96-PhilipKDick copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature on Tuesday, November 14 offered a veritable library of scarce first editions and inscriptions by authors from the last two centuries. More than two thirds of the sale was devoted to twentieth-century literature, with myriad genres represented among the highlights.

Topping the sale was the deluxe centenary limited edition set of 18 volumes comprising the works of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. Each tome is ensconced in a custom leather binding reflecting its contents: Casino Royale features playing cards, while Octopussy is adorned with undulating tentacles. The set, celebrating what would have been Fleming’s one-hundredth birthday, includes a selection of the author’s travel writings, previously unpublished stories and a copy of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. One of 26 lettered sets published in 2008, the work reached $30,000, tying the previous auction record.

Works by William Faulkner performed well, selling 100% of the lots offered. An association copy of the first edition of his first book, The Marble Faun, 1924, signed and inscribed by Faulkner and his mentor Phil Stone to Dorothy Wilcox, was especially important because its inscription was specifically referenced in Joseph Blotner’s Faulkner: A Biography, 1974 ($22,500).

An auction record was established for Het Achterhuis, known in English as The Diary of Anne Frank. The true first edition of the iconic work, in the exceedingly rare unrestored dust jacket showing the author’s name in yellow rather than blue, sold to a collector for $18,200.

Each of the four works by Philip K. Dick offered found buyers, with three of those surpassing their previous auction records. The cover lot for the sale, a signed first edition of World of Chance, 1956, reached $7,250, a record for the work, above a high estimate of $4,000. The stand-out lot was the first edition of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, 1965, inscribed by Dick: it far exceeded its high estimate of $3,000, finally selling for $16,250, a record for the work.

The auction debut of The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham, was well-received: financiers competed for the first printing of the first edition, in the original dust jacket, achieving $8,750, over a high estimate of $6,000.

John D. Larson, Specialist of 19th & 20th Century Literature at Swann Galleries, said of the sale: “The high sell-through rate and the high prices achieved once again demonstrate that the top-quality material will find enthused bidders. As always, condition is paramount, especially for books published after 1800.”

The next auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature at Swann Galleries will be held May 15, 2018. The house is currently accepting quality consignments.

Image: Lot 96: Philip K. Dick, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, first edition, inscribed, Garden City, 1965. Sold November 14, 2017 for $16,250, a record for the work. (Pre-sale estimate: $2,000 to $3,000).

Quincy Adams copy.jpgDallas, Texas--A rare and unusual photo of one of the first U.S. presidents is expected to sell for $50,000 or more when an image of President John Quincy Adams taken in 1846  crosses the block in Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 2 Americana & Political Auction in Dallas, Texas.

“Quincy Adams was the first American president to be photographed,” Heritage Director of Americana Auctions Tom Slater said, “and this newly-discovered example is one of the earliest known presidential photographs.

The sixth-plate daguerreotype was taken at the Washington, D.C. Studio of John Plumbe Feb. 14, 1846, according to Adams’ diary entry. The location of this image was unknown until it was recently discovered in an antiques market in Paris.

Plumbe was one of the most prominent photographers of the day, and apparently had complete approval from Adams, who sat for him on four different occasions.

This image is housed in a case stamped on the brass mat with Plumbe’s name and lined with paper reading “Manufactured at the Plumbe National Daguerrian Depot/New York.” The image is accompanied by a detailed letter of authentication by William F. Stapp, who served as the Curator of Photographs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery from 1976-91.

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

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

Codez Quet.jpgThe Codex Qutzalecatzin represents one of the most important indigenous manuscripts from the earliest history of America to become available in the last century.

The Library of Congress has acquired the Codex Quetzalecatzin, one of the very few Mesoamerican manuscripts to survive from the 16th century. After being in private collections for more than 100 years, the codex has been digitally preserved and made available online for the first time to the general public at loc.gov/resource/g4701g.ct009133/.

The codex, also known as the Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, represents one of the most important indigenous manuscripts from the earliest history of America to become available in the last century. Only few examples of manuscripts of this kind have endured the ravages of time.

While digitizing the codex at the Library, the Librarian stated: “The acquisition of the map, because of its relevance to the early history of the European contact with the indigenous people of America, makes an important addition to the early American treasures at the Library of Congress, including the Oztoticpac Lands Map and the Huexotzinco Codex. It’s a rare document of world history and American history in general.”

The manuscript dates from 1593, a time when many cartographic histories were being produced as part of a Spanish royal investigation into the human and community resources in the American colonies. The Codex Quetzalecatzin serves as an example of these maps that were largely made by indigenous painters and scribes.

As with many Nahua, indigenous group, manuscript maps of the period, the Codex Quetzalecatzin depicts the local community at an important point in its history and the iconography that makes up the map reflects some Spanish influence.

“The codex shows graphically the kinds of cultural interactions taking place at an important moment in American history,” said John Hessler, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection for the archaeology of the early Americas of the Library of Congress. “In a sense, we see the birth of what would be the start of what we would come to know as the Americas.”

Hessler added: “The codex relates to the extent of land ownership and properties of the family line known as “de Leon,” most of the members of which are portrayed on the manuscript. With Aztec stylized graphics, the map illustrates the family’s genealogy and its descent from Quetzalecatzin, who in 1480 was the major political leader of the region. It also shows churches, some Spanish place names and images suggesting a community adapting to Spanish law and rule.”

In the codex, certain features that point to indigenous authorship include pre-Hispanic stylistics, such as symbols for rivers, roads and pathways, and hieroglyphic writing. The marginal notations with alphabetic writing utilizing the Latin alphabet and the names of some of the indigenous elites, such as “don Alonso” and “don Matheo,” are clues to its colonial era composition. This is evidence that some indigenous people enjoyed the Spanish title “don” and had been baptized with Christian names.

The codex has a great provenance. The Library acquired the manuscript from the collections of Charles Ratton and Guy Ladriere in France. From previous owners like William Randolph Hearst, who also owned the Jefferson Bible, to the first Viscount Cowdray, the codex can be traced all the way into the 19th century.

The manuscript belongs to a larger group of interrelated pictographic documents, called “Pinome Group,” from northern Oaxaca and Southern Puebla in Mexico. The codices include the Tecamachalco Canvas, Cuevas Codices and Fragmented Codex, which together show the extent, the people and history of the region.

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Dracula Poster.jpgDallas, Texas - One of just two surviving movie posters for the 1931 horror classic Dracula set a world record for the most valuable movie poster ever sold at auction when it brought $525,800 Saturday, Nov. 18, in a public auction held live and online by Heritage Auctions.

The poster surpassed the previous auction record of $478,000 which was also set (twice) by Heritage Auctions. Heritage had just sold the only known surviving Italian issue movie poster from 1946 for Casablanca in July 2017, which matched their own previous world record from November 2014 for an only-known 1927 copy of the poster for London After Midnight.

This particular poster style from Dracula depicts the menacing visage of actor Bela Lugosi, who transformed the character into the now-famous Universal Monster. Recently discovered in the San Diego, California, collection of a noted film historian, collectors and experts consider it one of the most desirable horror movie posters ever produced.

The family of its longtime owner, Lt. Col. George J. Mitchell, Jr., an Associate Member of the American Society of Cinematographers, placed the poster up for auction. Mitchell had owned the poster since the 1950s.

“The reason my dad purchased the poster is because he loved horror films. He was drawn to the Bela Lugosi poster because it brought back childhood memories of seeing the film when it was first released,” Mitchell’s son, Arthur Mitchell said. “He remembered going to the theater … and remembered that there was an ambulance stationed in the lobby, in case anyone was so scared they needed medical attention.”

The elder Mitchell was a longtime cinematographer and photographer, who after World War II and a 20-year career in the U.S. Army, started a small film production company in San Diego, and did video work for AFL and NFL Films, the San Diego Zoo and training films for assorted branches of the military.

“It is a matter of opinion, but this poster probably is the most beautiful of all of the styles,” Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said, “and one of only two styles that pictures Bela Lugosi in realistic terms or a faithful rendering - the other is a photographic image.”

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

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

LOBEL.jpgAmherst, MA--The Caldecott Medal, an annual award bestowed upon "the most distinguished American picture book for children," is one of the most prestigious prizes in children's literature. Next month, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the distinguished award in the exhibition Eighty Years of Caldecott Books, on view December 12, 2017 through May 13, 2018.

First conferred in 1938, the Caldecott Medal is named in honor of nineteenth-century British illustrator Randolph Caldecott, acknowledged as the father of the modern picture book for his lively drawing style and sense of humor. Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)--a division of the American Library Association--selects the fifteen members that form the Caldecott committee. This group reads, critiques, and discusses hundreds of picture books before voting on a winner.

Eighty Years of Caldecott Books presents a chronological look at the winning titles from 1938 to the present. It also represents The Carle's first book-focused exhibition. "While we always have books available for visitors to read in our galleries, the books in this exhibition are the art objects themselves. As first editions, they are valuable historical artifacts," says Ellen Keiter, the Museum's chief curator. Keiter organized the exhibition with Barbara Elleman, former editor-in-chief of Book Links, published by the American Library Association and, Distinguished Scholar of Children's Literature at Marquette University. While these rare books cannot be handled, guests will be able to read copies available in the Museum's Reading Library.

The exhibition will change on February 12, 2018 when the ALSC announces the winner of the 2018 Caldecott Medal and a new book is added to the display. In the interim, guests can cast their votes in the gallery for the book they believe should win the coveted honor. Online visitors to the Museum's website can vote too. 

"Eighty Years of Caldecott Books is a celebration of artistic achievement," says Keiter. "We have included original illustrations from several winning titles, many drawn from The Carle's permanent collection." On view are three artworks by Marcia Brown, one from each of her three Caldecott Medal books: Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper (1955), Once a Mouse (1962) and Shadow (1983). [Brown won an unprecedented three Caldecott Medals, a feat matched only by David Wiesner.] The other artists and artworks on display are: Ed Emberley, Drummer Hoff (1968), Uri Shulevitz, The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (1969), Arnold Lobel, Fables (1981), Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express (1986), David Macaulay, Black and White (1991), Emily Arnold McCully, Mirette on the High Wire (1993), Paul O. Zelinsky, Rapunzel (1998), Simms Taback, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (2000), Mordicai Gerstein, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (2004), and Javaka Steptoe, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (2017). 

PROGRAMMING:

The Best of the Best in 2017 

December 16, 11:00am 

Free with Museum Admission 

In anticipation of the 2018 American Library Association Book & Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, join Susan Bloom and Cathryn M. Mercier from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College as they share their favorite books of the past year.

Meet Javaka Steptoe 

December 16, 1:00pm 

Free with Museum Admission

Artist and author Javaka Steptoe won the 2017 Caldecott Medal for his book, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Hear Steptoe discuss his research and art for Radiant Child, and what his year has been like following a Caldecott win.

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.

Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

with children's book historian, author, and critic Leonard S. Marcus              

April 7, 2018, 1:00pm 

Free with Museum Admission

This illustrated talk introduces the sly, fun-loving Victorian whose kinetic drawing style and keen feeling for life culminated in the invention of an art form the world has come to embrace: the children's picture book. Celebrate this true original as the American Library Association marks the 80th anniversary of the coveted prize named for him: the Randolph Caldecott Medal.

The 8th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture 

Celebrating the Caldecott: The stories behind some of the great Caldecott Medal and Honor Books with editor, author, and scholar Anita Silvey

Saturday, April 28, 2:00 pm 

Free with Museum Admission

The Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture is an annual event featuring the country's preeminent scholars, book collectors, researchers, editors, authors, and illustrators in the field of children's literature.

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: Arnold Lobel, Illustration for Fables [Harper & Row, 1980]. Gift of Adrianne and Adam Lobel (The Estate of Arnold Lobel). © 1980 Arnold Lobel.

Oxford, England—The origins of early English graphic design are explored in a new exhibition opening at the Bodleian Libraries’ Weston Library. Designing English: Graphics on the Medieval Page, open from 1 December 2017, brings together a stunning selection of manuscripts and other objects to uncover the craft and artistry of Anglo-Saxon and medieval scribes, painters and engravers.

Designing English looks at the skills and innovations of these very early specialists who worked to preserve, clarify, adorn, authorize and interpret writing in English. For almost a thousand years most texts had been written in Latin, the common European language. Beyond the traditions established for Latin, books in English were often improvisatory, even homespun, but they were just as inventive and creative. In an age when each book was made uniquely by hand, each book was an opportunity for redesigning. The introduction of the English text posed questions: How did scribes choose to arrange the words and images on the page in each manuscript? How did they preserve, clarify and illustrate writing in English? What visual guides were given to early readers of English in how to understand or use their books?

The exhibition explores all elements of design, from the materials used, such as the size and shape of animal skins used to create parchment, to the design of texts for different uses, such as for performing songs, plays or music. Medical texts and practical manuals feature alongside ornate religious texts, including rare examples of unfinished illustrations that reveal the practical processes of making pages and artefacts. The use of English is traced from illicit additions made to Latin texts, to its more general, every day use, and spread to more ephemeral formats.

The exhibition features incredible early manuscripts held in the Bodleian collections, one of the largest medieval collections in the UK, alongside loan items from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the British Museum.

Highlights of Designing English include:

-          The Macregol Gospels, one of the treasures of the Bodleian Libraries, dating from Ireland in around 800 CE, with English translations added to the original Latin text.

-          English translations of hymns composed by Caedmon (657-680), an illiterate cowherd who lived at Whitby Abbey and is the first named English poet.

The Alfred Jewel, an ornate enamel and gold jewel on loan from the Ashmolean Museum that contains the inscription ‘Alfred ordered me to be made’. The jewel is widely believed to have been commissioned by King Alfred the Great (849-899 BCE), who championed the use of English.

-          Gravestones and other medieval objects engraved with English text, including an Anglo-Saxon sword and a gold ring found at Godstow Abbey, Oxford.

-          Medical texts such as revolving ‘volvelle’ diagrams, magical charms and colourful drawings and diagrams for doctors. 

-          Some of the earliest known works in the English language, including Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and early drama and songs

-          Examples of intricate texts with colour coded instructions on how to read them, such as an English translation of the Bible which may have belonged to Henry VI.

Designing English is curated by Daniel Wakelin, Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography at the University of Oxford, one of the few posts in the world dedicated to the study of medieval English manuscripts.

Professor Wakelin said: ‘Medieval writers had to be graphic designers every time they wrote or carved their words. Tracing the earliest uses of English, from illicit annotations on Latin texts, to more everyday jottings in ephemeral formats, this exhibition celebrates the imagination and skill of these early writers. Their craft and inventiveness resonates today when digital media allow users to experiment with design through word processing, social media and customized products.”

Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian said: ‘The Bodleian Libraries holds one of the most important collections of medieval manuscripts in the world, and this exhibition celebrates all aspects of the ingenuity and craftsmanship that went into some of the most beautiful, and everyday items that still survive today. The exhibition provides an intriguing and surprising history of English literature in one room.”

To show the likeness of these medieval documents to modern craft, Designing English will, until 11 March 2018, be exhibited alongside Redesigning the Medieval Book: a display of contemporary book arts inspired by the exhibition. The exhibited contemporary artworks include calligraphy, prints, embroidery, pop-up books, videos, games and jewellery.

The exhibition will be opened by award-winning designer Jay Osgerby, who with Edward Barber, designed the new Bodleian Chair. The exhibition runs until 22 April 2018 and is accompanied by two new titles from Bodleian Library Publishing. A beautifully illustrated exhibition catalogue, Designing English: Early Literature on the Page, written by exhibition curator Daniel Wakelin is available in hardback for £30. A second title, Revolting Remedies from the Middle Ages, brings together weird and wonderful medical tips for everyday use in medieval England, some of which are displayed in the exhibition. Both titles are available to preorder from www.bodleianshop.co.uk.

An exciting programme of talks and events, including family-friendly activities, will be held over the course of the Designing English exhibition, starting with a special opening weekend celebration at the Bodleian’s Weston Library on 2 December. For more information visit www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson.

The Weston Library is one of the newest cultural destinations in Oxford and has welcomed more than 2 million visitors since opening to the public in March 2015. The Library has also won numerous architectural awards and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016.

 

The Folio Society is delighted to announce that their Limited Edition of Robert Hooke’s Micrographia won the Scholarly, Academic and Reference Book category at The British Book Design & Production Awards 2017, presented in London last week. 

The British Book Design & Production Awards is one of the most prestigious and popular literary events of the year, the awards recognise and promote excellence in the British book industry by celebrating the best editions of the year. 

The judges said: ‘Micrographia is a delightful book traditionally typeset with stunning illustrations of insects and plants including throw-outs for the larger illustrations. The book is beautifully quarter-bound in leather, with silver foiled sides and a silver gilt top, and presented in a cloth-bound slipcase. It may be a large format book but you will fnd it very hard to put down!’ 

Kate Grimwade, Production Director at The Folio Society said: ‘Folio are delighted to have won the Scholarly, Academic and Reference Books category with Micrographia. The images in the book were painstakingly reproduced and restored to their original glory from copies held at the Bodleian and the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford. With five throw-outs, gilded tops, a leather quarter-binding and a stunning blocked design, Micrographia encompasses the very best of Folio’s design and production values. 

 

Thames Bonhams.jpgDesigns for the Thames Tunnel, signed by Marc Isambard Brunel and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, sold for £200,000 at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale in London on Wednesday 15 November. The archive, which came with the signed Brunel family album in which the drawings were originally kept, had been estimated at £50,000-100,000.

Built between 1825 and 1837, the Thames Tunnel - which connects Rotherhithe and Limehouse in East London - was the first ever successful underwater tunnel. The techniques pioneered by the Brunels revolutionised tunnelling and had a significant impact on the development of the London Underground - indeed they were still influential in the construction of the Channel Tunnel in the late 1980s. The Thames Tunnel remains in daily use, 180 years after its completion, as part of the London Overground rail network.    

Bonhams Head of Books and Manuscripts, Matthew Haley, said: “This was a very important archive of what was described at the time as ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’, and is still regarded as one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. The high price paid reflects its huge significance.”

The sale made a total of £1,716,175 with premium.

Sale:          Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs

Location:    Bonhams Knightsbridge

Date:          Wednesday 15 November at 1.00 pm

Specialist:   Matthew Haley, Head of Books and Manuscripts

 

Potter Bonhams.jpgA first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling set a new world record at auction of £106,250 at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London on 15 November. It had been estimated at £30,000-40,000.

The book was inscribed to a friend and her family: ‘For Meera, Donnie, Nastassia and Kai, with lots of love from Jo (also known as J.K. Rowling)".  The inscription is dated one month and a day after the book was published on 26 June 1997, this being one of the first copies supplied to Rowling by the publisher.

Bonhams Head of Books and Manuscripts Matthew Haley said, “There is always a great deal of interest when first editions of Harry Potter books come to auction, especially, of course, in the very first one in the series. This particular example was not only in excellent condition, but it had the added attraction of a very personal inscription from the author herself.”

Among the other sale highlights were:

  • Designs for the Thames Tunnel, signed by Marc Isambard Brunel and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which sold for £200,000.  The archive, which came with the signed Brunel family album in which the drawings were originally kept, had been estimated at £50,000-100,000.
  • An archive of manuscripts and letters from the estate of the famous 18th century actor David Garrick, sold for £112,500 (estimate £10,000-15,000)
  • A first edition of Christopher Saxon’s Atlas of England and Wales from 1859 made £106,000 (estimate £50,000-70,000)
  • A letter from Alan Turing to his former maths teacher was bought for £75,000 (estimate £20,000-30,000).

The sale made a total of £1,716,175 with premium.

New York—Christie’s is pleased to present Russian America and Polar Exploration: Highlights from the Martin Greene Library, a choice selection of important books chronicling the exploration of our planet’s extremes. The auction will take place on Thursday, December 7 at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza. Spanning a period of 400 years, from the 16th to the 20th centuries, Martin Greene’s library includes myriad stories of adventure, scientific discovery, cultural encounters and geopolitical ambition. 

Martin Greene, a Seattle - based doctor and mountaineer, has spent decades collecting books relate d to his passion of travel and exploration. The selection offered in this sale contains rarities from first hand accounts to cartography — with a range including Pacific Voyages, the search for the Northwest and Northeast Passages, the search for Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition, and the race to the North and South Poles. Moreover, Greene has acquired the most important collection of books relating to Alaska when it was a Russian possession which has ever appeared at auction. 

Among the top lots is an extremely rare and beautiful account and atlas of Ivan Kruzenshtern’s voyage of 1802 - 1806, the first Russian circumnavigation of the globe (estimate: $350,000 - 450,000). Not only is it among the most splendid works of 19th century Russian printing it also contains important views of the Northwest Coast of America. Russia’s great rival Britain launched the greatest number of Arctic expeditions; dozens of which centered on the search for the missing explorer, Sir John Franklin, and his crew. Another highlight is an 1854 first edition of S.G. Cresswell’s illustrations of the Franklin Search expedition led by Robert McClure (estimate: $30,000 - 50,000), inscribed by the artist. McClure and his men were the first to traverse the Northwest Passage. America, too, entered the game and with great ambition. Charles Wilkes led the first ever American scientific voyage, the United States Exploring Expedition of 1838 - 1842. Another highlight is a rare Congressional issue of Wilkes’s account (estimate: $60,000 - 90,000). The project was plagued by budget overrun and only 100 sets of these official accounts were printed, many of which were destroyed in the 1851 Library of Congress fire. 

PREVIEW 

New York | Friday, December 1 to Wednesday, December 6. 

 

New York—Christie’s announces the fall various owner sale of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts, encompassing over 200 lots including autograph manuscripts, cartography, literature, and historic artifacts to take place on December 5, 2017, with a stand-alone auction Russian America and Polar Exploration: Highlights from the Martin Greene Library to follow on December 7, 2017, at Christie’s New York.

Highlighting the various owner sale are important artifacts and manuscripts from pivotal moments of American history, including Brigham Young's copy of the 1823 Stone-engraved Declaration of Independence, one of only six known proofs executed on paper (estimate: $400,000-600,000); Abraham Lincoln’s Wooden Bench Mallet, the earliest artifact attributed to Lincoln in private hands (estimate: $300,000-500,000); an extremely rare autograph letter from Abraham Lincoln to Henry Asbury preparing for the Lincoln-Douglas debates (estimate: $500,000-700,000); and John F. Kennedy's own copy of the Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States with his own speech marked and corrected in his hand (estimate: $60,000-80,000).

Additionally, featured within the Americana section is a selection titled The Yorktown Campaign and the Franco-American Alliance: The Papers of the Marquis de Chastellux, featuring over 20 lots of autograph material and historical documentation belonging to the French general and philosopher to the founding fathers of the United States, led by an important manuscript map of New York City prepared by cartographers attached to Rochambeau’s forces during the Yorktown Campaign (estimate: $150,000-200,000); and important autograph letters by Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau.

Other top lots include objects emblematic of scientific acheviement, led by the 1978 Nobel Prize Medal in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Daniel Nathans "for the discovery of restriction enzymes and their application to problems of molecular genetics," (estimate: $400,000-600,000), with proceeds pledged to an endowment that supports the research of young biomedical scientists at the Johns Hopkins Medical School; and Albert Einstein’s telescope, the only scientific instrument owned by Einstein offered at auction (estimate: $200,000-300,000).

Highlighting culture and literature are the earliest Jackie Kennedy letters to appear at auction (estimate: $20,000-30,000); five iterations of an original unpublished love poem, by Bob Dylan to girlfriend Margie Rogerson (estimate: $8,000-12,000); A very rare original drawing by Ralph Steadman for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (estimate: $30,000-50,000); and prime examples of first editions with exceptional provenance including a superb copy of the privately printed first edition of Beatrix Potter's  The Tale of Peter Rabbit (estimate: $40,000-60,000); and Frank L. Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the first edition belonging to actor Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 film (estimate: $30,000-50,000).

Also within the sale is a beautiful selection of illustrated and decorated manuscripts from The Jay T. Snider Collection, spanning centuries and continents, presenting an array of original handmade and painted works. Lots include documentation of nature, such as an album of Chinese watercolors of fruits and flowers, made in the 19th century (estimate: $50,000-80,000), to artists recording their travels, architectural drawings such as a Venetian Renaissance manuscript of imaginary fortresses (estimate $90,000-120,000), and illuminated religious texts, including A fine, richly illuminated Old Believers manuscript from 1818 (estimate: $90,000-120,000).

On December 7, the Books & Manuscripts department will also present a stand-alone auction, Russian America and Polar Exploration: Highlights from the Martin Greene Library, a choice selection of important books chronicling the exploration of the Earth’s antipodes. Additional information on this sale can be found here.

 

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

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. Featured is a first session of selections from a substantial private library that belonged to a leader in the Knights of Malta fraternal order. A varied array of desirable antique volumes will also be offered, include titles covering early American history.            

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1555 printing of Mirandola's "Illustrium Poetarum Flores," Foppens' "La Conversion de S. Augustin Decrite par Lui-meme," produced in 1690, and the 1679 printing of Alexandro's "Selecta Historiae Ecclesiasticae Capita." Additional rare and antique selections include titles relating to Egyptology, military history, Civil War, travel & exploration, Russian history, art history, decorative antique, children's, multi-volume sets, and beyond.                      

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is our first session from a singular private collection that was owned by a high-ranking member of the Knights of St. John of Malta, also known as the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem or the Order of Hospitallers and linked to the Masonic fraternal order. In addition to titles specifically relating to the Knights of Malta, books in the collection relate to other fraternal movements, mysticism, New Thought, race, eugenics, Jewish history, conspiracy theories and more. This library also includes a number of works relating to Russian history, particularly from the revolutionary period, and some of these volumes are signed by members of the Czarist aristocracy and family.    

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings and grouped book lots offering a broad variety of topics.    

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.

George Washington Spy Letter Leads Auction

jhdjiebjfmagmioe.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ auction on Tuesday, November 7 saw fine results for Autographs by important historical figures in a variety of fields, from government to science to music. The total of $662K exceeded the estimate for the sale as a whole by almost $100,000, as lot after lot hammered above estimate.

The highlight of the sale was the Jimmy Van Heusen Collection, offering manuscripts by the composer as well as important letters, musical quotations and manuscripts by some of the most influential composers of the nineteenth- and twentieth centuries. Of the 76 lots offered from the collection, 93% found buyers, exceeding the high estimate for the section by more than $70,000. The top lot of the collection was an autograph musical quotation signed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, showing nine bars from the first movement of Serenade for String Orchestra in C Major, 1888, which sold for $27,500, above a high estimate of $15,000. The first autograph musical quotations by Van Heusen ever to come to auction included the drafts for such hits as Swinging on a Star and Love and Marriage ($6,750 and $7,000, respectively). Each of the seven lots by Van Heusen sold well above their estimates, with the working draft of Call Me Irresponsible reaching $9,375, above a high estimate of $2,000. The proceeds from the sale of the Collection will benefit Cazenovia College, which Van Heusen attended when it was a high school.

The top lot of the sale was a letter from George Washington to his spymaster, Benjamin Tallmadge, requesting intelligence at the height of the Revolutionary War. It was written in November of 1780 from his headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey, concerning the British troop numbers and locations on Long Island. It sold for $40,000.

A strong selection of autographs by scientists was led by a signed photograph of Sigmund Freud by Halberstadt, signed & inscribed to American psychoanalyst Horace W. Frink, 1922, which sold for $20,000. A pair of photographic portraits signed by Albert Einstein and his wife, Elsa, reached $12,500.

Marco Tomaschett, Autographs Specialist at Swann, was pleased with the sale: “The strong results of the musical autographs demonstrate that there is healthy demand for this category.”

The next auction of Autographs at Swann Galleries will be held in Spring 2018.

Image: Lot 7: George Washington, Autograph Letter Signed, to his spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge, New Jersey, 1780. Sold November 7, 2017 for $40,000. (Pre-sale estimate $25,000 to $35,000).

Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 edition of the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin (Verlag Kettler) is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. The selection for Photography Catalogue of the Year is New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom (Rijiksmuseum/nai010). Museum Bhavan by Dayanita Singh (Steidl) is the winner of PhotoBook of the Year. A Jurors’ Special Mention is also given to La Grieta (The Crack) by Carlos Spottorno and Guillermo Abril (Astiberri Ediciones). 

A final jury at Paris Photo selected this year’s winner. The jury included: Florencia Giordana Braun, director and founder of Rolf Art gallery, Buenos Aires; Krzysztof Candrowicz, the artistic director of the Triennial of Photography in Hamburg; Mitch Epstein, New York-based, award-winning photographer whose most recent book, Rocks and Clouds, will be published by Steidl this fall; Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland; and Cristiano Raimondi, head of development and international projects at the New National Museum of Monaco and an invited curator for Platform 2017.

Regarding the jury’s selection this year, Mitch Epstein said, “Our jury choices speak to the pluralism of the medium; photography continues to be a vital language in the art, science, and documentary worlds.” Krzysztof Candrowicz added, “What I see in all the books points to a change in traditional thinking about the photobook, blurring the boundaries and expanding the scope of what a photobook can be.”

Cristiano Raimondi remarked on the First PhotoBook winner, Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation, “Asselin’s Monsanto is a courageous, investigative project that connects evidence-driven photography and visual research to the democratization of knowledge; it’s important that this book exists in physical form, as a document, and not just in the virtual world.” 

“Dayanita Singh has extended the concept of what a book might be with Museum Bhavan: a book of books,” said Mitch Epstein on the PhotoBook of the Year. “Her work is a sophisticated merger of Eastern and Western sensibilities, and celebrates the democratic possibilities of the offset multiple.”

On the winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year, Natalie Hershdorker said, “New Realities takes what might be considered ‘dusty’ material of the nineteenth century and brings new perspectives and fresh design to enliven this classical material. It’s an important example of how to preserve and capture new interest in the history of photography.”

About the 2017 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 

First PhotoBook: A $10,000 prize is awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s) whose first finished, publicly available photobook is judged to be the best of the year. Twenty books from this category were selected for the Shortlist, were presented to the jury for the final selection, and are being exhibited during Paris Photo.

PhotoBook of the Year: This prize is awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s) and publisher responsible for the photobook judged to be the best of the year. Ten books from this category were selected for the Shortlist, were presented to the jury for the final selection, and are being exhibited during Paris Photo.

Photography Catalogue of the Year: This prize is awarded to the publication, publisher, and/or organizing institution responsible for the exhibition catalogue or museum publication judged to be the best of the year. Five books from this category were selected for the Shortlist, were presented to the jury for the final selection, and are being exhibited during Paris Photo.

This year’s Shortlist selection was made by a jury comprising Gregory Halpern, winner of the 2016 PhotoBook of the Year Award; Lesley A. Martin, creative director of the Aperture Foundation book program and publisher of The PhotoBook Review; Kathy Ryan, director of photography, New York Times Magazine; Joel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum; and Christoph Wiesner, artistic director, Paris Photo. The Shortlist was first announced at the New York Art Book Fair, on September 22, 2017. The thirty-five selected photobooks are profiled in The PhotoBook Review, issue 013. 

Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. Since the announcement of the 2016 winners last November, last year’s shortlisted titles have been exhibited in six venues internationally, including at Ivorypress, Madrid; Duesseldorf Photo Weekend, Germany; The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow; and Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland.

Following Paris Photo, the exhibition of the 2017 Shortlist will travel to 6 pt Book Design Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania; Duesseldorf Photo Weekend, Germany; Month of Photography Los Angeles, Venice Arts, Venice, California; Photobookfest 2018, Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow; Triennial of Photography, Hamburg, Germany; Photo Basel, Switzerland; Cortona on the Move, Italy; and Medium Festival of Photography, San Deigo, California, among other venues.

loveday-artwork_600.jpgSan Marino, CA— An exhibition opening next week at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will present a fresh, vibrant group of new works by seven artists responding to research they conducted in The Huntington’s vast collections over the past year. The exhibition “Collection/s: WCCW/five at The Huntington,” on view in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art from Nov. 18, 2017, through Feb. 12, 2018, is part of an initiative called “/five.” The installation features paintings, sculpture, textiles, video, and writings by artists Olivia Chumacero, Sarita Dougherty, Jheanelle Garriques, Zya S. Levy, Kiki Loveday (née kerrie welsh), Soyoung Shin, and Juliana Wisdom, who were selected in collaboration with the Los Angeles-based Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW). Objects in the exhibition include an archive of Sappho-inspired love letters on handmade paper, plaster castings of cacti, a video created in uncultivated areas of the Huntington’s grounds, and porcelain vessels and a tapestry inspired by 18th-century French masterworks.

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

For the second year of the initiative, The Huntington chose WCCW, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that cultivates feminist creative communities and practices, to explore the theme of collecting and collections.

“Henry Huntington was a collector at heart,” said Watts. “He began with books and moved on to land, plants, and, with the guidance of his wife Arabella, British and European art. The Huntingtons—who excluded women from the professional staff—surely never anticipated the myriad challenging, provocative, and insightful ways in which these 21st-century artists would interpret the collections, living and not.”

Additional information and photographs about the /five initiative, WCCW, and the artists and their works is available at huntington.org/five.

Image: Kiki Loveday (née kerrie welsh) (b. 1987), detail of object from What You Love, 2017. Installation of collected letters, objects, and ephemera by various contributors.

lincolnpapers_486x652.pngAbraham Lincoln’s papers from his time as a lawyer, congressman and the 16th president are now online in full color in a new presentation after a multi-year digitization effort at the Library of Congress.

The Library holds a collection of more than 40,000 Lincoln documents dating from 1774 through Lincoln’s presidency and beyond, including materials from his campaigns, Lincoln’s first and second inaugural addresses and the earliest known copies of the Gettysburg Address. The more than 20,000 original documents in the collection have been digitized as high-resolution images through a collaboration with agencies in Illinois.

“The thousands of manuscripts, documents and images that tell the story of Abraham Lincoln’s life are an invaluable resource, and more people than ever can study these primary sources from the Library of Congress,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “More than 150 years after Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, his model of leadership and public service continues to inspire us as a nation.”

The collection is online at loc.gov/collections/abraham-lincoln-papers/about-this-collection/.

Researchers, students and scholars around the world can get a realistic view, zoom in and read documents written by Lincoln and his correspondents. The collection includes original documents as well as transcripts of many of the historic papers. Full-color images of Lincoln’s papers were created using the highest resolution for digitized documents available at the Library.

Treasures from the collection include:

  • Lincoln’s printed copy of his second inaugural address. Historians believe he read from this copy to deliver his inauguration speech on March 4, 1865. For the first time, this document is included with the collection online;
  • Lincoln’s July 1862 preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation;
  • A memorandum expressing Lincoln’s expectation of being defeated for re-election in 1864;
  • A condolence letter by Queen Victoria to Mary Todd Lincoln after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

The papers include Lincoln’s correspondence with his wife, members of his cabinet, military generals and other key figures.

Lincoln materials have long been some of the most frequently used resources in the Library’s collection by researchers and the public. “Civil War” and “Abraham Lincoln” have been among the top search terms on the Library’s website for more than 10 years.

The Lincoln Papers came to the Library in 1919 from Lincoln’s oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, who inherited the papers after his father was assassinated in 1865. The collection was first opened to the public in 1947 at the end of a moratorium period mandated by Robert Lincoln.

Digital images of the Lincoln Papers were first made available online in 2001 based on scans from microfilm. The refreshed digital collection now has been updated with additional features, full-color images and materials not included in the previous online presentation. The Library holds the papers of 23 presidents.

The Lincoln Papers are among several collections made available online during the past year. Other newly digitized collections include the papers of U.S. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and James K. Polk; the papers of Alexander Hamilton, Sigmund Freud and Margaret Bayard Smith; more than 4,600 newspapers from Japanese-American internment camps; a collection of web-based comic books; and 25,000 fire insurance maps from communities across America, the first of 500,000 that will be accessible online.

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.

 

Waldseemuller5.JPGLondon - On 13 December Christie’s Valuable Books and Manuscripts sale will offer a copy of the first map to name America by the most important cartographer of the early sixteenth century, Martin Waldseemüller. The appearance of this previously unknown copy of the Waldseemüller gores (estimate: £600,000 - 900,000 / $800,000 - 1,200,000), 1507, marks a significant cartographic discovery. This revolutionary map not only names America for the first time, but is also the first map to illustrate separate South and North American continents, and is the earliest recorded printed globe. It is one of only 5 known copies and is the first accurate illustration of the world in 360 degrees, depicting a separate Pacific Ocean. A large wall map, produced by Waldseemüller around the same time, and also naming America, survives in a single copy and was acquired by the Library of Congress in May 2003 for $10 million. The Waldseemüller gores will be on view to the public from 9 December, as part of Christie’s Classic Week.

Julian Wilson, Senior Specialist, Books, Maps & Manuscripts: “The discovery of this unknown copy of the Waldseemüller gores marks the most exciting moment of my twenty-year career at Christie’s, his cartographic innovations had an enormous influence in the science of map-making and perhaps most significantly, defined history in naming America.”

In 1505, the cartographer Martin Waldseemüller joined a group of scholars known as the Gymnasium Vosagense. The group was sponsored by René II, the Duke of Lorraine, and based at Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, south-west of Strasbourg. Waldseemüller was tasked with creating a new globe, a large world map and a new edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia and while doing so, broke away from standard cartographic conceptions to visualise Amerigo Vespucci’s claims that the North and South American continents might be separate from Asia. Boldly defining the Pacific and western coast of South America long before any European had officially seen it, Waldseemüller placed the name ‘America’ on the New World for the very first time.

Only four surviving Western maps earlier than Waldseemüller's depict the Americas in any form. The earliest is the Juan de La Cosa manuscript portolan chart, circa 1500, (Museo Naval, Madrid), followed by the manuscript Cantino planisphere (Biblioteca Estense, Modena) dated to 1502 and the 1504/1505 Caveri (Canerio) manuscript portolan chart (Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris). Waldseemüller was influenced by the Spanish and Portuguese mapping of their new discoveries, as evidenced in these three maps, where the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Cuba and other Caribbean islands are quite distinct, and the north coast of South America follows the earlier prototypes. By contrast, Waldseemüller's gores have little in common with the only earlier printed map to show the Americas: this is the world map of Giovanni Matteo Contarini-Francesco Rosselli (1506), which survives as a single copy at the British Library. It depicts Greenland and Newfoundland as an extension of Asia, is without a Central American coastline west of Cuba and illustrates South America as an unfinished northern coastline. Waldseemüller's radical advantage over the Contarini-Rosselli map lay in his taking into consideration the accounts of Amerigo Vespucci’s voyages to South America. A Florentine employed by the Medici bank at Seville, Vespucci met Columbus in about 1497-98, and was inspired himself to conduct exploratory voyages to the New World. His major voyage of discovery occurred in 1499 when he passed the Cape Verde Islands, and then sailed much further down the South American coast than previous Western navigators.

Vespucci realised that the South American continent was much more extensive than had previously been understood, and that it was not, as Columbus had initially thought, the eastern perimeter of Asia. Vespucci's announcement of this news in his Mundus Novus (Rome, circa 1502), with its vivid description of the New World, became a bestseller around Europe. Vespucci's influence was critical to the cartographic advances of Waldseemüller and in view of this and Columbus’ fading fortunes in the early 1500s, Waldseemüller named the continent ‘America’ in Vespucci’s honour.

Image: WALDSEEMÜLLER, Martin (c.1470 - c.1522). World map in the form of a set of gores for a terrestrial globe. Saint-Dié-des-Vosges: 1507, estimate: £600,000 - 900,000 / $800,000 - 1,200,000

 

3379169_3 copy.jpgBoston, MA--A 24-page manuscript penned by Jack Ruby in prison, retracing his steps after Kennedy's assassination will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. 

The manuscript comprehensively traces his steps in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination but prior to the murder of Oswald, and corresponds with the testimony that Ruby gave before the Warren Commission on June 7, 1964. 

The "fellow" he refers to in these passages is Lee Harvey Oswald, and a month after his arrest Ruby told the FBI that his loaded snub-nosed Colt Cobra .38 revolver was in his right pocket during the press conference described here. This was the gun he used to shoot Oswald on the morning of Sunday, November 24th. Ruby maintained that it was never in his mind to kill Oswald until that morning, when he learned that Mrs. Kennedy might need to return to Dallas for a trial and relive her grief. An incredible window into Ruby's actions preceding the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.

The handwritten manuscript in pencil by Jack Ruby written after he was convicted of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald and sentenced to death.  The important manuscript details his movements on the evening of Friday, November 22, 1963, and the early hours of Saturday morning on November 23rd.  Earl Ruby, the brother of Jack Ruby, notes that this manuscript was to be used by Jack's lawyers if a new trial was granted to show that Jack's motives in the murder were not premeditated. 

“It’s an incredible window into Ruby's actions preceding the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. 

Among other items to be featured: 

Jack Ruby's Monogrammed Suitcase used on Ruby's visit to a notorious gambler in Cuba

Jack Ruby bullet fired from the Gun that shot Oswald.

Jack Ruby Letter Ten days after shooting Oswald, Ruby writes from jail: "I loved my President and was in such deep mourning about his tragic passing, anyway you know the rest.”

Lee Harvey Oswald’s US Marine Corps knife.

Lee Harvey Oswald hand addressed envelope that bears several Russian postmarks.

The Fine Autographs and Artifacts from RR Auction began on October 27 and will conclude on November 8.  More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

An historic agreement will be signed in Jerusalem on 7 November 2017 between the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, the Russian State Library in Moscow, and the Moscow-based Peri Foundation regarding the future of the Gunzburg Collection, which includes some of the most important Hebrew manuscripts and books in the world. Through the generous support of the Peri Foundation, 2,000 manuscripts and thousands of books in the collection will be digitized, making these significant works accessible online to both institutions as well as to the general public. 

The addition of the digitized Gunzburg Collection marks a significant milestone in the renewal process of the National Library of Israel, the home of the greatest collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts in the world, and advances its key aim to preserve the national memory of the Jewish people. The new high-quality images of the ancient Hebrew manuscripts will be integrated with the National Library of Israel's new and comprehensive digital platform: Ktiv, which will eventually include images of all known Hebrew manuscripts. 

The Russian State Library is Russia’s largest library according to the number of items - about 47 million - preserved in its collections. The Library was originally part of the Rumyantsev Museum, which opened in 1828. At present it is one of Russia’s national libraries and is located in Moscow where it holds the most comprehensive collection of books published in the Russian Federation.

The NLI is currently undergoing an extensive process of regeneration, the aim of which is to develop and adapt the institution to the twenty-first century. A key element of this process is the development of a new library building designed by world-leading architects Herzog & de Meuron, due to open in 2021.

The Peri Foundation was created in 2012 by Ziyavudin Magomedov, chairman of Summa Group. Central to the foundation’s aims is to create educational opportunities to unlock the potential of young people and to offer access to the latest technological developments.

Mr. Oren Weinberg, Director of the National Library of Israel, said: 

“We are enormously grateful to the Peri Foundation for enabling this landmark agreement with the Russian State Library, an institution that we hold in such esteem.  We are gratified that the digitized Gunzburg books and manuscripts will join other Hebrew manuscripts on Ktiv, a joint venture of the National Library of Israel and the Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society, with the support of the Israel Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage-Land Marks Project. Ktiv is one of the largest digital collections of manuscripts in existence.”

Lord Rothschild, funder of the NLI, said: 

“For many decades now the National Library has lived in hope of having access to the great Gunzberg Collection in Russia.  Thanks to the imaginative generosity of Ziyavudin Magomedov and the Peri Foundation and with the support of the Russian State Library, this will at last happen.  This is of particular sentimental importance to me as I happen to be an Executor of the estate of Isaiah Berlin’s widow, born Aline Gunzberg, a direct descendant of the Gunzberg family.”

Vladimir Gnezdilov, Acting General Director, Russian State Library, said:
“Modern information technology has opened new and unlimited possibilities for accessing the cultural values of countries and their peoples.”

Ziyavudin Magomedov, Founder, Peri Foundation, said:
“I personally consider this a project of the utmost importance. New technology has the potential to assist in comprehending one’s identity, history and culture, change approaches to education, and give access to the exploration of historical heritage. Humanitarian collaboration is extremely important for a balanced world.”

Rembrandt_Four Studies Male Heads_51951_PR copy.jpgCambridge, MA—The Harvard Art Museums announce the extraordinary gift of 330 16th- to 18th-century Dutch, Flemish, and Netherlandish drawings from the esteemed collection of Maida and George S. Abrams (Harvard A.B. ’54, LL.B. ’57), considered the best collection of such material in private hands. The gift further establishes the museums as the major site for the appreciation, research, and study of works on paper from the Dutch Golden Age in North America. This newest promised gift from the Abrams family brings tremendous depth and breadth to the museums’ holdings; the works represent over 125 artists and include extremely fine examples by major masters such as Rembrandt, Jacques de Gheyn II, Hendrick Goltzius, and Adriaen van Ostade, as well as a remarkable range of drawings by lesser-known masters who worked in a wide range of subjects and media. Impressive drawings by artists Nicolaes Berchem, Jacob Marrel, and Cornelis Visscher will help fill gaps in the museums’ collections. Taken as a whole, the Abrams Collection at the Harvard Art Museums reveals the critical role of drawing in the art world of the Dutch Golden Age. 

“George has generously supported the Harvard Art Museums over many decades and in countless ways; we are incredibly thankful for the role that he and Maida have played in galvanizing the study of drawings at Harvard and particularly for their commitment to telling the rich story of draftsmanship from the Low Countries,” said Martha Tedeschi, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “The latest gift from the Abrams family is truly transformative for our museums—indeed, for the entire Boston area, especially as the city strives to become a major destination for the study and presentation of Dutch, Flemish, and Netherlandish art. Together with the newly founded Center for Netherlandish Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, we now can pursue institutional collaborations that will serve visitors and scholars from around the world.” 

Mr. Abrams and his late wife Maida made earlier gifts that brought more than 140 drawings to the Harvard Art Museums over the course of several decades. With their collective gifts, the museums now have the most comprehensive holding of 17th-century Dutch drawings outside Europe. 

“When the collection grows in quality and quantity in such a major way, suddenly there are stories you can tell with greater force and depth, with fewer gaps in the narrative,” said Edouard Kopp, been a key U.S. institution for the study and appreciation of drawings, and this gift will enable us to be an even more vibrant center, particularly for Dutch drawings.” 

News of the promised gift was shared on November 3, just a day before the museums hosted the symposium Dutch Drawings on the Horizon: A Day of Talks in Honor of George S. Abrams. The event brought together international experts on 17th-century Dutch drawings to discuss the exceptional draftsmanship of the Dutch Golden Age, from Goltzius to Rembrandt. Speakers and chairs at the event included George Abrams’s longtime friends and associates Arthur Wheelock, Peter Schatborn, Peter C. Sutton, Jane Turner, and William W. Robinson. 

In 1999, the Abrams gave an initial landmark gift of 110 drawings to the Harvard Art Museums. Many of those works had been included in the 1991-92 exhibition Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, which was on view at the Rijksprentenkabinet in Amsterdam, the Graphische Sammlung Albertina in Vienna, the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, and the Fogg Museum. William W. Robinson, former Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings at the Harvard Art Museums, wrote the accompanying catalogue. The 2002-03 traveling exhibition and accompanying catalogue for Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, also written by Robinson, complemented (and supplemented) the previous catalogue by presenting the most significant acquisitions of the Abrams Collection since the 1991-92 show. Bruegel to Rembrandt was shown at the British Museum in London, the Institut Néerlandais in Paris, and the Fogg Museum. The 1999 gift led the museums to publish Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt (William W. Robinson, with Susan Anderson; 2016), a catalogue of 100 of the museums’ best drawings from this period; almost half of the drawings chosen were part of the Abrams gift. An exhibition of the same title was on display at the Harvard Art Museums from May 21 through August 14, 2016. 

“The Harvard Art Museums’ support of original scholarship and their dedication to training tomorrow’s leaders in the field have long been important to me and my late wife Maida,” said George Abrams. “As a result, I am delighted that our collection will now be housed at the museums and available to a range of audiences. With leadership from director Martha Tedeschi, who deeply understands the importance of works on paper, the museums now stand to have the leading Dutch drawings collection in the United States, with more excellent examples by Rembrandt and wonderful drawings by top draftsmen Hendrick Goltzius and Jacques de Gheyn II.” 

The Abrams Collection at the Harvard Art Museums has particular depth and strength in the following areas: 

  • High and low genre subjects, especially sheets by Adriaen van Ostade, Isaack van Ostade, and Cornelis Dusart 
  • Natural history watercolors (birds, plants, flowers, insects, etc.) by artists such as Jacob Marrel, Maria Sibylla Merian, Johannes Bronkhorst, Pieter Holsteyn II, Gerardus and Rochus van Veen, Margareta de Heer, and Pieter Withoos 
  • Rembrandt and his school, with a particularly impressive range of artists represented who studied directly under Rembrandt or contemporaries who came under the spell of his influential style 

“George’s generosity to the Harvard Art Museums never ceases to amaze me. He has supported us for decades: through gifts of art, steadfast advocacy, and advice,” said William W. Robinson, the former Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings at the Harvard Art Museums. “Now, with the commitment of his collection, the museums are able to carry on Harvard’s great tradition of drawings scholarship, taking it to an even higher level.”

At a dinner held in his honor on November 3, Abrams was appointed Knight in the Order of Orange- Nassau of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The royal decoration was given by Dutch Consul General Dolph Hogewoning for Abrams’s significant contribution to the study and international promotion of Dutch art. The order bears the hyphenated name used by the royal family of the Netherlands since the 16th century and is a chivalric order open for those who have earned special merits for society: people who deserve appreciation and recognition from society for the special way in which they have carried out their activities.

Mr. Abrams has served for years as head of the Drawings Committee at the Harvard Art Museums and was instrumental in securing funds for the Drawings Department at the museums from the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation. These funds support a wide range of events, including the November 4 symposium Dutch Drawings on the Horizon: A Day of Talks in Honor of George S. Abrams. The Durwood Foundation also endowed a fellowship in Dutch art, currently held by Austėja Mackelaitė, who curated an exhibition of drawings from the Abrams Collection now on view, The Art of Drawing in the Early Dutch Golden Age, 1590-1630: Selected Works from the Abrams Collection.

Said Edouard Kopp: “Without George’s help, we wouldn’t be able to engage Harvard students with our drawings collection nearly as much as we do.” For example, Kopp brings museum curatorial fellows and Harvard students to Paris each year for the Salon du Dessin, a major event in the field, for a practicum in acquisitions.

Related Exhibition 

The Art of Drawing in the Early Dutch Golden Age, 1590-1630: Selected Works from the Abrams Collection is currently on view through January 14, 2018; it is installed on Level 2, in the museums’ galleries dedicated to 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art. The installation of 31 drawings explores the extraordinary developments in Dutch art in the period between 1590 and 1630. The works on view present some of the major themes in Dutch art, including the development of high and low genres, the study of landscape, and the interest in the nude; many of these subjects initially emerged in the medium of drawing. The works on display celebrate the role of drawing as a catalyst of creativity during the early Golden Age. 

Image: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Four Studies of Male Heads, c. 1636. Brown ink and brown wash on cream antique laid paper. The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Boston, Massachusetts. Photo: © President and Fellows of Harvard College. 

 

304-Hopper.jpgNew York—A new auction record for any print by American master Edward Hopper was established at Swann Galleries’ auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints on Thursday, November 2. The extremely rare etching The Lonely House, 1923, sold for a record $317,000 to a buyer over the phone, above a high estimate of $200,000. The previous record for a print by the artist, set in 2012, was $80,000 lower. It was also the highest price for an etching ever sold by Swann Galleries.

All three works by Hopper in the sale found buyers. Les Poilus, an extremely rare 1915-18 etching of French infantrymen, reached $42,500, above a high estimate of $20,000, a record for the work.

Swann Galleries holds the top six auction prices for prints by Martin Lewis. In Thursday’s auction, the house beat its own record for Relics (Speakeasy Corner), 1928, one of the artist’s most iconic works. The work sold for $55,000, surpassing the previous benchmark established in 2016.

Several additional image records were established, including $65,000 for Rembrandt van Rijn’s Self-Portrait with Cap Pulled Forward, a circa 1631 etching. A record was also achieved for Arbre, 1892, an enigmatic lithograph by Odilon Redon ($47,500).

The important first edition of Francisco José de Goya’s Los Caprichos, circa 1799, lampooning the Spanish aristocracy and clergy, was sold for $106,250. Approximately 300 copies of the bound set of 80 etchings were produced in the first edition, before Goya withdrew the series from sale for fear of retribution. Few survive, as only 27 were sold and most of the rest destroyed; the copy offered lacked only one etching.

The sale featured a special section of prints from the estate of American artist Will Barnet, 94% of which found buyers. Multiple bidders were on the phones for the duration of the run of 31 works, sending many prices past their estimates. Bidding was especially competitive for three figurative prints of women with pets in the flattened ukiyo-e-esque style for which Barnet is celebrated. Woman, Cat and String, 1964, is especially emblematic of the style: the square color woodcut sold for $4,750, above a high estimate of $1,800. The 1975 color screenprint The Book and lithograph Silent Seasons—Summer, 1974, also performed well ($4,000 and $3,250, respectively).

Director of Prints & Drawings and Vice President of Swann Galleries, Todd Weyman, said of the sale, “Enthusiastic bidding across the board in this auction covering more than five centuries of graphic art centered on a record price for the most expensive printed work by Edward Hopper ever sold, and establishing international auction records for prints by Rembrandt, Redon, and Martin Lewis. We are very pleased.”

The next auction of fine art at Swann Galleries will be Contemporary Art on November 16, 2017.

Lot 304: Edward Hopper, The Lonely House, etching, 1923. Sold November 2, 2017 for $317,000. (Pre-sale estimate $150,000 to $200,000).

With a career spanning more than 50 years, legendary TV personality Dick Cavett is recognized as one of the most cultured and savvy talk-show hosts in the history of television.  The Library of Congress announced today that Cavett has donated 2,500 programs of his decades-long talk-show series—showcasing some of the golden moments in television—to the American people. 

The collection totals nearly 2,000 hours of programming—about 78 days worth of viewing—and features more than 5,000 guests.  The list of guests, many whom rarely appeared on late-night television, is a testament to Cavett’s appeal as a knowledgeable and thoughtful interviewer.   They include Muhammad Ali, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, Ingrid Bergman, Mel Brooks, Truman Capote, Noel Coward, Duke Ellington, Helen Hayes, Jim Henson, Katharine Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, John Kerry, Myrna Loy, Norman Mailer, Mickey Mantle, Groucho Marx, Arthur Miller, Toni Morrison, Paul Newman, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Perkins, Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Mort Sahl, Charles Schulz, Steven Spielberg, Gloria Swanson, Gore Vidal, Orson Welles, Tennessee Williams, Joanne Woodward and many more.

Many rock-and-roll musicians were also featured guests on his shows, including David Bowie, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Stephen Stills and Joni Mitchell.

“Dick Cavett turned interviewing into an art form,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “He could talk to anyone, and his ability to listen and make the fascinating people who sat across from him more relatable guaranteed his place in television history.”

“I still have to convince myself that I actually interviewed and knew all of those incredible people,” said Cavett.  “Looking at the archive of my shows now is simply overwhelming for me. I’m thrilled that the Library of Congress will be the permanent repository for the collection. When I see one of the old shows now, my first thought is ‘What is that starstruck kid from Nebraska doing with whoever the genius of the moment happened to be.’”

Cavett’s archive represents a significant addition to the Library’s impressive collections of film and television icons, including Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, Groucho Marx, Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams, Danny Kaye, Johnny Carson and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.  The Dick Cavett Collection will be available to qualified researchers in the Library’s Motion Picture and Television Reading Room in Washington, D.C.

Many of Cavett’s interviews with the famous and sometimes infamous were often filled with humor, startling revelations and high drama, including on-air altercations.  Collection highlights include:

  • A controversial confrontation between writers Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer about Mailer’s misogynistic tendencies and Vidal comparing him to Charles Manson;
  • The widow of Lee Harvey Oswald talks about her actions immediately after watching John F. Kennedy’s assassination on television;
  • A humorous conversation with Louis Armstrong reflecting on being in Chicago in the days of Al Capone; 
  • James Baldwin in a 1968 interview candidly talks about the negative perception of black activism and his view that integration is a euphemism for white superiority;
  • Mickey Mantle shares a startling personal secret about his teen years;
  • In a 1971 interview, John Lennon and Yoko Ono talk about their relationship and the Beatles;
  • Arthur Miller describes being blacklisted because of his protests against McCarthyism and the writing of “The Crucible”;
  • Lauren Bacall reveals her best-kept secret as a young star in Hollywood—her Jewish heritage;
  • The interview with Judy Collins, whose censored comments caused a firestorm;
  • Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí’s unorthodox appearance in 1970 with Lillian Gish and Satchel Paige.

A winner of three Emmy Awards, Cavett has been nominated for the award 11 times.  During his 35 years as a talk-show host, he has appeared on five different networks.  He was the host of the “Dick Cavett Show” on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on public television from 1977 to 1982.  He also successfully hosted shows on CBS, USA and CNBC.  Cavett also hosted a series of programs on HBO and his compelling interviews were the inspiration for the PBS documentaries “Dick Cavett’s Watergate” (2014) and “Dick Cavett’s Vietnam” (2015).

Cavett is an accomplished actor and writer.  He appeared in a dozen feature films including “Beetlejuice” and “Forrest Gump.”  He wrote for Jack Paar’s and Johnny Carson’s late-night talk shows and authored four books, including the most recent “Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets” (2010) and “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks” (2014). He has written an online opinion column for the New York Times since 2007 and for numerous other publications, including the New Yorker, TV Guide and Vanity Fair.

The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is a state-of-the-art facility funded as a gift to the nation by the Packard Humanities Institute. The Packard Campus is the site where the nation’s library acquires, preserves and provides access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of motion pictures, television programs, radio broadcasts and sound recordings. The Packard Campus is home to more than 7 million collection items. It provides staff support for the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board, the National Recording Preservation Board and the national registries for film and recorded sound.

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.

 

Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) today announced Tommy Pico as the 2017 Fiction & Poetry Prize recipient for IRL (Birds, LLC) and Richard Rothstein as the Nonfiction Prize recipient for The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Liveright Publishing) for the third annual Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize presented by the Brooklyn Eagles, BPL’s young donor group.

Created in 2015, the Prize recognizes new works that reflect the Library’s mission to convene renowned writers, scholars, critics, and artists with members of the borough’s diverse community to discuss urgent social, political, and artistic issues that resonate with Brooklynites and the world at-large.

“With the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize, our dedicated librarians honor vital contributions to contemporary literature,” said BPL President and CEO Linda E. Johnson. “In dramatically different ways, Rothstein’s meticulously researched exposé and Tommy Pico’s gleefully honest poetry spark the kind of dialogue the Library strives to foster throughout the borough and beyond.”

Nominations for the 2017 prize were submitted by BPL librarians from across the system’s 60 branches, with 29 librarians participating in the Prize committee to select the long- and shortlists. BPL’s Director of Outreach Services Nick Higgins and Coordinator of School Outreach Amy Mikel joined an esteemed panel of prominent authors and cultural leaders that included Claudia Rankine, Chris Hayes, and Téa Obreht to select the prizewinners.

Rothstein and Pico will accept their awards, which come with a $5,000 prize, tomorrow at the Brooklyn Classic, the signature fundraising event of the Brooklyn Eagles. This year’s co-chairs for the Brooklyn Eagles’ nonfiction and fiction and poetry prize committees are Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better, and Ashley Mihlebach, National Account Manager at HarperCollins.

“The Brooklyn Eagles are proud to honor the achievements of Richard Rothstein and Tommy Pico with the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize,” said Charles Duhigg, Nonfiction Prize Committee Co-Chair. "Their works embody many of the values the library holds most dear: debate and discussion, ideas that challenge us to think differently, and a belief that the right book can change the world."

About the Winners

In The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on economic and housing policy, debunks the myth that American cities became segregated through individual prejudices, income inequality, or the actions of private institutions. Rothstein argues the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal government bodies led to officially segregated public housing and to the rapid decline of previously integrated neighborhoods. His powerful history sheds light on an untold story in America’s turbulent racial history that begins in the 1920s, and contextualizes its enduring legacy by pointing to outbursts of violence in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Minneapolis, among other cities.

“In these troubled times in which frightening white supremacist activities have been exposed, there is also a growing willingness by many to re-examine, with unprecedented frankness, the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow that determine the inequality we still experience today," said Rothstein. "I am personally gratified by the Brooklyn Public Library’s recognition of The Color of Law, but especially grateful for how such recognition contributes to this national re-examination.”

The Color of Law was selected by the Nonfiction jury that featured Chris Hayes (Emmy Award-winning MSNBC news anchor and New York Times bestselling author), Claudia Rankine (poet, National Book Award finalist, and MacArthur Fellow), Siri Hustvedt (Man Booker-longlisted novelist, essayist, and international lecturer on psychoanalysis and neuroscience), James Shapiro (award-winning Shakespeare scholar and Columbia University professor), Simon Critchley (moderator of The New York Times opinion series "The Stone" and philosophy professor at The New School for Social Research), and Amy Mikel (BPL Coordinator of School Outreach).

“We, as a society, are right now deep in what The Color of Law addresses, and Dr. Rothstein’s research gives people a context regarding the decisions that have been and continue to be made about policies that affect everyone in America,” said Claudia Rankine. “It’s about democracy—how it goes wrong, how it should be enacted—and the fact that this book is being championed by the library, one of our most democratic institutions, will allow more people to read it and be exposed to its arguments.”

Tommy Pico is a Brooklyn-based queer writer originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation. IRL is an extended poem, composed like a long text message, that draws from the epic tradition of A.R. Ammons, ancient Kumeyaay Bird Songs, and Beyoncé’s visual albums. It follows a reservation-born, queer 20-something from Brooklyn looking to understand and define his identity amidst the challenges of emerging adulthood, sexual discovery, social media and the digital age, and a keen awareness of how he is shaped by the legacy of the U.S.’ fraught relationship with Native American communities.

IRL is a dive into a character's indigenous religion, or rather its violent theft, and what he does to keep himself tethered to life in its absence,” said Pico. “Seeing it awarded a literature prize by a library is pretty cosmic. When I was young and bullied, libraries gave me books and books gave me a reason to want to keep going.” 

Pico was awarded the Fiction & Poetry prize by a jury that featured Téa Obreht (novelist, National Book Award finalist), Anderson Tepper (Vanity Fair editor and Brooklyn Book Festival international committee co-chair), Imbolo Mbue (novelist, winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction), Jack Halberstam (eminent queer theorist and Columbia University professor), and Nick Higgins (BPL Director of Outreach Services).

“Tommy Pico's IRL delights and surprises, defies categorization, and challenges our narrative and linguistic expectations,” said Téa Obreht. “It is, on every level, a remarkable achievement.”

About the Prize

The Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize is supported by the Peck Stacpoole Foundation. Brooklyn Public Library is grateful to sponsors of the 2017 Brooklyn Classic: EvensonBest, Compass, Marvel Architects and the Tillary Hotel; and to food and beverage sponsors Sixpoint Brewery, New York Distilling Company, Colson Patisserie, Heights Chateau, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

The 2017 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize shortlists were comprised of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann; Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein; and The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein in Nonfiction, and Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid; What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah; and IRL by Tommy Pico in Fiction & Poetry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair Exhibitors by Location

Massachusetts:

Boomerang Booksellers, of Northampton 

L&T Respess Books, of Northampton

Double Elephant Press, of Northampton     

Zea Mays Printmaking, of Northampton             

White Square Fine Books & Art, of Easthampton

Warwick Press, of Easthampton 

Grey Matter Books, of Hadley 

Sara Krohn Papermaker, of Holyoke

Shelburne Falls Booksellers 

Wiggins Fine Books, of Shelburne Falls 

New England Auctions, of Deerfield

Brier Hill Gallery, of Ashfield and West Roxbury

Swamp Press, of Northfield 

Monroe Bridge Books, of Greenfield

Messenger Press, of North Adams

29 Press, of Cheshire 

Willow Bindery, of Shrewsbury

Third Year Studios, of Boston

Herringbone Bindery, of Boston 

Laurie Alpert, of Brookline

Carol Spack Original Antique Maps, of Framingham

Vermont:

Auger Down Books, of Brattleboro, VT

Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Country Bookshop, of Plainfield, VT

Shattuck Studio and Gallery, of Rutland, VT

Maine:

Design Smith Creative Ventures, of Camden, ME

New Jersey:

Le Bookiniste, of Hopewell, NJ

Jeffrey Bergman Books, of Fort Lee, NJ

Memory Press, of Plainsboro, NJ

New York

Furious Day Press, of New York

Connecticut

Colebrook Book Barn, of Colebrook, CT

John Bale Books, of Waterbury, CT

Yesterday’s Gallery, of East Woodstock, CT

Robin Price, of Middletown, CT

Pennsylvania:

William Hutchinson, of Mendenhall, PA

For more information and digital images of exhibitors, go to:  www.northamptonbookfair.com/exhibitors

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

Screen Shot 2017-11-03 at 8.22.41 AM.pngKitty Maryatt, Director Emerita of the Scripps College Press, has re-created the Blaise Cendrars/Sonia Delaunay 1913 publication, La Prose du Transsibérien, at Two Hands Press. The new edition was printed by letterpress and has hand-painted pochoir. The edition is 150 copies, with 30 hors commerce. The publication date is January 1, 2018; the price for the book is $3500. Pre-publication sales are starting November 1 through December 30, 2017 with a discounted price of $2750. 

The type for the book was printed in June of 2017 by printer Richard Siebert in San Francisco. Two Hands Press licensed a high-resolution scan of La Prose from The Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Richard removed the surrounding pochoir colors from the Blaise Cendrars poem and then went through the whole text for weeks, cleaning up nearly every letter. Sixteen photo-polymer plates were needed to print the four 16 x 23 inch pages, with each one printed in four colors: orange, ruby red, green and blue. Each of the 1000 sheets was printed four times on his Heidelberg letterpress.

The gouache color for the Sonia Delaunay imagery is hand-applied using thin metal stencils (pochoir = stencil in French). There are about 25 aluminum stencils for each of the four sheets, or 100 in all. The 50 or so colors have been selected with great care to match the original books. Maryatt worked primarily with originals at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor, and viewed nine other originals in the US, France and England.

About 75% of the first copies were done in France where Kitty and her assistant Chris Yuengling-Niles spent almost two months working daily with Christine Menguy at Atelier Coloris, who fine-tuned their skills in the pochoir process.

The book is folded once down the center and 21 times across to result in a book that is 3.625 by 7.25 inches. On one side you see the Delaunay image and on facing side, the Cendrars poem with the enhancing pochoir surrounding the type. The book is held unattached in its vellum folder. A booklet will accompany La Prose with an English translation of the poem by Timothy Young and will have a description of the processes.

If you are interested in more details about the project, please go to laprosepochoir.blogspot.com. For a reservation form, send an email to twohandspress@gmail.com.

Screen Shot 2017-11-01 at 9.30.14 AM.pngThe Grolier Club is heralding the Winter holiday with the exhibition Radiant with Color & Art: McLoughlin Brothers and the Business of Picture Books, 1858-1920. More than 200 vibrantly colored children’s illustrated picture books, drawings, watercolors, and ephemera are on view from December 6, 2017 to February 3, 2018.  

The exhibition focuses on the accomplishments and technological innovations of McLoughlin Brothers, the influential late 19th century children’s book publishing firm. Rising from the gritty printing district of lower Manhattan, the McLoughlin Brothers embraced cutting edge technologies like chromolithography, creative branding techniques, and competitive business tactics.  

Based upon the impressive collections of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a national research library and learned society located in Worcester, MA, the exhibition documents the variety of juvenile imprints created by the McLoughlin Brothers, and surveys the broad influence and appeal of this under-studied publisher of illustrated children’s literature.

Drawn from the impressive archive of McLoughlin Brothers artwork and picture books held at the AAS, the exhibition delves into the early history of American juvenile literature publishing during the period from 1858 to 1920, using the production and merchandising practices of McLoughlin Brothers to explore the serious business of entertainment for children.

Radiant with Color & Art is co-curated by Laura Wasowicz, AAS curator of children’s literature and Lauren Hewes, AAS Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts. The exhibition is funded in part with support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Founded by John McLoughlin, Jr. (1827-1905) and Edmund McLoughlin (1833/4-1889) the firm was one of the first to concentrate exclusively in works for children producing illustrated books as well as printed paper dolls, toy soldiers, games, and valentines. They created 1,000 titles in about 150 series between 1860 and 1890.  

The McLoughlin Brothers reached both low and middle-class customers by diversifying their stock and offering various price points for their products ranging from one penny to a dollar per book. Through strategic partnerships and collaborations they expanded their distribution nationwide. They also repurposed their imprints to cross promote and sell other items such as clothing and food and worked with D. Appleton and Company to create Spanish language imprints that were sold throughout Latin America. 

The publishing house was also an innovator in printing technology,  exploiting a new process of printing from relief etched zinc plates called chromotypography, and later mastering the intricacies of  lithographic printing in color. By 1905, they were credited with having one of the largest lithographic printing establishments in the country with a Brooklyn-based factory stretching over five acres.  The firm printed books on all subjects, drawing from both European and American sources to produce everything from fairy tales and nursery rhymes, to books on popular culture and holiday-themed titles. On exhibit is an 1889 book,  A.B.C of Objects for Home and School. Kindergarten First Book, that emphasized the importance of literacy by featuring a mother reading with a child on the cover.  It was a wordless book and was distributed to schools around the world. 

Noteworthy in the books are depictions of humor, race and social mores that provide a unique view into the cultural norms of the times in which they were created. Additionally, the McLoughlin Brothers were well known for their  portrayals of Cinderella and—appropriately for the holidays—Santa Claus.

The publishers hired cartoonist Thomas Nast in 1869 to create a picture book version of the poem The Night Before Christmas.  Recognizing the poem’s potential, the firm periodically issued updated versions featuring modern toys and style of dress and created branded products to accompany the books. On display is the original watercolor for the cover design of an 1888 edition of The Night Before Christmas,  part of the firm’s art archive used for consultation during the design and republishing process. 

Cinderella was a mainstay of the McLoughlinn Brothers.  With its simple design and appealing hand-colored illustrations, the ca. 1858 Cinderella, one of the first titles issued by the publishers after they formed their partnership, looked like countless other picture books for children issued in the 1840s and 1850s. Over forty years later, the firm was still publishing the fairytale, but Cinderella was given a new look as seen in the ca. 1912 watercolor design by New York artist Sarah Noble Ives.    

The McLoughlin Brothers had harnessed the talents of popular 19th century American illustrators, including Thomas Nast, Sarah Noble Ives, Justin H. Howard, Ida Waugh, and Richard André to herald the dawn of the fin de siècle “picture book beautiful.” 

FREE LUNCHTIME EXHIBITION TOURS:

Public tours of the exhibition will be offered by the co-curators 

Friday, January 5, noon-1 pm (Laura Wasowicz, curator of children’s literature, AAS) 

Monday, January 29, 1 pm-2 pm (Lauren Hewes, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, AAS)

CATALOG: 

A fully-illustrated 144-page color catalog of Radiant with Color & Art: McLoughlin Brothers and the Business of Picture Books, 1858-1920, published by the American Antiquarian Society, will be available at the Grolier Club.

About the Grolier Club

Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club is America’s oldest and largest society of bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. Named after Jean Grolier the Renaissance collector renowned for sharing his collection with his friends, the club maintains a 100,000 volume library, publishes books and presents public exhibitions, lectures and symposia to foster an appreciation of art, history, printing and production of books and works on paper.  

About the American Antiquarian Society 

The nation’s first national historical organization, the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is both a learned society and a major independent research library devoted to pre-twentieth century American imprints.  The Society was the recipient of the 2013 National Humanities Medal, the first independent research library to be so honored.  The Society sponsors a broad range of programs - visiting research fellowships, research, education, publications, lectures, and concerts - for constituencies ranging from school children and their teachers through undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, creative and performing artists and writers, and the general public.  

VISITING THE GROLIER CLUB

47 East 60th Street  

New York, NY 10022  

212-838-6690 

www.grolierclub.org  

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

Admission: Exhibitions are open to the public free of charge 

cadogan.pngShapero Modern in conjunction with Sladmore Contemporary is delighted to present Still Reading, an exhibition of paintings by Nancy Cadogan and sculptures by Martin Jennings. Cadogan’s oil paintings of books are shown alongside bronze maquettes and busts from Jennings's statues of literary figures. 

Cadogan’s paintings engage with ideas of time and a private dialogue with literature. The genesis for the series originates from 2011, when she made her first book paintings for the London Antiquarian Book Fair. They capture the immense potential and excitement of reading and the possibilities of language within their diminutive scale. In one sense, the works are typical of the still life genre and record a sense of time passing. In another, they reflect on the concept of stillness more widely, as a rare condition within our hyper-networked contemporary reality, and instead celebrate quiet reflection. 

As Cadogan has stated, ‘The book - the actual physical paper bound object full of words - is a treasure in this modern era. A book contains an entire universe you can only bring to life in your imagination, if you agree to give it time. It is a tribute to privacy, an honouring of the interior life.’ 

Image: Nancy Cadogan, When the Lights Go Down, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE LIFE OF JEAN STEIN

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

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

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

 November4_02_pics.jpgIthaca, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.    

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. Featured is a second session of selections from a substantial private library that belonged to Hollywood icon, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.. Volumes from the holdings of James Hurley will also be offered, alongside a range of titles covering American history, including the opening of the American West.              

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Nate D. Sanders Auctions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional highlights can be found here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Picture Book Art

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

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

A Snapshot of The Carle's Permanent Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programming:

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

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

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

Collection Highlights Tour with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

November 19, 1:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission

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

Special Sundays in the Studio: Celebrate!

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

Free with Museum Admission

Special Storytime with Will Hillenbrand 

November 19, 2:00 pm 

Free with Museum Admission 

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

About The Carle

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

Eric Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than 750,000 visitors, including 50,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including 7,300 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master's degree programs in children's literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call (413) 559-6300 or visit the Museum's website at www.carlemuseum.org

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 SHORTLISTED BOOKS 

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

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

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

THE 2017 ALICE JURY 

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

ABOUT BARD GRADUATE CENTER 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

China in Print is sponsored by AbeBooks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art on a Postcard Secret Auction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image: Dean Echenberg during his service in Vietnam.

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Nate D. Sanders Auctions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The inscribed poem reads in full:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENTS AT THE FAIR

The Ticknor Society Collectors’ Roundtable

Saturday, November 11, 1:00pm

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

Of Books and Wild Beasts: Thoreau’s Wilderness Library

Saturday, November 11, 2:30pm

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

Ricky Jay: Magicians, Cheaters & Remarkable Characters

Saturday, November 11, 4:00pm

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

Bookbinding with Mark Cockram

Sunday, November 12, 1:00pm

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

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal

Sunday, November 12, 2:30pm

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

FREE Expert Appraisals!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Exhibition highlights include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amit Sood, Director of Google Arts & Culture said:

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

20 LIBRARIES JOIN TOGETHER FOR THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY 

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

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

EVENTS AND LEARNING PROGRAMMES

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

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

PUBLISHING

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

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

EXHIBITION TRAVELLING TO NEW YORK IN AUTUMN 2018

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

The exhibition’s New York opening marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US by Scholastic, following the 20th anniversary celebrations of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK. A companion book will be published by Scholastic in the US in autumn 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The exhibition is made possible by Morgan Stanley.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Audio Guide is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional highlights include:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To England ere you bid adieu,

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

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

By Him whose fiat rules the tide,

And bids our fleets in triumph ride!

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

Bade Nelson thunder at the Nile,

Bade England humble Gallic pride, 

That scatters blood and ruin wide.

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

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

Learn, here, to study daring Drake,

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

Or follow Anson’s path to glory;

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

These heroes of the British shore...

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair Exhibitors by Location

Massachusetts:

L&T Respess Books, of Northampton

Double Elephant Press, of Northampton     

Zea Mays Printmaking, of Northampton             

White Square Fine Books & Art, of Easthampton

Warwick Press, of Easthampton 

Shelburne Falls Booksellers 

Wiggins Fine Books, of Shelburne Falls 

New England Auctions, of Deerfield

Brier Hill Gallery, of Ashfield and West Roxbury

Swamp Press, of Northfield 

Monroe Bridge Books, of Greenfield

Messenger Press, of North Adams

29 Press, of Cheshire 

Willow Bindery, of Shrewsbury

Third Year Studios, of Boston

Herringbone Bindery, of Boston 

Laurie Alpert, of Brookline

Vermont:

Auger Down Books, of Brattleboro, VT

Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Country Bookshop, of Plainfield, VT

Shattuck Studio and Gallery, of Rutland, VT

Maine:

Design Smith Creative Ventures, of Camden, ME

New Jersey:

Le Bookiniste, of Hopewell, NJ

Jeffrey Bergman Books, of Fort Lee, NJ

Memory Press, of Plainsboro, NJ

New York: 

Furious Day Press, of New York

Connecticut: 

Colebrook Book Barn, of Colebrook, CT

John Bale Books, of Waterbury, CT

Yesterday’s Gallery, of East Woodstock, CT

Robin Price, of Middletown, CT

Pennsylvania:

William Hutchinson, of Mendenhall, PA

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

 

October21_01_pics.jpgITHACA, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.    

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. Featured is a first session of selections from a substantial private library that belonged to Hollywood icon, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.. Civil War history titles and another session of desirable volumes from the holdings of James Hurley will also be offered.           

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-emptions by the Musées de France

BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE

Lot 35

Jean-Jacques Grandville - Daniel de Defoe 

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

First printing

Unique copy with 43 original drawings

€27,500

Lot 92

Prince Alexis Soltykoff

Voyage en Perse, 1851

First printing

€4,000

Lot 179

Xavier Forneret

A mon fils naturel. November 1847

€4,000 

MAISON DE BALZAC

Lot 39

Jean-Jacques Grandville

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

€3,500

Lot 40

Jean-Jacques Grandville

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

€10,000

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

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

The Garden and Cultivated Earth

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

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

The Wilderness and Land Beyond the City

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

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

Elements and Symbols of the Natural World

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Exhibition

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

Why Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol

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

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

Instant Bestseller, Enduring Classic

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

The Later Christmas Books

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

The Public Readings—A Second Career

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

American Reading Tour, 1867-68

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional historically important items in the archive include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enigma Machine

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

Color-Plate Books

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

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

Autographs

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

Maps

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

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

October7_01_pics.jpgITHACA, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.    

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. Featured is a substantial private library centered in Civil War history. Important modern first editions will also be offered.            

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ansel Adams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Highlights:

AALot1.jpgLot 1

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

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

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

Lot 2

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

Published: Rowland Ward Limited, London, 1900

Estimate: $10,000/15,000

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

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

Lot 7

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

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

Lot 43

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

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

Estimate: $1,500/2,000

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

Lot 82

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

Estimate: $320/400

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

Lot 95

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

Published: Harrison and Sons, London, 1883

Estimate: $200/300

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

Lot 198

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

Published: Aux depens de la Compagnie, Amsterdam, 1733

Estimate: $800/1,000

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

Lot 201

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"A Monsieur Louis Brun

Ce livre qui passé à la N[ouve]lle

Revue française n’a pas

oublié son amitié première

pour Grasset

Affectueux souvenir

Marcel Proust"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE VIEWING AND AUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE AT 1808 CHESTNUT STREET

Thursday, October 12 10am-5pm 

Friday, October 13 10am-5pm 

Saturday, October 14 12pm-5pm 

Sunday, October 15 12pm-5pm 

Monday, October 16 10am-5pm

The Last Days of the Romanovs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SALE HIGHLIGHTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Estimate £400-600; Sold for £7,500

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

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

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

Estimate £400-600; Sold for £10,000

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

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

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

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

Vivien’s Charm bracelet, 1940s

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

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

The Xmas 1940 Wristwatch, 1940

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

Estimate £800-1,200; Sold for £25,000

The ‘Eternally’ Ring, 1940s

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

Estimate £400-600; Sold for £37,500

The Streetcar Named Desire Jewel Case

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

Estimate £800-1,200; Sold for £11,250

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

Estimate £300-500; Sold for £3,500

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

Estimate £800-1,200; Sold for £9,375

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional highlights can be found here.

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

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

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

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

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

The Robert Lehman Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Among other items to be featured: 

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

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

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

Prince's 1980 Rick James Tour All Access Pass.

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

 

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

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

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

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

GRANDVILLE

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

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

ROMANTIC FIRST EDITIONS

VICTOR HUGO

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

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

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

HONORÉ DE BALZAC

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

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

ALEXANDRE DUMAS

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

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

STENDHAL

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

ALFRED DE MUSSET AND GEORGE SAND

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

Auction at Sotheby’s Paris -10 October 2017

Exhibition: 6-7-9 October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st Place  

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

Unity College

2nd Place 

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

UCLA 

3rd Place 

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

Harvard University

Essay Winner

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

Johns Hopkins University 

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

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

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

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