowling, a teenager at the time, who was on the ground with her sisters; her father Patrick was among the naval crew working to dock the airship when it exploded.

The museum quality piece is unique in that it is not silver gray, but red and was from the giant Nazi flags that were emblazoned on the tail of the airship.

“For many, this represents much more than the Hindenburg — but an end to the powerful propaganda tool used by the Nazi regime,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. “We are thrilled with the price achieved that is well above our initial pre-auction estimate of $4,000 - $5,000.” 

Additional highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:

Lyndon B. Johnson letter on White House letterhead sold for $27,455.

White House Flag hand-embroidered and used during four administrations sold $22,689.

George W. Bush letter on White House letterhead stating "The Oval Office is a shrine to Democracy," sold for $22,689.

Richard Nixon letter on White House letterhead from December 14, 1971, sold $20,626.

Abraham Lincoln land grant, signed the day after he issued the Emancipation Proclamation sold $15,496.

John F. Kennedy’s cream-colored silk scarf sold $7,950. 

The Fine Autographs and Artifacts from RR Auction began on January 19 and concluded on February 7.  More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.   


ca-sycamore_500.jpgSan Marino, CA — One of the planet's most important and beautiful resources—its trees—will be spotlighted in a traveling exhibition of contemporary botanical artworks, on view May 19-Aug. 27, 2018, at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. "Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens" is organized by The New York Botanical Garden and the American Society of Botanical Artists. It is their third triennial exhibition. 

"Out of the Woods" highlights the role public gardens and arboreta play in engaging visitors with trees and their ecological and utilitarian roles. It also underscores the conservation, research, and scholarship being undertaken by these public institutions. 

The juried show includes 43 artworks, selected from a field of more than 200 submissions, each one depicting a tree cultivated in a public collection in locations spanning five continents. Specimens from small county arboreta are displayed alongside those from some of the world's most renowned botanical gardens, including The Huntington (as well as its nearby neighbor, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia).

Working in watercolor, oil, graphite, colored pencil, and ink, these international artists have depicted everything from seedpods to bark to an entire forest floor. 

"By bringing these subjects to life through their work, this extraordinary group of botanical artists creates new pathways for communicating the beauty and value of plants to contemporary life," said James Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington. "I can't think of a more critical time than now to be hosting this show and talking about this topic."

While historically botanical illustration served the scientific purpose of helping to identify and categorize plants, today it plays a significant role in educating the public about the importance of conservation. It's an increasingly urgent subject: worldwide, trees are being destroyed by deforestation, development, and the effects of climate change. The urgency resonates locally, as well: trees throughout Southern California—including many on the grounds of The Huntington—are being lost in alarming numbers to invasive pests and diseases. Botanical gardens and arboreta are at the forefront of the fight to save them. (To cite just one example: The Huntington's staff is working closely with other experts to collect data on a tiny but destructive beetle, the polyphagous shot hole borer, and collaborating on ways to address that threat.)

The planet's own well-being relies heavily on its trees: they help clean the air and moderate temperatures, provide habitat and food for animals, absorb storm water and prevent erosion, and contribute to the health of the environment in countless other ways.

"With our growing understanding of global climate issues, trees' importance to our very survival is becoming clearer," said Carol Woodin, director of exhibitions for the American Society of Botanical Artists. "Trees breathe life into us both literally and figuratively. Botanical artists are responding to this, with many in this exhibition professing a particular connection with their subjects."

A number of the trees depicted in "Out of the Woods" are familiar species that viewers will recognize from their own neighborhoods and home gardens, such as the California Sycamore (Platanus racemosa), by artist Deborah Friedman, who created her detailed study of the tree's leaves, flowers, seed balls, and bark from a specimen at The Huntington. Others are more exotic, such as the Screw-Pine (Pandanus utilis), by artist Margaret Best, captured in the Bermuda Arboretum in Devonshire, Bermuda; or the Soursop Tree (Annona muricata) by Wendy Hollender, from the McBryde Garden, National Tropical Botanical Garden in Koloa, Hawaii. Even the bonsai form is represented: the show's Gold Medal winner is a stunning oil painting of a Black Pine Half-Cascade-Style Bonsai (Pinus nigra), by artist Asuka Hishiki, from a tree in the collection of the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama, Japan.

"Out of the Woods" opened at the New York Botanical Garden (Nov 18, 2017-April 22, 2018) and will travel to three other venues around the country following its stop at The Huntington: Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, Missouri (Oct. 5-Dec. 28, 2018); Tucson Botanical Garden, Tucson, Arizona (Jan. 25-April 13, 2019); and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minnesota (May 9-Aug. 13, 2019). 

The exhibition will be on view during regular public hours in the Flora-Legium gallery in The Huntington's Brody Botanical Center.

Exhibition Catalog: "Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens" is accompanied by a full-color catalog published by the New York Botanical Garden. 60 pages; paperback. $12. Available in the Huntington Store. thehuntingtonstore.org.

Related program: Drop-in family activities centered around botanical art will be offered in the Brody Botanical Center every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. throughout the run of the exhibition. The activities will be facilitated by members of the Botanical Artists' Guild of Southern California (BAGSC), a chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists. An adjunct exhibition, "Amazing Trees," featuring works by BAGSC members, will be on view in an adjacent space in the Botanical Center.

Image: Deborah Friedman, California Sycamore (2016), Platanus racemosa, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Watercolor and ink on paper, 24 x 19 inches. © Deborah Friedman. Courtesy of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the New York Botanical Garden.


darwin-family_600.jpgSan Marino, CA—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it has acquired a unique photograph album, containing 19 prints, that offers a tantalizing glimpse into the intimate family circle of renowned scientist Charles Darwin (1809-1882). Inscribed to a member of Darwin's circle about whom nothing is known, and depicting several unpublished images of sitters ranging from close family members to those not yet identified, the rarity was purchased at The Huntington's 21st annual Library Collectors' Council meeting held earlier this month. 

The Council also purchased manuscript collections of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville (1742-1811), the United Kingdom's Home Secretary, Secretary of War, and First Lord of the Admiralty, and of James Francis Mercer (d. 1756), a British officer killed during the Seven Years' War while commanding Fort Oswego in New York.

In addition, The Huntington acquired a letter by Italian explorer and Spanish naval officer Alejandro Malaspina (1754-1810), reporting to the viceroy of New Spain in 1790 on a scientific expedition he co-commanded to the Americas and the Pacific. The Library Collectors' Council is a group of 46 families who assist in the development of the collections by supporting the purchase of important works that the Library would not otherwise be able to afford.

"This year's acquisitions extend and enhance our existing collections in history, the history of science, and photography," said Sandra Brooke, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington. "Such materials have the potential to open new and unexpected pathways for research in these fields. We are deeply grateful to the Collectors' Council for its vision and exceptional support."

Highlights of the newly purchased materials:

A Darwin Family Photograph Album

This unique carte-de-visite photograph album of 19 albumen prints offers a tantalizing glimpse into the intimate family circle of Charles Darwin, the English scientist best known for his work on the theory of evolution. Victorian photographic albums were cherished artifacts in middle- to upper-class homes, serving as keepsakes to memorialize family and friends. This one offers scholars new insight into the complex web of interpersonal relationships surrounding Darwin. "While we know some of the individuals in the pictures, including Darwin himself, of course, there are others that we have yet to identify," said Jennifer Watts, The Huntington's curator of photography and visual culture. "This is, in a very straightforward way, a researcher's dream."

Similar in size to a prayer book, this album of portraits has the look and feel of a devotional tome, Watts added. "Its sacramental appearance runs counter to our contemporary view of Darwin as pronouncer and arbiter of evolution. At a time in which family bonds proved indispensable—both as social networks and as a means of labor—this album is an object at the intersection of science and sentimentality."

Several of the 10 Darwin offspring were deeply involved in their father's work; six are represented in the album. Some of the images are studio portraits by such notable photographers as Oscar G. Rejlander, who collaborated with Darwin on his The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872). Other pictures are intimate (and unpublished) tableaus: an unknown baby on the lap of a Darwin son; a Darwin daughter in a windowsill with her two dogs. Also included are pictures of Darwin, his wife, Emma, and children George Howard; Horace (a scientist and the youngest of the Darwin children to survive into adulthood); Elizabeth ("Bessy"); and Henrietta Emma ("Etty") Litchfield.

Henrietta was a valued companion to her father, an editor of his work, and a correspondent with both of her parents. She was a linchpin in the Darwin circle, helping to anchor the scientific and domestic activities of her family. Henrietta's husband, Richard Buckley Litchfield, inscribed the album to a woman named Anne Griffiths in 1879.

The album's many mysteries invite scholarly scrutiny. Nothing is known of Anne Griffiths or the Darwin family's relationship to her. Several unpublished images depict as yet unidentified sitters—none of them known to be blood relatives—who, once identified, will prove crucial in extending our understanding of Darwin's inner circle.

In 1993, The Huntington acquired one of the greatest collections of Darwiniana ever assembled: the Warren D. Mohr collection of 1,600 books, caricatures, engravings, and photographs.

"In one fell swoop, the acquisition of the Mohr collection made The Huntington an international hub for scholars interested in the life and legacy of Charles Darwin," said Daniel Lewis, Dibner Senior Curator of the History of Science and Technology at The Huntington. "Adding this extraordinary photograph album to our Darwin holdings invites the scholarly world to help us puzzle out the evolution of this great scientist's human ties."

Image: Charles Darwin (left) and his daughter Henrietta Emma "Etty" Litchfield. Carte-de-visite Photograph Album (Down, Kent, 1871-1879), 19 albumen prints (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.). The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.


247-Diggelmann copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries will offer an auction of Vintage Posters Featuring Highlights from the Gail Chisholm Collection on Thursday, March 1. More than 130 highlights from the collection of internationally renowned dealer and aficionado Gail Chisholm provide a colorful cross section of the variety of twentieth-century posters, from unusual images to midcentury masterpieces.

Gail Chisholm was beloved in the poster community for her impeccable taste and sense of humor. The collection is led by a suite of three posters—unique to the travel poster genre—by Georges Dorival, titled Vers le Mont - Blanc, 1928. The set, displaying the majestic peak throughout the day to lure all potential tourists, from early risers to night owls, carries an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. Breathtaking travel advertisements for Scotland include two depicting holes on the famed Gleneagles golf course—The “Howe o’ Hope” and The “Heich o’ Fash”—each with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. Powerful graphic works by Adolphe Mouron Cassandre include Chemin de Fer du Nord, 1929, and Paris, 1935 ($4,000 to $6,000 and $3,000 to $4,000, respectively).

An unmistakable theme in Chisholm’s collection is a concentration of tantalizing advertisements for food and drink. Two posters from Charles Loupot’s iconic 1930 series for Cointreau, each valued at $5,000 to $7,500, demonstrate the artist’s mastery by using the color of the beverage as a thematic element while also reminding the viewer of the fruit from which it derives. Additional culinary highlights include J. Stall’s Champagne Joseph Perrier, circa 1929 ($2,500 to $3,500) and two featuring lobsters.

Also from the Chisholm collection comes an unparalleled selection of Erik Nitsche’s campaign for General Dynamics, a series so graphically powerful it changed the face of advertising. These are led by the French version of Hydrodynamics from the influential Atoms for Peace series in 1955 ($2,500 to $3,500). In accordance with her wishes, proceeds from the sale of her collection will benefit Planned Parenthood of New York City.

The complete set of four allegorical panels by Alphonse Mucha of The Seasons, 1896, leads a breathtaking section of Art Nouveau works, with an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. Also featured are several iconic posters including Éveil du Matin and Réverie du Soir from the 1899 Times of the Day series, each valued at $7,000 to $10,000, as well as all seven plates designed by Mucha for Maîtres de l’Affiche. All five plates designed for the publication by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec make a rare auction appearance. Iconic works by Paul Berthon, Jules Chéret, Jean de Paleologue (Pal) and Henri Privat-Livemont will also be available.A stellar selection of ski posters includes such highlights as a previously unrecorded advertisement for Sun Valley, Idaho, circa 1936, released within a year of the famous resort’s opening and the inauguration of the world’s first chairlift ($4,000 to $6,000). The following year a similar technology had spread to Switzerland, where it is the main attraction in Alex Diggelmann’s poster for Gstaad / Berner Oberland, 1937 ($6,000 to $9,000). Additional highlights include the scarce English version of Erich Hermès’s Winter in Switzerland, 1936, with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000, and an early photomontage poster for Davos, 1901, from the Julius Paul Collection ($3,000 to $4,000). Rogers Broders is well-represented with Sports d’Hiver dans les Vosges, circa 1930, at an estimate of $5,000 to $7,500. Charles Hallo, who went professionally by the nickname Alo, designed Chamonix - Mont Blanc, 1924 ($4,000 to $6,000) for the eighth Olympic games, leading a competitive section of Olympic imagery.

Skiing was an attraction in the southern hemisphere as well, with James Northfield’s Winter Sport in Australia, 1932, carrying an estimate of $5,000 to $7,500. Also from Oceania come Australia / The Great Barrier Reef, circa 1956, by Eileen Mayo, and Harry Kelly’s Tasmania / Australia for the Angler, circa 1935 ($2,500 to $3,500 and $2,000 to $3,000, respectively).

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

Image: Lot 247: Alex Walter Diggelmann, Gstaad / Berner Oberland, 1937. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.


432a3a571055ebf13835989eed584c0c49246ce8.jpegBoston, MA - RR Auction is pleased to present a new lot of exciting collectibles in its Prince Auction with bidding beginning February 8 - February 15.  

From the time he exploded onto the music scene in 1978 with his debut album For You, until his untimely death in 2016, Prince reigned over the landscape of modern music in a way few have before or after. With his unparalleled virtuosity as a prolific singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, electric live performer and even fashion icon, Prince leaves behind a legacy of chart-topping and record-smashing success. His legions of fans worldwide still mourn the loss of his larger-than-life talent.

The collection offers an intimate, up-close glimpse of an elusive musician who valued his personal privacy and kept his inner circle small. Items featured are stage-worn clothing and jewelry and personally owned items, autographed photos (unpublished, promos and candids) and rare albums (many still sealed). There are highly sought-after handwritten notes and lyrics, and items used by Prince on stage and off. 

More than 200 items are included in the sale, originating from Prince insiders. 

Some incredible stand-out items featured in this auction include: 

Prince’s stage worn purple boots. The custom-made high-heeled shoes, feature a black leather interior and purple satin exterior. The zippers on the sides are decorated with large silver ‘love symbol’ charms. These boots were clearly extensively worn by the iconic musician.

Purple piano played by Prince, the upright piano which was kept at the home of an early Prince insider and was personally played by Prince frequently throughout his career. The piano was originally picked up by the touring crew of Earth, Wind & Fire around 1978, and was delivered to the consignor’s home in Los Angeles (where Prince was living at the time) as a gift specifically for Prince. This was his favorite piano to play because he loved the distinctive ring-like sound it made when he played it. 

Prince's handwritten working script for the 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon, plus a handwritten and signed title page.” The red notebook contains eight single-sided pages of Prince's handwritten working script for the 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon, plus a handwritten and signed title page. 

Incredibly rare original 1987 U.S. first pressing of The Black Album factory sealed in its original shrinkwrap, complete with affixed peach-and-black sticker on the front, "Explicit Lyrics, Parental Advisory.”

Drafted lyrics for “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” entirely in Prince's hand.  

Prince microphone from “Purple Rain” tour, the stage-used Sennheiser mic was used during the second half of the 1984-85 Purple Rain Tour.

Prince’s purple pants from circa 1982-1985. The pants are custom-made with a tiny 25″ waist, 26.5″ inseam, and overall length of 38″. These pants are identical in color and fabric to the jacket Prince wore during a photo session with legendary photographer Richard Avedon on December 22, 1982. 

Prince's black mesh cropped shirt decorated with black tassels along the sleeves, worn on the same night of his private performance party for Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton on January 14, 1995. 

The Prince Auction from RR Auction begins on February 8 and will conclude on February 15. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.    

Image: Lot #4013 - Prince Handwritten Lyrics for 'I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man.’ Courtesy RR Auction.

London — The Folio Society and House of Illustration are thrilled to announce the longlist for the annual Book Illustration Competition (#BIC2018). 

Now in its eighth year, The Book Illustration Competition is a partnership between The Folio Society and House of Illustration. To date, the competition has distributed over £50,000 worth of prizes and has received thousands of entries. 

This year from over 450 excellent entries, 24 have been selected for the longlist. 

The winner will receive a prestigious £5,000 commission from The Folio Society to illustrate their new edition of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. The five other entrants who complete the shortlist will each receive £500. As part of the Book Illustration Competition’s committment to nurturing new talent, the judging panel ensures that students form part of the shortlist. 

The difficult task of selecting the longlist fell to Sheri Gee, Art Director at The Folio Society, and Colin McKenzie, Director of House of Illustration. 

Sheri Gee said ‘The longlist represents for me the entries that excelled in both cover and illustration, making a cohesive entry. It’s no simple skill to adapt styles and concepts for both - an illustration which pinpoints an exact moment and a cover which represents the whole in a compelling way.‘ 

Colin McKenzie noted ‘We had a wonderful response to the competition this year with almost twice the number of entries, clearly reflecting the enduring and international popularity of Sherlock Holmes. We were particularly pleased by the large number of student applications and the creativity and ingenuity of so many of the illustrations. As a result we have a very strong longlist.’ 

Entries were received from 48 countries including the USA, Singapore, Iran, Spain and Guatemala, and over 35% of them were from students. 

This year also sees the return of the popular stand alone People’s Choice award. Voted for online (http://competitions.houseofillustration.org.uk/book-illustration-competition-2018/peoples-choice-award/), the People’s Choice can be selected from any of the longlisted entries.The winning artist and one member of the public who voted for them will receive £100 worth of books from The Folio Society and a one-year membership to House of Illustration. 

The shortlist and the winner will be selected from the longlist by eminent Holmesian, Helen Dorey; Sheri Gee, Art Director and Tom Walker, Publishing Director both from The Folio Society; Colin McKenzie, Director and Olivia Ahmad, Curator both from House of Illustration and Darya Shnykina, winner of the Book Illustration Competition 2017. 

The awards will be announced and presented by Helen Dorey at an exclusive ceremony at House of illustration on 20 February 2018.

New York — In its 39th year, the Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair is a West Village neighborhood tradition that brings together some of the country’s best known dealers, collectors, and community members to benefit PS3 The Charrette School. This year’s event will take place on Feb. 17-18 at the historic school. 

Those with a keen eye for rare and vintage books, first editions, ephemera, posters, art books, unique children’s books, manuscripts, and hard-to-find collections are sure to uncover something coveted. Collectors will be on hand to help everyone navigate the items for sale, and no previous knowledge is necessary.

“We’re thrilled to gather some of the world’s preeminent dealers under one roof for a fair that has become a touchstone of this tightknit community,” said Marvin Getman, founder of Book and Paper Fairs, who is managing this year’s event for the second time. “While the fair has its roots in this neighborhood, it’s an opportunity for anyone with an interest in starting or growing a collection, or finding a one-of-a-kind gift.”

The Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair is one of many fundraisers that help to provide exceptional academic and extracurricular activities for students in grades pre-k through 5.

“We’re pleased to be featuring a section for photo dealers specializing in snapshots, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, cyanotypes, cabinet cards, tintypes, CDVs, and photo albums. 

The public is welcome to visit the fair on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Half price coupons are available on the website  GVABF.com. Children under 16 and students with a college I.D.are admitted free. The school is located at 490 Hudson St.


Lexington, Mass.-based Book and Paper Fairs specializes in the production  of rare book and ephemera fairs in the Northeast United States. The company organizes notable events such as the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair, the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair,  The Ephemera  Fair in Greenwich, CT, the Boston West Book Print and Ephemera Fair, the Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair in Concord, NH, and the Boston Book Print and Ephemera Fair.

Dealers interested in participating in the 39th Annual Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair may contact Marvin Getman at info@bookandpaperfairs.com.  


The first public school known as PS3 was established in the 1820s, when the visiting Marquis de Lafayette toured this model of progressive American education. The current PS3, also known as the John Melser Charrette School, was founded in 1971 as a progressive and experimental school. The PS3 of today came into being through a community workshop process known as a charrette, at which parents and other community members, teachers, administrators, public officials, social planners, and educational consultants arrived at a vision of child-centered learning in open multi-age classrooms, with a nonhierarchical structure, active parent involvement, and an emphasis on the arts. 

For more information about PS3 The Charrette School, please visit http://www.ps3nyc.org/

For more information about the book fair, please visit The website is www.gvabf.com

February11_02_pics.jpgIthaca, NY—Worth Auctions, located in Dryden, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.    

This catalog features a variety of items and artwork, with the bulk of the catalog focused on our next session from the estate of Salvatore Grippi. In addition to numerous finished paintings, many lots offer works on paper, studies and assorted items from the artist's studio will also be sold.             

Featured in this sale are a number of rare early works by the important New York School artist Salvatore Grippi (1921-2017), who worked and exhibited alongside the likes of de Kooning, Nevelson, and Baziotes during the heydey of Abstract Expressionism. In 1968, Grippi established the art department at Ithaca College, where he taught until 1991. In 2011, he was honored with a solo retrospective at Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art, marking the last time until now that a substantial body of his work has been on public view in his hometown. The sale showcases several large canvases and a variety of works on paper.         

Other items in this catalog offer a diverse range of categories. Of particular note is a collection of early Currier & Ives prints, including hand-colored and rare examples. There are also some fine antique fishing-related items including reels and an original 1940's Johnson outboard motor. Additional lots include antique Civil War photographs, an antique McClellan saddle, an original oil painting by noted Ithaca area artist, William Charles Baker, vintage dolls, antique coins, musical instruments, and more.       

Further complementary material will be offered in future sessions throughout the spring of 2018.  

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


Codex_CX-078-1294_Banner.jpgThe Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity, a Bard Graduate Center Focus Project on view from February 23 through July 8, 2018, examines the structural, technical, and decorative features of the major types of codices—the wooden tablet codex, the single-gathering codex, and the multigathering codex. Exhibited alongside surviving artifacts, documentary, and iconographic evidence, handmade replicas are used to explore the craft processes that were applied in the making of these early books. The exhibition presents the codex not as an invention but rather as an innovation that depended on techniques already widely used in the creation of everyday items such as socks and shoes, and reveals that the codex was a fascinating, yet practical, development. 


The codex, which appears to be a result of Roman ingenuity, is one of the most important innovations in the history of civilization. Throughout Greco-Roman antiquity, the standard format for an extended written text had been the papyrus roll. Literary evidence suggests that the Romans, following the structural and functional principles of the tablet codex, turned from wooden tablets to papyrus and parchment leaves—already used for informal notebooks—and produced the codex, or the book in the format we know it today. 

The transition from roll to codex took place gradually between the second and fifth centuries AD under conditions long debated. Based on surviving evidence it seems that in the early centuries the new book format was not often used for Latin and Greek literary texts, for which the roll continued to be used. Rather, it was apparently the whole-hearted Christian adoption of the codex that is often credited with establishing it as the standard format of the book, as monks and scholars helped spread the religion from the Middle East to the rest of the Mediterranean and beyond. Ultimately, evidence points to a close relation between the craft technologies employed in making the multigathering codex and those used in common objects—woven textiles, baskets, mats, socks, shoes, and sandals. 

The Exhibition 

The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity provides a concise history of the first steps of the codex book format from a technical and technological point of view. Specifically it focuses on the different techniques used to turn leaves of papyrus or parchment into a functional book that could be safely used and preserved. 

The first section looks at the precursors—the wooden tablets and single-gathering notebook-style codices— that informed the multigathering codex. Along with replicas or facsimiles of these two basic types of codices, two spectacular antiquities will be on view: an original set of wooden tablets from the Brooklyn Museum con- taining school exercises and a “kylix” or drinking vessel with red-figure decoration illustrating the portability of such tablets. The larger gallery revolves around the five main processes used to make a bound, multigathering codex: the sewing of the gatherings, the attachment of the boards to the book block, the sewing of endbands at the head and tail edges of the spine, the covering of the book with often highly decorative leather, and the addition of fastening straps. All of these processes can be directly related to specific crafts that were in active production during antiquity, as will be demonstrated in the exhibition. 

The sewing used to bind gatherings was adapted from a technique known as cross-knit looping, which was used extensively in late antiquity, notably for socks. The sewing of the boards to the book block is based on such basic stitches as the blanket stitch, ubiquitous in fabrics since prehistoric times. The sewing of the endbands— the tiny strips of fabric visible at either end of the spine—can be directly related to the different techniques used for finishing the edges of textiles and mats and for strengthening as well as decorating them. The cut, stitched, stamped, and gilded decoration on leather covers exactly matches shoe-making techniques while the patterns used correspond to those found on other artifacts, such as mosaics and textiles. Finally, the different fastening straps used with these books are identical to those used in sandals and belts. 

To illustrate these relationships, a limited number of original artifacts will be displayed—book covers, shoes, sandals, wooden tablets, and tunic fragments—as well as replicas of ancient artifacts. A particular highlight will be the intricately stitched and gilded covers of a ninth-tenth-century AD Gospels purchased for J. Pierpont Morgan in 1911, which, although well known to scholars, have been rarely put on public view. Along with the Morgan Library and Museum, lenders include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and other major institutions. A handful of makers, including the exhibition’s curator, provided the mod- ern replicas and facsimiles on view. A digital interactive featuring the curator’s hand-drawn diagrams and a short film showing his working methods will both serve to further explicate these early bookbinding processes and emphasize the work of skilled hands in creating—and rediscovering—these crafts from late antiquity. 

The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity is curated by Georgios Boudalis, Head of the Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece; Research Fellow, Bard Graduate Center, February-May, 2015: and Visiting Professor, Bard Graduate Center, September-December, 2016. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated book, which will be available in the Gallery and the Store. 

About Bard Graduate Center Focus Projects 

Focus Projects are part of an innovative program organized and led by faculty members or postdoctoral fellows through seminars and workshops that culminate in small-scale, academically rigorous exhibitions and publications. Students, assisted by the Center’s professional staff of curators, designers, and media specialists, are closely involved from genesis through execution and contribute to each project’s form and content. The Focus Project promotes experimentation in display, interpretation, and the use of digital media, reflecting the Center’s commitment to exhibitions as integral to scholarly activity. 

About Bard Graduate Center Gallery 

The Gallery organizes pioneering exhibitions on deco- rative arts, design history, and material culture with leading scholars, curators, and institutions worldwide. We provide opportunities for faculty and students to gain experience in exhibition making. Our projects and publications break down traditional barriers between academic and curatorial forms of inquiry. 

Gallery Programs 

Lectures, gallery talks, and conversations are offered in conjunction with the exhibition. For more information, please call 212.501.3011 or e-mail public.programs@bgc.bard.edu. 

Exhibition Tours 

Group exhibition tours are offered Tuesday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Thursday until 7 p.m. Reservations are required for all groups. To schedule a tour, please call 212.501.3013 or e-mail tours@bgc.bard.edu. 

Bard Graduate Center Gallery is located in New York City at 18 West 86th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Suggested admission is $7 general, $5 seniors and students. 

For information about Bard Graduate Center and upcoming exhibitions, please visit bgc.bard.edu/gallery

Image credit: Modern facsimile of 5th-century PD Glazier codex (Morgan MS 5.67). Wood, leather, bone, parchment. Made by Ursula Mitra. Photograph: Bruce White.

Book-of-the-City-harley_ms_4431_f004r copy.jpgThe British Library has made over 50 rare medieval manuscripts and early print editions, spanning 1,000 years of literary history, available for free on its Discovering Literature website.

Highlights include:

  • The single surviving manuscript of Beowulf, the longest epic poem in Old English
  • The earliest autobiography in English, The Book of Margery Kempe
  • The Wycliffite Bible, the first complete translation of the Bible in the English language
  • William Caxton’s pioneering illustrated print edition of The Canterbury Tales
  • The first work authored by a woman in English, Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love 
  • The earliest work of theatre criticism in English, Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge
  • One of the greatest collections of Scottish medieval verse, the Bannatyne Manuscript from the National Library of Scotland

Bringing together over 50 unique medieval manuscripts and early print editions from the 8th to 16th centuries, Discovering Literature: Medieval presents a new way to explore some of the earliest works and most influential figures of English literature.  From the first complete translation of the Bible in the English language to the first work authored by a woman in English, the website showcases many rarities and ‘firsts’ in the history of English literature.  

Featuring extracts of medieval drama, epic poetry, dream visions and riddles alongside over 20 articles exploring themes such as gender, faith and heroism written by poets, academics and writers including Simon Armitage, Hetta Howes and David Crystal, Discovering Literature: Medieval offers unprecedented access to the British Library’s collections and provides contemporary scholarly insight for young people and learners across the world.

Dr Alex Whitfield, Head of Learning Programmes at the British Library, said:

‘Discovering Literature is a fantastic resource, which enables the British Library to open up its collections to a broader audience.  We are always trying to find innovative ways to help learners of all ages engage with the Library’s collections and we are so pleased that such extraordinary collection items and valuable academic insight can now be accessed by anyone, anywhere. Ultimately, we hope that the website will enrich the study and enjoyment of medieval literature for a new generation.’

Dr Claire Breay, Head of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts at the British Library, said:

‘The British Library’s medieval collections are world-renowned and it’s very exciting to be opening up the Library’s collections of early literary history to young learners through Discovering Literature.  Each item featured on the website has a rich history and it’s fantastic to see the unique manuscripts of Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which survived a major fire in the 18th century, showcased on this digital platform for future generations to explore.’

Discovering Literature is a free website aimed at A-Level students, teachers and lifelong learners, which provides unprecedented access to the Library’s literary and historical treasures and has received over 7 million unique visitors since launching in 2014.  The British Library has already published collections relating to Shakespeare and the Renaissance, the Romantic and Victorian periods, and 20th century literature and drama, and will continue to add to the site until it covers the whole rich and diverse backbone of English literature, from The Canterbury Tales to The Buddha of Suburbia.

The project has been generously supported by Dr Naim Dangoor CBE The Exilarch’s Foundation since its inception, along with the British Library Trust and the British Library Patrons. Further development of the project is being supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, Mark Pigott KBE KStJ, Evalyn Lee, Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin, The American Trust for the British Library, The John S Cohen Foundation, The Andor Trust, and Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust. 

Image: The Book of the Queen, written by Christine de Pizan, the first female writer to earn a living from her work (Harley MS 4431) (c) British Library Board


GW Book.jpgKnoxville, TN— A trove of historical books, documents and silver tied to George Washington and other Revolutionary War heroes helped Case ring in 2018 with one of its most successful sales to date. 4500 registered bidders from more than 60 countries participated in the January 27 auction at the company’s gallery in Knoxville, and 95% of the lots sold. 

Leading the auction was an important book, owned and signed by George Washington and given to his friend and biographer, the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall (1755-1835). Published in 1789 by printer and patriot Isaiah Thomas, the leather-bound Volume 1 of The Massachusetts Magazine contained an account of Washington’s first inauguration as President, plus his memoirs, and Washington’s coat-of-arms engraved bookplate. The intriguingly personal piece of presidential ephemera surged to $138,000, shattering its $28,000-32,000 estimate (all prices include the buyer’s premium). The anonymous buyer bid via telephone, competing against 7 other phone bidders and multiple online suitors, including institutions and some of the nation’s leading book and manuscript dealers and collectors.

The book was found by dealer and consultant Carl Schow in the estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr. of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Coleman was a direct descendant of Justice Marshall, and his family tree also included General Henry Dearborn and General Elias Dayton, along with distinguished Civil War soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Company president John Case likened the discovery of material from the estate to “finding a time capsule full of pivotal moments from American history” and noted that more objects from the estate will be sold in Case’s summer auction.

Justice Marshall’s personal copy of his biography of George Washington (second edition, 1832) reached $21,600 (est. $5,000-7,000), and a 1799 letter from George Washington to John Marshall congratulating him on his first election to public office tallied $19,200 (est. $12,000-14,000). A George II silver sauceboat, which descended in the John Marshall family with oral history of having a connection to Washington, served up $11,040. It bore a coat of arms attributed to the Bassett family, and likely belonged to Martha Washington’s niece, Fanny Bassett, who lived at Mount Vernon until her untimely death in 1796. It was accompanied by a velvet remnant said to have come from George Washington’s coat. John Marshall’s signed four-volume set of Plutarch’s Lives, published by James Crissy in Philadelphia,1825, brought $18,600, and Marshall-signed letters to his son and wife brought $4,560 and $4,320 respectively. A full-length oil portrait of Marshall realized $16,640. It is one of seven known portraits of Marshall by William James Hubard (Virginia, 1807-1862); all are nearly identical to the Hubard portrait currently in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. From the same estate, a Joseph Loring Federal silver cup with engraved initials for General Henry Dearborn (1750-1829) brought $3,240, while a military appointment signed by Gen. Dearborn and President Thomas Jefferson realized $3,120. An 1834 Andrew Jackson signed document conferring the rank of Major to Captain Greenleaf Dearborn marched to $2,176. An archive of material related to Marshall descendant, Lt. Col. Lewis Minor Coleman (CSA, Virginia, 1827-1863), including a tintype photo of Coleman in uniform, charged to $10,240, while Coleman’s bird’s eye view print of the University of Virginia, lithographed by Edward Sachse, landed at $11,264. A Civil War-era Annin & Co. flag unfurled at $5,520. It had been the property of Dearborn descendant Charles H. Boyd, who served the Union during the Civil War as chief topographical engineer for Gen. Henry Thomas.

Applause broke out in the saleroom when the only known lifetime painting of stallion Bonnie Scotland and groom, Robert Green, of the famous Nashville plantation and thoroughbred farm “Belle Meade,” crossed the finish line at $48,000 (its top estimate). The artist was Herbert Kittredge, a promising equine artist whose career was cut short by his death in 1881 at the age of 28. Bonnie Scotland’s progeny included War Admiral, Man O’War, and Seabiscuit, and his descendants are still winning races today, including the 2014 Derby Winner and 2016 American Horse of the Year, California Chrome.

“It was an especially significant painting because of the depiction of Robert Green, a slave at Belle Meade who stayed on as a paid employee after the Civil War,” commented Sarah Campbell Drury, Case’s Vice President of Fine and Decorative Arts. “His likeness reminds us of the often-forgotten role of African Americans to the sport of racing in the 19th century.”

The winning bidder, Belle Meade Plantation (now a house museum and historic site open to the public in Nashville) nosed out underbidders on the telephone and internet, after launching a campaign among supporters and on social media to raise money to buy the painting. A portrait of another Belle Meade horse, “Springfield,” by Thomas Scott (Kentucky, 1824-1888) raced to $7,920 (est. $3,400-3,800), selling to an anonymous phone bidder. Two museums competed against a dealer bidding by phone for a painting by William Frye (Alabama, 1822-1872) depicting an unnamed African American man standing in front of an edition of the Louisville Commercial newspaper (known for its anti-slavery leanings). Despite some tears to the canvas, it hammered down to Winterthur Museum for $15,000. (Winterthur also purchased a rare sampler made by an African girl in an English missionary school in Sierra Leone for $3,840). A folky early 19th century portrait of a little girl in a painted chair, descended in the Moran family of Middle Tennessee, blew past its $1,000-1,200 estimate to $8,640. Other Southern paintings of noted included a painting of a house by New Orleans artist James Michalopoulos, $5,040; a large house paint on wood panel painting of a dancing woman by Mose Tolliver, $4,096, and a Tennessee landscape by Thomas Campbell, $1,140.   Memory paintings by Helen LaFrance (Kentucky, b. 1919) ranged from $1,320 for a still life to $6,240 for a detailed Church Picnic scene. A Carroll Cloar self-portrait lithograph titled “The Ingredients” sold for $3,480 against a $500-600 estimate, and a Charles William Smith woodcut of a Charleston, SC graveyard rested at $1,920.

European Art included Hans Zatzka oil of two partially nude women in a lavish, Orientalist style interior. It sold to a Middle Eastern buyer for $20,480, more than double its estimate. A portrait of a far more conservatively dressed 17th century noblewoman, attributed to the circle of Cornelis De Vos, sold to an overseas buyer for its top estimate, $7,936, while an early 19th century Dutch floral still life by Jan Van Doust flourished at $3,328. A painting of cats by Austrian born animal painter Carl Kahler purred to $6,720, and a Berlin style hand-painted porcelain plaque of a sleeping cherub rested at $4,560. An unsigned 18th century portrait of a well-dressed English gentleman sold for $3,000, and a portrait of a peasant girl in a floral wreath by William Oliver the Younger earned $2,560.

Sculpture included a 36” Victor Issa bronze of a nude woman, $4,608; Erte bronzes Melisande, $3,360 and Heat, $3,072; a Raymond Coins stone tablet carved with Adam and Eve motif, $2,400; and a Tim Lewis carved limestone Noah’s Ark, $1,920.

20th century fine and decorative arts met with avid interest, particularly a George Nakashima walnut credenza, which attracted 8 phone bidders and lots of internet interest, propelling it to $25,600 (est. $5,400-$5,800). Two vivid abstract watercolors by Beauford Delaney (American/Tennessee, 1901-1979), from the artist’s estate, achieved $15,000 and $7,440, while an archive of Delaney letters and paintbrushes drew $4,800. A Picasso Madoura “Visage” ceramic plate brought $7,936 and an Alexander Calder signed lithograph, “Homage to Ben Shahn,” doubled its estimate at $2,880. A Baker “Abalone” chandelier based on a mid-mod Tony Duquette design lit up at $5,632 and a vintage Abercrombie & Fitch leather footstool, in the form of a rhinoceros, trampled its $700-900 estimate to hit $2,688. A group of 3 Clyde Burt Art Pottery items made $1,320.

Several bidders craved a rare Middle Tennessee Sheraton sugar sideboard, pushing the price to $19,800 (est. $5,400-5,800). A Hepplewhite inlaid chest of drawers with deep top “bonnet” drawers, attributed to South Carolina, soared to $18,000, and an East Tennessee desk and bookcase tallied $16,200. An unusual Western Pennsylvania high chest, adorned with what John Case called “a tour de force of inlay,” reached $9,600; an inlaid Hepplewhite style chest of drawers attributed to the Lexington, KY shop of Porter Clay fetched $7,920; and an inlaid sideboard attributed to South Carolina served up $7,440. An English Regency secretary cabinet with ebonized trim including paw feet and sphinx decoration, from the Maple Grove Estate of Knoxville and featured in a Southern Living magazine article on the home, sold for $9,600, while a Chippendale carved tea table with birdcage, possibly from Philadelphia, earned $5,520.

Pottery, a staple at Case, included one of the earliest pieces to surface attributed to David “Dave” Drake, an enslaved but literate artisan at the Lewis Miles Pottery of Edgefield, South Carolina. The double handled jar, inscribed LM and dated 1840, achieved $7,920 (est. $5,000-7,000). Other Southern related objects included a James LaFever Tennessee stoneware jug, $3,840, and a John Fashauer Kentucky stoneware jar, $2,280.

Textiles included an 1832 Kentucky house sampler by Eliza Pearson of Nelson County, $6,144, and a circa 1860 Tennessee pictorial sampler featuring a horse and rider, $3,120.

It was a good sale for jewelry and silver. The star jewelry lot was a 3.13 carat oval brilliant cut diamond ring, F color, VS1 clarity, with GIA report, which realized $36,000 (est. $24,000-28,000).  An Art Deco platinum ring with two mine cut diamonds (approximately 1.4 carats) and twenty channel set sapphires sparkled at $6,960, and a Georgian 18K diamond bangle bracelet wrapped up $4,096. A set of five 22K yellow gold matching bangle bracelets sold for $2,816. A Kirk Repousse pattern 6-piece tea service including kettle sold for $11,040 (est. $8400-8800), while a Baltimore coin silver Repousse Monteith bowl with scenic design hammered down at $4,096. A George III Sterling Epergne brought $6,912, and a Continental silver figural griffin jug climbed ot $4,864. A large Old Sheffield meat dome with warming stand was a hot seller at $6,960, and a Whiting Sterling overlaid ruby glass biscuit jar quadrupled its estimate at $6,240. A Southern coin silver collector claimed a coin silver agricultural premium goblet with inscription for the 1858 Noxubee Fair in Mississippi, to $4,080, while a Bailey & Co. Victorian sterling ewer competed to $3,120, and a set of five Manchester sterling juleps with horseshoe decoration raced to $1,560.

Maps and documents, many from the estate of the late Dr. Benjamin Caldwell, enjoyed success as well. An 1834 set of working copies of the Tennessee State Constitution with margin notations, suggesting it was used during the Constitutional Convention, sold to an institution for $5,280, and an 1830s engraved tripartite view of Nashville, cut from an extremely scarce map by J.P. Ayres (only two copies are known to exist), shot to $3,120 against a $300-350 estimate. A J. Russell 1794 Kentucky map sold for $3,328, while a 1748 “New Map of Georgia” by Emmanuel Bowen tripled its estimate at $3,240. A Civil War letter archive related to the family of Rep. Francis Burton Craige of North Carolina brought $2,160.

A collection of 28 Chinese jade buckles, sold in multiple lots, brought a total of $30,556. Other Asian decorative arts included a Qing red lacquer armchair, $4,864; a Qing carved hardwood games table, $3,328; and a group of 3 Yixing teapots, $2,400. An archaic form bronze jue served up $2,880, while a bronze tree of life turned into a lamp made $2,880 and a Meiji bronze warrior figure prevailed at $1,536.

Two mechanical music collections struck a chord with buyers. Top lots included a Swiss music box on stand with interchangeable cylinders, $5,120; a Swiss Music Box with inlaid burlwood case and bird and bee strikers, $4,096; and a George Baker Troll Co. cylinder music box, $2,400. And a scarce Lyon and Healy harp shattered its $1,000 high estimate to hit a surprise high note of $18,600.

Other interesting objects included a scarce lithographed tin advertising tray and 4 glasses from the short-lived Alabama Brewing Co. (Birmingham, 1897-1908), $2,816, and a W.T. and C.D. Gunter Jack Daniels No. 7 clear glass whiskey bottle, $1,920; a Western Union Model 2825 3-A Ticker Tape with stand, $5,376, and a Solomon Reed full stock percussion long rifle, .40 cal., $5,280. A set of Baccarat gilded crystal bowls and tazzas earned $5,120, and a French gilt bronze table screen with enameled interior scene closed at $4,352.

Case Antiques, Inc. is based in Knoxville with offices in Nashville and the Tri-Cities. The company conducts auctions four times a year of investment quality art, antiques, jewelry and historical objects. For more information or to consign objects for a future auction, visit www.caseantiques.com/selling  or call the gallery in Knoxville at (865) 558-3033 or the Nashville office at (615) 812-6096, or email info@caseantiques.com.

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The National Comedy Center is proud to announce the acquisition of the archive of ground-breaking comedian Shelley Berman, who passed away in September 2017 at the age of 92. The donation was formally announced during a tribute attended by Larry David, Dr. Demento, Cheryl Hines, Laraine Newman, Howard Storm, David Steinberg, Fred Willard, and Alan Zweibel, hosted by Lewis Black and presented by the National Comedy Center on Tuesday, January 30th at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California.

The Berman archive is the latest acquisition for the National Comedy Center, the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to the art of comedy, which already houses a number of archival pieces including the 25,000-piece George Carlin collection, donated in 2017. 

In production now in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, the National Comedy Center fulfills Ball’s vision to establish a center that celebrates comedy in all of its forms, educating and engaging visitors with the story of the art form and its artists. The National Comedy Center is slated to host its ribbon cutting August 1-4, 2018 during its annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.

“No longer the step child to the arts, comedy and those who make us laugh are about to have their own place in the world. When I found myself surrounded by all of Shelley's writings, I wondered what to do with all of it. Do I give it to some museum where they let it gather dust before they throw it away? Along came the National Comedy Center, driven by people who have the vision to know that this material and the material of other comedians has a value. They are dedicated to preserving all for their archives and for future generations who may want to know about those who gave us the gift of laughter. I feel confident that all of Shelley's fine work will be in good hands,” said Sarah Berman, Shelley’s wife of more than 70 years. 

The archive was carefully collected and stored in Berman’s home office for seven decades, and spans from the 1940s to the 2010s. It includes hundreds of photographs, contracts, scripts, calendars, scrapbooks, correspondences and rare footage and audio chronicling his wide-ranging career in stand-up, improv, television, film, theater, and comedy writing. 

Included in the gift are Berman’s consecutive Gold Records for his two landmark 1959 albums Inside Shelley Berman and Outside Shelley Berman, the first of which was the comedy album first to win a Grammy. Also included is the trademark stool on which he performed his classic routines during live engagements across the country.

Berman’s unique brand of anxiety-ridden observational humor helped to redefine stand-up comedy in the late 1950s and ‘60s. He continued to be a favorite with audiences in his later years for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Larry David’s father, Nat, on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. 

“Berman had changed the face of stand-up comedy. What I feel helped inform me as a comic, was the precision in his language. You had someone who was this terrific actor doing comedy, and that’s rare,” said event host Lewis Black.

Fred Willard echoed Black’s sentiment. “Shelley Berman came along with that whole new wave of comedy. It forever changed the way we look at stand-up comedy.”

Kelly Carlin further added, “My father looked up to Shelley Berman. He appreciated Shelley’s use of words and his gift for story-telling.  And I can tell you, my dad would be thrilled to know that Shelley’s papers will be sitting next to his in Jamestown.”

Executive Director of the National Comedy Center, Journey Gunderson, concluded the event by saying, “Shelley Berman was there at the very beginning of what we call modern day stand-up comedy. We are so honored that Sarah has chosen the National Comedy Center as the institution to house Shelley’s archive, and has trusted us to preserve and celebrate his legacy.”


Fasciculus 1500.jpgNew York - The New York Academy of Medicine Library has launched a new digital exhibit, “Facendo Il Libro: The Making of Fasciculus Medicinae, an Early Printed Anatomy.” The Library, one of the world’s most significant historical libraries in medicine and public health, holds five editions printed between the years of 1495 and 1522 of the Fasciculus Medicinae, which contains the earliest realistic anatomical images in print, and the earliest scenes of dissection anywhere. The digital exhibit explores full scans of these richly illustrated editions, examining each work on its own - and also in context of each other, and looking at the printing techniques that were used to create them.

“The Academy's dedication to public access to our Library's collections continues with the launch of a digitized exhibit of this seminal work. Today, scholars and users worldwide can easily access an important resource in the history of medicine and public health,” said Academy President Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS.

The book was first printed in Venice in 1491 by the brothers Gregori at their famous printing house. It was extremely popular, and went through 14 editions by the year 1522.  Originally collected in manuscript form, the text comprises a number of medical treatises on uroscopy, phlebotomy, anatomy, surgery, and gynecology. The book’s woodcut illustrations include skilled renderings of medieval prototypes including a Zodiac Man, bloodletting man, and an urinoscopic consultation. 

“This exhibit tells an important story about an influential medical text, and its evolution during the earliest years of printing in Northern Italy. Exploring the book's astonishing woodcuts, the earliest realistic anatomical illustrations in print, enhances our understanding of how sixteenth-century individuals related to and understood their bodies in times of sickness and health,” said Academy Library Curator Anne Garner. 

“Facendo Il Libro” is an addition to the Academy’s digitization initiatives led Dr. Robin Naughton, Head of Digital. Also included in the exhibit are curated essays on each edition, noting important technical, textual, and artistic changes in each, and on the culture of Venetian print. The essays were contributed by guest scholars Taylor McCall, PhD, and Natalie Lussey Seale, PhD.

This online exhibit was made possible by generous support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. 

Image: Fasciculus medicine : similitudo complexionum & elementorum. Venice, [Mar. 28 1500.]

cut4_low.jpgLos Angeles — For most people, a photograph is fairly straightforward - an image on a piece of paper with four straight edges and four corners. But for some photographers, paper is not merely the end result of developing a photograph - it is a material that can be activated in a number of ways. Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography, on view February 27-May 27, 2018, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, looks at the work of six contemporary artists who expand the role of paper in photography. Many of the works in the exhibition have been borrowed from Los Angeles-based collectors, institutions, or galleries, while others are from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection.

“Within the Getty’s very extensive collection of photographs from the birth of the medium to the present day, are a number of works that blur the line between photography and other mediums,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Cutting and otherwise manipulating the printed photograph, artists from the first half of the twentieth century on have created works in which the cutting, shaping and combining of images take the medium in radically new directions. Exhibitions like this provide a context and historical perspective on the experimentations of many contemporary photographers today.”

The exhibition includes an exploration of photographers’ long-standing interest in the way paper can convey something beyond its physical presence. Spanning the years 1926 to 1967, works by artists like Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002), Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, 1891-1956), and Ei-Q (born Sugita Hideo, Japanese, 1911-1960) feature cut-paper abstractions and figures modeled from paper that have been photographed. For example, Rodchenko’s photograph Giraffe (1926-27) is a playful arrangement of figures modeled from paper that he created to illustrate a book of children’s poems called Samozveri (Auto-animals). The curiosity of these artists set the stage for more daring contemporary experimentation.

The contemporary works on view focus on two themes, the first of which features artists who create paper models with images gleaned from current events, the internet, or books and magazines for the express purpose of photographing them. Daniel Gordon (American, born 1980) culls images from the internet, then cuts, tears, pastes, and assembles the printouts into three-dimensional sculptures, as in Clementines (2011), in which printouts are arranged to resemble and reference deeply saturated still-lifes by Picasso, Matisse, or Cezanne. By printing digital images, assembling them to resemble a sculptural object, photographing that object with a large format camera, then digitally enhancing it, Gordon walks the line between analog and digital photography.

Matt Lipps (American, born 1975) inserts existing images into new contexts that extend their potential meaning. The works on view appropriate photographs reproduced in publications associated with both high and low culture to comment on how images both reflect and shape our knowledge and experience. After selecting his images, Lipps arranges them into layered collages or models, using light and shadow to transform the images into a cultural tableau that he then photographs. His photographs are printed at a scale much larger than the original reproductions.

Thomas Demand (German, born 1964) is known for his large-scale photographs of meticulously constructed, life-size re-creations of architectural spaces and natural environments, including Landscape from 2013. During his year as an artist in residence at the Getty Research Institute (2011-12), Demand departed from this practice and began photographing architectural models, most notably those of John Lautner. A triptych based on the model for Lautner’s design for an office building in Century City, California, will be on view.

The exhibition also includes examples of photographs that are cut, incised, layered, or folded to introduce tactile, three-dimensional elements into what is usually thought of as a two-dimensional art form. Soo Kim (American, born South Korea, 1965) employs the techniques of cutting and layering to create areas of absence or disruption that imbue her images with dimensionality, as well as with the passage of time. Travel to distant locations has resulted in discrete bodies of work that reveal Kim’s deep interest in architectural structures. Works made in Reykjavik, Taipei, and Panama City will be on view.

Christopher Russell’s (America, born 1974) work confronts photomechanical reproduction with imperfect work by his own hand. Often using cheap lenses, he creates enigmatic photographs that are intentionally out of focus or shot directly into the sun. Using razor blades, Xacto knives and other implements, he disrupts the surface by scratching, scraping, or gouging to reveal the white core of the paper. Some pieces, like Explosion #31 (2014), show a series of controlled marks that result in intricate patterns resembling wallpaper, while Budget Decadence (2008) displays the violence Russell inflicts on the paper with a meat cleaver.

Starting with simple materials and rules, Christiane Feser (German, born 1977) creates “photo objects” that operate in a middle ground between photography and sculpture. After cutting, folding, and layering paper into abstract compositions, Feser carefully lights each construction, often using flash, photographs it with a high-resolution digital camera, and makes a print on paper similar to that used in the construction. In Partition 31 (2015), Feser uses folded pieces of paper that appear as a series of multi-sized cubes, but are actually a sophisticated visual puzzle that requires careful viewing from multiple angles.

“The works in this exhibition demonstrate a variety of approaches used by artists to transform paper into objects with greater sculptural presence,” says Virginia Heckert, curator of the exhibition and head of the Department of Photographs at the Getty Museum. “Photography may be the starting point, with camera-made images altered by acts of cutting and modeling to introduce layered narratives and the passage of time, or it may put the finishing touch on a collage or construction that has been carefully conceived based on existing images. This toggling back and forth between two and three dimensions and between existing and constructed images reminds us of the magical transformation that occurs in every photograph.”

Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography is on view February 27-May 27, 2018, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center. The exhibition is curated by Virginia Heckert, head of the Getty Museum’s Department of Photographs. On view concurrently in the Center for Photographs will be the exhibition Paper Promises: Early American Photography.

Image: Daniel Gordon (American, born 1980), Clementines, 2011, Chromogenic print, Copyright: © Daniel Gordon, Object Credit: Alison Bryan Crowell, Repro Credit: Courtesy Daniel Gordon and M+B Gallery, Los Angeles. 

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress welcomes the Kentucky Center for the Book as its newest affiliated center. The Kentucky Center is based at Kentucky Humanities in Lexington.

“We are thrilled to become Kentucky’s Center for the Book,” said Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman. “Kentucky Humanities is deeply committed to promoting literacy in Kentucky through PRIME TIME Family Reading Time, the Kentucky Book Fair and our upcoming Kentucky Reads initiative. We look forward to continuing to share the love of reading and writing and promoting community discussions about great literature and its relevance to our lives with citizens of the Commonwealth.”

Before it joined the Center for the Book network, Kentucky Humanities already had many successful programs to its credit, among them, PRIME TIME Family Reading Time, an intergenerational family literacy program that has so far reached more than 40,000 Kentuckians through 204 programs in 81 counties; and Kentucky Humanities magazine, first published in 1994. In 2016, Kentucky Humanities became the manager of the Kentucky Book Fair, the state’s premier literary event since 1981.

“We are pleased to welcome the new Kentucky Center for the Book as the newest affiliate to help promote reading with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “The Kentucky Center already has demonstrated a commitment to the mission of promoting books, reading and literacy with its many programs.”

Congress created the Library’s Center for the Book in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books and reading. It has become a national force for reading and literacy promotion with affiliates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The affiliates will meet in the spring to exchange ideas. For more information, visit read.gov.

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

Kentucky Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Kentucky Humanities is supported by the National Endowment and by private contributions. For information about Kentucky Humanities’ programs and services, visit kyhumanities.org.


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