PR_Expired_Book_02.jpgExpired (October 2017) is an exquisite new monograph by American photographic artist Kerry Mansfield that pays homage to the beauty and grace found in the collective and shared experience of time worn and well-read library books. The book's title is drawn from an official designation bestowed by a librarian upon a library book that is considered too damaged to be borrowed and read any longer. Some of these "expired" books are sent to be pulped and recycled, while others languish in storage or turn up in garage sales and on eBay.

This is where Mansfield steps in. For her, the discarded library book is a relic to be cherished and revered. Over the course of several years, she embarked on a mission to locate expired library books across the country and bring them back to life through her photography. With meticulous composition and artful lighting, Mansfield lovingly illuminates every damaged detail elevating these aging books into permanent works of art.

In her artist statement, Kerry Mansfield writes: "The volumes documented in 'Expired' serve as specimens akin to post-mortem photography in the Victorian Era, when family members only received the honor of documentation upon their demise. Each picture serves as an homage, calling out palpable echoes etched into the pages by a margin-scrawled note, a yellowed coffee splatter or sticky peanut butter and jelly fingerprints. It's easy to feel a sense of abuse and loss, but they say much more. They show the evidence of everyone that has touched them, because they were well read, and often well loved. They were not left on shelves, untouched."

In Expired, we witness beauty and poignancy in the tattered edges, torn covers, broken spines, water logged pages, and other defects brought on by time and neglect. Mansfield also photographs the ephemera of the library going experience: the little paper check-out cards where alongside the stamped due date the borrower's signature signifies a sacred promise to return the book on time or face a fine, or, worse, a scolding from the librarian.

The titles Mansfield captures range from the classics we love such as Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," Dr. Seuss's "Hop on Pop," and "The Hardy Boys" series to more obscure books such as Evelyn Sibley Lampman's "The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek" and "The Flutes of Shanghai."

The Process

After culling through thousands of books, Mansfield chose each title based on specific characteristics that she felt best displayed the love poured into library books over their years on the stacks. Currently, over 180 ex-library books have been individually photographed by Mansfield. Every book was carefully assessed, documented and alphabetically archived. The series is comprised of 175 photographs. The book presents 73 of these images. Mansfield still has over 75 books left to shoot and is planning Expired (Volume II).

Book Design

Expired is elegantly designed to have the look and feel of a novel. The book features a red ribbon page marker, a tipped in image on the back cover, and mounted on the inside of the back cover is a physical library check-out card that is signed by the artist on the author line and inserted into a pocket stamped "Expired."

"We must take time to celebrate the swiftly disappearing communal experience offered by library books as they are being replaced by downloads, finger swipes, and plastic newness. If you listen carefully, you can hear the aching poetry -- the burden of the years that calls from their tattered pages," says Mansfield.

Expired will appeal to art and photo book collectors, writers, avid readers, librarians, sociologists, and anyone who cherishes the fading emblems of our collective reading history. 

About the Artist:

Kerry Mansfield is a San Francisco based photographer whose work explores time and how it effects our perceptions of what we see. Born in New Jersey in 1974, Kerry graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Photography from UC Berkeley and did further studies at CCA (California College of the Arts) to refine her sense of space and architecture. Her work has been exhibited globally and garnered numerous honors including LensCulture's Single Image Award, multiple World Photography Organization and IPA Awards, and as a Critical Mass Finalist for three straight years. A host of press and publications, ranging from the PDN Photo Annual to The New York Times, have featured several of her bodies of work, including the most recent Expired series. For more information, go to:

Book Specifications:

The Trade Edition

12"x12" 120 Smyth sewn pages 

Case bound linen cover

Leather wrap spine

Library check-out card in envelope

Red page marker ribbon

Blind embossed title

Tipped-in back cover image

$65 US

The Limited-Edition Box Set

SIGNED Limited Edition PRINT

Only 50 numbered copies

Linen clamshell case

Blind embossed title

Hand signed

Linen covered clamshell case

Includes all Trade Edition details

$350 US 

Both editions can be purchased by going to:


Milton in Translation (Cover) copy.jpgThe works of John Milton have been translated more than 300 times and into 57 different languages - including onto sheets of toilet paper by a Yugoslavian political prisoner - extensive new research has revealed. 

A new book titled ‘Milton in Translation’ has been put together by Milton scholars and translators from across the globe to explore how wide reaching the impact of the 17th Century poet is and mark the 350th anniversary of his masterpiece ‘Paradise Lost’ (1667).  

It represents the world’s first detailed research into how Milton has been translated and read across the globe, and reveals previously unknown stories of the writer’s significance.

It has been produced by Prof Angelica Duran, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Purdue University (USA), Dr Islam Issa, Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University (UK), and Dr Jonathan R Olson, newly appointed Assistant Professor of English at Grand Canyon University (USA).

They recruited a global array of contributors who researched the number of translations, the languages and the significance of Milton across dozens of countries and hundreds of texts.  

Among stories uncovered, they found that in the 1960s, imprisoned Yugoslav communist party official turned dissident, Milovan Djilas, translated Milton onto rolls of toilet paper using a three-inch pencil hidden inside an orange and smuggled it out of prison. 

They also discovered a wide range of previously unknown facts. For instance, that translations were produced to replace lost manuscripts during China’s Cultural Revolution and that Josef Jungmann, the poet and linguist considered to be largely responsible for creating modern Czech language, took delight in translating Milton’s work. 

Dr Islam Issa, Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University, who came up with idea, said:

“The inspiration for this book came in 2012 after the 10th International Milton Symposium in Tokyo, the first time the gathering had been held outside Europe or North America. It hit us how international Milton had become. It became particularly exciting finding how many languages Milton's work had been translated into since he was famously a multilingual himself.

"This book shows the real reach of literature, even if it's from 350 years ago. It also confirms that Milton's works, particularly ‘Paradise Lost’, have themes that are both universal and adaptable to different contexts.”

Among other findings, the book explores the relationship between Milton and politics across the world, reflecting the anti-establishment character of the author who played a role in ordering the execution of King Charles I. 

Translations were often found to mirror periods of rebellious ideology or nationalism such as in Soviet Estonia where the translation was an act of national resistance, during the Winter War of Finland when the country was gaining independence from Russia, and in the Middle East during the recent Arab Spring uprisings.

The book finds that translations of Milton’s work have been closely linked to religion in Iran and Israel, and specifically with Christianity in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain, where the Catholic Inquisition played a part in limiting and delaying some translations. 

Dr Issa added:

"The book isn't just about Milton. For me, the most fascinating thing was seeing how all around the world, religion and politics have been so closely linked with what people choose to translate and how they go about it.

“There were many common trends. So readers going through independence took real interest in Milton's revolutionary ideas. Or interestingly, translators in Egypt, Estonia and Spain from completely different times self-censored the exact same sexual scenes". 

Discoveries also include that Milton's works have been translated into more languages in the last 30 years than in the previous three centuries combined, emphasising the global political liberation and changing landscape of the 21st Century. 

‘Milton in Translation’ has been published by the Oxford University Press. 


1007.jpgThe July 15, 2017 sale at National Book Auctions (NBA) featured a broad range of rare and collectible books and ephemera.

Figuring prominently were titles relating to the opening of the American West as well as emblem books dating back to the early 17th century. Another standout offering was an early edition of Alexander von Humboldt's magnum opus "Voyage aux Regions Equinoxiales du Nouveau Continent." This highly decorative set with calf-backed, marbled, and gilt-stamped boards fetched $1,125 against a high estimate of $400. This pleasing result reflects the recent resurgence of interest in von Humboldt thanks to Andrea Wulf's 2016 bestseller "The Invention of Nature," which credits the German geographer with "forever chang[ing] the way we see the natural world."

Noteworthy ephemera lots included a very early issue of Detective Comics featuring Batman and Robin, which was discovered among personal papers during a complete estate clean-out conducted by NBA's full-service sister company Worth Auctions. Also showcased were an envelope franked by James A. Garfield; an original drawing by Rube Goldberg inscribed to the famous conservationist Horace Marden Albright; and a suite of vintage gravure prints by such iconic early 20th century photographers as Imogen Cunningham and Charles Sheeler.

Further complementary material will be featured in NBA's upcoming sale on July 29, 2017. NBA's cataloged live sales take place in the Galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage in Freeville, New York (just six miles north of Cornell University) and are simulcast to a global bidding audience via Invaluable. For more information about bidding or consigning, or call 607-269-0101.

Image: Voyage aux Regions Equinoxiales du Nouveau Continent.

Altered States 5 copy.jpgCambridge, MA (July 2017) -- The search for something beyond the limits of ordinary experience—for transcendence—has preoccupied humankind for millennia. Religion, the occult, philosophy, music, endorphins, sex, Ecstasy: various paths have been taken in the hope of achieving it. In Altered States: Sex, Drugs, and Transcendence in the Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library, on view at Houghton Library 5 September-16 December, one collector’s quest to document the history of this search through rare books, manuscripts, photographs, posters, prints, comics, and ephemera is celebrated. 

Investment advisor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr. (1957-2009) assembled the world’s largest private collection documenting psychoactive drugs and their physical and social effects. His interest was broad, from cultivation and synthesis to the many cultural and counter-cultural products such altered states of mind have inspired and influenced. Rich in scientific, medical, legal, and literary works, the Ludlow-Santo Domingo (LSD) Library documents in depth both the benefits of controlled use and the horrors of addiction. 

The exhibition, curated by Leslie A. Morris, Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts at Houghton Library with the assistance of colleagues throughout the Harvard Library system, focuses on eight major topics represented in the LSD Library: opium, cocaine, hallucinogens, marijuana, sex, social protest, underground comix, and ephemera. “The incredible variety of material in the LSD Library has transformed our collection,” said Morris. “The Library can now support innovative new research on 20th-century culture and counterculture. And it’s very cool stuff!” 

Highlights include illustrations of poppies in a 16th-century doctor’s manual; an album of delicate 19th-century Chinese paintings showing stages of opium production; a binding with mirror and Amex card for cutting cocaine by artist Damien Hirst; self-portraits drawn under the influence of LSD; and posters from the Black Panthers and the May 1968 student protests in Paris. A selection of classic literature, including work by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas De Quincy, Charles Baudelaire, William S. Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg; and association copies such as Adolf Hitler’s annotated Kokain by Pitigrilli and Timothy Leary’s notes on Aleister Crowley’s Diary of a Drug Fiend, rub shoulders with pulp fiction such as Marijuana Girl, and underground comix illustrated by R. Crumb and Trina Robbins. Medical works on therapeutic drug use, and true-life tales of crime and addiction, provide a sobering reminder of the danger of excess. 

Sex, another path towards transcendence, is explored through poet Pierre Louÿs’s sex diary; erotica by Rachilde, Guy de Maupassant, and Pauline Réage; the first X-rated comic, Barbarella; and Jeffrey magazine. Works on birth control, AIDS prevention, and the Illustrated Presidential Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography, and a female condom, show the individual and social consequences such exploration may provoke. 

The LSD Library came to Harvard in 2012. The collection is shared between various libraries at the University; this exhibition includes material from the Botany Library, Countway Medical Library, Fine Arts Library, Harvard Film Archive, Houghton Library, Law Library, Schlesinger Library, and Widener Library. “Since its arrival at Harvard in 2012, the Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library has been one of our most heavily used collections for research and for teaching,” said Thomas Hyry, Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library. “With this exhibition, we now look forward to presenting selections from this remarkable collection and to welcoming a broad audience of visitors who can engage with and learn from it.” 


Complementary events include:
o Lectures by Don Lattin, author of the Harvard Psychedelic Club, and Laurence Bergreen, author of Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius
o A film series at the Harvard Film Archive
o Social protest inspired poetry readings and other events hosted by Houghton 

Library’s Woodberry Poetry Room
o Altered Gazes: Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll at Schlesinger Library, an exhibition at Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library 

Houghton Library 

Houghton Library is Harvard University’s principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library’s holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room, and through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and courses. 

Houghton Library is located in Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA. It is open Monday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm, and Tuesday through Thursday 9am-7pm. Houghton Library is closed on Sundays. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. 

Image: Ronald Jamer. Hippie Sex Communes. Los Angeles: Echelon Book Publishers, 1970. SD Library Pulp Fiction Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Cambridge, MA (July 2017) - Houghton Library, Harvard College’s primary rare books and manuscripts library, recently announced the capstone event of its 75th anniversary year, a symposium that asks bluntly, “Houghton Library: Who Cares?” The event, scheduled for this October 5th-6th, will examine the library’s legacy, mission, and path forward through the lens of that central question and provocation. 

Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton, Tom Hyry looks forward to “an engaging symposium that will address, from a variety of perspectives, many of the most pressing challenges and promising opportunities faced by Houghton Library and the special collections and archives profession. We hope and expect,” he continues, “that the symposium will result in a renewal of mission and the development of new directions for the library.” 

Fourteen speakers and panelists who connect to Houghton’s collections in a range of ways - as creators and collectors, readers and interpreters, colleagues in cultural heritage from around the world - will join the audience to grapple with questions around care and concern for the collections, as well as the scholarship, art, and inquiry that come out of engagement with libraries like Houghton. Organizers of the event hope to face boldly questions and concerns, cultivating an informed optimism about the future of special collections and archives that is tempered with an understanding of the problems they face in our current cultural climate. 

“Anniversaries tend toward the celebratory and self-congratulatory; our organizing committee hoped instead to use this opportunity to self-challenge and really do the work of building a case for care with this dynamic group of speakers and thinkers,” says Emilie Hardman, Houghton’s Research, Instruction, and Digital Initiatives Librarian, chair of the organizing committee. 

Each day of the symposium will feature a keynote lecture, the first delivered by Jamaica Kincaid, the world-renowned novelist and essayist. Kincaid will be followed by Johanna Drucker, internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. Symposium attendees will also hear opening remarks from Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard. For a full schedule, presenter profiles, registration for the waitlist, and other information, please visit: 

Want to know more? or +1 617-998-5210 

Houghton Library 

Houghton Library is the principal repository for Harvard University's collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. The library’s holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars and the public in the reading room, and through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and courses. 

Houghton Library is located in Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA. It is open Monday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm, and Tuesday through Thursday 9am-7pm. Houghton Library is closed on Sundays. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. 


old ny photo 1.jpgThere’s even more to experience, more to enjoy and - best of all -- more to buy, when the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, September 8-10, 2017. One of New York City’s most eagerly awaited fall events, the 100-exhibitor fair, produced by the Impact Events Group, is among the largest regional antiquarian book fairs in the country.  

This year show goers will be introduced to a whole new world of collectible treasures with the debut of a “Works on Paper” gallery. Sunlight from the exhibition hall’s large windows will flood into individual gallery spaces where exhibitors have brought together outstanding collections of prints, drawings, etchings, engravings, lithographs and photography to add to the fair’s abundance of rare and vintage books from top dealers from across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Whether you’re looking for a book under $50, a rare edition, or a fine print to cherish for years to come, you’ll find it at this fair. With the addition of the Works on Paper gallery, the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair’s expanded offerings make it feel like two great shows in one!

To celebrate the debut of the Works on Paper gallery, the Fair will mount an exhibition and sale of works by the late Maurice Sendak, beloved children’s author and illustrator. The first gallery-style showing and sale to be held in the artist’s native Brooklyn, this special event will feature original drawings, watercolors, vintage posters, signed prints and etchings, most of which have never been offered for public sale. 

These have been collected over a period of fifty years and were largely acquired directly from the artist himself. This is an unprecedented opportunity to own a fine art print, actually produced by the artist in 1971 from some of his favorite book images, for as little as $25.  For the serious collector, an exceptional signed first edition of the artist’s most famous children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” is being offered by Enchanted Books for $22,500.  

If the work of Matthew Carter looks familiar, it’s because you might use it yourself - on your computer. The Center Street Studio is bringing a dramatic exhibit of a print portfolio by the renowned digital type designer, who has seven of his designs in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art. This portfolio consists of the 26 letters of the alphabet in his favorite typefaces of his own creation, which will be displayed on a 24-foot wall.  Some of the fonts include his best known, such as Verdana and Georgia, as well as some from type designs still in progress. 

Pop-up Mania is a series of events devoted to books filled with characters that pop right up out of its pages. Ellen Rubin, known as the Pop-Up Lady, is an expert on the history of moveable paper and will give an informative talk, “A History of Pop-up Books: 900 Years of Paper Engineering” on Saturday. She will also present an amazing exhibit from her massive collection of rare pop-up books from around the world.  On Sunday, parents and children alike will enjoy joining her for a 20-minute dramatic reading of the pop-up book, The Three Little Pigs. Fun for the entire family!

Joining her on Sunday is Matthew Reinhart, a world-renowned children's book author, illustrator and paper engineer. He will share the secrets of how to transform paper into magical, moving, three-dimensional structures that defy imagination in his demonstration, “Cut, Fold And Repeat.” Matthew is known best for designing the impossible in his acclaimed pop-up books, among them the New York Times bestselling “Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide To The Galaxy, Cinderella: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale, Dc Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book and Mommy ?, produced with the legendary Maurice Sendak.. 

For people new to collecting rare books or prints, two talented professionals will present informative talks on Saturday. The History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” personality and rare book specialist, Rebecca Romney, will talk on “The ABC’s of Starting a Rare Book Collection,” and sign copies of her newly published book, “Printer’s Error:  Irreverent Stories from Book History.”  Art appraiser and renowned print specialist Jeannot R. Barr will share the fine points of getting started on a print collection in his presentation, “Starting a Print Collection on Any Budget. It’s a unique opportunity for collectors at all levels to learn directly from experts.

One of the signatures of this show is its depth of variety. Visitors could spend hours combing the aisles for personal favorites:  nostalgic snapshots of early New York from the vast collection of Stacy Waldman, owner of the House of Mirth; Brooklyn-based bookseller Lizzy Young’s vintage cookbooks and ephemera, including menus from the ocean liner RMS Lusitania. A collection of beautifully bound books from Austin Abbey Rare Books, has gilt-embossed covers that turn into glowing miniature works of art under direct light; and a huge collection of vintage luggage labels from Sheryl Jaeger of Eclectibles is sure to induce romantic visions of faraway places. World War II history buffs will be drawn to two important and very rare propaganda postcard collections that demonstrate how history unfolds on paper. Exhibitor Kurt Sanftleben’s Black Album, a collection of ten propaganda postcards, is the earliest depiction of Nazi atrocities against Poland’s Jewish citizens. Emil Allakhverdov’s Anti-Nazi, Anti-Soviet postcards, were reconfigured illustrations from a Ukrainian children’s book, published after the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. 

A Friday evening preview benefiting Rare Book School, is a must for those wanting to get first pick from the fair’s thousands of rare items before doors open on Saturday.  


Brooklyn Expo Center

79 Franklin Street

Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Friday Preview - 5:00-9:00 pm (benefit for Rare Book School)

Saturday, September 9 -11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 10 - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Friday Night Preview Benefit -- $25.00

General Admission Weekend Pass for $15 or $10 on Sunday 

Visit: for more information and discount admission tickets.

9781783301874.jpgFacet Publishing have announced the release of Freda Matassa’s new book Valuing Your Collection: A practical guide for museums, libraries and archives 

Assigning a financial value to a cultural object is always difficult, as there is no right answer. It is one of the many tasks of the curator, whether they work in a gallery, museum, archive or library, yet it is a role for which few have had any training and that many approach with a lack of confidence. Even if there is a profound knowledge of the subject matter, there may be insufficient experience in the market for cultural objects. However, although it may not be easy, it has to be done.

In Valuing Your Collection, collections management expert Freda Matassa examines the issues around valuing objects in cultural collections, describing current practice in museums, libraries and archives, and giving practical advice on how to assign values. Matassa looks at the difference between value and worth and at how cultural value can be translated into monetary terms. She outlines the arguments over whether financial values should be assigned at all and provides guidance on how to approach a valuation by making comparisons and using a step-by-step process for which templates for a wide range of collections are provided.

Matassa said, “Valuation is fraught with difficulties for cultural collections. Finance is not their core business. Curators have little or no training and are reluctant to mention money as it may detract from significance. My book is designed to give the non-specialist confidence in their decision making.”

Valuing Your Collection: A practical guide for museums, libraries and archives | Jul 2017 | 240pp | paperback: 9781783301874 | £59.95 | hardback: 9781783301881 | £119.95 | eBook: 9781783302147

Freda Matassa FRSA MA (Hons) DipAL DipEd is a well-known UK expert on collections management who advises, teaches and lectures internationally. Currently Director of Matassa Toffolo, a museum-standard art consultancy, former Head of Collections Management at Tate Galleries and co-founder of the European Registrars Conference, she is expert adviser on several European projects for museum standards and to the Minister of Culture on Immunity from Seizure. She was named one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in the arts and is the author of Museum Collections Management (Facet, 2011) and Organizing Exhibitions (Facet, 2014).

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: | Web: | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.

Gigli copy.jpgDALLAS, Texas — Some of the most recognizable cultural figures and historical events are represented in the prints offered in Heritage Auctions’ Photographs Online Auction. Bids have been registered for a number of pieces with the end of bidding arriving July 19.

Highlighting the auction is long time LIFE magazine photographer Ormond Gigli’s Girls in the Windows, New York City, 1960 (est. $35,000-45,000), an impressive-sized (46 by 46 inches) print that is widely regarded as one of the most famous fashion shots of the 1960s.

“This auction is a testament to the evolving fine-art photography market and our over one million registered bidder-members that we are able to offer such high-value and iconic photographs in an internet-only format,” said Nigel Russell, Heritage Auctions Director of Photography.

Photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams is represented with his Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958 (est. $15,000-25,000). This photo came to auction from the current owner who received it directly form Adams in 1977.

One of the most memorable photos ever published by LIFE magazine V.J. Day , Times Square, New York City, 1945 also referred to as “The Kiss” by Alfred Eisenstaedt (est. $8,000-12,000), numbered 175/250, captures the celebration of V-J Day in New York City. The Germany-born photographer recorded some of the most influential and iconic images of the 20th century.

Additionally, American photographer Herb Greene built his career around his portraits of the infamous band The Grateful Dead. This shot of the band with rock legend Bob Dylan aptly titled Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, 1987 (est. $1,500-2,500), is classic Greene and is one of many pop culture-themed photos available.

Other top lots include but are not limited to:

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Saint Benedict Chapel from the series Architecture of Time, 2000: est. $10,000-15,000

Josef Hoflehner’s Jet Airliner #43, 2011: est. $6,500-7,500

Yousuf Karsh’s Winston Churchill, 1941: est. $3,000-5,000

Nicholas Nixon’s The Brown Sisters, Cambridge, 1986: est. $6,000-8,000

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

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

nielsen copy.jpgDALLAS, Texas - A record-breaking $1.4 million worth of rare animation art, concept drawings and poster art changed hands in Heritage Auctions’ Animation Art Auction July 1-2 in Dallas. The event featured a grand selection of original Fantasia artwork, and the leader of the famed Disney musical feature was Kay Nielsen’s depiction of the demon Chernabog in the Night on Bald Mountain Concept Painting, which sold for an astounding $59,750.

“This was our sixth consecutive Animation auction to top the $1 million mark,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art for Heritage. “Our formula has been to auction primarily fresh material that never had been offered for sale before, with almost no reserves, and to cross-promote it to a new generation of bidders as well as seasoned animation collectors. We plan to continue in this vein and also to continue emphasizing the whole range of animation from 1928-2000."

A beautiful Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Old Hag and Snow White Production Cel exceeded expectations by closing $33,460, solidifying the fact that the cel was “no ordinary apple.” Also, a museum-worthy storyboard sequence from Song of the South appeared and its 23 pages of concept art from the “Tar Baby” scene by illustrator Ken Anderson sold for $15,535. Concept art from the classic by Mary Blair featuring Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox Concept Art (Walt Disney, 1946) sold for $10,157.

A lavish selection of Lady and the Tramp original artwork was offered, and some of the highlights included an alluring Production Cel Setup and Master Background that realized $14,340, a Production Cel Setup from the memorable “Bella Notte” scene received $11,950 and a Concept Art/Background Color Key by Eyvind Earle was auctioned for $6,572.50.

Additional animation and collectibles highlights included, but were not limited to:

·         Mary Blair’s The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Concept Painting: realized $14,937

·         Mary Blair’s It’s a Small World Concept Painting: realized $14,340

·         Robin Hood Daffy Original Painting by Chuck Jones: realized $14,340

·         A bound Mickey Mouse Magazine Giveaway V1 #1: realized $13,145

Classics and Saturday Morning Cartoons

A gem from the Saturday morning cartoon arsenal of artwork Filmation’s The Adventures of Batman Publicity Cel and Painted Coconut came out on top, realizing $6,572. This cel was special because it was actually displayed in Filmation Studios’ offices for many years.

A rare, Rocky and His Friends Production Cel and Key Master Background realized $16,730.

An extraordinarily rare Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Production Cel Setup and Master Background (MGM, 1966) - depicting the dastardly Grinch speeding away from Whoville on a sled packed with presents - sold for nearly three times its estimate to end at $6,572.

One of the first depictions of Mighty Mouse as “Super Mouse”- desired for being the first time art from the early cartoon was ever offered at auction - sold for $5,019. Also bringing $5,019 was a Production Cel and Master Painted Background Setup from the famous Tom and Jerry short “A Mouse in the House.”

Rare Disneyland Poster Art

Fans of Disneyland were treated to The Haunted House/Haunted Mansion Disneyland Notes and Plans group that are straight from the hands of Walt Disney and Ken Anderson, a longtime writer and art director at Walt Disney Animation Studios. These binder-bound notes went for $13,145 after a fierce battle among 13 bidders.

The “Haunted Mansion" Disneyland Entrance Poster Signed by Marc Davis (Walt Disney, 1969) sold for $4,899. The "Matterhorn Bobsled" Disneyland Park Attraction Poster (Walt Disney, 1959) sold for $3,585 as did the "Autopia" Disneyland Park Attraction Poster (Walt Disney, 1955).

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

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

casa.jpgDALLAS, Texas - A truly special piece from a film widely regarded as one of the greatest ever made, the 1946 Casablanca Italian 4 Fogli with Luigi Martinati Artwork is expected to sell for as much as $180,000 July 29-30 in Dallas. This 55.5-by-78.25-inch work of art is the first of its kind to surface in recent history; the poster, and many more, will hit the block on July 29-30 at Heritage Auctions’ Movie Posters Signature Auction.

“This Casablanca rarity is one of the finest in the entire hobby,” said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage Auctions. “To own this poster is on par with owning the pinnacle of poster art.”

Also on offer is a Frankenstein (Universal, 1931) One Sheet (est. $80,000), which is one out of six copies known to exist. The sequel to Frankenstein also makes an appearance at auction. A French Grande (46.5-by-62-inch) of The Bride of Frankenstein from 1935 is expected to bring in $40,000.

Other momentous Horror posters consist of a Supernatural One Sheet from 1933 (est. $45,000) and a never-before-offered Italian 4 Fogli from Horror of Dracula, a Universal production (est. $10,000).

From the depths of imagination came Metropolis, and with it came the revolutionary genre of science fiction. Two Australian pre-war daybills will cross the block and each is the only known copy of its kind. The two styles being presented are the Robotrix Style Daybill (est. $30,000) and the Flood Style Daybill (est. $20,000) which are genre-defining classics and must-haves for any serious collector. 

The Day the Earth Stood Still (est. $10,000) by 20th Century Fox in 1951 is arguably one of the best science fiction movies ever made, and Heritage is offering a classic Standee with retro imagery similar to the artwork found on the half sheets and title cards.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

·         Casablanca Half Sheet (Warner Brothers, 1942): est. $50,000

·         Cavalcade One Sheet (Fox, 1933): est. $25,000

·         Morocco Double Grande (Paramount, 1931): est. $20,000

·         Spitfire One Sheet (RKO, 1934): est. $15,000

·         Moon Over Miami One Sheet (20th Century Fox, 1941): est. $12,000

Heritage Auctions’ Signature Movie Poster Auction takes place July 29-30 in Dallas and online at

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PBS presenters 1.pngThe lineup for the 3rd annual Picture Book Summit online writing conference, set to take place Saturday, October 7, has been announced. Early Bird registration is now open. 

Headlining the event is Tomie dePaola, author of Strega Nona and more than 200 additional children's books. The 2011 recipient of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to American children's literature will appear live to provide the opening keynote address. 

The live online writing conference, reaching working and aspiring picture book writers across the globe, will feature a full day of keynotes, workshops and panels featuring top authors, editors and agents. 

Also providing keynote addresses will be superstar picture book authors Carole Boston Weatherford (multiple Caldecott honoree, author of Freedom in Congo Square, Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom and more than 50 additional books for children) and Adam Rex (New York Times bestsellers Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and School’s First Day of School). 

Attendees will also enjoy workshops from author Steve Swinburne (Sea Turtle Scientist and Safe in a Storm), Julie Hedlund (My Love for You is the Sun), Greenburger Associates Literary Agent Brenda Bowen and Laura Backes, publisher and founder of Children's Book Insider, the Children's Writing Monthly. 

Panel discussions will include a selection of children's publishing's top editors and agents. There will also be networking and submission opportunities for attendees. 

The full day's lineup, along with registration information, can be found at 

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Denis Johnson, author of the critically acclaimed collection of short stories “Jesus’ Son” and the novel “Tree of Smoke,” will posthumously receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 2.

The National Book Festival and the prize ceremony will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The author’s widow, Cindy Johnson, will accept the prize.

Hayden chose Johnson based on the recommendation of a jury of distinguished authors and prominent literary critics from around the world.

“Denis Johnson was a writer for our times,” Hayden said. “In prose that fused grace with grit, he spun tale after tale about our walking wounded, the demons that haunt, the salvation we seek. We emerge from his imagined world with profound empathy, a different perspective—a little changed.”

In March the Librarian offered the prize to Johnson, and he enthusiastically accepted. He wrote, “The list of past awardees is daunting, and I'm honored to be in such company. My head's spinning from such great news!” After a long struggle with cancer, Denis Johnson died on May 24.

The annual Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction honors an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality of thought and imagination. The award seeks to commend strong, unique, enduring voices that—throughout long, consistently accomplished careers—have told us something revealing about the American experience.

Previous winners of the prize are Marilynne Robinson (2016), Louise Erdrich (2015), E. L. Doctorow (2014) and Don DeLillo (2013). Under its previous name, the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for fiction, the awardees were Philip Roth (2012), Toni Morrison (2011), Isabel Allende (2010), and John Grisham (2009). In 2008, the Library presented Pulitzer-Prize winner Herman Wouk with a lifetime achievement award for fiction writing.

Johnson was born in Munich, West Germany, the son of an American diplomat, and spent his childhood in the Philippines and Japan before returning to spend the rest of his youth in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. He is the author of nine novels, as well as numerous plays, poetry collections, a short-story collection and a novella. Johnson won the National Book Award for his resonant Vietnam novel “Tree of Smoke” (2007), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

His short novel “Train Dreams” (2012) was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent work, “The Laughing Monsters,” was published in 2014. Johnson’s many other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations and a Whiting Award.

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141-Flagg copy.jpgNew York—On August 2, Swann Galleries will close their spring-summer season with an extravaganza of Vintage Posters that span the last 150 years.

Marking the centennial anniversary of the U.S.’s entry into World War I, the sale will feature the largest number of posters from the conflict the house has ever offered. James Montgomery Flagg’s iconic I Want You for U.S. Army, 1917, estimated at $7,000 to $10,000, leads a group of galvanizing images from both sides of the Atlantic. Flagg is well represented in the sale, with several of his famous works promoting Wake Up America Day, as well as various factions of the military. Also available are patriotic works by Howard Chandler Christy, Joseph C. Leyendecker, William Dodge Stevens and Lucy Kemp-Welch.

A prodigious selection World War II propaganda brings the total number of war posters in the sale to nearly 250. Leading the way is the iconic Keep Calm & Carry On, published in 1939 by the British Ministry of Information and never officially distributed ($12,000 to $18,000). Similarly, 1941’s Join the ATS by Abram Games, valued at $3,000 to $4,000, was never released publicly because it was considered too suggestive. Additional highlights include popular works by Victor Ancona, E.B. Greenhaw, Leo Lionni and Karl Koehler.

From the nineteenth century comes a parade of Art Nouveau masterworks that includes Eugène Grasset’s Abricotine, circa 1905, and Babylone d’Allemagne, 1894, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ($7,000 to $10,000 and $20,000 to $30,000, respectively). The charming A la Bodiniére, 1894, by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, valued at $6,000 to $9,000, joins sensuous works by Jane Atché, Leonetto Cappiello, Ludwig Hohlwein and Alphonse Mucha.

A selection of circus and magic posters features highlights from Barnum & Bailey’s and the Ringling Brothers. A promotional poster for magician Harry Jansen displays his stage name and catch phrase: Danté / Sim - Sala - Bim! mysteriously bears the signature of Ted Henty, a policeman turned ghost-hunter ($12,000 to $18,000). A more modern assortment of entertainment images includes French music hall, theatrical and movie posters, including the renowned advertisement by Robert McGinnis for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961, starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, valued between $4,000 and $6,000.

Two colorful works by Roger Broders will be available: Menton, circa 1923, depicts a French seaside while La Côte d’Azur ses Montagnes, circa 1930, shows a vertiginous mountain valley ($1,500 to $2,000 each). Beach scenes by Maurice Lauro, Fortunino Matania and Alberto Vargas demonstrate the newfound popularity of coastal tourism in the first half of the twentieth century.

The auction will be held Wednesday, August 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continuing at 2:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Thursday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, July 31, through Tuesday, August 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 at

For further information and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Nicholas D. Lowry at 212-254-4710, extension 57, or via e-mail at

Image: Lot 141 James Montgomery Flagg, I Want You For U.S. Army, 1917. Estimate $7,000 to $10,000.


Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind, poem inscription copy.jpgHollywood icon and incandescent star of one of the most beloved films of all time, Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) captured hearts and minds with her fiery, luminous performance as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind in 1939. Her legendary status in the pantheon of all-time greats was assured when she secured what perhaps remains to this day the most coveted role in cinema history. Our perception of such legends is often imperceptibly entwined with the myths they come to embody. This September, a spotlight will reveal the inner person few people really knew, in effect Vivien’s private life, when Sotheby’s London brings to auction The Vivien Leigh Collection.

Passed down through Vivien’s family, the collection comprises paintings, jewellery, couture, books, furniture, porcelain, objets d’art and further items celebrating all aspects of her life, from the pre-war years in London, to Hollywood and beyond, up to her death in 1967. Myriad pieces drawn from the city and country homes Vivien shared with her husband Laurence Olivier will give a new perspective on Vivien, from her appreciation of art and patronage of Modern British artists, to her passion for books and fondness for entertaining and interior design.

Vivien Leigh’s family commented: “We hope people take as much pleasure from this collection as our grandparents, parents and families have done.”

Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s UK Chairman, commented: “This is our chance to discover the real, and unexpected, Vivien Leigh. We’re all guilty of confusing our favourite actresses with the heroines they portray, of blurring Vivien’s identity with that of Scarlett O’Hara or Blanche DuBois. But, behind the guise of the most glamorous and talked-about woman of her age we find a fine art collector, patron, even a book worm, who was the intellectual equal of the literati, artists and aesthetes she counted among her coterie. Her private collection does not disappoint. Vivien approached the decoration of her homes as if she were designing a set, incorporating influences and inspiration from a life spent on screen and on stage. These houses were an extension of the theatrical space, with medieval Notley Abbey looking positively Shakespearean. Fifty years on from her death, this sale opens the door into Vivien’s private world, allowing us a privileged and fascinating glimpse into a world that otherwise only her closest friends could ever have known.”

Vivien Leigh’s Personal Copy of Gone With The Wind

Given to her by the author Margaret Mitchell 


The quest to find an actress to play Scarlett O’Hara is one of the most enduring stories enshrined in the annals of Hollywood. Margaret Mitchell’s novel, winner of the 1937 Pulitzer Prize, was a best-seller in every sense, not only selling in staggering numbers, but striking a chord with female readers who fancied themselves as Scarlett. Among these fans was Vivien, one of the book’s earliest readers: “From the moment I read [it], I was fascinated by the lovely wayward, tempestuous Scarlett. I felt that I loved and understood her, almost as though I had known her in the flesh. When I heard that the book was to filmed in Hollywood early in 1939, I longed to play the part.”

A dedicated reader of the book, Vivien kept a copy close at hand during filming and deeply resented any divergence from Margaret Mitchell’s text. On the final day of shooting, Olivia de Havilland (‘Melanie Hamilton’) walked past Vivien, failing to recognise her. “She looked so diminished by over work... Her whole atmosphere had changed. She gave something to that film that I don’t think she ever got back.” Vivien went on to win her first Oscar for her performance in 1939. She was just 26 years old at the time.

Her copy of Gone with the Wind is inscribed by Margaret Mitchell with a hand-written poem: “Life’s pattern pricked with a scarlet thread / where once we were with a gray / To remind us all how we played our parts / In the shock of an epic day”.


Lot 82 - Jane Austen - autograph letter, written in third person to her niece Anna Lefroy (nee Austen) copy.jpgSotheby’s London, July 2017-Almost exactly 200 years to the day of Jane Austen’s death in 1817, a masterly comic letter written by the author to her favourite niece will come to sale for the very first time at Sotheby’s London on 11th July with an estimate of £80,000-100,000. The celebrated novelist, whose own literature has remained the subject of critique for over two centuries, is here seen exercising her own critical opinion of another writer’s work in a light-hearted jeu d’espirit which exudes not only Austen’s supreme intellect, but also her comic charm.

Dating from 29-30 October 1812, a critical time in Austen’s career - immediately after the publication of Sense and Sensibility and around the time that the manuscript of Pride and Prejudice was sent for publication - this unique correspondence provides a rare insight into how Austen thought about fiction. The object of her censure is a “most tiresome and prosy” Gothic novel titled Lady Maclairn, the Victim of Villainy, published by her contemporary Rachel Hunter. 

Both Austen and her niece Anna Lefroy, the eldest daughter of Rev. James Austen, Jane’s eldest brother, had thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel together. And this letter, addressed as if to the author Rachel Hunter herself, brims with the shared pleasure the two women had taken in this over-plotted melodrama, relishing its clichés and absurdities,from the heroine’s relentless tears to the verbose repetitions of character and plot.

Mrs Hunter’s novel cannot, of course, survive the mock-enthusiasm of perhaps the wittiest pen in the language, but it is at least clear that Austen had found the novel to be enjoyable nonsense. 

Indeed, this satirical exposure of the clichés of the Gothic novel is strikingly reminiscent of Northanger Abbey, in which Austen gleeful parodied the conventions of Gothic novels. The link to Austen’s own oeuvre is furthered when the novelist turns the attention toward her personal style of writing, pleading for ‘at least 4 vols more about the Flint family’ and demanding a more extensive examination of the lover’s courtship, which Hunter ‘handled too briefly’. Referring to herself in the third person, she asserts:‘it is certainly not hard to imagine that Austen could have made much of an episode’ of ‘the arrival of a handsome young curate’. Indeed, her comments mock the iconic style for which Austen’s novels are famed, alluding to the lengthy passages of characterisation and courtship which perpetually preside.

The letter is significant then, not only because it is littered with a delightfully light-hearted irony shared exclusively between close family members, but because it illuminates the remarkable relationship which existed between the author, her novels, and the novels of her contemporaries, at the very peak of her literary career.

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Two Further Fragments of Correspondence between Jane Austen and her Favoured Niece Anna Lefroy 

Sotheby’s sale will also include two fragments of handwritten letters addressed to Lefroy, which disclose the intricacies of Austen’s family life and leisure.

The first of these fragments (lot 83) was written during Austen’s ten day visit to London in November 1814, the main object of which was to meet with her publisher to discuss a second edition of Mansfield Park, following a sell-out first run. The letter recounts the lively family gossip circulating in the weeks following Anna’s marriage to Benjamin Lefroy, and discusses the family trip to the theatre to see David Garrick’s popular production of Isabella, or the Fatal Marriage.It is hardly surprising that Jane would take the opportunity that the visit to London gave her to visit her "literary niece" for the first time since her marriage, and this engaging letter expresses her pleasure in Anna's new life. 

Perhaps most importantly however, this fragment exemplifies the emphasis which Austen placed on a close-knit extended network of family, a theme that bears out in many of her most-loved novels. As with many of Jane Austen's letters, it gives a powerful sense of her life within an extensive familial network of immediate family and cousins: ‘I like first Cousins to be first Cousins, & interested about each other’. 

Lot 84 comprises the second fragment of this same letter. Here, the importance with which Austen regards family is again the foremost theme, as she describes a visit to her nieces whose mother had recently passed away; Charles Austen’s wife had tragically died following childbirth in 1814, and the baby was lost two weeks later. The fragment recalls the ‘thousand questions’ put forth by her young inquisitive nieces, aged five, four, and two, and by Francis Austen’s daughter, aged seven. Together, these letters have a combined estimate of £118,000 -162,000. 

Newspaper copy.jpgOn the weekend of October 7-8, 1871, fire ripped through downtown Chicago, Illinois, destroying thousands of blocks, killing upwards of 300 people and leaving nearly 100,000 residents homeless.  Artifacts from the fire are incredibly rare, especially printed materials. On Saturday, July 8, Potter and Potter Auctions will be offering two of the rarest items to survive from the fire, specifically a near fine copy of the only newspaper printed in Chicago during the fire and a rare broadside, issued by mayor Roswell B. Mason, turning over control of the city to General Sheridan.

The Chicago Post Extra! newspaper page, dated October 9, 1871, bears headlines such as “Chicago on Fire!”, “The Fire Fiend Rampant”, and “An Area of 700 Acres Completely Devastated!”. Only two copies are known, one at the Newberry Library and the other at the Chicago History Museum. The broadside is even rarer, with only one copy located at the Newberry Library. Together, they are expected to sell over $10,000. Two large wall maps showing real estate from the turn of the century round out the Chicago offerings.

The items are among an impressive collection of rare books, autographs and historic ephemera being offered for sale on Saturday, including Walter Gibson’s own full run of The Shadow, a strong session of beat literature, a copy of Andy Warhol’s Index Book signed five times, a number of presidential signed items, numerous French exhibition posters from the 1950s-60s and a rare engraving of The Declaration of Independence.

For more information, contact Potter & Potter Auctions, Inc., at 773-472-1442 or The sale will take place live at 10am on Saturday, July 8, at 3759 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago. Bidding is also available online on Live Auctioneers, Bidsquare and Invaluable.

Titanic letter.jpgLYNBROOK, N.Y. - Ocean liner memorabilia took top lot honors at Weiss Auctions’ June 22 sale, as a letter handwritten aboard the ill-fated RMS Titanic on April 13, 1912 sold for $22,600, an original life ring from the SS Andrea Doria brought $8,050 and a glass clock presented to first class passengers on the maiden voyage of the SS Normandie in 1935 changed hands for $4,560.

Those three items were top achievers in an auction that was packed with hundreds of lots of antique advertising, rare books, historical memorabilia, autographs and more. Along with the ocean liner items was the lifetime coffee advertising collection of Lowell and Barbara Schindler, featuring not just coffee items but also syrup dispensers, talcum tins, signs and other rare pieces.

“It was a great auction across all categories, with internet and floor bidding very strong,” said Philip Weiss of Weiss Auctions, adding the final gross was around $220,000. Online bidding was by and Phone and absentee bids were also accepted. The Thursday auction was held in Weiss Auctions’ gallery, at 74 Merrick Road in Lynbrook.

The 2 ½-page letter penned aboard the Titanic was on Titanic stationery, with the raised White Star Line and proper watermarks on the paper, which was water-stained in areas. The letter was unsigned, but was consigned by descendants of the author, a member of the Holverson family. They were en route to New York at the time. The letter was hand-addressed, “My Dear Mother.”

Oscar Alexander Holverson and Mary Aline Holverson were passengers aboard that fateful maiden voyage. Mrs. Holverson, 35, was rescued in lifeboat #8, but Oscar, 42, wasn’t so lucky. He perished in the disaster. It’s assumed, since the unposted letter was written aboard the ship, that the couple’s intent was to mail it, along with some postcards, after arriving in New York. 

The SS Andrea Doria, of the Italian Line, was approaching the coast of Nantucket, Mass., on its way to New York City on July 25, 1956 when it collided with the Swedish vessel MS Stockholm, resulting in one of history’s most famous maritime disasters. The original life preserver ring was recovered the following day by Alan Ades, a Naval officer aboard a rescuing Coast Guard cutter. 

The pale blue, tinted glass clock presented to just a handful of first class passengers aboard the SS Normandie’s maiden voyage was produced as a collaboration between the renowned French designer Lalique and Leon Hatot of the ATO clock company. The letters NORMANDIE spelled out nine of the clock’s twelve face numbers. The hands were made of tin and showed light wear.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln both made guest appearances. A six-cent U.S. air mail stamp signed in pen by Einstein and dated (“4.1.39”) flew off for $1,860. The stamp was a Scott Catalogue C23 example. Einstein’s signature was bold and clear. A lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair finished at $1,680. Also, a collection of cigar labels and salesman samples fetched $3,680.

A folio from 1976 titled Nudes by the noted British artist Henry Spencer Moore, copy #2 in a limited press run of 50, consisting of 10 chromolithos, each one signed and numbered in pencil, sold for $3,565. Also, a mixed media on canvas artwork by Kevin Red Star (Am., b. 1943) titled Mr. and Mrs. Choke Cheeries, 33 inches by 44 inches, signed upper left, topped out at $2,300.

A Disney Melody Time animation production set-up cel trimmed to image size and presented on a beautiful Courvoisier background, depicting a teary-eyed Little Toot tugboat sailing past a mile marker, realized $2,530. Also, a crisp and clear Confederate 1/9th scroll pattern ambrotype in a thermoplastic case, identified as Matthew McCauley (Danville, Va.) changed hands for $2,100.

An 1865 lithographed sanitary map of New York City, titled Sanitary and Topographical Map of the City and Island of New York (Egbert L. Viele, Robert Craighead), hand-colored and printed on two joined sheets, brought $2,530. Also, a derby hat worn by then-President William Howard Taft on a visit to El Paso, Texas on Oct. 16, 1909, to meet the President of Mexico, made $1,840.

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

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

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

Image: Handwritten letter, penned on actual RMS Titanic stationery and written aboard the ship by a member of the Holverson family, en route to New York ($22,600).

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

The exhibition is made possible by The Schiff Foundation. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exhibition Dates

 July 31, 2017-January 7, 2018

Exhibition Location

 The Met Fifth Avenue, Galleries 691-693,

 The Charles Z. Offin Gallery,

Karen B. Cohen Gallery,

Harriette and Noel Levine Gallery

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Further complementary material will be featured in future sessions in 2017. These cataloged live sales will take place in the Galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage in Freeville, New York (just six miles north of Cornell University) and will be simulcast to a global bidding audience via Invaluable, LiveAuctioneers, and eBay Live. For more information about bidding or consigning, contact Evan D. Williams, AAA, Director of Fine Art & Special Collections, at or 607-279-0607. 

Image: Saxton Ryther's 1577 map of Yorkshire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

The Library Collections

Jheanelle Garriques

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

kerrie welsh

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

The Art Collections

Soyoung Shin

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

Juliana Wisdom

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

The Botanical Gardens

Olivia Chumacero

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

Sarita Dougherty

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

Zya S. Levy

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Einstein: Letters to a Friend Part I

London, King Street

Auction: 6 Jul, 10am (Lots 1 - 50)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 15 June 2017 | New York

Total: $6,894,875

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

The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection

Thursday, 15 June 2017 | New York

Total: $1,463,063

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

The Ornithological Library of Gerald Dorros, MD

Thursday, 15 June 2017 | New York

Total: $1,332,625

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Further complementary material will be featured in future sessions in 2017. These cataloged live sales will take place in the Galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage in Freeville, New York (just six miles north of Cornell University) and will be simulcast to a global bidding audience via Invaluable, LiveAuctioneers, and eBay Live.    

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

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

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

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

ISBN13: 9780764353413  | Binding: soft cover | $24.99

About the Author

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

About the Publisher

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

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

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

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. An array of deluxe special printings, including author-signed volumes, by publishers such as Easton Press will be featured, along with a private collection of titles relating to the opening of the American West.             

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world's largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph "Joe" Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.  Highlights from their previous auctions include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen's "Michael Delaney" racing suit from Le Mans  ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe "Subway" Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz  to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena was the star of Hollywood Treasure, which aired on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure took viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia. For more information visit www.profilesinhistory.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The Order of Surrender ended the abortive attempt in April 1916 by Irish Nationalists in Dublin to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and establish an independent Irish State. The nationalist uprising, which broke out on 24 April, Easter Monday, under the overall leadership of Pearse, was met by the British authorities with uncompromising and overwhelming force. On Saturday 29 April, after six days of bitter fighting, Pearse offered unconditional surrender in order to prevent further bloodshed. A schoolteacher by profession, Pearse was also leader of the Irish Volunteers and, as President of the Provisional Government, had read out the Proclamation of Independence outside the General Post Office on Easter Monday at the beginning of the Rising. 

It is not known exactly how many typed copies were produced, but it is thought to be in single figures. Two surviving copies are held by the National Library of Ireland. Another, signed by Pearse and countersigned by James Connolly, is held at the Imperial War Museum, London. In addition, there are known to be three hand written drafts. Uniquely, the typed copy sold today bears a tricolor stamp printed by the rebels at the time of the Rising depicting William Allen, Michael Larkin and William O'Brien, the 'Manchester Martyrs', who were hanged in Manchester for killing a police constable during a failed rescue attempt of two Fenian prisoners. The stamp was possibly affixed to authenticate the order.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Berman’s gift to the Getty includes:

Artists new to the collection:

3 works by Alice Attie (American, born 1950)

3 works by Henry Horenstein (American, born 1947)

3 works by Esko Männikkö (Finnish, born 1959)

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

1 work by Alfred Seiland (Austrian, born 1952)

1 work by John Vachon (American, 1914-1975

1 work by Julian Wasser (American, born 1943)

Artists currently represented in the collection:

1 work by Frank Breuer (German, born 1963)

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

9 works by William Clift (American, born 1944)

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

2 works by Steve Fitch (American, born 1949)

12 works by John Humble (American, born 1944)

16 works by Birney Imes (American, born 1951)

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

8 works by William Larson (American, born 1942)

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

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

1 work by Danny Lyon (American, born 1942)

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

9 works by Martin Parr (British, born 1952)

11 works by Mike Smith (German, born 1951)

10 works by Joel Sternfeld (American, born 1944)

4 works by George Tice (American, born 1938)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world's largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph "Joe" Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.  Highlights from their previous auctions include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen's "Michael Delaney" racing suit from Le Mans ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe "Subway" Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz  to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena was the star of Hollywood Treasure, which aired on Syfy. Hollywood Treasure took viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.

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

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

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

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

Several classic works printed with stunning illustrations by Salvador Dalí were offered, led by a limited special edition of Dante’s La Divina Commedia, bound in sculptural copper covers and printed on paper salvaged from the flood of Florence in 1966, and a 1969 signed limited edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, each of which sold for $5,250.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Production Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background of the Laureateship

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

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

For more information on the Poet Laureate and the Poetry and Literature Center, visit  Consultants in Poetry and Poets Laureate Consultants in Poetry and their terms of service can be found at To learn more about Poet Laureate projects, visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Albury added:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following are this year’s winners:

Level 1 National Prize

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

Level 1 National Honor Award

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

Level 2 National Prize

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

Level 2 National Honor Award

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

Level 3 National Prize

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

Level 3 National Honor Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Among the other museum quality pieces to featured:

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

Clyde Barrow signed Letter with his fingerprints.

Original 1933 Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow Arrest Warrants.

Extraordinary 1934 Clyde signed Letter with his fingerprints.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Western Manuscripts and Miniatures

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

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

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

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

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

Oriental Manuscripts & Miniatures 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights of American and Anglo Judaica include:

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

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

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

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

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

Further books of interest include:

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

Noteworthy Manuscripts selections include:

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

Rounding out the sale within the Graphic Art section:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

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

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

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

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

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

Internet bidding will be provided by, and Lots may be viewed on the Woodshed Art Auctions website:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maurice Bernard Sendak (Am., 1928-2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children’s books, best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. A drawing of a character from that very book, attributed to Sendak and titled Wild Thing (a.k.a. Moishe), was executed in graphite pencil on green bond paper. The signed drawing should hit $2,000-$4,000.

The auction will begin at 12 o’clock noon Eastern time. Previews will be held online, at the Woodshed Art Auctions website (, or by appointment in the firm’s gallery, at 1243 Pond Street in Franklin, Mass. To schedule a preview call 508-533-6277.

Woodshed Art Auctions is a family-owned art gallery specializing in oil painting restoration and live and online art auctions. The company is celebrating its 49th anniversary. Woodshed Art Auctions is always accepting quality artworks for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may call Bruce Wood at 508-533-6277; or, e-mail him at For more info, please visit

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Independent Online Booksellers Association would like to contribute to the continuing education of book collectors. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we will again offer to a book collector a scholarship in the amount of $750 to be used at one of the several book seminars offered in the U.S. or the U.K. You are not required to be a bookseller or a member of any organization to apply.

Many of our members have been to the seminars listed below, and always find book collectors present among the booksellers and librarians. If you have ever thought of attending we hope to make it a bit easier for you.

IOBA awards scholarships to support the professional development of its member booksellers. We consider the scholarships to be an investment in the future of bookselling, and we would like to include you too!

The seminars eligible for scholarships include:

Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS). CABS is an intensive program on all aspects of bookselling held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA for one week each summer.

Rare Book School (RBS, Charlottesville, VA, USA). RBS courses focus on specific aspects of book history, bibliography, printing and book arts. Most of these week-long courses are offered in the summer in Charlottesville, but others are offered at other venues around the East Coast and at other times of the year.

California Rare Book School (CALRBS, various locations in CA, USA). CALRBS courses are also similarly focused and are week-long courses covering a broad range of topics, from the history, identification and preservation of motion picture materials to the history of typography.

York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS), to be held in York, England in September. YABS is a three-day intensive seminar modeled after CABS but tailored for booksellers in the UK.

London Rare Books School (LRBS). Two week-long intensive sessions on specific topics about antiquarian material are offered each summer at the University of London, England. Courses have included A History of Maps and Mapping, The Medieval Book, and Children’s Books.

Financial need is not a criterion; IOBA will choose a winner based on merit. Please tell us a little about yourself, include contact information, and let us know about your collecting focus (not more than two pages, please). Tell us which seminar you would like to attend and why. We also ask that the recipient write about the experience following attendance for possible publication in The Standard, The Journal of the Independent Online Booksellers Association

Completed entries must be received via email no later than June 4, 2017. Applications should be sent to: Please include “IOBA scholarship application” in the subject header of all emails. The winner or winners will be chosen by the IOBA Scholarship Committee, and will be notified by telephone and by email by June 15, 2017. More information can be found

17-Hohlwein copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries’ May 25 auction of Graphic Design offered a cornucopia of inspired design spanning fin de siècle Art Nouveau masters to psychedelic concert posters.

The top lot of the sale was Col Van Heusen, 1928, one of the most elegant, Cubist-style designs created by Charles Loupot. The strikingly colored work, which was intended to advertise men’s collars, displays some of the richest inking seen in the artist’s work; it sold for $50,000*, far exceeding its pre-sale high estimate of $30,000. Works by Loupot performed well overall, with several claiming places in the top lots. The verdant 1923 advertisement for Voisin Automobiles reached $30,000, while his 1919 poster for Sato / Cigarettes Egyptiennes went to a collector for $7,500.

Several works reached new heights at auction, most notably Ludwig Hohlwein’s charming life-size image of a baby zebra and a macaw, intended to promote the opening of the new Munich Zoo; Besuchet den Tiergarten, 1912, which was purchased by a collector for $22,500, a record for the work. Another record went to a Soviet propaganda poster captioned in Russian, Let’s Build a Fleet of Airships in Lenin’s Name!, 1931, by Georgij Kibardin ($5,250).

Making its auction debut was the monumental poster Auto Races / World’s Greatest Drivers, standing more than 12 feet tall, which sold for $6,250. The previously unrecorded Art Deco Fete de Nuit aux Folies Bergere, 1928, by Maurice Picauld, reached $7,250 in its first auction appearance.

The sale featured a premier selection of Art Nouveau and Wiener Werkstätte material, led by Bertold Löffler’s bold poster Kunstschau Wien, 1908, which reached $42,500. Additional highlights included Secession 49 - Ausstellung, a 1918 exhibition poster by Egon Schiele into which he incorporated a self portrait ($22,500).

Works by the poster-world icon Adolphe Mouron Cassandre performed well, with two major works confirming his position as a design visionary; the monumental 1935 poster Normandie, emphasizing the incredible size of the transatlantic ship, reached $22,500, while Miniwatt / Philips Radio, 1931, which shines in primary hues, sold for $6,000. Ottokar Mascha’s Österreichische Plakatkunst, circa 1914, was the only comprehensive book published about Austrian posters during their golden age; the rare tome doubled its estimate, selling for $18,750.

More recent works included the promotional flyer for Andy Warhol’s / My Hustler, a 1966 film by the artist; the typographical work sold to a collector for $6,250. The prismatic poster for The Electric Factory / Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1968, by Icabod (Rob Stewart) and Snake (Karl Howard), reached $4,750.

Swann President and Director of Vintage Posters, Nicholas D. Lowry, said of the sale, “This buoyant sale showed just how desirable good graphic design is to collectors. It covered an array of styles and eras, and in each there were impressive results. Perhaps most astounding was how the top twenty lots were split almost evenly between dealers and collectors. To have so many dealers participate at such a robust level clearly indicates that even their clients were showing an increased interest in the material.”

The next sale of Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries will be on August 2, 2017. For more information or consign quality materials, contact Nicholas D. Lowry at

Image: Lot 17 Ludwig Hohlwein, Besuchet den Tiergarten, 1912. Sold May 25, 2017 for $22,500, a record for the work. (Pre-sale estimate $15,000 to $20,000)

poussin.jpgNew York, NY—The French refer to the seventeenth century as the Grand Siècle, or the Great Century. Under the rule of Louis XIII and Louis XIV, the period saw a dramatic increase in French political and military power, the maturation of French courtly life at Versailles, and an unparalleled flourishing of the arts.

Poussin, Claude, and French Drawing in the Classical Age, a new exhibition opening at the Morgan Library & Museum on June 16, explores the work of some of the most celebrated artists of the time. More than fifty drawings largely from the Morgan’s collections—including works by Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin, Jacques Callot, and Charles Le Brun—will be on view. Together they demonstrate the era’s distinctive approach to composition and subject matter, informed by principles of rationalism, respect for the art of classical antiquity, and by a belief in a natural world governed by divine order. The exhibition runs through October 15.  

“The Grand Siècle saw artistic development unlike any before it in France,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “The visual arts, literature, music, drama, and architecture all prospered.  Poussin, Claude, and French Drawing in the Classical Age explores the extraordinary advances in the field of drawing by some of the true masters of the period, advances that provided the foundation for all French art that followed."


I. Courtly Style from Fontainebleau to Nancy 

The Renaissance style in France resulted from a combination of native artistic talent and artists and styles imported from the Italian courts. With the return of French artists trained in Italy, Paris became a locus for artistic activity by the 1630s. The generation of artists working there, Simon Vouet (1590-1649) foremost among them, ushered in a new era for French art. Having established a successful career in Rome, Vouet was recalled to Paris by Louis XIII in 1627 and named first painter to the king, who also engaged him to be his drawing tutor. Vouet and the king developed an intimate relationship, as Portrait of Louis XIII (ca. 1632-35), an informal, frankly executed sheet indicates. Although few drawings from Vouet’s Italian period survive, this portrait of the king made not long after the artist’s return to France reveals the naturalism he learned in Italy and heralds the impact that style would have on French art more generally. 

The printmaker Jacques Callot (1592-1635) spent most of his career at Cosimo de’ Medici’s court in Florence before returning to France in 1621 to work at the court at Nancy. The Miracle of St. Mansuetus (ca. 1621), produced after the artist’s return, is devoted to a local saint, Mansuetus (d. 375), who was the first Bishop of Toul, in Lorraine (where Callot was born). It shows the saint resuscitating King Leucorus’ son, who had drowned in the river Meuse, and is one of a series of exploratory studies on the theme in preparation for the artist’s 1621 etching.

II. Picturing the French Court

Courts were centers where philosophy, music, literature, and the fine arts flourished under the patronage of the royal family and wealthy nobles. The drawn portrait was a particularly vibrant tradition of the French court, beginning in the Renaissance and extending through the seventeenth century. These works were collected, assembled into albums, and exchanged as gifts. Portraiture was popular at the courts of Louis XIII and Louis XIV, and many members of the court are recognizable even today through their drawn and printed likenesses. Such depictions reached their apogee in the hands of masters such as Daniel Dumonstier (1574-1646), who was renowned for entertaining his sitters and producing flattering colored chalk portraits. Portrait of a Gentleman of the French Court (1628) is carefully annotated by the artist with the exact date, August 31. However, Dumonstier did not identify the sitter. A possibly contemporary inscription suggests that it depicts a M. de Porchere, but there were at least two poets active at the court with the surname Porchere. It is Dumonstier’s facility with combining colored chalks for a meticulous, lifelike effect in such large scale sheets that sets him apart as a portraitist. 

III. Poussin and the Classical Ideal 

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) received his early training in France but spent nearly his entire career in Rome, where he embraced classical subject matter. He soon counted princes, cardinals, and a future pope among his patrons, and his fame reached Paris. He reluctantly returned there in 1640 when summoned by the king, although he was overwhelmed by the flurry of commissions and the demands of royal service and returned to Rome in 1642. 

As a painter, Poussin worked slowly and deliberately. Drawings were an essential element of his thoughtful, preparatory method. His concern for form and lighting yielded a drawing style that is bold and at times abstract, revealing his interest in overall effect and coherence over detail. This style would prove influential on his contemporaries in Rome, including his fellow Frenchmen Charles Mellin (1597-1649) and Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675). 

The Holy Family on the Steps (1646-48) is the quintessential compositional study by Poussin for his painting by the same name, which is in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The drawing, which is featured in the exhibition, reveals his particular working method, which is known from a written account of his studio practice. Poussin posed small wax figures with linen drapery inside a box with apertures to admit light selectively, allowing him to rigorously study the way lighting defined form. The pyramidal structure of the figural group and architectural setting reveal both Poussin’s debt to Renaissance models and his careful ordering of elements to focus the composition. 

IV. Claude and the Natural World 

As did Poussin, Claude Gellée, better known as Claude Lorrain (1600-1682), would go sketching in the Roman countryside, drawing directly from nature. He believed that the natural world was a manifestation of the divine, and thus ordered his finished landscapes according to ideal principles, lending them an air of arcadian perfection. Claude’s drawings capture a range of approaches to the natural world—from stark, unadorned observations to highly finished works of art that would appeal to courtly tastes. 

Claude at least partially executed A Hilly Landscape, with Bare Trees (1639-41) while he explored the area around Tivoli. With stark hills and barren trees, it is a striking contrast to his highly finished, idealized landscapes. Yet, it is signed on the verso with an inscription that can be interpreted as “Claude Roma in Urbe” (“Claude in the city of Rome”): for all the drawing’s observation of nature, that is, the artist seems to have finished the work in his Roman studio. 

V. Classicism and Naturalism in Paris

Parisian interest in classical antiquity reached a peak during the middle of the seventeenth century, and a strain of rigorous classicism became the latest fashion in the works of artists such as Jacques Stella (1596-1657). Subjects were chosen from antiquity and executed in a severe style reminiscent of the formal purity of ancient art. These scenes employ the tenets of classicism: symmetry, balance, proportion, and a seriousness of subject. The association of the early reign of Louis XIV with the golden age of ancient Greece also marked a respect for rational thought and philosophy. In the 1640s, Stella produced a celebrated series of drawings illustrating the Life of the Virgin. These compositions reveal the qualities for which Stella was revered in his day, and which he had imbibed from Poussin: a balanced composition, acute attention to expression, gesture, and details of objects and costumes, and a sense of intimate interaction among the figures. 

VI. The Rise of Print Culture

During the seventeenth century, the market for prints flourished in France. The collecting of prints and the emergence of print dealers, the increased publication of books, and the trend to produce large-scale thesis prints, all made printmaking a lucrative business. A Protestant artist at a time of religious persecution, Sébastien Bourdon (1616-1671) fled Montpellier in 1622 after it was besieged by royal forces, journeying to Paris and then Rome to seek his fortune. There, in the mid-1630s, he associated with other foreigners, including the Dutch artist Pieter van Laer and his followers, who were known for their scenes of peasants and beggars. Group of Peasants and a Boy Drinking from a Bowl (ca. 1636) served as the basis for one of Bourdon’s earliest etchings The Young Boy Drinks (ca. 1636-7). Similar quotidian scenes are also found in Bourdon’s paintings from this period in Rome. 

VII. Le Brun and the Academic Model 

Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) enjoyed court patronage from a young age. He briefly assisted Vouet, and then accompanied Poussin to Rome in 1642. Upon his return in 1646 he was made first painter to the king and quickly adapted his Italianate style to Parisian taste. By 1655, Le Brun became the leading painter in Paris, receiving the most distinguished aristocratic commissions. Within ten years, he was in charge of the royal collection of paintings and drawings and was the leader of the large team that realized Louis XIV’s greatest decorative ambitions at Versailles. 

With Bourdon, Laurent de la Hyre (1606-1656), Eustache le Sueur (1617-1655), and Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674), among others, Le Brun was a founding member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1648. The Academy was a formal institution under the king’s protection, and one of its primary functions was the education of artists. Le Brun and his busy atelier played a critical role in training the next generation of French artists and ensuring that the practice of drawing was central to their work. Before the young Le Brun left for Rome with Poussin in 1642, he executed A Caryatid (1641), a design for a decorative print adorning the theological thesis of Jean Ruzé d’Effiat, who would be appointed the abbot of Mont-Saint-Michel that year. The grand format necessitated several sheets of paper joined together; this exhibition marks the first time the upper portion in the Morgan and the lower portions in the Metropolitan Museum of Art have been reunited. 

Image: Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), The Holy Family on the Steps, pen and brown ink, brown wash, with touches of gray wash, over black chalk, on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum; Purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1909, III,71. 

3375401_2 copy.jpgBOSTON, MA—Marilyn Monroe’s final draft script for the unfinished 1962 film ‘Something’s Got to Give’ will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.

The brad-bound draft is housed in its original blue Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation folder, with the front cover bearing the movie title and date “March 29, 1962,” and is labeled in the upper right corner, “Final, Confidential, For Planning Purposes Only.” The Nunnally Johnson screenplay consists of 149 total pages, with 18 of those pages bearing approximately 200 words written in either pencil or green ink in the hand of Monroe. The majority of Monroe’s annotations occur between pages 71-84, a revised section of blue sheets dated April 18-20, 1962, and consisting of various dialogue notes, changes, and line strikes.

Of particular interest are a pair of sheets tipped in between pages 107 and 108, which focus on an emotional reunion between Monroe’s character Ellen, returned from several years lost at sea, and her two young children, who are no longer capable of recognizing their mother.

Monroe adds copious pencil notations to the upper portion of the first sheet, apparent acting techniques gleaned from talks with her acting coach Lee Strasberg, including: “Real thought,” “Mental Relaxation,” “Place the pain, feeling where it is not in the brow,” and “Substitute children—B & J, if necessary,” which perhaps is a reference to Arthur Miller’s children, Bobby and Jane. The script also bears numerous pencil notations by an unknown hand, offering critical assessments and insights to various scenes, with the initial page of the script reading: “Note for Marilyn: He has to woo her. Not the way it is, new blue pages.”

After six years on the East Coast, Monroe moved back to California, purchased her first home, and began filming Something’s Got to Give in the spring of 1962. A remake of the Cary Grant and Irene Dunne comedy My Favorite Wife, the George Cukor-directed film cast Monroe as Ellen Arden, a woman who returns home after five years of being shipwrecked on an island.

On the first day of production, Monroe called out sick with a sinus infection, a diagnosis that would have postponed the film a month. As a response, Cukor filmed scenes around his leading lady.

Monroe’s irregular on-set presence caused further delays, and her trip to New York City to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to President Kennedy further vexed the Fox studio heads. On June 8, 1962, Monroe was released from the project, a decision influenced by the exorbitant and rising costs of the epic historical drama Cleopatra.

Although Monroe showed to only 12 of the initial 33 days of shooting, her marketing prowess—most notably her press-invited poolside skinny dip—surely should have assuaged any doubts of a box-office bomb. Co-star Dean Martin managed to have Monroe re-hired under the stipulation that Cukor be replaced with Jean Negulesco, but production was finally canceled upon news of Monroe’s tragic death on August 5th.

Among other items:

Incredibly rare and sought-after J. D. Salinger inscribed ‘Catcher in the Rye.’

John and Jackie Kennedy’s leather-bound photograph album containing ten glossy candid photos from their family vacation on Hyannisport, in 1959.

John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon signed photograph of the 1960 Presidential Debate.

The Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction from RR Auction began on May 19 and will conclude on June 14. More details can be found online at


Mitchell-LeRouge 1756 copy.jpgGlen Allen, Virginia—May 24, 2017—Over 400 lots focused on the history, discovery, and evolution of the United States will be offered by Old World Auctions in a special single-owner sale, "Evolution of a Nation: The David J. Morgan Collection." The auction runs from June 7-14, 2017 and includes important works by Humboldt, Pike, Carey, Melish, Filson, Mackenzie, Darby, and Hennepin, as well as dozens of items that rarely come up for sale. 

A highlight of the sale is the 1756 Le Rouge French second edition of John Mitchell's monumental wall map of North America, focused on what would become the United States in two decades. Often described as "the most important map in American history," the map was used for boundary determinations at the Treaty of Paris in 1783, as well as other significant boundary disputes. Other notable items include Juan Corradi's 1802 rare map of the Southwest and its companion Gulf Coast map, the 1793 Filson/Stockdale embryonic map of Kentucky, the 1817 issue of Lewis & Clark's landmark map of the West, the complete first edition of David Burr's A New Universal Atlas, and Jean Frederic Bernard's 1720 volume with important accounts by Tonti and Hennepin.

David J. Morgan, a well-known collector of cartography, has curated his collection of the political evolution of the United States for nearly 50 years. A geologist by trade, Dave's interest in maps ignited as a result of his work with the Attorney General's office of Louisiana to prepare its case against the federal government in the tidelands controversy. Over the years he has created a comprehensive collection of the progression of knowledge of the United States. Barry Ruderman, of Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps, commented, "Dave is one of the most astute collectors with whom I've worked. I've been most impressed with his ability to appreciate and integrate into his collection unusual material. His depth of knowledge and appreciation for integrating standard material with rarities, and for identifying maps that were often under-appreciated in the market, made his collection special." 

This extraordinary collection of American material will include historical books, maps, and other cartographic items. The auction catalog will be available online on June 7, 2017 and interested bidders can register for the sale at

Image: Mitchell/Le Rouge, Amerique Septentrionale avec les Routes, Distances en Miles, Limites et Etablissements Francois et Anglois..., 1756.

Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 10.24.21 AM.pngNew York—Christie’s is pleased to present The Ornithological Library of Gerald Dorros, MD, a superb selection of important works from the heyday of beautifully illustrated natural history books, taking place on Thursday, June 15 at 11:30am, Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza. The Gerald Dorros Collection encompasses the iconic volumes created in the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries, which transformed the world’s understanding of nature through the diligent research and artistry found in these tomes. This choice collection highlights works by the masters of ornithological art — John James Audubon, John Gould, and Saverio Manetti — and includes several fine presentation copies.

Featured in the sale are fine examples of first edition ornithological studies from masters of the field, including John Gould’s The Birds of Australia, London, [1840]-1869, Gould’s major ornithological achievement (estimate: $250,000-350,000); Saverio Manetti’s Storia degli Uccelli, Florence, 1767-1776, one of the greatest 18th century bird books (estimate: $150,000-250,000); and Daniel Giraud Elliot’s A Monograph of the Phasianidae or Family of the Pheasants, New York, 1870-1872 (estimate: $60,000-80,000).

Complementing the comprehensive ornithological library are a few of the great works on mammals by these masters, including a first edition in exquisite condition of John James Audubon’s The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, New York, 1845-54, featuring 150 broadsheets of hand-colored lithographic plates (estimate: $250,000-350,000); and Elliott’s Cats and Gould’s Mammals of Australia, illustrating the full power of natural history art, from the skies to the sylvan expanses across the globe.

On June 15, 2017, the Books & Manuscripts department will also be auctioning The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection at 10am and the various owner sale of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana and the Eric C. Caren Collection at 2pm, at Christie’s New York.

Image: John James Audubon (1785-1851) and Rev. John BACHMAN (1790-1874).The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. New York, 1845-54. Estimate: $250,000-350,000


crossing_the_delaware_and_the_battle_of_trenton_great_news_from_new-yo_d6082779g.jpgNew York—Christie’s announces the sale of the Eric C. Caren Collection: How History Unfolds on Paper at 2pm on Thursday, 15 June 2017 as a single-owner selection beginning the Books & Manuscripts auction, at Rockefeller Plaza. The 109 lots of the Caren Collection comprise broadsides, manuscripts, newspapers and pamphlets from the 16th-20th centuries and are expected to realize in excess of $1,000,000.

Eric Caren is a well-known figure at the vanguard of collecting historical paper. He started at age 11, carrying home armfuls of old newspapers from a local abandoned house. Decades later he sold his first collection of rare newspapers to form the nucleus of The Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. Caren is the author of 12 books on media history, including co-author of The Civil War (Smithsonian Headliner Series, 2004). He has handled literally millions of examples of “how history unfolds on paper” and considers the examples being sold on June 15 some of the best of the best of what he has collected over many decades.

The Caren Collection is remarkable for the high degree of rarity from item to item. Like the broadside pictured above, many lots are either the only examples known, unique manuscript items, or the only examples known to have appeared at public sale. These leaflets, handbills and personal letters were made to convey the news of the moment; that they survive for posterity at all is extraordinary.

Christina Geiger, Senior Specialist in Books and Manuscripts, states, “To hold them in your hands gives a true thrill. One feels a visceral connection to the important news stories of the past and to the men and women who lived through them.”

Further highlights include: a manuscript deposition which led to the execution of a Salem witch, 1692 (estimate $50,000-80,000); a letter written from Little Big Horn by a participant describing how he discovered Custer’s body and blaming the massacre on Custer (estimate $40,000-60,000); a front-page newspaper printing of Thomas Paine’s “These are the Times that Try Men’s Souls” American Crisis #1 (estimate $25,000-35,000); the earliest newspaper announcing the surrender of Cornwallis and end of the Revolutionary War under a huge banner headline “Laus Deo!” (estimate $15,000-25,000); and the breakthrough 1974 article with the invention of the internet, signed and inscribed by both inventors (estimate $12,000-18,000).

Image: The only known copy of this “Great News” broadside announcing Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware and signal victory at Trenton. Salem, MA: E. Russell, January 7, 1777. Estimate: $40,000-60,000


Hess Nobel medal.jpgThe Nobel Prize Medal for Physics awarded in 1936 to the Austrian scientist who discovered cosmic radiation, Victor Hess, will be offered at Bonhams’ Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in New York on Wednesday June 7th. The medal, accompanied by its elaborate award document in its blue leather portfolio, is estimated at $300,000 to $500,000.

Before Hess’s ground-breaking discovery, scientists had assumed that radiation was emanating from the earth. A series of hot air balloon flights made between 1911 and 1913, in which Hess ascended into the atmosphere and measured the ionization, enabled him to prove the opposite. He demonstrated that the effect was stronger at higher altitudes than at ground level, indicating that the radiation being measured was not coming from naturally occurring radioactive elements on earth. Further experiments conducted during a solar eclipse, in which his measurements did not vary, ruled out the sun as a source of the phenomenon, and confirmed that these “rays” were coming from the vast expanse of space. This radiation would later come to be referred to as “cosmic rays,” and Hess’s discovery would open the door to vistas of space that are still being explored today, as scientists probe the outer reaches of the known universe.

In 1938, Hess fled Austria with his Jewish wife after the Anschluss with Nazi Germany incorporated the country into the Third Reich. He settled in the United States where he joined the faculty of Fordham University in New York, and enjoyed an illustrious career as a professor of Physics. 

Bonhams specialist Darren Sutherland said, “The solid gold Nobel medal and decorative document belonging to Victor Hess represent a high point in a long and distinguished career. They serve as a symbol of the selfless pursuit of knowledge by a devoted scientist whose discovery opened the door to the exploration of the outer universe.”

9279cb7f-11ca-415e-a66c-c2cab69036e6.pngLOS ANGELES—On June 9th in Los Angeles, Profiles in History will auction off 50 rare Disney theme park cast member attraction costumes. It is the largest collection to ever be offered at auction. Highlights include, a five piece Haunted Mansion gothic style costume and a four piece, Haunted Mansion, gothic style maid costume, each is estimated to sell for $900 - $1,500. Costumes from almost every Disney attraction are included like, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hall of Presidents, Tomorrowland, Animal Kingdom and they are each estimated to sell in the range of $100-$800.

Next up is Walt Disney's original hand-annotated working script for Cinderella. It is a 147 page draft from 5 years before the animated film was released. A total of 20 pages contain Walt Disney's handwritten notes. It is estimated to sell for $40,000-$60,000.

Also going up for auction is a Beauty and the Beast Main Street animated window display purchased at the Disneyana Convention at Walt Disney World in 2000. This is the actual window display with moving parts that all still work. It contains an iconic scene from the film. Only a handful of these animated window displays have ever been offered for sale by Disney. It is estimated to sell for $10,000-$20,000.

Finally, 120 gorgeously detailed Pinocchio paintings created by the top Disney animators stationed in England. The paintings were produced for the De Beukelaer Company, located in Belgium. When people bought a tin of cookies, they would receive collectible Pinocchio stickers. The goal was to collect all 120. These were the paintings for the stickers and included with the art are all 120 stickers. The lot is estimated to sell for $60,000-$80,000. 

Other treasures include a handmade stove, made by Walt Disney! In the late 1940's Disney built a small-scale railroad, the "Carolwood Pacific," in the backyard of his home on Carolwood Drive. He crafted a miniature pot-bellied stove for the caboose as a training project to acquaint himself with the tooling equipment. He enjoyed crafting the stove so much, he made several more. It is estimated to sell for $2,500-$3,500.

Image: Walt Disney's original hand-annotated working script for Cinderella.


Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world's largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph "Joe" Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.  Highlights from their previous auctions include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen's "Michael Delaney" racing suit from Le Mans  ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe "Subway" Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz  to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena was the star of Hollywood Treasure, which aired on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure took viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.

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DALLAS, Texas (May 23, 2017) - Robert Crumb’s 1969 Fritz The Cat Cover Art set a world record May 18 for the most valuable piece of American comic art when it crossed the block for $717,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction in New York. The headlining lot in the firm’s inaugural Platinum Night session, the classic Underground Comix art was also the most valuable lot in the $8.3 million auction May 18-20.

“Artworks from Underground Comix - especially from masters such as Robert Crumb - are becoming recognized in the fine art world as cultural cornerstones,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comic Operations at Heritage Auctions. “Three of the top four lots in the auction were by Crumb.”

Original Comic Art Scores Big

Crumb’s original art for a complete, four-page story from The People’s Comics (Golden Gate Publishing, 1972) and his ironic “Keep On Truckin’” sequel page from 1972 realized $191,200 each. These two pieces are now tied for the second highest price ever realized at auction for Robert Crumb artwork.

Frank Frazetta’s In Pharaoh’s Tomb Battlestar Galactica Painting Original Art from 1978 also ended at $191,200. Steve Ditko’s original art for Page 17 from Amazing Spider-Man #23, featuring an epic battle scene between Spidey and the Green Goblin, brought $104,562.

Original cover art by Jack “King” Kirby and Vince Colletta for Thor #136, which has resided in a private collection for the past 25 years, more than doubled its $40,000 estimate to end at $101,575.

A Platinum Age gem, the original Sunday Comic Strip Art from Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland, dated 1908 - one of just five full Nemo Sunday strips ever offered at Heritage - sold for $89,625.

Joshua Middleton’s NYX #3 Cover and Concept Art, featuring the first appearance of X-23 (Marvel, 2004) realized $71,700 - setting a record for a piece of 21st century comic art since none has sold for more.

Additional comic art highlights include:

Neal Adam’s Original Cover Art for Batman #222 featuring a riff on The Beatles (DC, 1970): $77,675

Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen #2 Cover Original Art (DC, 1986): $65,725

Dave Gibbons’ and John Higgins’ Watchmen Les Gardiens (French Edition) #1 Cover Painting Comedian Original Art (DC/Zenda, 1987): $65,725

Record-setting Comic Books

Suspense Comics #3 Mile High Pedigree (Continental Magazines, 1944), a Golden Age treasure with a NM- 9.2 grade from CBCS, was sold for $262,900 - setting a world record for the issue. This pulp-style comic book won top lot among the auction’s comic books. This issue triumphs over the Pennsylvania Pedigree VF/NM 9.0 CBCS copy that realized at $173,275 in 2015 at Heritage, which at the time was the highest price ever realized at auction for a non-superhero comic book.

The Avengers #4 (Marvel, 1964) rose above and beyond its pre-auction estimate of $120,000 to be auctioned for $143,400. This copy is one out of four copies with a CGC grade of NM/MT 9.8 - the highest reported grade of this issue.

Tales of Suspense #39 (Marvel, 1963), NM 9.4 CGC, famous for the first appearance of Iron Man, sold for $95,600.

Anticipating her own movie releasing in June, Wonder Woman #1 (DC, 1942) captivated the auction floor when this VF- 7.5 CGC-grade comic realized $95,600.

With only five copies known to receive a higher CGC grade, The Avengers #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM 9.4, collected 14 bids to be sold for $89,625. In this edition, the Avengers (Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp) make their first appearance as a team, and thanks to the current blockbuster movies, these comics remain in the spotlight.

Additional highlights include:

The Amazing Spider-Man #1, CGC NM- 9.2 Massachusetts Pedigree (Marvel, 1963): $95,600

The Incredible Hulk #1 CGC VF 8.0 (Marvel, 1962): $89,625

Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC FR 1.0: $83,650

All Star Comics #8 (DC, 1942) CGC VGF 5.0: $54,970

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

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

Books and Works on Paper copy.jpegBloomsbury Auctions will be hosting the auction of Books & Works on Paper at 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP, at 12noon. The sale comprises 416 lots, ranging from in estimate from £100 - £6,000, with works from a wide range of collecting categories, notably English Literature & History, Autographs and Memorabilia, Art & Architecture, Travel and Sport, amongst others.

Of particular interest is an autograph letter signed by renowned English naturalist, Charles Darwin. The letter (lot 140, est. £4,000-£6,000) is written on mourning stationary to an unknown recipient, and reads: "Four editions of the Origin have appeared; that published last month is considerably added to and can be purchased through any bookseller. I am glad to hear that you are interested in the subject”, Down, Beckenham, Kent, 17 December [1866]. Darwin received a request from his publisher John Murray for a fourth edition of 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’ in February 1866. This edition was released in November and it featured several corrections and additions to the previous ones, including a discussion on whether one or many forms of life first appeared.

Other sale highlights include a first paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from 1997 (lot 214, est. £2,500-£3,500), as well as a first edition of Ian Fleming’s Diamonds Are Forever from 1956 (lot 193, est. £700-£900).

A beautiful engraved double-hemisphere world map with original hand-colouring is estimated to reach £700-£900. The 1746 map by Homann Heirs, Nuremberg, (lot 344) shows inset northern, southern and oblique hemispheres, diagrams of the earth's position at the solstices, and includes Latin and French title cartouches of allegorical figures in the upper corners.

From the Science & Natural History section, lot 369 is a first edition of The Historie of Foure-footed Beastes by Edward Topsell, from 1607 (est. £1,000-£1,500). Topsell’s fantastical works are remembered for their detailed illustrations, such as the rhinoceros based on Albrecht Dürer’s 1515 woodcut.

Six botanical engravings from Nuremberg, [c.1613 and later] by Basilius Besler also feature (lot 370, est. £2,500- £3,500). The engravings include irises, hyacinths, sweet peas, caryophyllus and campanula.

From the Sporting group, a set of first editions of Chinese Kung-Fu Karato by Leong Fu (lot 416, est. £250-£350) is offered. The set is in 21 original parts, with illustrations by the author, original illustrated wrappers and within its original postal box. The editions were self-published in Ipoh, Perak, Malasia, in 1958.

Auction time/date: 12pm, Thursday 22nd June 2017 Auction location: 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP 

Image: Lot 140: Autograph letter signed by Charles Darwin, 1866, (est. £4,000-£6,000)

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin announces its appointment of Aaron T. Pratt as Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts. Pratt, who begins May 30, will provide curatorial support for the Ransom Center’s early book and manuscript holdings and participate in a variety of activities that promote their teaching and research use.

The Center’s early book and manuscript holdings include the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library of English Literature, which is internationally known for first and important editions of plays, poems, novels, essays, polemical writings and translations of the most significant English writers from 1475 to 1700, including William Caxton, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Andrew Marvell, John Donne, John Dryden, William Congreve, Christopher Marlowe and Francis Bacon, among many others. The Pforzheimer books are supplemented by 2,000 manuscript items. 

Pratt will also provide curatorial support for other early book and manuscript holdings, including the Gutenberg Bible, the Wrenn library, the Recusant collection, the Uzielli Aldine Press collection and incunabula. 

"From the Gutenberg Bible, to Shakespeare Folios, a manuscript of ‘The Canterbury Tales’ and editions of Galileo, the early print and manuscript holdings form one of the Ransom Center’s cornerstones, and they remain rich with untapped research potential,” says Pratt. “There's no hyperbole when I say that I am thrilled at the opportunity to develop the collection and support innovative research, teaching and outreach.”

Pratt will support researchers working with the Center’s early book and manuscripts collections and collaborate with colleagues to promote enhanced access to collections, including digital initiatives and exhibitions. He’ll also expand and strengthen the early book and manuscript holdings and will work closely with the Center’s conservation department on setting treatment priorities for collection materials.

“All of us are excited about the curatorial vision Aaron brings to this post,” says Stephen Enniss, director of the Ransom Center, “and we look forward to seeing the university’s most valuable cultural collections fully utilized in service to our teaching and research mission.”   

Pratt is a specialist in early modern literature and culture, bibliography and the history of the book. He was previously an assistant professor of English at Trinity University in San Antonio. He received a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from The Ohio State University.

At Yale, Pratt worked closely with David Scott Kastan, the celebrated expert in Shakespeare and the history of the book. He also served as a curatorial assistant at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and co-founded and organized the Yale Program in the History of the Book.

“Aaron seems to me the best young book historian in the country,” says Kastan. “He knows seemingly everything about early modern books and book production, but in addition to how much he knows and how smart he is, he is generous, kind, curious and flat-out fun.”

Pratt is a recipient of the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography from Rare Book School. 


We are pleased to announce the appointment of David Wachtel as Senior Consultant for Rare Books at Kestenbaum & Company.

After fifteen years with Sotheby's, David looks forward to working alongside our longstanding chief scholar, Rabbi Eliezer Katzman, in researching and preparing our highly well-regarded auction catalogues of Fine Judaica. 

We trust David will be a tremendous asset as we continue to seek to provide our clients with an exceptional level of service and expertise.

David may be reached directly via his e-mail address:

David will be hosting a gallery tour in advance of our forthcoming June 22nd Judaica auction (details to follow). 

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One of America’s oldest bookseller trade associations, the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA), will hold its annual fair featuring fine antiquarian, rare and collectible First Editions and a universe of books on topics such as: Americana, Art & Photography, Literature, Poetry, Children's Books, Cookbooks, Science & Technology, Transportation, Railroadiana, Civil War, Illustrated Books, Chicago History & Authors.

This year’s fair will be held at Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Admission is $6 and parking is free. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

“Our fairs give you the rare chance to view and purchase books as they were first introduced to the world,” said MWABA President Hank Zuchowski. “Holding an historically significant book is a unique experience that can’t be duplicated in this digital age.”

Besides collectible and general interest books, the fair features maps, leather bindings, autographs, broadsides, vintage paperbacks and pulps, prints, posters, photos & ephemera.

For more information, visit or contact Book Fair Manager Chris Rohe at (847) 722-8949 or

DSC_3574.jpegThe May 20, 2017 sale at National Book Auctions featured a vast array of rare and desirable printed material from multiple estates and personal collections nationwide.

Notable volumes included an early edition of Charles Wilkes's "Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition" ($3,750); David Roberts's profusely illustrated six-volume set "The Holy Land" ($3,500); and the remarkable Pageant Books facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible ($2,125).

This sale was also particularly strong on antique prints and ephemera. Notable lots included Auguste Renoir's etching "Sur la Plage a Berneval;" Fremont's 1848 map of Oregon and California; a military certificate engraved by Paul Revere; a vellum manuscript dating to 1470; and an intriguing album of real photo postcards.

National Book Auctions' sales take place at the Galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage in Freeville, New York, just six miles from Cornell University, and are simulcast via Auctions are forthcoming on June 3, 2017 and June 10, 2017, with the latter being a special Curator's Catalog featuring such exceptional items as a two-volume composite atlas by Johann Baptist Homann (est. $30,000-40,000). 

For more information about bidding or consigning, email or call 877-BOOK-070.

The May 21, 2017 sale at Worth Auctions comprised an extensive and carefully selected group of fine and decorative prints, watercolors, drawings, and maps.

Notable pieces included Bodmer's "Moennitarri Warrior in the Costume of the Dog Danse" ($4,062); Thomas Moran's "Grand Canyon of Arizona From Hermit Rim Road" ($2,500); and Peter Schenk's "America Septentrionalis Novissima" ($1,000). 

The sale also showcased a fine array of seventeenth- to nineteenth-century natural history prints by such masters as John James Audubon, Basil Besler, and Mark Catesby, as well as important equestrian, sporting, and nautical images.

Further complementary material will be featured in future sessions in 2017. These cataloged live sales will take place in the Galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage in Freeville, New York and will be simulcast to a global bidding audience via Invaluable, LiveAuctioneers, and eBay Live.

For more information about bidding or consigning, contact Evan D. Williams, AAA, Director of Fine Art & Special Collections, at or 607-279-0607.

h-map copy.jpgDALLAS--May 22, 2017--Three battle maps owned and used by Gen. Omar Bradley from the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France at Normandy are expected to be among the most coveted lots at Heritage Auctions Arms & Armor Auction June 11 in Dallas.

The largest seaborne invasion in history, the assault included 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landing on five beaches along 50 heavily fortified miles of French coastline. The day known as “D-Day is recognized as the start of the Allies' liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control.

Omar Bradley’s D-Day Map for Operations Overlord and Neptune (est. $70,000 and up) was used by Bradley during the invasion at Normandy. Titled “Situation '2400 Hrs 6 June 1944 Hq. Fusag [First United States Army Group] Secret,' the map measures 20 inches high by 22-1/2 inches wide, and is printed with blue and black ink. Presumably prepared as the invasion was about to get underway, or perhaps when it was in progress, some enemy positions are marked “Not Confirmed or “Unconfirmed or simply marked with a question mark. Maps like this one were Gen. Bradley’s guide for formulating a daily plan of action; each morning, Gen. Bradley would review these maps with his staff to assess the battlefront, assets, risks and enemy strength. This is among several maps that were on board the U.S.S. Augusta (his makeshift headquarters) on the English Channel during the D-Day landings. This map is in pristine condition, having been cleaned recently by a conservator formerly affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.

Another of Gen. Bradley’s D-Day maps (est. $40,000 and up) is similar in many ways, although the “Secret designation was downgraded to “Confidential. This map shows the position of American, British and German forces on the first full day of the Allied invasion that led to the defeat of Adolph Hitler and the subsequent liberation of Europe.

A third Gen. Bradley D-Day map (est. $40,000 and up) has the same measurements and also carries the “Secret designation. Like the first two, this map was produced by the 12th Army Group Engineering Department. It notes the location of German tanks, both inland and along the lines of defense, and shows higher troop concentration than that shown on the previous day’s map, as both sides dedicated extensive resources to the struggle that altered the course of the war. The three maps included in the Arms & Armor Auction were part of a set Gen. Bradley used in his capacity as commander of all U.S. ground forces in the invasion.

After examining these maps, Luther D. Hansen, curator of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum in Fort Lee, Va., vouched for their authenticity and rarity. "From my examination of these Omar Bradley WWII Headquarters FUSAG/12th AG battle maps, I conclude that they are original to WWII and one of only four original sets ever produced I believe that this Omar Bradley map set is the only set in private hands. To view Bradley's maps 70 years later, with the benefit of historical reassessment, we can see the omissions and intelligence failures that impacted his decisions and battle outcomes. Especially interesting is the map heading 'HQ FUSAG' on D-Day which represents the fictitious 'First U. S. Army Group' decoy Army Group from Operation Quicksilver. Omar Bradley's map headings changed to 'HQ Twelfth Army Group' after the enemy figured out the deception. In terms of rarity and historical significance, these maps are a perfect 10."

A Battle-Scarred Flag that flew from the LCT 540 (est. $40,000 and up) was consigned by Ensign (later Lieutenant) William L. Wilhoit. The professionally framed flag measures 36 inches long and is folded and mounted to a red velvet background with a metal plaque with an inscription that reads: “Flag of the US LCT 540/Normandy Invasion/June 6, 1944. The flag is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Wilhoit dated June 16, 2016 and copies of the Presidential Unit Citation to United States LCT (landing craft, tank) 540 signed by Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and a Navy Cross Citation to “Ensign William L. Wilhoit United States Naval Reserve that also was signed by Forrestal.

A Blood-Stained Flag from the Battle of Antietam (est. $30,000 and up) measures 77 inches wide by 46 inches high and features a canton (blue rectangle at the top hoist corner) with 34 stars six in each of the two bottom rows, and five and six more alternating in the top four rows, and is housed in a frame that measures 85 inches wide by 53 inches high. According to family lore, after the Battle of Antietam (Maryland), Gen. George B. McClellan and his troops were riding down a street in Sharpsburg when he directed that the flag be given to a local resident with the message that “here is something to remember us by. The flag remained in the recipient’s family for more than 90 years before being given to the consignor’s father, and was loaned to the Sharpsburg Museum in 1962 for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. The flag, which is sewn on to a burlap backing and sealed against moisture, has 17 bullet holes and significant blood staining, mostly near the canvas hoist.

A set of Confederate Artillery Implements and Augusta Fuse Box (est. $24,000 and up) is marked “J. Darrow Augusta, GA in an oval stamp on the flap. The group includes a finely crafted lanyard that was used to set off the cannon blast; a Confederate-manufactured friction primer that was used to spark the cannon’s ignition; a vent pouch that would have cleaned out the fuse hole of the cannon; three shell fuses, two of which are wrapped; and a long steel cylinder with brass ends that was used to hold the bursting charge for an Armstrong cannon. Also included is a copy of the 2005 No. 2 edition of North South Trader magazine, which featured the implements and Augusta box on the front cover of that issue and an article detailing the pieces and showing images of the factory that manufactured the box.

A Confederate First National Flag Reportedly Captured from the Biloxi Courthouse in 1861 (est. $20,000 and up) measures 75-3/4 inches wide and 37 inches high; its frame increases the dimensions to 82-by-44. A 13-star variant of the First National Flag of the Confederate States of America, it reportedly was accompanied at one time by a now-lost label that said the flag was found in an old coffee can inside the vault of the Hancock County Courthouse that was being demolished to make way for construction of a new facility. The label said the flag flew on the Biloxi, Mississippi Courthouse and that was “captured by vile, Yankee, invading forces during the capture of Biloxi. The flag eventually was returned to the Biloxi-based Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and its size and use of the 13-star design is consistent with a dating of 1861, when neighboring states Missouri and Kentucky were on the verge of secession. Included are a letter of provenance written in 2005 by then-owner Michael Adamson, a 2005 letter from noted Civil War expert Les Jensen and a list of extant Mississippi Confederate flags.

One of the unique lots in the auction is an Original WWII German Navy (Kriegsmarine) Four-Rotor M4 Enigma Enciphering Machine Recovered from the Wreck of the German Submarine Tender Ammerland (est. $20,000 and up). One of what might be as few as 120 surviving examples, this Enigma machine was used in Germany during World War II to transmit coded information after the realization that Western Allies were intercepting German Navy signals, and is credited with playing a significant role in the development of modern computing. Because of the rarity of remaining machines, examples in any condition rarely find their way to the collector market; some that have gone to auction recently have realized sale prices between $150,000 and $300,000. Early Enigmas had three interchangeable rotors, which scrambled plain-text messages to produce a cipher text message, which then was sent via Morse Code to a receiver machine with the same settings, sparking efforts by opposing forces to crack the code that shielded the messages. The M4 model Enigma was ordered by German Admiral Karl Doenitz in 1941 after he feared the security of the M3 (three-rotor) machine had been compromised with the capture of the German submarine U-570 in August 1941. This M4 example was recovered by Swedish divers from the wreck of the German submarine tender Ammerland, circa 1990. The Ammerland was attached to Sicherungsflottille 9 in the Baltic Sea when it was sunk Feb. 10, 1945, southwest of Liepâja, Latvia. After being submerged for about 45 years, it is preserved in distilled water until it can be properly restored.

Other top lots include, but are not limited to:

A Scarce and Desirable High Condition Smith & Wesson .357 Registered Model Revolver With Original Box and Certificate: est. $15,000 and up

An Exceptional Boxed Pre-War Colt Single-Action Army Revolver: est. $12,000 and up

An Engraved Josef Fanzoi Sidelock Drilling: est. $10,000-12,000

A Civil War Union Staff Officer’s Chasseur Cap: est. $10,000 and up

A Fine Colt Model 1878 Frontier Double-Action Revolver: est. $10,000 and up

A Fine and Engraved L.C. Smith Crown Grade Double-Barrel Shotgun: est. $10,000 and up

A Superb Colt Bisley Model Single-Action Revolver: est. $10,000 and up

A Colt Model 1903 Hammerless Semi-Automatic Pistol Taken from Raymond Hamilton of Notorious Barrow Gang: est. $10,000 and up

A Rare Confederate Navy Cap Box Allegedly Taken as War Souvenir by Private Cyrus Adams, New York 72nd Infantry, Later Killed in Action at Williamsburg, Virginia in 1862: est. $10,000 and up

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159-Szyk copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries has announced highlights from their June 13 auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books, which will feature premier examples of printing that elevate the humble book to a noble art form.

The sale is led by an inscribed limited first edition on vellum of Arthur Szyk’s Haggadah, 1939, with 14 jewel-like full-page color plates by the artist. The work was illustrated by Szyk in Poland in the mid-1930s, and has been called the most celebrated modern Haggadah; it carries an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.

An outstanding selection of press books by Bernhardt Wall from the Natalie Williams Collection features a number of presentation copies, including the 85-volume magnum opus Following Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865, with over 900 signed etchings ($10,000 to $15,000), as well as the signed complete set of The Etcht Miniature Monthly Magazine, 1948, ($3,000 to $4,000). A selection of Wall’s personal sketchbooks from the 1920s offers a glimpse into the mind of the artist. Further editions by fine private presses of the twentieth century include works from Doves and Gemini to Granary, Limestone and the Limited Editions Club.

A collection of French livres d'artiste includes a signed limited first edition of Henri Matisse’s Cinquante Dessins, 1920, with 50 images of his work, valued at $3,000 to $4,000, as well as Amour, 1899, by Maurice Denis, a complete set of 13 color lithographs illustrating a poem by the author to his wife ($10,000 to $15,000). Also available are works by Jean Cocteau, Jean Dubuffet and Raoul Dufy.

There is a fine selection of art journals and magazines, most notably the complete set of 12 volumes of the Art Deco periodical Feuillets d'Art, 1919-22, estimated to sell between $3,000 and $4,000. Portfolios include Salvador Dalí's limited edition Le Quête du Graal, 1975, with 12 color drypoints ($12,000 to $18,000). Also by Dalí is a limited special edition of Dante’s La Divina Commedia, bound in sculptural copper covers and printed on paper salvaged from the flood of Florence in 1966, valued at $6,000 to $9,000.

Mexican surrealist Nahui Olin (pseudonym of Carmen Mondragón) was a muse of Diego Rivera and an accomplished artist in her own right. In collaboration with her lover, Dr. Atl (a pseudonym meaning the Aztec word for water), she produced Optica Cerebral: Poemas Dinámicos, 1922, here offered in the exceedingly rare first edition, signed and inscribed to publisher, writer and politician José Martinez Sotomayor ($6,000 to $9,000).

Three volumes of the influential French fashion magazine Gazette du Bon Ton, 1912-14, featuring several single- and double-page pochoir plates, as well as seven original watercolor vignettes by George Barbier, are together valued at $8,000 to $12,000.

Several nineteenth-century American manuscript folios will be available, including Miss Ann Postley's Album, 1828, with six illustrations by Charles A. Baudouine—considered the first “interior designer”— and Gathered Blossoms, 1853, a handmade book of poems and illustrations by Pennsylvanian Thomas Lloyd Bailey for his fiancé, Caroline A. Smith (each $1,000 to $2,000). A group of 13 drawings on vellum for a German calendar titled Das Jahr une siene Kinder (“The Year and Her Children”), 1880s, by Frau Allwine Schroedker, accompanies the published calendar; together they are valued between $4,000 and $6,000.

The contemporary selection will feature a May 1970 issue of Gay Power, the cover of which is illustrated by what is believed to be Robert Mapplethorpe's first published photograph, valued at $2,000 to $3,000, and a limited edition catalogue, encased in a briefcase with assorted accoutrements, released in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary exhibition at the Walker Art Center, titled In the Spirit of Fluxus, 1993 ($1,000 to $1,500). Another scarce exhibition catalogue makes an appearance: Masters of Abstract Art: An Exhibition for the Benefit of The American Red Cross, 1942, features essays by noted artists including Stuart Davis, Fernand Léger, Jacques Lipchitz, and Piet Mondrian. On offer is a copy of the catalogue, signed by several of the contributors and artists, expected to sell between $5,000 and $7,000.

A signed and inscribed limited first edition of Grapefruit, 1964, one of Yoko Ono’s scarce performative and conceptual “event scores”—written instructions or suggestions for acts for the “viewer” to recreate—is valued at $4,000 to $6,000.

The auction will be held Tuesday, June 13, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Friday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 10, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 at

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Image: Lot 159 Arthur Szyk, The Szyk Haggadah, number 22 of 125 copies on vellum, signed by Szyk and editor Cecil Roth, London, 1939. Estimate $15,000 to $25,000.

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 9.42.35 AM.pngBloomsbury Auctions will be hosting a sale of Vintage Posters at their new London base, 16-17 Pall Mall on 15th June 2017, from 11am. The auction comprises 216 lots, with estimates ranging from £500-£6,000.

Sale highlights include posters from the iconic spaghetti westerns, A Fistful of Dollars (est. £500-£800) and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (est. £400-£600), as well as rare posters from the perennially popular James Bond films: Dr No (est. £3,000-£5,000), From Russia With Love, Goldfinger (est. £1,500-£2,500) and Thunderball (est. £1,200-£1,400).

The 1960s is also well represented with posters for the critically-acclaimed films, The Graduate, 1967 (est. £800-£1,200) and They’re Off (est. £1,500-£2,500) with the American thriller, Bullet from 1968 and starring Steve McQueen, estimated at £800-£1,200.

Posters for The Beatles’ films, Help! (est. £500-£700), Yellow Submarine (£400-£600) and Let It Be (est. £400-£600) feature in the auction. Alongside the Fab Four, The Who also appear in a poster of psychedelic design, (est. £200-£400).

Rare London Underground posters, signed by Henry Charles Beck, known more commonly as Harry Beck, will be on offer, one dating back to 1945 (est. £400-£600) and the other to 1948 (est. £300-£500). Beck’s London Underground tube map was produced in 1933, and was initially rejected by the publicity department as it was considered too radical in design. However, a successful trial print run proved it was just what the public needed. Today the map is regarded as a design classic and Beck is recognised globally for his work. 

Another well-loved London Underground poster is The Wonderground map of London by MacDonald Gill, first produced in 1914 (est. £2,000-£3,000). This comic depiction of London is said to have amused passengers so much that they would miss their trains! 

Further London Underground posters include a Wimbledon Championships poster by Leonard Appelbee from 1939 (est. £600-£800), a Davis Cup Wimbledon poster from 1936, designed by Walter Goetz (est. £500-£700) and a 1936 New Zealand cricket poster designed by Lancaster Gill (est. £600-£800). 

Continuing the transport theme is a nostalgic North Eastern Airways poster from 1930 (est. £300-£500), as well as a very rare East Coast LNER poster by Stanislaus Brien (£1,200- £1,400), depicting a beautifully painted beach scene, and a 1947 French travel poster by Henri Matisse (est. £800-£1,200). 

Signed works by iconic British artist, David Hockney, feature in the auction: Spoleto Festival USA 1997 (est. £300-£500) and Retrospective David Hockney (est. £200-£400). 


NEW YORK—The Museum of Modern Art announces Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, a major exhibition on Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959) that critically engages his multifaceted practice, on view from June 12 to October 1, 2017. Wright was one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century, a radical designer and intellectual who embraced new technologies and materials, pioneered do-it-yourself construction systems as well as avant-garde experimentation, and advanced original theories with regards to nature, urban planning, and social politics. Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth on June 8, 1867, the exhibition will comprise approximately 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks, along with a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited. Structured as an anthology rather than a comprehensive, monographic presentation of Wright’s work, the exhibition is divided into 12 sections, each of which investigates a key object or cluster of objects from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, interpreting and contextualizing it, as well as juxtaposing it with other works from the Archives, from MoMA, or from outside collections. The exhibition seeks to open up Wright’s work to critical inquiry and debate, and to introduce experts and general audiences alike to new angles and interpretations of this extraordinary architect. Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive is organized by MoMA in collaboration with the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York, and organized by Barry Bergdoll, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA, and the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; with Jennifer Gray, Project Research Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

The transfer of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives in 2012 to MoMA and to Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University presented an unprecedented occasion to reveal the extent to which the Archives still has new perspectives, themes, and connections to offer on Wright’s work and legacy. Often construed as a regional architect, Wright in fact moved among international networks, traveling extensively in Europe, the Soviet Union, Japan, and South America. He designed over 1000 projects throughout the United States and the world, including countries such as Japan and Iraq. His design practice encompassed all scales and building types, from light fixtures, rug patterns, and furniture, to residences, museums, and skyscrapers, as well as landscape designs, and community and regional plans. This is in addition to the hundreds of articles and numerous books that he published during his lifetime. Wright also established an architectural school that functioned as a laboratory of innovative design, progressive educational practices, and collective living. His politics and architectural philosophies challenged existing social and economic structures, even as he pioneered radical engineering solutions and prefabricated construction systems that challenged the building industry. 

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150 is organized around a central chronological spine highlighting the major events in Wright’s life and career, which will be illustrated with some of his finest drawings and include key works such as Unity Temple (1905-08), the Robie House (1908-10), Fallingwater (1934-37), the Johnson Wax Administration Building (1936-39), and Beth Sholom Synagogue (1953-59). Unfolding from this orienting spine are 12 subsections, covering themes both familiar and little explored, that highlight for visitors the process of discovery undertaken by invited scholars, historians, architects, and art conservators. These include Wright’s proposed design for a Rosenwald School for African American children, as well as his engagement with the imagery and form of Native American design in his quest for an original American architecture of the future. A section exploring Wright’s design for a model farm—preserved in a rarely seen model from the archive—is juxtaposed with a section that explores his lifelong interest in projecting an urbanism appropriate to an era of new technologies of transportation and communication. 

Wright’s ongoing preoccupation with ornament is the subject of another section, together with sections that investigate Wright’s understanding of the relationships between nature, landscape, and architecture at the scale of the individual organism, the garden, and the community, and his fascination with circular geometries that likewise range in scale from ornamental forms, to the building, to site planning. Wright was not only a builder for others, but a master of self-construction. To this end, a section centered on Wright’s attempt to democratize his vision through DIY building systems dialogues with another that argues Frank Lloyd Wright was one the first celebrity architects, a savvy manipulator of mass media such as television, radio, and magazines, who used these outlets to advance his ambitions. His celebrity status is illustrated through print media, including the Time magazine election of Wright as Man of the Year, and television broadcasts of his famous interview with Mike Wallace and an episode of What’s My Line? in which Wright is described as “world famous architect.” The last thematic section considers the archive itself as an object of study and will include the painstakingly conserved model of St. Mark’s, a radical but ultimately unbuilt design for a skyscraper residence for New York, the model of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, an analysis of Wright’s drawings as they evolved over time, and a data-visualization project illustrating Wright’s global network of clients, professional relationships, and buildings.

MoMA will publish an exhibition catalogue reflecting the scholarship generated in the process of unpacking the Wright Archives, to be illustrated with new photography of his drawings, models, and buildings that will offer the public high-quality images of materials in the Archives. The publication mirrors the exhibition in that it will be an anthology of essays authored by the guest scholars and MoMA curators.

The contributors include:

-Barry Bergdoll (MoMA and Columbia University)

-Michael Desmond (Louisiana State University)

-Carole Ann Fabian (Avery Library, Columbia University)

-Jennifer Gray (MoMA)

-Elizabeth Hawley (CUNY Graduate Center and MoMA)

-Juliet Kinchin (MoMA)

-Neil Levine (Harvard University)

-Ellen Moody (MoMA)

-Therese O’Malley (National Gallery, Washington, D.C.)

-Ken Oshima (University of Washington)

-Michael Osman (University of California, Los Angeles)

-Spyros Papapetros (Princeton University)

-Janet Parks (Avery Drawings & Archives, Columbia University)

-Matthew Skjonsberg (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

-David Smiley (Columbia University)

-Mabel Wilson (Columbia University)


The exhibition is made possible by Hyundai Card.

Generous funding is provided by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III and by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund.


Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem and Modern Housing

September 8 - December 17, 2017

Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University

In fall 2017, to celebrate the joint acquisition of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives by The Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, the Wallach Art Gallery is partnering with Columbia’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture to present Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem and Modern Housing, which will consider Wright’s well-known designs for Broadacre City and other largely suburban housing projects in dialogue with important housing projects in Harlem, designed simultaneously. The Wallach Art Gallery’s exhibition will overlap and be presented in correlation with Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive.

A celluloid of Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.jpgNew York - On June 5, Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) present An Important Animation Art Collection, The Property of a Gentleman, which features more than 290 original Disney animation drawings, storyboards, posters, concept art and celluloids. The collection, accumulated over 25 years, comprises a wide range of titles and items from over 60+ years of Disney animation, a fascinating history lesson on the studio’s changing styles and focus from its early 1930s shorts through to comic strips to the studio’s revival in the 1980s including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, and Pinocchio to The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.

The collection will be on preview at Bonhams Los Angeles from May 19-21 and then will be on display at Bonhams New York from June 2-5.

Highlights include:

  • An animation drawing from The Mail Pilot, Walt Disney Studios, 1933. Graphite and colored pencil on paper, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 1,000-1,500.
  • A celluloid of Mickey Mouse from The Brave Little Tailor, Walt Disney Studios, 1938. Gouache on celluloid, multi-cell set-up, applied to Courvoisier wood veneer background, Walt Disney label on reverse, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 4,000-6,000.
  • A celluloid of the Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney Studios, 1937. Gouache on trimmed celluloid, applied to a Courvoisier watercolor paper background, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 10,000-15,000.
  • An animation drawing of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney Studios, 1959. Graphite on paper, matted and framed.. Estimate: US$ 500-700.
  • A celluloid of Geppetto, Figaro, and Pinocchio from Pinocchio with watercolor production background, Walt Disney Studios, 1940. Gouache on trimmed celluloid, applied to its matching watercolor production background, annotated, "F3 / 2 / 39 Oct 01 1939 Thor OK for / 10-18-39," and someone's initials, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 20,000-25,000.
  • A Gustaf Tenggren original concept painting from Pinocchio. Walt Disney Studios, 1940. Black ink and watercolor on heavyweight paper, inscribed "Pinocchio" to upper left corner in watercolor in an unknown hand, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 30,000-40,000.
  • A celluloid of Dumbo and Timothy Mouse from Dumbo, Walt Disney Studios, 1941. Gouache on celluloid, applied to a Courvoisier airbrushed background, stamped "WDP" lower right, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 2,000-3,000.
  • A Mary Blair concept artwork from Cinderella, Walt Disney Studios, 1950. Gouache on board, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 4,000-6,000.
  • A celluloid of the fairies from Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney Studios, 1959. Gouache on trimmed celluloid, applied to an Eyvind Earle watercolor production pan background of the royal throne room, matted and framed. Estimate: US$ 20,000-30,000.

Image: A celluloid of Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Walt Disney Studios, 1937. Gouache on celluloid, multi-cell set-up with an overlay, applied to its matching watercolor production pan background of the cottage, Estimate: US$ 25,000-30,000.

BOSTON, MA (May 19, 2017) — John F. Kennedy's Senate ID Card sold for $20,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The one-of-a-kind historically significant official US Senate personal identification card issued to John F. Kennedy, featured an image of the young senator, neatly signed in full in fountain pen, "John F. Kennedy."

Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Kennedy's longtime secretary Evelyn Lincoln on US Senate memorandum letterhead, April 27, 1987, to noted JFK collector Robert L. White, stating in part: “The I.D. card issued to the late John F. Kennedy, was carried by him in his wallet while he was a United States Senator." 

After serving three terms in the House of Representatives, Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1952. His term began on January 3, 1953, and he served as the junior senator from Massachusetts until December 22, 1960, just before entering the presidency.

“This personal ID card is an absolutely amazing relic from this important stage in his political life,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. 

An additional highlight from the online offering was an incredible assortment of historic Kennedy photographs from The Ronnie Paloger Collection.

"Among the collection were rare seldom-seen photographs of a youthful-looking JFK during his first foray into politics from his 1946 congressional campaign— his 1952 senatorial race, and gorgeous wedding photos of Jack and Jackie,” said Tricia Eaton, Specialty Auction Director at RR Auction.  

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

Handsome set of gold-and-black eagle bookends displayed by John F. Kennedy in his Senate office and then later in the White House, sold for $19,500.

John F. Kennedy original portrait artwork by Louis Lupas, sold for $12,240.

John F. Kennedy family's china tea-cup used aboard the presidential yacht, the 'Honey Fitz,' sold for $6,063.

John F. Kennedy 1951 letter to a constituent, sold for $4,961.

The John F. Kennedy Auction from RR Auction began on May 11 and concluded on May 18. More details can be found online at

61-Cruikshank copy.jpgNew York—First editions and inscribed copies filled the shelves at Swann Galleries’ May 16 auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature. The sale broke several auction records and encompassed a variety of genres, dates and media. The trifurcated Books department (specializing in Art Books and Early Printed Books as well as Literature), is the oldest at Swann Galleries, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in March.

The top lot of the sale was a complete privately printed edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 1926, by T.E. Lawrence, the inspiration for the classic film Lawrence of Arabia. The stunning tome, bound in green leather, boasts 65 plates and color illustrations by contemporary artists. The present copy was inscribed by Lawrence and given to his dentist, Warwick James; it was purchased by a collector for $62,500*.

An auction record was achieved for the complete set of 12 volumes of The Scourge; or Monthly Expositor of Imposture and Folly, 1811-16, illustrated by George Cruikshank. This was only the third complete set ever to appear at auction; the final, twelfth volume is extremely scarce due to the dwindling subscriber numbers towards the end of the periodical. The set was especially unusual because it contained the rare suppressed plate of A Financial Survey of Cumberland, or Beggars Petition, 1815, which overtly suggested the disgraced Duke of Cumberland had murdered his valet, in both its censored and uncensored state. After breakneck bidding, a collector made the winning bid of $11,250.

The auction debut of the first American edition of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, 1912, set a strong precedent, exceeding its high estimate of $7,500 to reach $10,000.

Half of the highest prices in the sale went to first editions of cornerstones of American literature. Twentieth-century authors performed especially well, with William Faulkner’s first novel, Soldiers’ Pay, leading the pack at $21,250. The first edition of Main Street, 1920, by Sinclair Lewis, achieved a new auction record of $6,500. Harper Lee’s monumental To Kill A Mockingbird, 1960, sold for more than five times its high estimate of $1,000, finally finishing at $5,750. Similarly, a first edition with the dust jacket of The Pastures of Heaven, 1932, charmingly inscribed by author John Steinbeck to his friend Louis Paul, reached $13,750.

Works by American modernist author Ernest Hemingway were well received, with 100% of the 14 offered lots going to buyers after frenzied bidding. An inscribed first trade edition of A Farewell to Arms, 1929, reached $6,750, while a first edition of Death in the Afternoon, 1932, was purchased for $2,125.

Another highlight was a rare limited first edition on handmade paper of James Joyce’s magnum opus Ulysses, 1922, which exceeded its high estimate to sell for $33,750.

Specialist John D. Larson said of the sale, “The robust sell-through rate of 87% demonstrated the strength of the market and continued interest in historic literature from the last two centuries, especially, as always, well preserved examples. Multiple institutional purchases underline the importance of the material we’re handling, and the record achieved for the Cruikshank set typifies the appeal of exceedingly rare material.”

The next sale of 19th & 20th Century Literature at Swann Galleries will be on November 14, 2017. For more information or consign quality materials, contact John D. Larson at

Image: Lot 61 George Cruikshank, The Scourge, first edition, complete set of 12 volumes, London, 1811-16. Sold May 16, 2017 for $11,250, a record for the work. (Pre-sale estimate $4,000 to $6,000)


Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 8.42.12 AM.pngThe birth of the modern horror story can be traced to the dark visions that crept from the febrile imagination of H. P. Lovecraft at the beginning of the last century. 

This new edition from The Folio Society marries Lovecraft’s best-known fiction with two modern masters of the macabre, the acclaimed artist Dan Hillier and author Alan Moore. In his beautifully crafted new preface, Moore finds Lovecraft at once at odds with and integral to the time in which he lived, ‘the improbable embodiment of an estranged world in transition’ yet, despite his prejudices and parochialisms, he ‘possessed a voice and a perspective both unique in modern literature’. 

Also available as a 750 copy limited edition in a presentation box with a print signed by the artist each edition shimmers with Lovecraft’s ‘unknown colours’, purple and greens akin to both the ocean depths and mysteries from outer space - each features a mystical design by Hillier. 

This collection spans Lovecraft’s literary career, his ‘cosmicist’ philosophy and the belief that behind the veil of our blinkered everyday lives lies another reality, too terrible for the human mind to comprehend. Writing in the gothic tradition, narrators recount their descent into madness and despair. Through their investigations into the unexplained, they tug at the thin threads that separate our world from another of indescribable horror. The alien gods, death cults and forbidden tomes that cast their maddening shadows over of his fictitious New England would introduce the world to a new set of terrors, reflecting the strange, uncaring universe being unraveled by physics and cosmology. These ‘weird’ tales, and their vast influence, have since carved their creator a tentacle-shaped throne among the monoliths of American literature. 

Product information 

Bound in cloth blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Italian Old Style with Goudy Forum as display. 472 pages. Title page spread plus 6 black and white illustrations. Endpapers spot varnished with a design by the artist. Gold gilt page tops. Printed metallic slipcase. 10”x 6 3⁄4“ 

UK £75.00 US $120.00 Can $155.00 Aus $155.00 

Limited Edition is bound in eco simulated leather blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Italian Old Style with Goudy Forum as display. 472 pages. Title page spread plus 6 black and white illustrations printed with 8 black and gold mandalas on the reverse. Hand-marbled endpapers. Coloured edges. Magnetic presentation box covered in blocked cloth and lined in blocked metallic paper. Limited print signed by the artist. Book 10"x 63⁄4“, box 121⁄4" x 91⁄2" x 2". 

UK £345.00 US $575.00 Can $695.00 Aus $695.00 


NANTUCKET, MA—The Nantucket Book Festival, a summer destination for booklovers, features a stellar line-up of authors and events for its upcoming Festival, June 16-18. Readers will gather in historic Nantucket venues for author readings, panel discussions, and social events that provide unique opportunities to engage with their favorite authors—a hallmark of the Festival. Most events are free with the exception of ticketed social events.

The Opening Night Celebration, Open Books, Open Minds: Writing to Cross Borders, on Friday evening features Diane Rehm, Will Schwalbe, and Kevin Young, speaking on the role of writing as a way to interpret and clarify personal, political, and global divisions.

Throughout the weekend, which begins on Friday morning, authors of many genres and subjects will present, highlighted by: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns); US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; Diane Rehm (On My Own) who will discuss her memoir about reconstructing her life after the death of her husband; Ruth Reichl, former editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine whose latest book, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life, extols the power of cooking to cure many of life’s ills; and New York Times Best Selling authors Amor Towles (A Gentleman in Moscow), Carl Safina (Beyond Words), and Marie Arana (American Chica).

Two New England poets will be featured through their biographers: Megan Marshall (Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast) and Kay Redfield Jamison who will discuss her psychological portrait of Robert Lowell (Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire). Crowd favorites Alice Hoffman and Jodi Picoult will be returning to the Festival. A complete listing of authors is at

For younger readers, the Festival offers an exceptional line-up, including a breakfast with Laurie Halse Anderson (The Seeds of America Trilogy) and Nathaniel Philbrick, who will discuss his new book, Ben’s Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill, written from a child’s perspective. Other authors for younger readers include Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Bill Konigsberg, James Sulzer and Wendy Rouillard. For the youngest set, there will be story times in the Atheneum Garden tent on Friday from 9:00-1:00pm in seven languages.

To highlight the active literary community on the island, the Festival will feature local authors under the tent outdoors at the Nantucket Atheneum selling and signing their books during the day on Saturday. The ever-popular Typewriter Rodeo will be on hand to write free poems on-demand on their vintage typewriters.

Tickets are now on sale for author-hosted social events, which include:

  • Friday: breakfast with Nathaniel Philbrick and Laurie Halse Anderson (kids free); luncheon with Michelle Gable, Mary Alice Monroe and Nancy Thayer; and the Nantucket Book Festival Authors Dinner at the Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant Inn, a fundraiser for the Festival.
  • Saturday: luncheon hosted by Sarah Leah Chase (sold out), and James Gleick will host Tea and Time Travel at the Community School. 
  • Sunday : breakfast with Ruth Reichl; a wine tasting with Bianca Bosker (sold out) and the annual Cisco Brewers Send Off event in the afternoon (free) will feature music, food, author mingling, and of course brews. An evening closing event, Wild Places and Human Dignity, with PBS host Carl Safina at the NHA Whaling Museum will wrap up the Festival in the evening. 

A complete listing of all authors and tickets for all ticketed events are available at is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography.

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Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 12.23.15 PM.pngLot 1

Fitzpatrick (Sir Percy) Jock of the Bushveld (This is the first copy of “Jock” - “belongs to the Likkle People”

Published: London, 1907 Estimate: $12,500/15,000

5000 copies of the first impression were printed at a total cost to Longmans of £416. 7s. 11d.

Signed on the title page by J Percy Fitzpatrick. His full name was Sir James Percy Fitzpatrick.

Inscription on the front paste-down end paper reads: This is the first copy of “Jock”- “ belongs to the Likkle People” and the mere narrator desires to acknowledge that fact in proper form. J Percy Fitzpatrick Hohenheim October 1907 The dedications page reads: It was the youngest of the High Authorities who gravely informed the Inquiring Stranger that “Jock belongs to the Likkle People!” That being so, it is clearly the duty, no less less that the privilege, of the mere Narrator to dedicate the Story of Jock to those Keenest and Kindest critics, Best of Friends, and Most Delightful of Comrades The Likkle People.

Fitzpatrick's adventures during this time of his life, when he was pioneering in the Bushveld, are vividly described in his book Jock of the Bushveld, which is generally accepted as a South African classic.

Lot 3

[Bay Psalm Book] The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testament... For Use ... especially in New-England

Published: Edinburgh, 1759-1771

Estimate: $5,000/8,000

The very large and decorative title cartouche, copied from Jailot, includes a lion, an ostrich, an elephant, a crocodile as well as classical and native figures. William Berry changed the coat of arms to that of the Royal Arms and included a dedication to the then recently restored King Charles II. There is also a cartouche that includes five distance scales.

William Berry was a bookseller, geographer and engraver, who was active between about 1670 and 1703. His most enduring partnership was with map-maker Robert Morden and, together, they dealt in topographical works, prints, maps, charts and globes. In the title of the map, Berry added detail for his English audience.

Provenance: Thomas Hewston (inscription at front "Thomas Hewston was born May 18th 1757 at eleven o'clock in the forenoon", one possibility is a Thomas Hewston, of Bedford Co., Penn. who is listed amongst the 'new levies' in a list of 'Rangers on the Frontiers - 1778-1783' [see W.H. Egle (editor). 'Muster Rolls of the Navy and Line, Militia and Rangers 1775-1783.' Harrisburg, Pa.: 1898 p.353].

A very rare late edition of the famous Bay Psalm book (possibly the last edition to be published without the Rev. Prince's revisions of 1757/8), bound with an apparently unrecorded issue of the Bible. In addition, there are two further possibilities that would add considerably to the book's interest:

1. the binding may be by Scottish/American binder Andrew Barclay: the blind roll on the cover is an apparent match for roll 'T5' as pictured in Hannah French's 'Bookbinding in Early America' (Worcester, 1986) p.39, and see images.

2. the inscription at the front may refer to a Thomas Hewston who served as a 'Ranger on the Frontier' in Pennsylvania sometime between 1778 and 1783, raising the possibility that the present work, in its 'travelling binding' accompanied him during his service. Although there were apparently 22 editions of the Bay Psalm book published in Scotland, they are rare on the market: the records show just two examples, in 1938 Goodspeed's offered a 1741 18th edition with the upper cover of the binding missing, and in 1896 Littlefield offered a 1737 16th edition. None are listed as having been offered at auction.

Lot 4

Jefferson (Thomas), Wilberforce (William), Chatterton (Thomas) &c. - Barbour (John G.): Dialogues of the Dead, chiefly of the Moderns ... by the Author of "Evenings in Greece"

Published: Edinburgh, 1836

Estimate: $1,500/2,000

First and only edition - completely unrecorded in any of the standard bibliographies. There is one other copy known (which I used to own). See images for list of contents. The Wilberforce / Jefferson dialogue is particularly interesting, and of its time: Wilberforce berates Jefferson for allowing slavery to continue.

It is not clear why this work is so rare, Barbour was the author of a number of other works that do show up from time to time. The present work's politics sail quite close to the wind on occasion - was it perhaps banned or withdrawn or destroyed?

Lot 134

Kinza (Hirai), Piscator, [A Japanese writer writes, in English, on Japanese customs -] a 10pp. autograph manuscript article, titled ‘Visiting’

Published: New York?, 1893/94

Estimate: $1,500 /2,000

Hirai Kinza was an influential figure at the cultural crossroads between Japan and the United States during the final decade of the 19th century and into the early-20th century. In the present manuscript article, he offers a ‘modern’ view of the bow: the feature of Japanese etiquette that is still the best-known outside Japan.

Born in Kyoto in 1859, Hirai studied English from an early age. An interest in the west went hand-in-hand with his interest in religion. Initially, he quite vigorously opposed Christianity in general and its missionaries proselytizing in particular. In 1885 he set up an English school in Kyoto called ‘The Oriental Hall’ (Orientaru Horu), with the backing of Buddhist groups, and with the aim of countering the Christian influence of the Doshisha school established by Niijima Jo.

Lot 203

Churchill (Winston) The World Crisis, (First Editions Inscribed to Sir Abe Bailey)

Published: London, 1923 - 1929

Estimate: $7,500/9,000

Inscribed by Winston Churchill on a preliminary blank flyleaf of Volume 5 “Abe / from / Winston / with every good wish / 6th Mar 1929”. It is also signed by Abe Bailey on the front free endpaper in pencil and dated May 1929. Volume 1 is signed by Abe Bailey in ink and dated May 1923. Volume 2 has a presentation inscription from Bailey’s wife Mary “With Mary’s love to Abe/Nov 6th. 1923” on a preliminary blank flyleaf. (Presumably a birthday gift as he was born on November 6th 1864). Volumes 3 and 4 are signed in pencil by Abe Bailey on the front free endpapers.

The recipient Sir Abraham Bailey, 1st Baronet, KCMG

(1864-1940), known as Abe Bailey, was a prominent South African Randlord, diamond tycoon, politician, financier and cricketer. He was a good friend and sometime financial sponsor of Churchill and his son John married Churchill’s eldest daughter Diana in 1932. He was also active in the First World War, serving as Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General to the South African forces and was involved in recruiting men for the army. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government and a baronetcy by the British one in recognition of these services. These features make the set an association copy of considerable importance and of especial interest to South African collectors.

Lot 5

Rackham (Arthur) The Arthur Rackham Fairy Book - De-Luxe Signed Edition

Published: London, 1933

Estimate: $2,000/2,500

No. 420 of a total of 460 copies of this limited de-luxe edition signed by Rackham. 287pp. In the original full vellum gilt decorated binding. Top edge gilt, fore and lower edges uncut and a few pages unopened. With 8 full page colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations including many wonderful silhouettes. A very fine (as new) unmarked and unfoxed sparkling copy with no flaws whatsoever. In the original publisher's cardboard slipcase which has some wear. Scarce in this pristine condition.

Lot 149

Fries (Laurent) Tabu Nova Partis Aphri

Published: London, Lyons, 1535

Estimate: $2,000/2,750

The map was printed from a woodblock and was one of the first printed maps of Southern Africa reasonably available to collectors.

The map is the Laurent Fries reduction of the map by Martin Waldseemüller, a German priest and cartographer who contributed to 16th century editions of Ptolemy’s Geographia. The map was printed from a woodblock; the title and scrollwork above the map make this the 1535 publication of the Geographia by Melchior & Gaspar Treschel in Lyons (there are four states of the map, 1522, 1531, 1535 & 1541).

This map is considered to be “one of the most important maps in the Ptolemy ....; the coastal detail on the map indicates that the map was “evidently based on the surveys undertaken during the first two voyages of Vasco de Gama”, The map now has three kings on their thrones, an elephant and two serpents next to a sugar loaf mountain, while the King of Portugal rides a bridled sea monster on the Mare Prassodum, holding the banner of Portugal in his right hand and the sceptre in his left. Mountains have been added and rivers appear south of the Mountains of the Moon.” (Norwich)The Latin text near the equator states that "this part of ancient Africa remains unknown". Above this text are the Mountains of the Moon (still so named today, AKA the Rwenzori Mountains), from which the Nile was thought, at that time, to arise. is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography.

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24642333-1-1 copy.jpgA signed collection of images picturing the late cultural legend, David Bowie, are to be offered as part of Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale on 28 June, the month which marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Bowie’s first ever album, David Bowie. The images are thought to be one of the last items signed by Bowie before his passing in 2016.

The images were taken by Geoff MacCormack, a close friend of Bowie and travelling companion, whilst on a worldwide tour with the star in the early 1970s. MacCormack was a singer, percussionist, dance/mime member in several of Bowie’s bands. The journey took in New York, LA, San Francisco, Hawaii, Canada, Japan and a voyage on the Trans-Siberian express, which provides the backdrop to several of the photographs. The informal photographs show Bowie at his most relaxed and informal, a world away from the glamorous and outlandish personae he regularly adopted on stage.

Geoff commented on the image above; ‘I’d only just acquired a Nikkormat. I didn’t really know the camera at the time, and I pride myself on having got the composition right. I love that, although David clearly strikes a pose, the image still seems unguarded and natural. David later reciprocated by taking one of me in exactly the same sport. Believe me, mine is better!’

David Bowie, who had his breakthrough in 1969 with Space Oddity, won countless accolades and irrevocably changed the landscape of music, performance and fashion both in the UK and across the world. He was named as ‘the greatest rock star ever’ by Rolling Stone in 2016, and is estimated to have sold 140 million records worldwide.

Speaking of his friend, Geoff said: ‘For me, these images, which David loved, almost feel as if they belong in a family album. They capture the sense of two mates - one of whom just happened to have become a rock star - having the time of their lives.’

This carefree revelry is perfectly captured in one of the photographs, which depicts a slightly worse for wear Bowie asleep in their train berth aboard the Trans-Siberian Express. MacCormack explained: ‘We had drunk cheap Riesling and beer with a bunch of soldiers we’d met the night before. They were friendly and inquisitive as to what life was like in the West. In this image, you can just make out the bleak Siberian landscape through the window.

The photographs, signed by Bowie himself, provide a rare and honest glimpse in to the, then, life of arguably the world’s most influential artist.

The images will be on view at Bonhams Knightsbridge saleroom, Montpelier Street, from 25th June till the sale on 28th accompanied by a never-before-seen film of the journey from Japan to Moscow, for the ‘May Day Parade’, shot by Bowie himself and seen through his eyes, interspersed with MacCormack’s photographs. 

For more information and examples of Geoff MacCormack’s work, visit

Image: Heading back to London…the long way. Captured by Geoff MacCormack (£2,000-3,000).


60-Evans copy 2.jpgNew York—On Wednesday, June 7, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books, with highlights from the colonization of the Americas, as well as botanical prints and original watercolors.

The sale is led by Samuel Baker’s untrimmed and unjoined A New and Exact Map of the Island of St. Christopher in America, 1753, which shows the island, now better known as St. Kitts, divided into parishes with a wealth of early information relating to structures on the island, as well as the surrounding waters. The borders of each of the four sheets are decorated in an elaborate Baroque style; the map is valued between $20,000 and $30,000.

Among other treasures, the sale promises a trove of rare early maps of the United States. Selections include a 1750 map of Pennsylvania by Lewis Evans, whose publication in Germany helped spark emigration to the state, resulting in the still-traditional Pennsylvania Dutch population ($10,000 to $15,000). John Ogilby and Arnoldus Montanus’s America: Being the Latest, and Most Accurate Description of the New World, 1673, will be offered at $10,000 to $15,000. There is also a run of rare island maps by Aaron Arrowsmith, including a 1830 chart of Hawaii, then called "The Sandwich Islands," which, according to an inscription on the back, was purchased in 1832 by a ship’s captain who made a voyage to the area two years later ($8,000 to $12,000). Also available is a map by Henry Briggs showing California as an island, 1625 ($8,000 to $12,000), the auction debut of a hand-colored chart by Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres depicting Revolutionary War battles that occurred near Charleston, NC, 1780 ($8,000 to $12,000) and colonial maps of America by English, Dutch and French artisans including Arnold Colom, Theodore de Bry, Herman Moll, Thomas Pownall and Pierre Francois Tardieu.

The 1740 through 1770 works of Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, official hydrographer to Louis XV, were compiled into L'Hydrographie Françoise, which boasts 92 charts at the forefront of contemporary scientific authority, accuracy and artistic appeal; the two-volume set will be offered in the sale with an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.

Additional noteworthy atlases include a set of six double-page maps, circa 1600, by Matthias Quad, and the German edition of the popular small-format atlas by Jodocus Hondius and Gerard Mercator, Atlas Minor, Das ist, 1651, still in its original binding (each $8,000 to $12,000). Mercator is further represented in the sale by the first edition of his Ptolemaic atlas, Tabulae Geographicae, 1578. The present copy includes 26 additional maps from the seventeenth century by masters including Willem Blaeu, Abraham Ortelius and Nicolas Sanson, and is expected to sell between $7,000 and $10,000.

Swann Galleries consistently offers preeminent historical material relating to the city. Unusual maps include the “Water Map,” as Egbert Viele’s Topographical Map of the City of New York, 1865, is colloquially known, and an archive of finely drawn street plans delineating the sewers of lower Manhattan, 1865-68 (each $4,000 to $6,000). Also available in The History of the Province of New York from the First Discovery to the Year MDCCXXXII, 1757, by William Smith, valued at $1,500 to $2,500. Making its auction debut is an 1891 atlas of the island of Manhattan, created for tax purposes and boasting fold-out maps of the city, of which the only other known copy is currently in the collection of the New York Historical Society ($1,500 to $2,500).

Also in the sale are two large panoramic views of Prague, most notably an early state of Prag in Böhmen, circa 1740, the engraving by Johann Friedrich Probst after Friedrich Bernhard Werner, valued between $2,000 and $3,000.

The Natural History Books section of the sale is led by a rare complete run of The Naturalist’s Miscellany, 1789-1813, with engravings by Frederick Nodder and his son Richard, and text in English and Latin by George Shaw; the 24-volume set offers some of the earliest descriptions of several Australian species, including the Nonpareil Parrot and the Duck-Billed Platypus ($10,000 to $15,000). Also available are the hand-colored aquatint and engraving for the elephant folio plates of John James Audubon’s Herring Gull CCXCI, 1836, and Wood Ibiss CCVI, 1834 ($7,000 to $10,000 and $5,000 to $7,500, respectively).

There is a delightful selection of nineteenth-century watercolor portfolios: a set of 55 depictions of the life and deeds of Napoleon and 25 ink drawings by Robert Cruikshank, intended to serve as models for his “juvenile dramas,” 1830s, are each expected to bring between $8,000 and $12,000.

The auction will be held Wednesday, June 7, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Friday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 3, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, June 5, through Tuesday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 at

For further information and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Caleb Kiffer at 212-254-4710, extension 17, or via e-mail at

Image: Lot 60 Lewis Evans, Speciel Land Charte von Pensilvanien, Neu Jersey, Neu York, Frankfurt, 1750. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000. Complete Auction Catalogue

Man Ray.jpgFRANKLIN, Mass. - A drawing in ink on paper attributed to Romanian artist Victor Brauner (1903-1966) and an ink drawing on buff toned paper, signed and dated by the renowned visual artist Man Ray (1890-1976), are expected top earners in Woodshed Art Auctions’ next Prestige Collection fine art sale, featuring 32 lots of Modern and Impressionist drawings and paintings.

The auction will be online-only - as are all Woodshed Art Auctions sales - and will be held on Wednesday, May 24th, at 12 o’clock noon Eastern time. Previews will also be held online, at the Woodshed Art Auctions website (, or by appointment in the firm’s gallery, at 1243 Pond Street in Franklin. To schedule a preview, call (508) 533-6277.

Internet bidding will be provided by, and

Woodshed’s Prestige Collection sales are small auctions focused mainly on modestly priced works by big-name artists, and the names in this sale are indeed big. In addition to Victor Brauner and Man Ray, others include Theodore Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), Roy Lichtenstein, Maurice Bernard Sendak, Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Mario Carreno and Andy Warhol.

“This auction is full of intimate, small-scale works that offer excellent glimpses into each artist’s mindset,” said Bruce Wood of Woodshed Art Auctions. “The Cocteaus are playful, the Picassos exude power and energy, and the Brauner and Lam drawings are iconic and full of metaphysical references. The price points are perfect for adventurous and knowledgeable collectors looking to acquire works associated with some of the greatest, most sought-after artists of the past century.”

The drawing in ink on paper attributed to Victor Brauner, titled Woman, was done in 1945 and is one of two Brauners in the auction. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $5,000-$7,000. Brauner was born in Romania, the son of a Jewish timber manufacturer. He went to school in Vienna and later settled in Paris in 1930. Brauner was an accomplished sculptor and painter of surrealistic images.

The ink drawing on buff toned paper by Man Ray (real name, Emmanuel Radnitzky), is titled Ship, Sailors and a Woman, signed and dated 1936. The woodcut should earn $6,000-$10,000. Man Ray was born in America but lived mostly in France. He contributed to both the Dada and Surrealist movements and regarded himself a painter, but he’s best known for his photography. 

There are two drawings attributed to Man Ray in the auction, and there are also two attributed to pop art icon Andy Warhol (Am., 1928-1987). One, titled Young Man, is a portrait drawing in ink and colored pencil on paper, signed and unframed. It’s expected to command $4,000-$8,000. The Warhol name and cache should mute any concerns about toning, light stains and handling marks.

Fans of Picasso will be pleased to know that three drawings attributed to (or in the manner of) the Spanish-born master will come up for bid. One is a signed and dated (1964) charcoal on bond paper titled Three Dancing Figures. The 4 ¾ inch by 8 inch drawing is showing a little age discoloration and toning, but it’s still a Picasso (attributed) and is expected to hit $2,000-$4,000.

A hat trick of three drawings attributed to Jean Cocteau (Fr., 1889-1963) will also come under the gavel, including a signed and titled (La Mediterranee) crayon drawing on buff paper, 11 inches by 8 ½ inches, unframed, that’s estimated to reach $3,000-$5,000. Cocteau was an artist, writer, designer, playwright and filmmaker. He wrote the novel Les Enfants Terrible in 1929.

The last of the multiples in the sale is Mario Carreno (1913-1999), the Cuban-born Chilean artist. His two attributions will include an ink drawing on paper titled Mascaron de Proa (Figurehead). The work is signed and dated (1973) and carries an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. It was consigned by a Chilean collector. Carreno studied in Cuba, Spain and France before settling in Chile.

An ink and dye on smooth card-weight paper, attributed to the pop art icon Roy Lichtenstein (Am., 1923-1997), titled Brush Stroke, is expected to change hands for $3,000-$4,000. The piece is signed and unframed and measures 3 ½ inches by 6 ½ inches. Lichtenstein defined the premise of pop art via parody, producing precise compositions of comic strips in a tongue-in-cheek way.

Who doesn’t love Theodore Geisel? Never heard of him? Yes you have. He’s Dr. Seuss (Am., 1904-1991), and the auction boasts an illustration attributed to Geisel of perhaps his best-known and best loved character, the Cat in the Hat. A drawing in red and black ink on white paper of Cat in the Hat, signed and inscribed “Best wishes, from Dr. Seuss,” should make $4,000-$6,000.

An ink drawing on paper attributed to Wilfredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982), titled Shaman, signed and dated (1941), in very good condition, is expected to breeze to $8,000-$12,000. The drawing is in very good condition. Lam sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture, often utilizing a unique style that was characterized by the prominence of hybrid figures.

Maurice Bernard Sendak (Am., 1928-2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children’s books, best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. An ink drawing on white card stock paper attributed to Sendak, titled Max in an Airplane, carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$4,000. The drawing is artist signed and measures 6 ¼ inches by 7 inches.

This will be just the second Prestige Collection auction for Woodshed Art Auctions. The first was held April 26th, with positive results. “It paid off for consignors,” Wood said, “and it proved that we’re headed in the right direction for growing the company into a destination known for curated quality art.” The top lot was an ink drawing attributed to van Gogh that brought $12,000.

Woodshed Art Auctions is a family-owned art gallery specializing in oil painting restoration and live and online art auctions. The company is celebrating its 49th anniversary. 

Woodshed Art Auctions is always accepting quality artworks for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may call Bruce Wood at (508) 533-6277; or, you can e-mail him at To learn more about Woodshed Art Auctions and the online-only auction on May 24th, visit

Image: Ink drawing on buff toned paper by Man Ray (1890-1976, real name Emmanuel Radnitzky), titled Ship, Sailors and a Woman, signed and dated 1936 (est. $6,000-$10,000).

joan copy.jpgDALLAS, Texas (May 15, 2017) - Four pieces by two famed illustration artists, Patrick Nagel and Gil Elvgren, set the pace for Heritage Auctions’ $1.7 million May 12 Illustration Art Auction as nearly 900 bidders vied for original and concept artwork. The auction exceeded its estimate by 61 percent with a sell-through rate of 99 percent by value and 96 percent by lot. Nagel’s Seductive Female in Profile sold for $125,000 and while his original Joan Collins, #411, 1982 sold for $100,000, each more than doubled their respective pre-auction estimate.

Recognized by many as one of the best pin-up artists in history, Gil Elvgren’s Fire Belle (Always Ready), 1956 sold for $112,500 and his eye-catching Cover, Girl!, 1965 sold for $100,000, doubling its pre-auction estimate. There was also sizeable interest in the pin-up art of Alberto Vargas whose Portrait of Carol Ohmart, 1956 sold for $40,000, double its estimate and the illustration story-telling artwork of Hy (Henry) Hintermeister whose  Rocket Pad Keep Out sold for $37,500, triple its pre-auction estimate and a record for the artist at auction..

"Once again the interest and demand for Pre-War Illustration art is very high from the likes of Nagel and Elvgren. Calendar, book cover and interior illustration artwork exceeded our expectation realizing double, triple or more above pre-auction estimates," said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “Overall the interest in illustration art continues to remain high across the board.”

A New Yorker magazine cartoon by Charles Samuel Addams Skier, New Yorker magazine cartoon, January 15, 1949, sold for $27,500, well over its $6,000-8,000 estimate; while the Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration Bait for Trapping a Man, Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, June 1957 by Earl Moran captured $23,750 over its $3,000-5,000 estimate.

Book cover artwork was also of high interest as Roger Hane’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, book cover, 1970 sold for $26,250, five times its low estimate and Robert McGinnis The Corpse that Came Calling, paperback cover, 1964 sold for $21,250 nearly seven times its estimate. A landmark illustration by artist Barbara Remington which was used for a trio of Ballantine Book covers for J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Lord of the Rings, paperback cover study, 1965 sold for $17,500.

Magazine cover artwork from the 1940s saw interest as Peter Driben’s Pin-Up in a Bikini, Beauty Parade magazine cover, October 1947 sold for $21,250 setting a record for the artist at auction and early pin-up artist Enoch Bolles’ Steady Work, Judge magazine cover, October 31, 1914 which also realized $21,250. Interior illustration pieces were popular with bidders as Vargas’ Please Don't Peek Until I Finish Dressing, Playboy interior illustration, September 1962 sold for $27,500 and Garth Williams’ He Let Go of the Wheel for a Second and Did a Little Dance on the Slopping Deck, Stuart Little interior illustration, 1945 sold for $18,750.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to: 

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flag copy.jpgDALLAS (May 15, 2017) - A stunning, 1856 campaign flag for President James Buchanan set a world record at Heritage Auctions May 13 when it sold for $275,000, shattering the previous record for a campaign flag sold at auction, set by Heritage in 2009. The flag was the centerpiece of a $1.9 million Americana & Political sale that focused on memorabilia from the nation’s Founding Fathers and other historic figures.

“The previous record of $95,600 was set in November of 2009 for an 1860 John Breckinridge portrait flag,” said Jeff Bridgman, the winning bidder and owner of Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques of York County, Pennsylvania. 

Colorful campaign banners in the style of American flags were produced for every winning presidential candidate from William Henry Harrison in 1840 up through, at least, Woodrow Wilson. Highly collectible, none is rarer than the 21-1/2" x 15" flag banner for James Buchanan. “As thrilling as it was to see it sell, I was not surprised to see this flag set a world record,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana at Heritage. “It is the only Buchanan portrait flag ever to appear at auction and represented a perhaps not-to-be-repeated opportunity for the advanced collector.”

Not only did Bridgman purchase the Buchanan flag, he also was the winning bidder on a Monumental Silk Banner from the October 1789 Parade Welcoming the Recently-installed President to Boston.  “I have never owned an 18th century flag, almost nothing exists of that period, inside or outside of institutions, and this actually had Washington's name on it,” Bridgman said. “Amazing!”

The auction’s first session was devoted to material relating to the Washington and the Founding Fathers. A rare and important Lexington and Concord Broadside, reporting on the events which ignited the American Revolution, sold for $162,500. A remarkable Leopard-skin Saddle Pad owned by both George Washington and British General Edward Braddock ended at $150,000 following interest from multiple bidders. Since 1927 the leopard skin pad has been preserved and displayed by the Society of the Sons of the Revolution, until the decision of the organization's trustees to offer it at this auction.

A rare letter in which President Thomas Jefferson writes to Writes to Georgia Governor John Milledge Regarding the Removal of the Cherokees from Georgia as a Consequence of the Louisiana Purchase made $93,750.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

A 50" tall metal & terracotta maquette of the Statue of Liberty sold for $45,000. 

A 21" x 30" hand-colored map from 1782 Battle of Yorktown sold for $42,500.

An extraordinary, Large, Powerful "Cigar Store Indian" Attributed to the Workshop of Samuel Robb sold for $37,500.

A 17" x 13" oil on canvas painting of George Washington Meeting at Fraunces Tavern ended at $35,000. 

Heritage holds major auctions of historical Americana twice yearly. Consignments are now being accepted for the next sale, slated for November.

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

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

153-Warhol copy.jpgNew York—Swann Galleries broke multiple established records for editions by important artists in their May 11 auction of Contemporary Art. This was the department’s seventh consecutive sale to exceed $1M. The house’s contemporary sales are notable for scarce multiples, though Thursday’s sale offered a premier selection of original works and sculpture as well.

The top lot of the sale was an important etching by David Hockney titled The Artist and Model, 1974, which was purchased for $52,500, above its high estimate of $30,000. Six of the seven offered lots by Hockney sold above or within their estimates, including the complete portfolio of Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 1970, with 39 etchings, some with aquatint, as well as an additional six etchings on handmade paper. The portfolio, in its original blue leather case, sold for $23,400, above a high estimate of $15,000.

Each of the eight offered works by Josef Albers was purchased, exceeding the $36,000 high estimate for the section by more than $11,000. The highlight was the fiery color screenprint DR-a, 1968, which nearly doubled its high estimate to reach $11,250 after rapid phone bidding, a record for the work. Additional runaway lots included two color screenprints featuring the squares for which Albers is known: Hommage au Carré, 1965, and Attic, 1965 ($7,280 and $6,000, a record for the work, respectively).

Julian Opie was represented in the sale by three works that all exceeded their high estimates. The highlight was Walking in the City, 2012, the complete set of six lacquered sculptures of anonymous businesspeople, which sold for $21,250; another highlight was This is Shahnoza 3, 2006, a screenprint depicting four stages of Shahnoza’s dance routine ($6,750, a record for the work).

All three offered works by Ellsworth Kelly found buyers, led by the 1964-65 lithograph Blue and Yellow and Red-Orange, which went to a collector for $16,250, a record for the work. Another lithograph from the same period, Black with White, surpassed its high estimate of $3,500 to sell for $5,000.

Additional records included $11,875 for Richard Diebenkorn’s 1969 color lithograph Untitled (Ocean Park). The previous record for Jean Arp’s Non loin du soleil, de la lune et des étoiles, 1962, stood at $2,000; in this sale, the brightly colored lithograph more than tripled that, flying to $7,250. New records were also achieved for works by Pierre Alechinsky, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Robert Motherwell and David Wojnarowicz.

Todd Weyman, Director of Prints & Drawings at Swann Galleries, noted, “This sale’s active, competitive bidding signifies that the energy surrounding contemporary art is not going anywhere. Collectors especially exhibit a thirst for post-war works on paper.”

The next sale of Prints & Drawings at Swann Galleries will be held June 15, 2017. For more information or consign quality materials, contact Todd Weyman at

Image: Lot 153 Andy Warhol, Geronimo, color screenprint, 1986. Sold May 11, 2017 for $30,000. (Pre-sale estimate $20,000 to $30,000)

book-cover_remarkable-manuscripts-lower-res.jpgThe winner of this year’s Wolfson History Prize, awarded for excellence in accessible and scholarly history, has been announced as Dr Christopher de Hamel for his book, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts. 

De Hamel, who receives the £40,000 prize, is Fellow and former librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was one of six authors shortlisted for the Prize earlier this year. 

Awarded annually by the Wolfson Foundation for over forty years, the Wolfson History Prize has become synonymous with celebrating outstanding history. Established in 1972, it has awarded more than £1.1 million in recognition of the best historical writing being produced in the UK, reflecting qualities of both readability and excellence in writing and research.

Sir David Cannadine, Chair of the Prize Judges, said: “Christopher de Hamel's outstanding and original book pushes the boundaries of what it is and what it means to write history. By framing each manuscript of which he writes as the story of his own personal encounter with it, he leads the reader on many unforgettable journeys of discovery and learning. Deeply imaginative, beautifully written, and unfailingly humane, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts distils a lifelong love of these astonishing historical treasures, which the author brings so vividly to life. It is a masterpiece.”

About the Prize-winning book: 

Part travel book, part detective story, part conversation with the reader, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts conveys the fascination and excitement of encountering some of the greatest works of art in our culture which, in the originals, are to most people completely inaccessible.

Christopher de Hamel traces the elaborate journeys that these exceptionally precious artefacts have made through time and space; how they have been copied, owned or lusted after; how they have been embroiled in politics and scholarly disputes; and how they have been regarded as objects of supreme luxury and symbols of national identity. 

He introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, collectors and the international community of manuscript scholars, showing us how he and his fellows piece together evidence to reach unexpected conclusions. 

About the author:

In the course of a long career at Sotheby's Christopher de Hamel probably handled and catalogued more illuminated manuscripts and over a wider range than any person alive. He is Fellow and former librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The Parker Library, which was in his care from 2000 to 2016, includes many of the earliest manuscripts in English language and history. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society. 

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel is published in hardback by Allen Lane at £30 


4034F642-86BF-49CD-AC2D-CAC18B8B2C76.pngBenjamin Spademan is delighted to announce that the debut exhibition of the artist and filmmaker Robert Perkins will open at his London gallery on the 25th of May. Entitled The Written Image, the two-part show will be a presentation of paintings, prints and collages created by Perkins in collaboration with renowned poets, from Seamus Heaney to Allen Ginsberg.

The genesis for the project that would become The Written Image series came from the notable poet Elizabeth Bishop. As a student at Harvard University in the 1970s, Perkins was accepted into Bishop’s small creative writing seminar. At their first one- on-one meeting, she let Perkins sit down before saying, ‘You’re not a poet. What are you?’ Caught off guard, he replied, ‘I want to be a painter.’ Upon learning that Perkins wanted to be an artist, she wrote out her poem ‘The Fish,’ and asked him to illustrate it. Perkins then invited his other teachers, the Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz, and American poet Robert Lowell, to collaborate, sparking the germ of a body of work that has now been ongoing for 45 years.

The works themselves are borne from Perkins’s personal relationships, and reflect the long history of interplay between poets and painters, word and image: from Chinese and Japanese scrolls and Persian miniatures, to the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, William Blake, and the collaboration between the painter Larry Rivers and poet Frank O’Hara in the 1950s. Robert Perkins’s homage to poetry starts with the poet’s handwritten text - in his own words, ‘a self-portrait of the poet in the moment’ - which is then combined with Perkins’s lyrical imagery. The poem itself, the physicality of the letters and words - split open, obscured, fragmented - provides the constant architecture upon which Perkins crafts his thoughtful visual vocabulary. The images follow poetry’s intrinsic grace and compression, and Perkins’s sensitivity to materials - rich pigments and the almost sculptural quality of paper - contributes to a sophisticated balance of word and image.

For example, in a 1989 work inspired by a poem in Seamus Heaney’s book, The Haw Lantern, which describes the felling of a chestnut tree, and metaphorically the loss of the poet’s mother, Perkins depicts a partially split branch with a multitude of tiny, white wood chips spilling across the page. The violence of this imagery mirrors the melancholic poignancy of Heaney’s words: ‘I heard the hatchet’s differentiated/ Accurate cut, the crack, the sigh/ And collapse of what luxuriated/ Through the shocked tips and wreckage of it all... Silent, beyond silence listened for.’

The work created in collaboration with Allen Ginsberg begins with a journal entry that, though written decades before Ginsberg’s death, is wholly concerned with mortality: ‘What’s to be done about Death?’ Perkins created swathes of expressionistic colour with crayons, only to cover this abstract base with India ink, the colour peeking through the scraped away ink. As Perkins later recalled: ‘The tension between the suppressed colour and the colour poking through seemed to speak about Allen’s concerns, captured something of his childlike nature.’ There is prescience in Ginsberg’s final line, ‘not to be buried in the cemetery near Newark airport some day?’; the poet lies buried there today.

Not literal representations of the poetry, Perkins’s body of work moves evocatively between word and image. It is, in the words of poet and art critic Ilka Scobie, ‘an elegant dance between poetry’s immaterial words and the grounded practice of his mark making.’

Says Benjamin Spademan: ‘I'm excited to be bringing this exhibition to the gallery. It directly reflects the ethos that I have been trying to develop here, the interaction of books and art. I love the way Robert Perkins immersed himself in modern poetry and found ways of engaging with texts through his art. His catalogue gives profound insights into the creative process, as well as a fund of highly entertaining anecdotes.’

The exhibition runs 25 May - 23 June 2017.

A catalogue will present the whole collection, with introductions by art critic Ilka Scobie and Ewan Clayton, author of The Golden Thread, A History of Writing.

Part two of the exhibition will take place at Benjamin Spademan Rare Books in November 2017.

Image: (Top Left) Allen Ginsberg, What’s to be done, 1998; (Top Right) Seamus Heaney, from The Haw Lantern, 1989; (Bottom) Octavio Paz, fragment from Trowbridge Street, 1972 © Robert Perkins, by courtesy of the artist and Benjamin Spademan Rare Books. Photo: Antiquarian Photographer, Louie Fasciolo. 

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. A vast array of antique volumes chronicling the opening of the American West will be featured, along with a private collection of original Currier and Ives plates.          

Antique and rare books in this catalog include numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are two tomes by William Camden, including the 1590 printing of his landmark chorographical work, "Britannia Sive Florentissimorum Regnorum," retaining the original wood cut illustrations, and "Remains Concerning Britaine," produced in 1614. Additional rare pieces include Roberts and Croly's "The Holy Land," published in six volumes in 1855, the 1801 first edition of Alexander Mackenzie's "Voyages from Montreal," featuring folding maps, and the limited first edition of Wheat's "1540-1861 Mapping the Transmississippi West," produced in six volumes.                     

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a sizable group of antique volumes relating to the American West, including such examples as the six-volume, 1845 printing of Wilkes' "Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition," retaining the original hand-colored folding map, and numerous mid-nineteenth century titles by John Fremont including works relating to California, the Rocky Mountains, Oregon, Missouri, Native American Indians and more. Other vintage and antique pieces also include volumes from the celebrated Fruits of New York series, fancy Easton Press bindings, author-signed copies, and areas such as arctic and polar exploration, magic, books-on-books, military history, Civil War, decorative antique, multi-volume sets, and much more.   

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. These lots include antique photographs and tintypes, 18th & 19th century maps and atlases, antique cartes-de-visite, Americana, Civil War-related, original antique correspondence, bound compilations of Harper's Weekly (including Civil War year issues), rare prints of photogravure works by Yousuf Karsh, antique lithographs and engravings, antique magazines, issues of Derriere le Miroir, stamps, Hollywood memorabilia, postcards, and other desirable items.   

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


Histoire Ancienne copy.jpgTaking place in the beautiful grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital at the height of London’s busy summer art season, Masterpiece London will take place from June 29 to July 5. For this prestigious event, Les Enluminures will be presenting an array of important acquisitions. Notable highlights include a royal manuscript commissioned within the court of Charles V, a pristine 13th-century missal from Soissons and a Roman ring bearing the inscription “Utere Felix”. 

Of the upmost importance, the Histoire Ancienne jusqu’à César and Fait des Romains is a historical chronicle of immense size, and one of the greatest historical compilations of the later Middle Ages. Our copy was written by King Charles V’s scribe, Raoulet d’Orléans, and illuminated by two artists who worked almost exclusively for the King. The 78 illuminations sparkling with gold leaf and in near-perfect condition dazzle the eye. The provenance is nearly unbroken - from the fourteenth century Valois court up to and including major modern bibliophiles (Chester Beatty, William Hearst, James and Elizabeth Ferrell). The manuscript is well-known but has not been for public sale for more than a quarter century. It was exhibited at and published by the J. Paul Getty Museum. 

Another highlight to be exhibited at Masterpiece London is one of the nest thirteenth-century Missals still in private hands. This splendid Missal with its majestic full-page Cruci xion and numerous large historiated initials represents the very peak of Gothic illumination at its apogee in France, which was itself the home of the Gothic style. The present manuscript stands out for its certain localization to the diocese of Soissons and for its exceptionally full cycle of illustrations. Impressive in size, and in faultless condition, it is one of the greatest testimonies of thirteenth-century illumination in private hands. 

The third highlight comes in the form of a Roman open-work ring inscribed with the Latin inscription “Utere Felix” meaning “Use (this) happily” or “Use it with luck”. This inscription, framed with scrolls, ivy and pelta motifs, seems to have been popular in various parts of the Roman Empire with examples found on Roman rings of the 2nd to 4th centuries AD and other jewels such as bracelets, belts, buckles and bulae. In superb condition and of considerable weight, this ring is an important example of Roman jewelry evidently made for a high-ranking individual.


June 29 to July 5, 2017
Preview: Tuesday, June 28, 11 am - 9 pm  

Image: Histoire Ancienne jusqu’à César and Fait des Romains; In French, illuminated manuscript on parchment; With 78 miniatures by the Master of the Coronation of Charles VI and a collaborator; France, Paris, c. 1370-80; $4,500,000. 

Lot_103.jpgDenver, Pennsylvania, May 11, 2017 - Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is excited to announce this exclusively comic books auction to be held on June 22, 2017.  Bidding starts promptly at 9:00 AM. All lots from this sale are on display in Morphy's Denver gallery and are available for preview now. 

This sale will undoubtedly weave a web of intrigue with its selection of titles featuring Spider Man.  Amazingly, over 40 fine lots are on offer featuring this favorite superhero.  Lot #46, an Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC Universal Grade 4.0 Silver Age Key Comic Book, is estimated at $12,000-18,000.  Considered a Holy Grail by many, it features off white pages and tells the origin of Spider Man through Stan Lee’s story, Stan Ditko’s art, and Jack Kirby’s cover.  And lot #1, an Amazing Spider Man #1 1963 Marvel Comic Book CGC Universal Grade 4.5, is one-derful in so many ways.  It retells the origins of Spider Man and is estimated at $5,000-6,500.

Comic books featuring Iron Man over time are a heavy metal favorite category in this comprehensive sale.  A great choice for summertime vacation reading would have to be lot #66, a lot of 33 The Invincible Iron Man #69 - #103 Bronze Age Key Comic Books.  This literal library, estimated at $600-1,200, consists of a run of the Invincible Iron Man Comic Books; all are ungraded and in excellent condition.  And it’s a nail biter with lot #104, a Tales Of Suspense #39 1963 CGC Universal Grade 4.0 Comic Book, estimated at $3,500-5,000.  This excellent, highly sought after book tells the tale of the origins of Iron Man, a.k.a. Tony Stark.    

X marks the spot when it comes to this sale’s offerings of premier X-Men comic books.  It’s a new beginning with lot #78, a Marvel X-Men #1 1963 Comic Book CGC Universal Grade 5.0, estimated at $4,000-5,000.  This important book has cream to off white pages and features the origin and first appearance of The X-Men.  Collectors are certain to make a big deal over lot #79, a Giant Size X-Men #1 NM CGC 9.4 Comic Book from 1975, estimated at $1,800-2,500.  This larger than life offering presents the new X-Men - First Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Thunderbird - for the first time. 

This auction also offers a heroic assortment of books featuring better and lesser known super heros.  Lot #48, a Marvel The Avengers #4 1964 Comic Book CGC Universal Grade 8.0 featuring the first Silver Age appearance of Captain America is estimated at $3,500-4,500.  Lot #61, an Incredible Hulk #181 CGC Universal Grade 8.0 1974 Bronze Age Key Comic Book debuting the first full appearance of Wolverine is estimated at $2,000-3,000.  Lot #103, a DC Comics Showcase #22 Comic Book 1959 CGC Universal Grade 5.5 is a shining example as well.  It features the origin of the Silver Age Green Lantern and is estimated at $4,000-5,000.  And it’s a most excellent adventure with lot #85, a Marvel Journey Into Mystery #83 Comic Book 1962 CGC Universal Grade 4.0.  This highly desirable book includes the origin and first appearance of Thor and is estimated at $4,000-5,000.

According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, “This comic book sale offers an exciting and comprehensive selection of some of the world’s most favorite and sought after titles.  Their illustrations and stories are riveting and it’s easy to get lost in their surreal worlds!  The Amazing Fantasy book featuring the origins of Spider Man is truly in a class by itself. Please visit our Denver, PA gallery to see these works of art firsthand - it’s worth a trip from anywhere!”

About Morphy Auctions:
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is headquartered in Denver, PA. The company also has a satellite office in Las Vegas, NV. A full-service auction house, Morphy’s presents over 35 premier auctions annually. The company’s three-part mission includes ensuring consignor satisfaction with every auction, offering world-class customer service that goes above and beyond the call of duty, and providing relentless buyer support to create confidence for all clients seeking a trustworthy purchasing experience.  

Morphy’s team of specialists includes the nation's finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; jewelry and wrist watches. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories.  Morphy's has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to over 65 employees in over a decade. 

Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517.  We can be reached by phone at 717-335-3435, by fax at 717-336-7115, and by email at  Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm.  For more information on Morphy's, please visit

Image: DC Comics Showcase #22 Comic Book 1959 CGC Universal Grade 5.5. Estimate $4,000-5,000.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Quinn’s Auction Galleries Executive Vice President Matthew Quinn today announced the appointment of Catherine Payling, MBE, to the position of director of Waverly Rare Books, a Quinn’s subsidiary. Payling’s 25-year career in creative and nonprofit industries includes 15 years as curator/director of Keats House Museum in Rome and two years as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

A native of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Payling earned both an undergraduate and master’s degree from Oxford University, with a major in English literature and language. Her post-university association with the arts began with a two-year stint as curator of printed books and manuscripts with the National Maritime Museum in London.

Also a chartered accountant with British and international credentials, Payling worked from 1988 to 1992 as an auditor with Ernst and Young in London. This was followed by two years as financial controller of London’s Royal Opera House. 

Payling’s next major management position was as chief operating officer of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. In that capacity, Payling oversaw all top-level business matters, including contracts, finance and personnel. 

In 1997, Payling began a 15-year tenure as curator/director of the Keats House Museum in Rome, one of Europe’s largest and most important research libraries devoted to British and European Romanticism. Payling’s responsibilities included managing the museum’s extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and other artworks, both for the benefit of the general public and specialized researchers. While in Rome, Payling discovered, authenticated and arranged for the publication of a Mary Shelley manuscript novella that had been lost for nearly two centuries. 

Working with museums, auction houses, scholars and collectors while curator/director of the Keats House Museum, Payling became an acknowledged expert in the authentication, conservation and preservation of manuscripts and other documents. She curated exhibitions with the American Academy in Rome and published numerous papers on Italy’s Anglo-American communities between 1790 and present day.

In 2003, His Royal Highness Prince Charles honored Catherine Payling with an MBE Award for her service to Anglo-Italian relations. 

After relocating to the United States, Payling accepted a position as adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where she taught marketing and fundraising. Since 2014, Payling’s broad expertise has benefited private design clients and several Washington-area nonprofits, including Georgetown Ministry Center and Grace Episcopal Church.

Payling is married to Duncan Wu, who is the Raymond Wagner Professor of Literary Studies at Georgetown University. Both have been lifelong collectors of fine and decorative art and previously attended Quinn’s sales, where Catherine, in particular, became acquainted with the company’s management and staff.

“Catherine used to attend our auctions and treasure-hunt. She loves the auction business,” Matthew Quinn said. “When the director’s position in our rare book division became available, there were several strong candidates. Before Catherine and I sat down to talk, I had no idea how impressive her background was, but it quickly became evident that she is an exceptional talent with an incredible work history. We’re very excited that she has joined us.”

Payling commented: “I am a long-time enthusiast for everything the Quinns do, and for the spirit and family values that drive the company forward. I am so lucky to have a position that allows me to sell books, work with all sorts of people, and anticipate new surprises coming through the gallery’s doors every single day of the week.”

The first Waverly Rare Books catalog sale supervised by Catherine Payling will be held on Thursday, June 1. For additional information, visit Tel. 703-532-5632.

3374120_2 copy.jpgBOSTON, MA - In commemoration of JFK’s 100th birthday on May 29, 2017, RR Auction has curated an once-in-a-lifetime assortment of Kennedy artifacts, signed material, and photographs to celebrate the life of America’s beloved 35th president.  The special online offering is scheduled to begin on May 11 and will conclude on May 18, 2017.

A highlight is a John F. Kennedy 1955 'Profiles in Courage' hand-annotated speech manuscript page. 

A page from a draft of a speech given by Senator John F. Kennedy before the Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Fraternity at the University Club in Boston.

The annotated typed manuscript page with corrections in Kennedy's hand, from a speech given on October 27, 1955; the quotes featured in this speech were later published on pages 9 and 10 of his 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book Profiles in Courage. In part: "Still another pressure, and in a sense the most important one, is the desire to be reelected. This is not a wholly selfish motive—for those who go down to defeat in the hopeless defense of a single principle will not return to fight for that or any other principle in the future. A Senator must consider the effect of that defeat upon his party, his friends and supporters, and even his wife and children. Certainly in no other occupation is a man expected to sacrifice honor, prestige and his chosen career for the national good. And thus former Senator Ashurst of Arizona reportedly said to his colleague Mark Smith: 'Mark, the great trouble with you is that you refuse to be a demagogue. You will not submerge your principles in order to get yourself elected. You must learn that there are times when a man in public life is compelled to rise above his principles.' Finally, of course, is the pressure which embraces all other pressures—the pressure of a Senator's constituency, the interest groups, the organized letter-writers and, as you know, the newspapers. It is impossible to satisfy them all. Ex-Congressman McGroary of California wrote a constituent in 1934: 'One of the countless drawbacks of being in Congress is that I am compelled to receive impertinent letters from a jackass like you, in which you say I promised to have the Sierra Madre mountains reforested and I have been in Congress two months and haven't done it. Will you please take two running jumps and go to hell.' Few of us follow that urge—but the provocation is there, from unreasonable letters, impossible requests, hopelessly inconsistent demands and endlessly unsatisfied grievances."

Kennedy underlines several phrases in pencil and makes a few deletions, in addition to writing the politicians' names, "Ashurst" and "McGroary," in the left margin; the quotes from Ashurt and McGroary are what also appeared in Profiles in Courage.

Originally sold by Charles Hamilton in 1975. Accompanied by an early printing of Profiles in Courage, a photocopied typescript of Kennedy's final draft of this speech, and unsigned documents related to the German publication of the book.

“This speech was perhaps the first time that Kennedy revealed his thoughts on courage and politics, which would later be immortalized in Profiles in Courage,” said  Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

“Manuscripts related to the award-winning book are exceedingly scarce, and with numerous corrections made in Kennedy's hand this is a superb example.”

Another highlight is one-of-a-kind historically significant official US Senate personal identification card issued to John F. Kennedy.  

The ID Card features an image of the young senator, neatly signed in full in fountain pen, "John F. Kennedy." Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Kennedy's longtime secretary Evelyn Lincoln on US Senate memorandum letterhead, April 27, 1987, to noted JFK collector Robert L. White, in full: "This United States Senate I.D. card issued to the late John F. Kennedy, with signature and photo, which you now have in your possession, was carried by him in his wallet while he was a United States Senator." Also includes an original Senate seating diagram from Kennedy's first term, one page both sides, which depicts Kennedy's seat as number 93.

After serving three terms in the House of Representatives, Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1952. His term began on January 3, 1953, and he served as the junior senator from Massachusetts until December 22, 1960, just before entering the presidency.

“This personal ID card is an absolutely amazing relic from this important stage in his political life,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Also featured is an incredible assortment of historic Kennedy photographs from The Ronnie Paloger Collection. The 100 lots of photographs depict a fascinating and crucial period in JFK’s life from 1946-1953, chronicling JFK’s first political congressional campaign of 1946, his run for U.S. senator in 1952, and his marriage to Jackie in 1953. LIFE magazine featured six of these photographs in a twelve-page ‘photo essay’ chapter in their ‘special edition’ commemorating JFK’s centennial birthday.

Additional items include:

• Handwritten letter from Lt. Kennedy while on “PT Shakedown” duties in Miami, only months removed from his harrowing PT-109 rescue.

• Jackie’s 1960 Maternity dress, worn two months away from delivering JFK, Jr., and her husband winning the presidency

• Impressive Louis Lupa original pastel JFK portrait.

• Kennedy’s Stately Pair of Eagle Bookends.

The John F. Kennedy Auction from RR Auction will begin on May 11 and conclude on May 18. More details can be found online at


Order of Surrender copy.jpgA typed Order of Surrender from the 1916 Rising, signed by the leader of the rebellion, Patrick Pearse, is to be offered at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs sale in London on 14 June. It is estimated at £80,000-100,000.

The Order of Surrender is one of the most significant documents in Irish 20th century history. It ended the abortive attempt in April 1916 by Irish Nationalists in Dublin to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and establish an independent Irish State. The nationalist uprising, which broke out on 24 April, Easter Monday, under the overall leadership of Pearse, was met by the British authorities with uncompromising and overwhelming force. On Saturday 29 April, after six days of bitter fighting, Pearse, offered unconditional surrender in order to prevent further bloodshed. A schoolteacher by profession, Pearse was also leader of the Irish Volunteers and, as President of the Provisional Government, had read out the Proclamation of Independence outside the General Post Office on Easter Monday at the beginning of the Rising. 

The surrender order itself was hurriedly composed at the British army headquarters. In the name of the Provisional Government it called on commandants of the nationalist fighters to ‘order their command to lay down arms’.  Such was the haste of composition, that in the copy to be offered for sale at Bonhams the word ‘to’ appears as ‘tp’.  A small number of copies were made, signed by Pearse and distributed to rebel positions in Dublin and the outlying countryside by Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell, who had acted as go between during the surrender negotiations, and members of the Capuchin community.

It is not known exactly how many typed copies were produced, but it is thought to be in single figures. Two surviving copies are held by the National Library of Ireland. Another, signed by Pearse and countersigned by James Connolly, is held at the Imperial War Museum, London. In addition, there are known to be three hand written drafts. Uniquely, the typed copy for sale bears a tricolour stamp printed by the rebels at the time of the Rising depicting William Allen, Michael Larkin and William O'Brien, the 'Manchester Martyrs', who were hung in Manchester for killing a police constable during a failed rescue attempt of two Fenian prisoners. The stamp was possibly affixed to authenticate the order, but may equally have been added at a later date.

Writing in the summer 2017 edition of Bonhams magazine the Irish writer, Ronan McGreevy editor of Centenary - Ireland Remembers 1916, which will be published in the autumn, explains the significance of the Surrender Order a follows:

“The terse document expresses Pearse’s belief that he would certainly be executed, but that all the others would be spared. Instead the British executed 15 leaders, including Pearse, and imprisoned thousands. This brutal military fiat turned Irish public opinion against British rule in Ireland exactly as the rebels had hoped”.

Bonhams representative in Ireland, manuscript specialist Kieran O’Boyle, said, “It is difficult to overstate the importance of this document to the history of Ireland. While in the short term, the surrender represented failure, the public reaction to the rising and in particular to the harsh way in which it was suppressed, galvanised the movement for independence and gave it the wide popular support it had previously lacked.”    

Image: Order of Surrender, 29 April 1916. Signed by Patrick Pearse. Estimate £80,000-100,000

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