READING, Pa. - Berks Community Television (BCTV) is bringing live auctions to television with the debut airing of a new show called Auction Action On BCTV on Monday evening, January 30th, at 6 pm, with the first item up for bid at 7 pm. The program will be hosted by Bill Howze, the owner of The Renaissance Auction Group in Reading, Pa., and host of the popular BCTV show All That Stuff.

In the first hour of the show, Mr. Howze will explain how the auction works and preview featured lots. All bidding is online. Individuals can bid from anywhere in the world on their desktop or mobile devices beginning Monday, January 16th. 

Auction previews will be held at 1251 Chestnut Street on two Saturdays and Sundays - January 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th, from 9 am to 1 pm each day. Berks County residents who have BCTV as part of their cable package will be able to view the show live. Bidding will be driven through The Renaissance Auction Group website at www.auctionhowze.com. The show will be fast-paced - averaging one item closing per minute.

Starting at 7 pm, the auction will officially kick off. The debut program will feature many items in a broad range of categories, many of them specific to Berks County. These will include a circa 1775 Berks County tall case clocks, a Reading Trolley fare counter, a Philadelphia & Reading Railroad platform sign and original works by artists with ties to the Berks County area.

“The merchandise mix will include multiple categories of antiques collectibles and fine art,” Mr. Howze said. “We expect a strong and enthusiastic viewership in our first show, especially with the many interesting items relating to Berks County. I’m pleased that my auction firm will be conducting this event  in conjunction with BCTV. Part of the proceeds will benefit our public access channel.”

Heather Adams, executive director of BCTV, echoed those words. “Bill Howze’s All That Stuff show consistently ranks in the top ten programs viewed online at bctv.org, so we’re excited to have him host a second show with such a unique auction concept,” she said. “As for the partnership, it’s a win-win. Plus it widens our audience by attracting antiques and collectibles enthusiasts.”

Ms. Adams said BCTV has benefited from fundraiser auctions for 25 years, but not in this way. She added that Auction Action On BCTV is scheduled from 6 pm to 10 pm, but because of the nature of an auction, it may run shorter or longer. The show will be telecast live from the BCTV studio. BCTV is seen in 100,000 homes in Berks County, through Comcast and Service Electric cable.

The regional artists represented in the auction will include Christopher Shearer (1846-1926), Victor Shearer (1872-1951), W. Eugene Burkhardt, Jr., M.B. (Mary) Leisz and Hazel Feltman (1947-2012) among others. All had direct ties to Reading and Berks County. The Christopher Shearer is a 1925 oil on canvas, three Victor Shearer works date from 1935-1941. Two W. Eugene Burkhardt, Jr., works are beautiful cut flower collages.

Christopher Shearer was born in Reading and was best known for his landscape, coastal and wildlife paintings. His father encouraged his artistic side by building him a studio in the back yard of his Shearertown farm. At age 21, he opened a studio in Reading and was quite successful in selling his paintings. Shearer exhibited his works at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Victor Shearer made a name for himself by becoming a landscape and seascape painter in the traditional style. He often sold his artworks for a few dollars apiece on the streets of Reading. He lived in Reading nearly his entire life and before pursuing art he had a basket making business.

W. Eugene Burkhardt, Jr. was an internationally known dried flower artist and the author of Pressed Flower Art: Tips, Tools and Techniques for Learning the Craft. In September 2015, at Renninger’s Market in Kutztown, an auction of Burkhardt’s work. framed and unframed prints, awards and Philadelphia Flower Show entries - was held. Mr. Howze officiated the sale, in fact. 

Additional items in the auction specific to Pennsylvania will include a Chippendale tall case clock, a period Chippendale side chair, a 1909 photo lithograph showing the Mayor of Reading and members of the Reading Police Department, photos of Civil War soldiers from Fleetwood, Pa. and Reading and a watercolor painting by Jack Coggins (1911-2006), who was born in Great Britain but emigrated to the US and lived in New York and Pennsylvania.

Items in the auction not connected to Reading will include an original work by pop art icon Peter Max (N.Y., b. 1937), a Tiffany sterling silver cake stand weighing 38 troy silver ounces, portrait miniatures of the Emperor Napoleon and his Empress Josephine, and a pair of original oil on canvas studies by Lord Frederick Leighton (Great Britain, 1830-1896).

Leighton received his training in Brussels, Paris and Frankfurt, unlike most major artists of the 19th century, who studied at the Royal Academy of Schools. He was blessed with golden good looks and led a charmed life. He was also the only painter ever to be raised to the English peerage, but it was short-lived; one day after being designated a Lord, Leighton died at age 66.

Berks Community Television can be seen on Comcast Reading channel 15; Comcast-Southern Berks channel 965; and Service Electric channel 19. The Municipal Access Channel (MAC) is Comcast Reading channel 99. BCTV.org is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation committed to providing live programming produced and hosted by members of the community on cable TV and its website.

The Renaissance Auction Group is located at 1404 Friedensburg Road in Reading. The firm assists clients in the liquidation of tangible property, including antiques, collectibles, business inventories and commercial equipment, as well as residential, historic, commercial and agricultural real estate. Benefit auction consultation and production services are also provided.

To learn more about The Renaissance Auction Group, visit www.auctionhowze.com. To learn more about Berks County Television, visit www.BCTV.org.

__Shiftlab_CatalogCover.jpgSeager Gray Gallery, in Mill Valley, California, presents Trace, an exhibition of works by Shift-Lab, a collaborative group of artists working in the print and artist book media.  The artists include Katie Baldwin, Denise Bookwalter, Sarah Bryant, Macy Chadwisk and Tricia Treacy. Trace is a set of maps: a large collaborative map and five smaller maps by each individual artist, that fold into single sheet books. A series of framed prints, printed ephemera, a digitally printed newspaper, and sound file accompany the work. Trace utilizes a range of media including embroidery, letterpress, risograph, processing software, screenprint, and video/audio capture. The exhibition will run from February 1 to February 28 with a reception for the artists on Saturday, February 4 from 5:30 to 7:30. 

The exhibition comes as a celebration of Codex, the Biennial fair beginning the following day at the Craneway Pavilion celebrating the book as a medium for art with exhibitors from around the globe.

A full color catalog of the exhibition is available through the gallery and at Codex: http://bit.ly/Shift_Lab_TraceCatalog.

NEW YORK, 18 January 2017-Today in New York, Sotheby’s auction of Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts achieved an outstanding total of $2,645,750, surpassing its pre-sale high estimate of $2.1 million. All 77 lots on offer - representing hundreds of individual documents- found buyers, marking a rare ‘White Glove’ auction. Eleven lots broke the previous auction record for any document handwritten by Hamilton - a record that had held since 2001*.

Viewed by thousands of visitors over the past week at Sotheby’s New York, the collection of letters and manuscripts by and relating to Alexander Hamilton drew a diverse audience: from political-science enthusiasts to theater lovers, newly-impassioned historians, and institutional collections-even the company of Hamilton: An American Musical. This remarkable archive of highly-personal documents had descended through Hamilton’s family for the last two centuries, with many of the manuscripts previously unknown to historians.

Selby Kiffer, Senior International Specialist for Sotheby's Books & Manuscripts, noted: “We have been thrilled to be part of the cultural movement that has re-established this Founding Father's rightful place in history. The results of today’s sale are an indicator not only of the tremendous public interest in Alexander Hamilton, but also of the appetite among both new and established collectors to own historical documents.”

A highlight of today’s auction was the document responsible for Alexander Hamilton’s foray into the public sphere: Alexander Hamilton’s Appointment as Aide-de-Camp to General George Washington from 1777, which sold for $212,500. This appointment jumpstarted Hamilton’s political career, leading to subsequent positions as congressman, founder of the Bank of New York, member of the Constitutional convention and more.

The auction was led by A Previously Unrecorded Autograph Draft of Pacificus Essay No. VI, which achieved $262,500. One of the most important essays written by Alexander Hamilton, under the pen name Pacificus, Pacificus VI is particularly vital to the storyline of Hamilton as no manuscript copies of The Federalist Papers - considered by many to be his most famous work - survive.

FURTHER SALE HIGHLIGHTS

**All Achieving Multiples of Their Estimates**

Lot 1036

Philip Schuyler

A Group of 34 Autograph Letters Signed ("PH. Schuyler"), 1790-1804, to His Daughter Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

Estimate $35/50,000

Sold for $125,000

Lot 1007

Alexander Hamilton 

Autograph Letter Signed (“AH”) to Elizabeth Schuyler (“My Dearest Girl”); The Earliest Surviving Love Letter from Alexander Hamilton to His Future Wife

Estimate $40/60,000

Sold for $118,750

Lot 1040

Philip Schuyler

A Group of 17 Letters, 1793-1803, Addressed to His Son-in-Law, Alexander Hamilton

Estimate $30/50,000

Sold for $118,750

Lot 1016

Alexander Hamilton

Autograph Letter Signed (“A Hamilton”) to Elizabeth Hamilton, Announcing that the Army Is Preparing to Engage Cornwallis in Virginia

Estimate $30/50,000

Sold for $106,250

Lot 1043

Alexander Hamilton

Autograph Letter Signed (“AH”) To Angelica Schuyler Church, Sending And Requesting Family News

Estimate $6/8,000

Sold of $62,500

*The previous auction record for an Alexander Hamilton manuscript was $44,650, established at Christie’s New York in May 2001.

 

The National Library of Israel announced today that it has acquired the finest private collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts in the world, the renowned Valmadonna Trust Library, through a private sale arranged by Sotheby’s. The acquisition, made jointly with Archaeology, Books and Judaica collectors Dr. David and Jemima Jeselsohn, will be housed and highlights will go on show in the National Library of Israel’s landmark new building in Jerusalem, designed by award-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, due to open to the public in 2020.  

Founded in 1892, The National Library of Israel (NLI) is unique among the great libraries of the world. It is the primary institution of national memory of the State of Israel and of Jewish people throughout the world and it is the home of the largest collection of works concerned with Jewish life and Israel, as well as a leading collection for Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.

Tasked with collecting, preserving and providing access to the cultural treasures of both the State of Israel and the international Jewish community, the NLI has recently embarked upon an ambitious initiative to transform itself into a cutting-edge global centre at the forefront of knowledge dissemination and cultural creativity.  This process is being driven by the principle of creating unprecedented public access to its priceless collections. The transition is taking place in the realm of content, with a wide range of cultural, educational, and technological initiatives already underway, as well as in the physical realm, with the construction of its new library building in the heart of Jerusalem adjacent to the Knesset.

The Valmadonna Trust Library was assembled over a period of more than six decades by visionary collector Jack Lunzer. It comprises a wide-ranging group of more than 10,000 works that chart the spread of Hebrew printing and the global dissemination of Jewish culture. Among the highlights of the collection are an incunabula of the Pentateuch, printed in Lisbon in 1491; one of only two surviving copies of a Passover Haggadah printed in Prague in 1556; The Plantin Polyglot or “King’s Bible,” printed in Antwerp between 1568 and 1573; and more than 550 broadsheets dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The acquisition is an important and exciting addition to the NLI’s collection. The printed works in the collection are in superb condition and the acquisition has enabled NLI to gain in one acquisition what would have taken decades to collect. The acquisition is made possible by a generous gift from the Haim and Hana Solomon Fund.

Throughout its renewal process, NLI has expanded its collections, while investing significant resources to make them available online. As part of its collection development, NLI has partnered with hundreds of institutions in Israel and across the world to provide access to cultural treasures, including many that are not among the National Library's physical holdings. The new NLI building will address the needs of leading scholars, while also opening access to intellectual and cultural treasures for the general public.

Says David Blumberg, Chairman, National Library of Israel: "The National Library of Israel is currently in the midst of a comprehensive renewal process by which it is fast becoming the most significant cultural institution in Israel and the Jewish world. Its new home, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, is currently being constructed adjacent to the Knesset and will be completed in less than four years' time. In this context, the Library continues to expand its collections tremendously, acquiring cultural and intellectual treasures ranging from ancient Jewish and Islamic manuscripts to contemporary music. The Valmadonna Trust Library represents an historic addition to our leading collection of Jewish manuscripts, prints and books, which reflect and embody the cultures of the Jewish people around the world and across the ages." 

Says Oren Weinberg, Director, National Library of Israel: "The acquisition of the Valmadonna and its arrival in Jerusalem present a tremendous opportunity for the National Library of Israel to further realize the vision of its renewal, as we will open access to these exquisite cultural treasures for researchers and the general public in Israel and across the globe."

Philadelphia, PA - January 17, 2017 - Today, Howell Rosenberg, Esq., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Library Company of Philadelphia announced the election of Dr. Michael J. Barsanti as the Edwin Wolf 2nd Director effective February 20, 2017.  Dr. Barsanti succeeds Dr. Richard Newman as the company's Chief Executive Officer. This appointment was made following a national search conducted by a leading executive search firm who worked in conjunction with trustees and staff of the Library Company, who have enthusiastically and unanimously endorsed this appointment.

Mr. Rosenberg stated that, "We are thrilled to have Mike join the Library Company's highly acclaimed staff of scholars, curators, and professional administrators. Mike's business and academic work will be among the keys to success that he will bring to us and we are thankful that we were able to attract such a high level professional. "

Dr. Barsanti holds a bachelor's degree from Williams College, a Master's degree from University of Miami, and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has led a distinguished career in the Philadelphia cultural community that includes positions at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Independence Charter School.  His experience has been broad:  in fundraising, program development, membership, marketing, and operations. Additionally, he founded Throwaway Horse, a company devoted to fostering a deeper understanding of literary masterworks by joining the visual aid of graphic novels with the aid of the internet and social media. He has worked closely on its flagship project ULYSSES "SEEN,"  a graphic novel adaptation of James Joyce's ULYSSES that brings the novel's deeper mysteries to a new set of readers.  Dr. Barsanti lives in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia with his wife, Erin Mooney, and their three children. 

According to Dr. Barsanti, "I am deeply honored to be chosen to be the next Edwin Wolf 2nd Director of the Library Company of Philadelphia.  On Ben Franklin's 311th birthday, we can take pride in how his library has endured, and the idea it is based upon --improving a community through the sharing of knowledge -- has never been more relevant.  I am eager to carry forward Dr. Franklin's great experiment and bring it to new learners from all walks of life, ensuring its continued relevance and its adaptation to a changing world."

About the Library Company of Philadelphia

Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is America's oldest cultural institution and served as the Library of Congress from the Revolutionary War to 1800. It was the largest public library in America until the Civil War and remains one of North America's most important research repositories. Today, the Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library and educational institution specializing in American and global history from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses the world's largest holdings of early American collections with approximately one million rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art. The collections reflect the country's many faces and varied interests including African American history, economic history, women's history, the history of medicine, and visual culture. The Library Company promotes access to these collections through fellowships, exhibitions, programs, and online resources.

The mission of the Library Company is to foster scholarship in and increase public understanding of American history before 1900 by preserving, interpreting, making available, and augmenting the valuable materials in our care, thus providing meaningful stewardship of the legacy of founder Benjamin Franklin. To find out more, please visit www.librarycompany.org

BOSTON, MA, January 17, 2017--ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS's most-watched ongoing series, has released its summer 2017 production tour, including first-time visits to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Green Bay, Wisconsin, along with return visits to St. Louis, Missouri; New Orleans, Louisiana and Portland, Oregon. 

Episodes recorded in those cities will be included in the 14-time Emmy® Award nominated production's 22nd broadcast season, to air in 2018.

"ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is so excited to hit the road again in our enduring search for the country's hidden treasures," said ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko. "This year we travel to two never-before-visited cities: Harrisburg and Green Bay. I can't wait to explore these new areas, and see what local items we uncover in all the cities!"

Admission to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Fans can apply for a chance to receive one pair of free tickets per household. The 2017 Tour ticket application process opens Tuesday, January 17 at 3pm ET. To enter the drawing for free tickets to a summer ROADSHOW event and to see complete application rules, go to pbs.org/antiques/tickets For more information you may also call toll-free 888-762-3749.

Deadline for applications is Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT.

At each appraisal event, approximately 5,000 ticketed guests will receive free valuations of their antiques and collectibles from specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers. Each guest is invited to bring two items for appraisal. To see FAQs about ANTIQUES ROADSHOW events, go to: pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/tickets/faq.

From each of the events, three episodes of television per city will be created for inclusion in ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's 22nd season, airing in 2018. 

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW 2017 Summer Tour Dates:

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania                                       June 3

Green Bay, Wisconsin                                            June 17

St. Louis, Missouri                                                 July 8

New Orleans, Louisiana                                         July 22

Portland, Oregon                                                  August 12

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, produced by WGBH Boston, is seen by an average of 8 million viewers each week. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's 21st  broadcast season is currently airing Mondays at 8/7c PM on PBS.

Hitler and Mussolini Patching Together Nazi Soldier.jpgBoston, MA — January 17, 2017 — Elizabeth E. Barker, Ph.D., Stanford Calderwood Director of the Boston Athenæum, announced today the donation to the Athenæum of the collection of WWII visual materials of architectural photographer, author, and Athenæum Proprietor Richard W. Cheek. The Richard W. Cheek World War II Graphic Arts Collection contains over 2,000 posters and war maps, 189 linear feet of books, 4,000 magazines, and approximately 6,500 pieces of WWII ephemera, including patriotic envelopes, board games, playing cards, and pin-ups.

“We couldn’t feel more grateful—or more honored—to become the repository of such a discerning collector’s lifelong passion,” stated Barker. “Richard Cheek’s gift provides fresh insight into a critical moment in world history. The value of this archive for scholars—and, indeed, for any curious person—is incalculable. The collection elevates the Athenaeum’s ability to serve as an essential research center for three of our nation’s greatest conflicts. ”

The Cheek collection complements the Athenæum’s existing Civil War and WWI-related holdings: together, these visual records provide a valuable resource for the study of 19th- and 20th-century American society and culture. The acquisition reflects the institution’s mission to serve its members, the broader community, and scholars throughout the world by preserving and augmenting its collections, providing library services and cultural programming, and preserving and enhancing the unique atmosphere of its landmark building.

Of the collection’s remarkable breadth, Catharina Slautterback, the Athenæum’s Curator of Prints and Photographs, explains that “part of its value lies in its sheer numbers,” adding that the collection “conveys, in a way that a smaller collection could not, the pervasiveness of propaganda in American society during the war.” Both Slautterback and collector Richard Cheek emphasize the role of the collection’s graphic and visual elements in communicating persuasive wartime narratives. “To understand why Americans were willing to engage in another global conflict while still suffering from the consequences of the Great War,” Cheek says, “we need to know the pictures and symbols that motivated them.” He adds, “In a society that was becoming increasingly visual in its orientation, images were more important than words in persuading people to fight again.”

The son of a WWII veteran and the grandson of a renowned Civil War historian, Richard Cheek began collecting WWII ephemera as a young boy. Fascinated by the “panoply of war,” he received an early gift of several signal flags, rescued from a U.S. destroyer that sunk off the coast of Okinawa. “Torn, dirty, and redolent of desperate action,” as he describes them, these symbolic objects were the first of what was to become a vast collection.

Cheek, a longtime member and Proprietor of the Boston Athenæum, was inspired to donate his graphic arts collection to the Athenæum after viewing its 2014-2015 exhibition, Over Here: World War I Posters from Around the World and attending a gallery talk led by Slautterback, the exhibition’s curator. An exhibition featuring selections from the Cheek collection is planned for 2020, the 75th anniversary of the war’s conclusion, to be curated jointly by Cheek and Slautterback. A fully illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition.

About the Boston Athenæum:

The Boston Athenæum, a membership library and fine art museum, first opened its doors in 1807 as a sanctuary of arts and letters for Boston intellectuals. Today, it continues to serve its members and the community with a vast circulating collection, rich and varied special collections, extensive archives, comprehensive electronic resources, handsome reading spaces, and a dynamic programming schedule. The exhibition gallery and many events are open to the public. Membership is open to all. For more information, visit bostonathenaeum.org.

Image: Artist Unknown, [Hitler and Mussolini Patching Together Nazi Soldier], ca. 1943. Silkscreen poster. Richard W. Cheek WWII Graphic Arts Collection. Gift, December 2016.

National Book Auctions has been engaged to sell a trove of important theological and historical texts dating back to the sixteenth century that were rescued from a flooding church in Akron, Ohio in 1969. The volumes were saved from the deluge by the church's minister and have gone unseen by the public for the past past five decades.

Dan Cole, Operations Director for National Book Auctions, arrived in Akron in the company van not knowing what to expect. "All we knew beforehand was that the minister had carried off as much as he could as the church was filling up with water. When I got inside the house, there were close to a hundred boxes along rows and rows of shelves, all basically untouched since the day of the flood. It still wasn't clear what condition the contents were in-whether the water had already gotten to them."

Explains Founder and CEO David Hall, "It wasn't until we got the books back to the auction gallery that the real archaeological work began. We were pleased to discover that the collection was on the whole very well-preserved and contained some very scarce and early titles. It is a real honor to bring this kind of material out of the dark and into the light again after so long. Discoveries like this are what make our jobs so rewarding."

The first session of the consignment, offered at the auction house's Freeville, New York saleroom and simulcast via Invaluable on January 7, 2017 realized over $27,000. The top lot was George Leo Haydock's "The Holy Bible Translated From the Latin Vulgate", published in two illustrated volumes in 1812 and 1815, which fetched $2,250. 

Other titles of note included William Cave's "Antiquitates Apostolicae", published as a full-leather folio in 1676; the complete 24-volume "Encyclopedia Londonensis" dating from the early 19th century and lavishly illustrated with over 1,000 engraved plates; and a scarce first edition of "Le Vite Degli Imperatori Romani"-Antonio Ciccarelli's 1590 biographical history of the Roman Emperors. 

Further religious and secular material from this fascinating collection will be offered on January 22, 2017. They include Hachette's "La Devotion a la Divine Providence"; James Fennimore Cooper's "The Two Admirals"; and Digby's "The Broad Stone of Honour".

National Book Auctions is a specialist auction house focusing almost exclusively on rare and collectible books and ephemera since the 1990s. Its sister company, Worth Auctions, handles a broad variety of personal property including fine art, furnishings, jewelry, coins, and more. For more information, contact mail@nationalbookauctions.com or mail@worthauctions.com.

AntiquarianAuctions.com is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography.

All pricing is done in US$. No buyer’s premium is charged.

Lot 2

Clouet (Jean Baptiste) Carte d'Afrique divisée en ses principaux Etats...
Published: Mondhare & Jean, Paris & Cadiz, 1785

Estimate: $12,000/13,500

Stunningly beautiful wall map, with historiated border, which also shows Cook's voyages. One of the few of these all maps to survive in good condition. A work of art.

L'abbé Jean Baptiste Louis Clouet (1729 - 1790) was a French cartographer and geographer born 1729 in Rennes. He was a member of the Academy of Science in Rouen. His main work was the Géographie Moderne, which first was issued in 1767. This carte de cabinet (a wall map) is one of a set of four continents and the world (five maps in all), all with historiated borders, published in 1785 by Mondhare & Jean in Paris and Cadiz.

This map of Africa is printed on four sheets which are joined and laid on reinforcing linen. This is a beautiful wall map of Africa, with two title cartouches; the principal one in French and another in Spanish. The main cartouche is elaborate and richly embellished with iconography representing various features of Africa, e.g. Africa is personified by a Ceres like female figure wearing an elephant scalp headdress from Roman iconography - and she is holding a cornucopia; pyramids; and a crocodile representing the Nile River.

Lot 3

2 Photograph Albums with 95 original photos from Gambia

Published: London, 1840 - 1843

Estimate: $1,500/2,000

With stunning pictures of Gambia during the colonisation, among the market in Basse, building of police station at Basse, police forces, Fulas, Fatoto, musicians, building of shops in Kudang, Soudan traders, Governors of Gambia (Sir Edward John Cameron and later Sir Cecil Hamilton Armitage, formerly Chief Commissioner of the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast), Cape St. Mary, views of streets and markets, villages, ports, landscapes, etc. Extremely rare photos of steamers Artimon, Tendaba, Sandu, Duncannon, Swan, Waterwitch, Combo, Mungo Park, Mansa Kila Ba, Vampire, official governor's and ships Kade, Fuladu, Rip, Maypole, Fuladu, Scout, etc.

The earliest photographs show construction and other scenes in the port of Banjul, now the capital, then still called Bathurst, including a flood in 1918. Several show the building of stores in Kudang in 1917. The latest show visits of Governors to Basse, the major city on the Eastern side of the country, in 1922. Especially interesting are the images of the native inhabitants, including Sudan traders, market scenes, washerwomen, musicians, street life, a "wizard" with worshipers, Fulas. Many travel albums have a few interesting subjects among a lot of fillers, but here almost every image is rich in content. All photographs titled in English.

Lot 7

Tyler (Richard Oviet) The Planets (limited to 25 copies)

Published: Uranian Press, New York, 1958 Estimate: $5,000/7,500

Although this spectacular work should be viewed as a cohesive work of art, with Tyler responsible for the design and execution of every part, it is nonetheless also true that each of the beautiful prints are stand-alone pieces which repay close examination, and re-examination. The subjects clearly presage Tyler's subsequent life as the Rev. Relytor of the Uranian Phalanstery.

Richard Oviet Tyler's work is "included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Museum of Modern Art, U.S. Embassies Overseas, New York Public Library, David Rockefeller, and many private collections" (quote from resume published in 1962)

Large 4to. 20 leaves of sekishu paper, printed one side only in colours from woodblocks, by Tyler, each leaf signed, numbered, and titled in pencil by the artist. Unbound as issued within an original cloth portfolio, the cloth hand-printed with images by Tyler, decorative paper endpapers, cloth ties.

Lot 8

Cobb (Irvin S.) Film Script: a 152pp. original holograph manuscript “ ... The Dark Horse or So This is America ..." Published: [Los Angeles?], 1934

Estimate: $5,000/7,500

A 152pp. holograph manuscript , “ ... The Dark Horse or So This is America or Homespun”, being a 1934 early draft of a film script which eventually became a movie titled “Our Leading Citizen” starred Bob Burns, Susan Hayward and Joseph Allen, and was released in August 1939.

The substantial differences between this work and the final movie mean that, in effect, this constitutes an original unpublished work by one of America’s great 20th-century humorists.

“Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb (June 23, 1876 - March 11, 1944) was an American author, humorist, and columnist who lived in New York and authored more than 60 books and 300 short stories. Cobb was the second of four children born to Kentucky natives in Paducah, Kentucky. ... Cobb was raised in Paducah, where the events and people of his childhood became the basis for much of his later works. Later in life, he would acquire the nickname of "Duke of Paducah."

Lot 12

[Ramsey (William)] The Gentlemans Companion: or, a character of true nobility, and gentility: in the way of essay. By a Person of Quality. The health benefits of golf, and a warning about marriage: "'tis a Disease not to be Cured, but by Death".

Published: Thomas Sawbridge, London, 1676

Estimate: $2,000/3,000

A fine copy of the rare second edition of a fascinating and entertaining work, here in a high status binding: includes what is probably the first time in print that a Doctor recommends the health benefits of golf, or 'gauff' as it is spelt here. Slightly earlier, the general idea of golf as healthful recreation appears in the Marquis of Argyle's Instructions to a Son (1661, quoted in The Chronicles of Golf, p. 108 ff.).

This second and final edition of Ramesay's work appears to be scarcer than the first and is properly rare. In a section on outdoor exercise, the author writes that "Exercises and Recreations which are used.. [in the outdoors], that may benefit a Gentleman, and most healthy, are Pilmall, [and] Gauff, these by striking the Ball exercise the whole Man, together with the walk, and may be used moderately without any excess or violence" (p.136). On the other hand, Ramesay did not approve of soccer ('foot-ball'), lumping it with 'hurling' and 'wrastling': all of which he describes as 'rude pastimes better becoming the Vulgar, and Labouring Man'. He relents slightly and allows that watching rather than taking part is acceptable.

The work, first published in 1672, is remarkably wide-ranging and includes an apparently heart-felt section on the importance of thinking long and hard before marrying (" 'tis a Disease not to be Cured, but by Death"): Ramesay, who was married to a 'termagent' according to the Rev. James Grainger, apparently expanded on this theme in his Conjugam Conjurgium or, some serious considerations on marriage (published in 1673, Macclesfield copy sold for 2400 GBP).

Lot 231

Morris (William) Kelmscott Press, A Note By William Morris on His Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press, Together With A Short Description Of The Press By S.C. Cockerell, & An Annotated List Of The Books Printed Thereat

Published: The Kelmscott Press, London, 1898

Estimate: $1,200/1,300

This is the last book printed at the Kelmscott Press. One of 525 copies. 8vo. Original linen-backed boards, lettered in black on the upper cover. pp. [iv] + 70 + [1] Frontispiece designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and engraved on wood by William Morris, woodcut borders to frontispiece and first page of text, 4 large woodcut initials (designed for the Froissart, but never used), text printed in black and red in the Golden type, with 5 pages in the Troy and Chaucer Type.

A very good copy. The linen spine has a couple of small
areas of early mild fraying. There is slight bumping of
two corners with minimal wear at the corners. There is a small leather ex-libris (of a prominent South African) at the top inner side of the front pastedown with some offsetting from this to a few adjacent blank pages. Otherwise the book is internally clean and unmarked and without foxing.

Lot 311

Beckett (Samuel) Waiting for Godot

Published: Faber & Faber, London, 1956

Estimate: $650/850

The first UK Edition of the Nobel prize winner's highspot and arguably the definitive play of the Twentieth Century. In the original yellow cloth with red lettering on the spine. The boards are fine and unmarked. There is a neat ownership name at the top of the front free endpaper and very light offsetting to both free endpapers, otherwise this is a fine crisp unmarked and unfoxed copy in a very good plus price-clipped dustwrapper which has some light rubbing and edge wear with a 1-2mm. sliver of loss at the top of the spine. Publisher's note tipped in as required.

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detail.jpgBOSTON, MA - January 16, 2016 - Skinner, Inc. presents an outstanding two-session auction on Friday, January 27 in its Boston gallery. Fine Prints & Photographs starts at 12PM, followed by  Fine Paintings & Sculpture at 4PM. Previews will be on Wednesday, January 25, 12 to 5PM; Thursday, January 26, 12 to 8PM; and Friday, January 27, 9 to 10AM.

Robin S. R. Starr, Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art, notes that in addition to a broad selection of pre-20th-century material, the auction offers an especially robust quantity of modern and contemporary work in all categories. A considerable number of items are from private collections and fresh to market, including notable examples that have descended in the families of the artists or original owners. 

Fine Prints & Photographs

The selection of prints is both broad and deep. There are works by traditional masters Rembrandt, Dürer, and Piranesi as well as strong offerings by more modern artists such as Josef Albers, Philip Guston and Alex Katz.

Among the highlights:

  •  David Hockney, Lightning (Lot 78, $7,000-9,000) One of several Hockney prints referencing the phenomenon of lightning, it is strikingly different from the colorful images more commonly associated with this multi-faceted artist.
  • Roy Lichtenstein, The Art Critic (Lot 88, $25,000-35,000) is a late work, at a point when the artist was playing off his own previous works and also looking back at the art of the earlier 20th century. This intentionally Picasso-esque version of an iconic Lichtenstein girl is retrospective in more than one sense.
  • Pablo Picasso himself is richly represented. Lot 100, Femme au char triumphal ($40,000-60,000) and Lot 101, Le joueur de diole ( $35,000-55,000) are unique hand-painted terra cotta tiles. The sale boasts a strong group of his turned ceramics as well.

Additionally there are works by Paul Klee, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg and—literally—too many other important artists to list.

In the photographs portion, Skinner is pleased to present work by sought-after masters such as Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Ernst Haas, Edward Weston, Ray K. Metzker, Ilse Bing, and Nan Goldin, and also fine examples by less widely-known but very accomplished photographers. 

73 diverse lots are being offered. Michelle Lamunière, Fine Photographs Specialist, points out that besides 20th-century work, there is a broad selection of 19th-century material, including images of the Middle East by Francis Frith and Auguste Salzmann. 

A major grouping of photographs are from the collection of Harvey Shipley Miller, a leading collector in the 1970s and 80s, at a time when there were few serious collectors of photographs as fine art. Proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

Of special note are:

  • Alfred Stieglitz, The Two Poplars, Lake George (with The Dying Chestnut Tree) (Lot 162, $8,000-12,000) reflects the photographer’s shift from a Pictorialist to a modernist "straight" aesthetic, while also revealing the subject of trees and nature as sources of personal meditation.
  • Andre Kertesz, Distortion 166 (Lot 161, $5,00-7,000) is one of a series of nudes photographed with mirrors and special lenses to create surreal distorted images.
  • Irving Penn, Marcel Duchamp, New York (Lot 181, $15,000-25,000) This platinum print (made in 1979 from a 1948 negative) is one of Penn’s famous studio wall “corner” series of portraits, important for its size and subject as well as its intrinsic artistic appeal and innovative use of a starkly simplified background.
  • Sally Mann, Untitled (Lot 196, $8,000-12,000) Mann is best known for her photographs of her young children and husband on their family farm in Virginia. This work represents another of Mann’s abiding interests: the Southern landscape haunted by the presence of history.

Fine Paintings & Sculpture

With over 275 lots, the second session of the auction promises a great start to the New Year. Robin Starr notes that Russians and other artists from the former Soviet Republic make an especially strong showing.

  • Ivan Aivazovsky, Along the Coast, Capri (Lot 265, $130,000-190,000). This leading Russian romanticist, influenced by Turner, was especially well known for seascapes and was hugely successful in his own lifetime.
  • Philippe Maliavine, Russian Peasants Singing (Lot 404, $150,000-250,000). Born into a poor peasant family, Maliavine (Malyavin) became a noted portraitist and international success. He combined Russian Impressionism and traditional folk themes in his paintings of colorful large-scale peasant figures.
  • François Angiboult, Cubist Still Life (Lot 442, $10,000-15,000) Behind the French masculine name was Hélène, La Baronne d’Œttingen, a Polish aristocrat married to a Russian officer. Hélène was an important member of Parisian avant-garde culture in the early 20th century.

The offerings are so rich that there will be a special lecture in conjunction with the auction, Across the Chasm of Foreignness: Art from the Russian and Soviet Empires in the West, by Anna Winestein, Executive Director of the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, on Wednesday, January 25 at 6PM 

Artists from Cuba, Hungary, Belgium and Scotland, as well as many other countries, are represented among the more familiar American and European painters. Diversity of period, style, medium, and subject matter continue as a hallmark of this multi-part auction.

Robin Starr points to a group of French Post-Impressionist works of particular interest. These include Lot 363, Les fumées ($60,000-80,000) and Lot 364, La tour de Collioure ($250,000-350,000) both by Henri Martin. The artist experimented with the pointillist technique most associated with Georges Seurat, used to great effect in the misty atmosphere of Les fumées (meaning “the smoke”) and on a sunlit beach scene in the south of France.

Another significant Post-Impressionist work is by Louis Valtat, Boules de neige et pavot (Lot  396, $15,000-25,000). Valtat was associated with the Fauves and was an important figure in the stylistic transition from Monet to Matisse.

Alexander Calder is exceptionally well represented in this auction by five works in different media.  Three unique pieces are offered in the second session of the auction:

  • Aula Magna (Lot 438, $25,000-30,000), a gouache, pencil, and ink drawing for an installation in the auditorium of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Working with the architects and sound engineers, Calder designed a system of suspended and fixed large panels that were successful both acoustically and aesthetically.
  • Profils (Lot 439, $70,000-90,000), gouache and ink, is a lively portrayal of a circus act. It re-caps the themes of balance and movement central to all Calder’s work, especially his sculptures and mobiles.
  • Untitled, Standing Mobile (Lot 440, $150,00-250,000) is a moving sculpture that, while less than six inches high, displays the engineering skill, artistic genius and wit for which Calder is renowned.

Image: Ray K. Metzker (American, 1931-2014). Berghoff Annex, Chicago, c. 1958

Old Master Drawings & Prints at Christie's

NEW YORK—Christie’s is pleased to announce the sale of Old Master & British Drawings on January 24 followed by the return of a various owner sale of Old Master Prints on January 25, to take place in New York for the first time in over 15 years. Old Master Paintings will be offered in April 2017, during Classic Week at Christie’s New York.

Christie’s Old Master & British Drawings sale on January 24 is comprised of 131 lots including works from distinguished private collections and institutions. Important works leading the sale are Francisco de Goya’s  Hunter with his dog in a landscape and a lavish design by Peter Paul Rubens inspired by a composition by Renaissance artist Giulio Romano.

The sale features a strong selection of Italian drawings including studies by Giacomo Cavedone, Parmigianino  and Taddeo Zuccaro, together with several works inspired by Michelangelo by Battista Franco, Giulio Clovio and Cesare da Sesto’s early study after the Sistine ceiling. Works by Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Piranesi and Francesco Guardi constitute the highlights of an outstanding selection of Venetian drawings.

Highlights from the British section include A male nude by Henry Fuseli, and works by Gainsborough and Burne-Jones. Charles de la Fosse’s preparatory study for the painting The Virgin’s Coronation with a selection of nineteenth-century works round out the sale.

The sale of Old Master Prints encompasses 220 prints from five centuries, offering an in-depth survey of the printed image in Europe, from Martin Schongauer’s (1450-1491) engravings created in the 1470s to a View of San Francisco by the French Charles Meryon (1821-1868), printed around 1855.

Classic prints by the most celebrated and widely collected artist-printmakers, including Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Rembrandt (1606-1669), and Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), stand side by side with extreme rarities, such as an anonymous, hand-coloured woodcut of the Virgin nursing the Child, printed in Northern Italy around 1530; one of a few surviving devotional prints of the period.

The estimates vary as much as the dimensions of the works: the exquisite little engravings by Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550) are the size of a postage stamp, while the monumental woodcut The Submersion of Pharaoh’s Army (estimate: $200,000-300,000) after a design by Titian leads the sale and fills an entire wall in its scale.

DALLAS — Heritage Auctions announced sales of more than $850 million for 2016, the firm’s third-best year ever, and nearly equal to its 2015 sales of $860 million. The results are a signal of the company’s continuing dominance in the collectibles realm while other major auction houses recorded significantly lower sales volume for the same period. 

Heritage’s fine art category recorded a 28 percent leap in 2016 — in stark contrast to sales at its two largest competitors, both of which saw sales decline by approximately 30 percent.

“Through diversity, transparency and ardent attention to our clients, Heritage solidified and increased its commanding lead as the largest auction house founded in America,” said Heritage Co-Chairman James Halperin. “And we’re anticipating an even better 2017.”

U.S. Coins remains Heritage's largest category, with 2016 auction totals exceeding $192 million, outselling all other numismatic auction houses combined by a wide margin according to the Professional Numismatists Guild annual survey, which shows Heritage maintaining its 56 percent market share.

World & Ancient Coins at Heritage realized about $47 million, while Currency posted over $29 million auction sales. Both categories also showed early signs of increased market strength at major Heritage auctions in Florida and New York which realized almost $70 million during the first 10 days of January 2017.

“Based on late 2016 and early 2017 auction results, the U.S. Coin Market remains upbeat, with prices now already 10 to 12 percent above the previous years’ prices, on average,” Halperin said. “We are already seeing extremely positive results from the first coin auctions of the year. Meanwhile, our plans to expand into other markets and geographic regions are on track.”

Several of Heritage’s other categories set records: 

·         Heritage’s Sports auctions grew from $42 million in 2015 - already more than double any other auction firm’s Sports Collectibles sales - to an incredible $57.4 million in 2016. 

·         Heritage’s already-dominant Comics and Comic & Animation Art Auction category was another juggernaut, with total realized auction prices realized jumping from $34 million to a record $43 million, again outselling all other auction competitors combined. 

·         Fine Jewelry, Timepieces and Luxury Accessories at Heritage combined for a solid year as well, with more than $41.7 million in auction totals (more than $30 million in Jewelry and Watches and more than $10.7 million in Luxury Accessories), versus more than $26 million ($15 million in Jewelry and Watches & $11 million in Luxury Accessories) in 2015.

·         Movie Posters posted sales of $7.95+ million vs. $7.4+ million in 2015.

·         Luxury Real Estate saw sales increase to $19 million vs. $11.2 million for 2014 and 2015 combined. 

·         Wine recorded auction totals of $10.8 million in 2016 vs. $7.55 million in 2015.

Strategic growth continued as:

·         The company expanded its national footprint, opening an office in Palm Beach, Florida, and a full-service showroom in Chicago, Illinois. 

·         For the first time, Heritage's clientele now includes more than 1 million online registered bidder-members, with nearly 90,000 new members added in 2016. 

·         The firm also maintained its online lead, with the total number of unique visitors to HA.com holding steady at nearly twice the combined total number of unique visits the websites of Heritage Auctions’ five closest competing web sites.

·         Online sales (reported in early 2016 for 2015) were $344 million - surpassing all other auction houses; 2016 online sales figures are now being compiled and will be released soon.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $850 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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PJS6647_large.jpgAUSTIN, Texas—The archive for the acclaimed drama "Mad Men," one of television's most honored series in history, has been donated to the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.

The donation was made by Matthew Weiner, the series creator, executive producer, writer and director; and Lionsgate, which produced the critically acclaimed series. The donated materials include script drafts and notes, props, costumes, digital records and video relating to the creation, production and marketing of the series.

"Mad Men," which followed the professional and personal lives of Madison Avenue advertising men and women during the 1960s, has been praised worldwide as much for its brilliantly drawn characters and artistic originality as for its historical authenticity. "Mad Men" premiered in 2007, going on to join an elite group in 2011 when it became only the fourth drama to be awarded four consecutive Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Additional honors for the series include: three Golden Globe® Awards for Best Television Drama Series; a Peabody Award; three Producers Guild Awards; six Writers Guild Awards; two BAFTA Awards; five Television Critics Association Awards, including Program of the Year; and being named on AFI's Top 10 Outstanding Television Programs for seven consecutive years in addition to receiving a special award at last year's luncheon for the show's final season.

"'Mad Men' is a groundbreaking program, noteworthy for the high quality of its writing, acting and design, as well as for the insightful depiction of American culture through the lens of the past," says Steve Wilson, the Ransom Center's curator of film. "Through the 'Mad Men' holdings, students and scholars will gain new insights into the creative decisions that shaped the series and a greater understanding of the evolution of motion pictures."

The series archive is rich in information about the work of actors, designers, writers, producers and creative direction, which aligns with the strengths of the Ransom Center's film holdings. The archive complements the film collection at the Ransom Center, including its collections of David O. Selznick, Gloria Swanson and Robert De Niro.

"It's our hope that the 'Mad Men' archive can satisfy academic curiosity and also provide creative inspiration," says Weiner. "Both artists and scholars can retrace our steps and see how we became interested in the parts of the story we were interested in, and how the creation of the physical world as well as the characters and storylines in the show were the work of many talented people." Read more from Weiner about the donation (PDF).

Materials from the series' 92 hour-long episodes include inspiration boards and lookbooks of period fashion and home and office design, set and costume drawings, scripts, shooting schedules and call sheets. Production footage includes dailies, screen tests, gag and demo reels, trailers and publicity material.

The donation includes a selection of costumes and small props, including materials for several of the show's fictional ad campaigns and characters' personal effects such as Joan's pen necklace, Betty's medical file and Don's terms of re-employment letter.

"'Mad Men' is more than a great show—it is part of American and television history, a ground-breaking classic worthy of the scholarly research the Ransom Center supports," says Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. "From its dramatization of gender roles in the workplace to its attention to historical detail in costume, set design and music, 'Mad Men' set standards that will be emulated for decades to come. We're proud to join with the show's brilliant creator, Matthew Weiner, in making this archive available to students who want to explore a cultural touchstone."

Scholarly and popular interest in "Mad Men" is already strong, and the Ransom Center is confident that there will be enduring research interest in this landmark series. The depth and breadth of the archive allows researchers to see the full scope of the "Mad Men" team's work.

"With this acquisition, the Ransom Center becomes a must for researching television," says Alisa Perren, associate chair and associate professor in UT Austin's Department of Radio-Television-Film. "The Center's acquisition of the 'Mad Men' materials represents an exciting moment for television and media industry scholars. This collection will be vital for those wishing to learn about modern television development, research, writing and production processes, 1960s-era advertising practices and shifting gender roles in American society."

The Ransom Center will conserve and catalog the materials, which will then be made available for exhibition, teaching and research. The Ransom Center also awards fellowships to scholars to conduct on-site research in its collections.

A selection of materials from the archive will be on view in the Ransom Center's lobby through Feb. 1.

Script from "Mad Men." Photo by Pete Smith.

GERMAN SCHOOL_Adoration of the Magi_Germany, Swabia or Franconia, c. 1465-70.jpgSince 1991 Les Enluminures has sold important examples of early drawings both to major public institutions and to private collectors. Today, opportunities to purchase drawings before 1500 are extremely limited, and even drawings before 1600 have become scarce on the art market. Les Enluminures is pleased to present a selling exhibition of 13 exceptional drawings. The drawings presented here include a wide variety of media, and they show notable shifts in technique over two centuries. They fit into three basic categories: copy drawings, sketches for eventual compositions, and fully worked out compositions.

January 20th to 28th, 2017 at Les Enluminures

23 East 73rd Street • 7th Floor

Penthouse • New York, NY 10021

Tel +1 212 717 7273

newyork@lesenluminures.com

www.lesenluminures.com

Click here for PDF version of the catalogue

“There remains much to be learned from early drawings, and because of their increasing rarity, as well as intrinsic artistic interest, every example merits close attention and further study. Here is an uncommon opportunity for private collectors and institutions alike to acquire an Old Master drawing that documents an early moment in the history of drawing.” -----Dr. Sandra Hindman

“My fascination with the history of collecting illuminated manuscript leaves and cuttings in part fueled my interest in early drawings. I noted that many collectors of Old Master drawings often included fragments of illuminated manuscripts - both leaves and cuttings - in their collections. It is worth noting that many museums worldwide house miniatures with drawings in their departments of prints and drawings (this is the practice at the Art Institute of the Chicago and the Musée du Louvre, among many others).” -----Dr. Sandra Hindman

Image: GERMAN SCHOOL. Adoration of the Magi, Germany, Swabia or Franconia, c. 1465-70. 

OAKLAND, CA - The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, returns to Northern California to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Oakland Marriott City Center. 

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and featuring the collections and rare treasures of nearly 200 booksellers from over 20 countries around the world, the three-day Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, graphics, photographs, fine bindings; children's and illustrated books, and ephemera from many centuries and countries.

This year’s Book Fair will include a special exhibit from The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, which has a long history of collecting the literary fiction of California. In more recent years, that scope has expanded to include mystery and detective fiction, fantasy and science fiction, and western fiction. This special exhibit will highlight California authors’ notable contributions in genre fiction and will emphasize recent donations to the library by featuring materials from the extensive collection of influential author, critic, and literary mentor Anthony Boucher, first editions by early members of the Northern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, selections by popular western and adventure writer Kenneth Perkins and MWA Grand Master Ross Macdonald, and more. 

The Book Fair will work with local “book art” artists and organizations to create an interactive, informative, and entertaining area at the Fair. Local libraries and universities will be exhibiting one-of-a-kind works from their collections. Calligraphers, bookbinders and a small press operator will once again be creating unique souvenirs for attendees to take home. Fun for all ages!

The Book Fair’s schedule will also include the following events and special exhibits, free with Fair admission:

Saturday, February 11

9:00 am - 10:30 am: California Rare Book School presents: “The Other Book: The Ames Almanack Opens a Window on Colonial America.” Two books were commonly found in eighteenth century households in North America: the Bible and the Other Book, or the Almanach.  Susan M. Allen, who teaches "History of the Book, 200-1820,” at California Rare Book School, will share an illustrated lecture from her course demonstrating how to “read” almanachs, both bibliographically and culturally, and how to decipher their puzzling tables.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: California Rare Book School presents: Bound for El Dorado: Collecting California and the Far West. Presented by Gary F. Kurutz, Director of the Special Collections Branch, California State Library.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Meet Mr. Blake, An illustrated lecture on the life, work, and influence of William Blake, given by John Windle, ABAA specialist in the literary and artistic output of this English genius. Jointly presented by the ABAA and the Bibliographical Society of America.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: California Rare Book School presents: Printers, Collectors, Bibliographers, and the Inquisition: A Brief Introduction to the History of the Book in Hispanic America. Presented by Daniel J. Slive, Head of Special Collections at the Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University and David Szewczyk, proprietor, Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co. 

Sunday, February 12

12:30 - 1:15 pm: Book Collecting 101, Learn from ABAA member Vic Zoschak, Jr., Tavistock Bookshop to create a strategy for collecting books, as well as how to spot a “first edition,” judge a book’s condition, and learn bookish terms and jargon.  

1:15 - 2:00 pm: What’s This Book Worth? - Vic Zoschak, Jr., Tavistock Books will discuss the primary factors that give books commercial and monetary value, as well as strategies for appraising and selling books.

2:00 - 3:30 pm: Discovery Day is the public’s chance to discover if those old books gathering dust are worth something.  The public will receive free, expert oral appraisals on up to three books. Appraisals are limited to a first come, first served basis - within the scheduled times. 

The Book Fair’s venue in downtown Oakland is an added convenience for bibliophiles. The Oakland Marriott City Center is just steps away from the 12th Street BART Station, making it easily accessible to attendees from San Francisco and all over the East Bay.  Out-of-town visitors will appreciate staying onsite at the Marriott, plus fair visitors arriving at both Oakland and San Francisco airports can take BART directly to the new venue. 

Moreover, downtown Oakland is within easy walking distance to diverse and eclectic cuisine, hip nightspots, historic Old Oakland, museums, Lake Merritt and the waterfront at Jack London Square.  

Sponsors for the Book Fair include: Michals Insurance Agency, Inc. Media sponsors for the book fair include: ABC7, BART, Interiors California, SF Gate and The San Francisco Chronicle. 

Tickets and Information

The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center at 1001 Broadway in downtown Oakland from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, February 10; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 11; and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 12.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Friday admission tickets are $25; Saturday and Sunday tickets are $15 and all tickets allow return admission for the remainder of the fair. For more information about tickets or exhibiting, visit www.cabookfair.com. Pre-sale ($13-$23) and student passes ($10-$20) are available online now.

For more information about the 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, please visit the website at www.cabookfair.com or the ABAA website at www.abaa.org; or contact Fair Managers, White Rain Productions at, cafair@whiterainproductions.com, (800) 454-6401. 

micro.jpegDALLAS - The unprecedented sale of 32 antique microscopes is set to star in Heritage Auctions’ Jan. 19 Gentleman Collector Auction. The instruments come from a prominent West Coast collection and are offered at no reserve. The consignor has assembled a collection over the years that rivals those in many museums. All are offered with period cases and have been meticulously maintained.  

A rare cased 1858 Smith and Beck Binocular Microscope is one of the collection’s finest pieces. Over three dozen pristine accessories accompany the instrument. The microscope was the personal instrument of Thomas Glazebrook Rylands, widely regarded as one of 19th-century Britain’s brightest minds. A collection of his hand-drawn charts, calibrations and botanical specimens are included in the lot.

Microscopes have long been a fascination with gentleman collectors. Microsopists generally attribute the modern microscope to the invention of the compound microscope in the Low Countries in the early 17th century. Since then, the instrument has been a staple of scientists’ desks and laboratories across the globe. The most notable collector was King George III, whose collection filled the halls of Kew Palace.

Of the 32 instruments on offer, five date before the 20th century, including a cased J. Swift & Son Folding Traveling Monocular Microscope. The microscopes display no more than light wear from use. Some maintain full optics - a testament to the collection’s quality.

Additional auction items relating to early microscopy and 20th century science include several rare slides, such as a microscopic picture slide of a basket of flowers, and autographs of Jonas Salk, Linus Pauling, and Albert Sabin.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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Lot-211 copy 2.jpgNew York— On Thursday, January 26, Swann Galleries will open their 2017 auction season with Alphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection, the largest such collection of works by the master and his circle ever to come to auction.

More than half of the over 200 lots in the sale are works by Mucha, tracing the artist’s career from his time in Prague, to Paris and New York. The selection offers rare views into Mucha’s process and personal life with previously unrecorded preparatory sketches for the famous Documents Décoratifs and Figures Décoratifs, as well as an etching of his young son.

One highlight of the sale is the complete set of Les Maîtres de l’Affiche, 1896-1900, a selection of the era’s posters from Europe and the U.S., compiled by Roger Marx. Each of the five volumes features posters by leading artists, including Mucha and others in the sale, in a special green and gold binding designed by Paul Berthon. In all, the set features 240 superlative posters reproduced as full color lithographs, and is expected to sell between $35,000 and $50,000.

Several works by Mucha make their auction debut, including a rare circular advertisement for the hair gel Krinogen, 1928, and a counter-top display screen for Savon Mucha, 1907 ($2,000 to $3,000 and $3,000 to $4,000, respectively). The scarce, smaller format of Nestlé’s Food for Infants, 1898, makes a rare auction appearance with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000, while Bleuze - Hadancourt Parfumeur, circa 1899, which has been seen at auction only a handful of times in the last 25 years ($15,000 to $20,000).

In addition to posters, promotional ephemera designed by and after Mucha will also be in the sale, including chocolate tins, menus, programs and magazine covers, all of which speak to the artist’s popularity and ubiquity. Also present are several sets of decorative panels, for use as wall coverings in a fashionable fin de siècle home, including Têtes Byzantines (Byzantine Heads), circa 1897 ($15,000 to $20,000); Aurore et Crépuscule (Dawn and Dusk), 1899 ($10,000 to $15,000); and several versions of Les Fleurs (The Flowers), circa 1900.

Classical favorites for which Alphonse Mucha is known include the iconic Zodiac / La Plume, 1896, and Job, 1896 (each $15,000 to $20,000); La Trappistine, 1897, valued at $7,000 to $10,000; and Bières de la Meuse, in the exceedingly rare smaller format, 1897, expected to sell between $6,000 and $9,000. Further seminal works, such as the foreboding Medee / Sarah Bernhardt, 1898 ($12,000 to $18,000), and Monaco - Monte Carlo, 1897 ($12,000 to $18,000), will also be crossing the block.

The sale is filled out with works by artists in Mucha’s circle, most notably Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Confetti, 1894, and Babylone d’Allemange, 1894 ($40,000 to $60,000 and $30,000 to $40,000, respectively). Also available is the iconic Ambassadeurs / Yvette Guilbert, 1894, by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen ($4,000 to $6,000) and several other works by the artist. Travel posters by Adolfo Hohenstein, including Monaco / Exposition et Councours de Canots Automobiles, 1900, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, and works by Pierre Bonnard, Eugène Grasset and Privat-Livemont, among others, will also be in the sale.

Harry C. Meyerhoff was a Baltimore entrepreneur in construction with a passion for horse racing, evidenced by a run of equestrian posters that start the sale, topped by Ludwig Hohwein’s Das Goldene Buch / Des Sports, 1910, estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. Meyerhoff assembled the Art Nouveau collection with his wife in the 1970s and ‘80s.

The auction will be held Thursday, January 26, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, January 21 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, January 23 through Wednesday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Swann President and Director of Vintage Posters, Nicholas D. Lowry at 212-254-4710, extension 57 or posters@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 211 Mucha, Princezna Hyacinta, 1911. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.

1483544578873.jpgWashington, DC—Before venturing west to capture America's frontier in paintings and photographs, 19th-century artists explored the eastern landscape, which served as a powerful source of mythmaking for a nation finding its identity in the nineteenth century. However, with the exception of images from the Civil War, photography of the East during the period has never before been the exclusive focus of an exhibition or catalog. As the first of its kind, East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography will explore this fundamental chapter in America's photographic history through 175 photographs, including daguerreotypes, salted paper prints, albumen prints, stereo cards, and albums. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, West Building from March 12 through July 16, 2017, the exhibition showcases photographers who documented the nation's transition over the course of the century, exploring the untouched wilderness, the devastation of the Civil War, and the dramatic transformations of industrialization.

"We are delighted to present the first exhibition devoted to this foundational period in both the history of photography and of our nation," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington. "The assembling of such an extraordinary selection of photographs, many of which are rarely displayed, could not have been undertaken without the generous support of the Trellis Fund and Kate and Wes Mitchell."

Exhibition Organization and Support

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art in association with the New Orleans Museum of Art, where it will be on view from October 5, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Trellis Fund. Additional funding is kindly provided by Kate and Wes Mitchell.

Exhibition Highlights

Organized chronologically and thematically, East of the Mississippi begins with some of the earliest American photographs, created shortly after news of the Frenchman Jacques-Louis-Mandé Daguerre's invention reached eastern cities in late 1839. While Niagara Falls was already a favorite subject for paintings and prints, the first extant daguerreotypes of the natural wonder were made by British scientist Hugh Lee Pattinson in April of 1840. Soon after, dentist Samuel Bemis captured New England's White Mountains in an extraordinary series of daguerreotypes.

As areas of the East Coast's picturesque terrain became a popular destination for urban dwellers of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, photography became a means of marketing sites to tourists. In July of 1845 the Langenheim Brothers adopted the panorama format popular in the nineteenth century by making five daguerreotypes of Niagara Falls and mounting them side-by-side in a single frame. Photographers James Wallace Black and Franklin White journeyed to the White Mountains, making some of the earliest series of salted paper prints of the area, while others such as James McClees, Frederick DeBourg Richards, and Jay Dearborn Edwards trained their cameras on the built environment as urban centers experienced growth and transformation. George Kendall Warren, a pioneer of the college yearbook, photographed landscapes around college campuses including West Point.

The exhibition continues with photographs and paintings from the late 1850s and early 1860s, demonstrating the close ties between the two media as photographers sought to make landscapes more deeply attuned to contemporary aesthetic concern. Influenced by the ideas of painter Thomas Cole, art critic John Ruskin, and transcendentalist philosophers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, these photographers worked in close collaboration with painters or were even painters themselves. Photographer John Moran and his brother, the painter Thomas Moran, worked side by side in the environs of Philadelphia and the mountains of Pennsylvania. Samuel Masury photographed the Loring Estate on the coast of Beverly, Massachusetts as John Frederick Kensett painted the same landscape for Coastal Scene (c. 1860-1870). Further north, Charles and Edward Bierstadt collaborated with their brother Albert on a series of albumen prints of the White Mountains before Albert painted a similar scene in 1863, Mountain Brook.

The following section presents a range of photographs that document the impact of the Civil War on the eastern American landscape, showing selections from two of the most significant photographic publications of the 19th century—Alexander Gardner's Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War (1866) and George Barnard's Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign (1866), both of which revealed the modification and devastation of the land from the war. Also featured are Andrew J. Russell's photographs of the building of military infrastructure in northern Virginia.

Two sections focus on the many ways in which photographers approached landscapes altered by industrialization. Thomas H. Johnson captured the coal mines expanding across northeastern Pennsylvania, while James F. Ryder and William H. Rau were hired by railroad companies, in 1862 and the 1890s respectively, to record newly laid train routes and showcase the scenic views made possible by the new infrastructure. Included are seven of Henry Peter Bosse's cyanotypes created while on a mapmaking survey of the upper Mississippi River. Undertaken to plan improvements to the river aimed at facilitating commerce and industry, the series illustrate photography's role in shaping development.

Finally, the exhibition presents photographers in the last decades of the century who made a living marketing the East's natural beauty while also advocating for its preservation. George Barker produced striking mammoth-plate albumen prints of Niagara Falls and Florida resorts. After finding success selling scenes of the Adirondacks to tourists and industrialists, Seneca Ray Stoddard made photographs such as Drowned Lands (c. 1888) which captured the forest ravaged by the timber industry. Stoddard used his photographs to advocate for the passing of a law to create Adirondack Park. In Wisconsin, Henry Hamilton Bennett began by selling stereographic prints of the Dells to the growing number of the river's steamboat tourists. He later protested plans for a dam that would submerge the sandstone formations he had so beautifully photographed. Finally, works by Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen conclude the exhibition, hinting at the future of American landscape photography in the 20th century.

Curator, Catalog, and Related Activities

The exhibition is organized by Diane Waggoner, curator of nineteenth-century photographs, National Gallery of Art.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog copublished by Yale University Press and written by Diane Waggoner; with additional essays by Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, New Orleans Museum of Art and Jennifer Raab, assistant professor in the history of art, Yale University. Featuring 220 color illustrations, the 288-page hardcover catalog will be available at shop.nga.gov/, or by calling (800) 697-9350 or (202) 842-6002; faxing (202) 789-3047; or e-mailing mailorder@nga.gov.

Image: Henry Peter Bosse, Construction of Rock and Brush Dam, L.W., 1891, cyanotype, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mary and Dan Solomon

X_LePaonPainting copy.jpgIn conjunction with the exhibition, “A True Friend of the Cause”: Lafayette and the Antislavery Movement, the Grolier Club and Lafayette College are pleased to offer a roundtable discussion on the role of the Marquis de Lafayette as an international antislavery advocate and his contributions to the abolitionist movement on three continents. A number of the exhibition’s themes will be explored, including the personal and intellectual origins of Lafayette’s interest in the welfare of the enslaved during and immediately following the American Revolution; his involvement in transatlantic antislavery organizations; his experiment in gradual emancipation in French Guiana; and his enduring influence on American abolitionists, both black and white.

The discussion will be moderated by the exhibition’s curators:

Olga Anna Duhl, Oliver Edwin Williams Professor of Languages, Lafayette College and Grolier Club member

Diane Windham Shaw, Director of Special Collections and College Archivist, Lafayette College

Speakers will include:

Laura Auricchio, professor of Art History at Parsons School of Design, a college within The New School. Her writings on Lafayette include The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered (2014), winner of the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award, and “Transplanting Liberty: Lafayette’s American Garden,” in Dan O’Brien, ed., Gardening—Philosophy for Everyone: Cultivating Wisdom (2010). She has also written extensively on French women artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with publications including Adélaïde Labille-Guiard: Artist in the Age of Revolution for the J. Paul Getty Museum (2009).

François Furstenberg, professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of In the Name of the Father: Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation (2006) and When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees who Shaped a Nation (2014). His scholarship on the connections between the U.S. and the French Atlantic world in the 18th-century also includes his prize-winning 2011 article in the William and Mary Quarterly, “Atlantic Slavery, Atlantic Freedom: George Washington’s Library, Slavery, and Trans-Atlantic Abolitionist Networks,” in which Lafayette figures prominently.

John Stauffer, professor of English, American Studies, and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on slavery and abolition, including Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated History of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American (2015) and Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (2008). He has appeared in and served as an advisor to the PBS documentaries, The Abolitionists and The African American Experience: Many Rivers to Cross. In addition to antislavery, his scholarly interests include the Civil War era, social protest movements, and photography.  

January 24, 2017, 2:00-3:30 p.m. with a reception to follow

The Grolier Club, 47 E. 60th Street, New York City

To Register, please email Maev Brennan at mbrennan@grolierclub.org

Image: Jean-Baptiste Le Paon, Lafayette at Yorktown, oil on canvas, 1782. Lafayette College Art Collection

 

662a7558-6d5e-4e61-9530-1dad8b5e35d5.jpg[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. We will offer an array of early titles dating back to 1539, along with a private modern collection of collectible horror and science fiction titles. Special printings and decorative antique fancy leather bindings will also be offered.          

Antique and rare books in this catalog include numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are works chronicling the use of symbols and emblems, such as the 1629 printing of Hoyer's "Flammulae Amoris - S P Augustini Versibus et Iconibus Exornatae."  Additional early titles include Sebastian Franck's "Teutscher Nation Chronic Alt und New Vorbilde," produced in 1539 and housed in a hand-tooled vellum binding with the original hand-forged brass clasps, the 1590 first edition of Ciccarelli's "Le Vite Degli Imperatori Romani," and Ruscelli's "Le Imprese Illustri con Espositioni," printed in 1572.  Among the other scarce volumes are early vellum bindings, rare engraved plates, decorative antique sets, limited editions, author-signed copies, and much more.                   

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted are additional early theological, historical and literary works from the 16th through 18th centuries, including Venegas' "Natural and Civil History of California," produced in two volumes in 1759. Two important early encyclopedias will also be sold including an American printing, Dobson's "Encyclopaedia or a Dictionary of Arts Sciences and Miscellaneous Literature," produced in 21 volumes over the years 1798 to 1803, and an English example, Wilkes' "Encyclopaedia Londinensis," including the full complement of 24 volumes printed between 1810 and 1829, and profusely illustrated with copperplate engravings. The modern estate collection includes thousands of titles from the horror, occult, supernatural, science fiction and fantasy genres. Highlights include works by H. P. Lovecraft and others, and desirable printings from publishers such as Arkham House.  

Found throughout this catalog are interesting group offerings. Important Celtic and Gaelic topics covering the history of Scotland and Ireland are presented alongside many bound magazine compilations dating back to the early 1800's. Early engravings and other plates have been gathered into attractive groups.   

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

 

DALLAS — A remarkable variety of private collections, all carefully curated over decades, comes together in the fifth annual Heritage Auctions’ Gentleman Collector Auction Jan. 19 in Dallas, Texas.

“This sale covers a wide spectrum,” Heritage Vice President of Special Collections Nick Dawes said. “We started the Gentleman Collector Estates Auction five years ago with the collection of Malcolm Forbes, and I think this is the best auction we have had so far.” 

Highlights include a circa 1919 Rare and Important Mitchell 35mm Standard A Motion Picture Film Camera (est. $70,000-100,000) operates as either a hand crank or electric drive. It originally was owned by RKO Radio Pictures, before ultimately being owned and used by a Walt Disney cinematographer. One of the early Mitchell Standard motion picture cameras that shot nearly all of the early movies in Hollywood and around the world, this one retains the original design and is in excellent condition.

A Bach-Auricon 16-mm Motion Picture Newsreel Camera Package (est. $25,000-35,000), circa 1953, retains all of its original components and sits on a factory-correct original wood tripod, the height of which can be adjusted to anywhere from 67-92 inches. The camera, considered a rare find from the golden era of movie newsreel cinematography, has all of its original paint and finishes, and the large, original factory 1,200-foot film magazine. The camera’s movement and sync motor work, and the package includes the lens and sound amplifier.

A Rare American Gilman Joslin Terrestrial Library Globe on a stand (est. $15,000-20,000), circa 1869, (nicknamed the ‘Boston Globe’) highlights a rare cartographic group including maps, some dating to the 16th century.  The globe, in original condition was consigned by an East Coast family and is one of two iterations of this floor model terrestrial globe by Joslin, who was awarded a gold medal for his terrestrial and celestial globes by the American Institute in 1852.

Another lot expected to be among the most coveted in the auction is a Pair of Cantonese Export Silver Gilt Filigree Rosewater Sprinklers and Underplates (est. $12,000-18,000), circa late 18th century, made for the Indian or Middle Eastern market and recently discovered by a Heritage expert in Holland.   

Collectors will have a chance to acquire a Mole Richardson Model 410 2000 Watt Fresnel Studio Light (est. $12,000-18,000), circa 1939. This light, which stands 65-1/2 inches high, has been refreshed with factory-correct instrument pain finish and bead-blasted to expose the original Shelby Steel Tube yoke and the original bronze fittings. It includes the original on/off switch and the original factory cable, but also includes a new wireless remote control on/off switch. The light was owned and used by Paramount Film Studios until it was sold in 1988, has electrical internals that have been cleaned, de-wired and fitted with a socketed 2,700-degree LED lamp, and includes a refinished mid-century factory stand. 

Among the private collections is a group of 31 rare microscopes from a private West Coast collector. A spectacular cased Smith and Beck Binocular Microscope (est. $7,000-10,000), circa 1858, includes two full boxes of rarely seen accessories and bull’s-eye condenser, all in the original cabinetry. The instrument was the personal property of gentleman scientist extraordinaire Thomas Glaebrook Rylands, a descendant of whom sold it to the current seller. The auction also includes a 1959 Cased Ernst Leitz Dialux with an inclined binocular head with calibrated inter-pupillary adjustment and adjustable left eyepiece.

Perhaps the finest collection of vintage British biscuit tins to come to auction includes over 300 tins and most of the rarities, in very fine condition. Collectors are sure to fight over the rare William Crawford & Sons Rolls-Royce Limousine Biscuit Tin (est. $1,200-1,600), circa 1929.

Other lots that are expected to attract intense bidder interest include, but are not limited to: 

·         A rare Spanish Mechanical Rowboat Toy in its Original Box (est. $7,000-9,000), circa 1930 - one of the highest quality toys we have seen at Heritage.

·         An Alligator Leather and Silver-Mounted Violin Case (est. $3,500-5,000) from sometime in the first half of the 20th century.

·         A Mikhail Ovchinnikov Russian Silver Tankard with Wood Grain Motif (est. $3,000-5,000), circa 1908-17, with chased faux bois decoration to body simulating woodgrain, saw tooth texture on the edge of the lid and a geometric handle and heart-shaped thumbrest.

·         A collection of nautical antiques relating to Admiral Horatio Nelson, over 50 antique meerschaum pipes, an exquisite collection of Georgian and Victorian paint boxes collected by a prominent artist, over 50 remarkable alligator leather accessories, mostly of the Edwardian period, a collection of drinking tankards of the highest quality and a fascinating collection of 19th century German nutcrackers round out this delightful sale.

·         Two nine-inch Continental Carved Oak Comical Dwarf-Form Nutcrackers (est. $1,200-1,600), circa late 19th-early 20th century.

·         A 19th-century Fine Meerschaum Pipe of a Tattooed Female Moore in its original case (est. $800-1,200); woman portrayed is semi-topless.

·         Three J. Holland, W.J. Reeves & Son, and J. Newman’s English Regency Watercolor Paint Kits (est. $400-600) from the first half of the 19th century.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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delitium.jpgNew York, NY, December 22, 2016 — Delirium: The Art of the Symbolist Book, opening January 20 at the Morgan Library & Museum, explores creative encounters between Symbolist authors and the artists in their circles.  The movement coalesced during the second half of the nineteenth century as writers in France and Belgium sought a new form of art—one that referenced the visible world as symbols that correlate to ideas and states of mind. The Symbolists celebrated subjectivity, expressed through a nuanced language of reverie, delirium, mysticism, and ecstasy. For these writers, literature suggests meaning rather than defines it.

The Symbolist movement was a revolt against naturalism, with an emphasis on allusion and self-expression that resonated with contemporary painters, who were in turn inspired to translate these ideas to visual art. Collaborations in print with Symbolist writers presented artists with a paradox: to create illustrations for words deliberately detached from explicit meaning or concrete reality. Divergent attempts to meet this challenge helped to liberate illustration from its purely representational role, introducing an unchartered dialogue between text and image. These developments informed the emergence of the concept of the book-as-art, a tradition that continues today. 

“With its renowned collections of printed books, manuscripts, and drawings, the Morgan Library & Museum is an ideal venue for this exhibition,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the museum. “The works in Delirium, which are drawn primarily from our own holdings, reveal the innovations and all-encompassing aspirations of the Symbolist aesthetic. The movement would have a profound effect on avant-garde literature, artists’ books, and modern theories of art.” 

The exhibition, on through May 14, features works by more than thirty leading figures, including Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), Stephane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), Odilon Redon (1840-1916), Maurice Denis (1870-1943), Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), Henry van de Velde (1863-1957), and Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921). 

THE EXHIBITION

Delirium opens with an introduction to some of the movement’s literary and artistic precursors: works by Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) and the painters Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) and Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898). Baudelaire’s writings on Delacroix helped shape the foundation of Symbolist poetics. A manuscript of an early poem about Delacroix’s Tasso in the Madhouse (1839) is juxtaposed with a study for one of the many works championed by the poet: The Struggle of Jacob with the Angel (1850). What moved Baudelaire was the painter’s ability to convey his interior life through the suggestive use of color, contour, and movement. These effects provoked memories, involuntary associations, and reverie in each viewer. Baudelaire adapted these ideas to poetry in his ground-breaking works: Fleurs du mal (1857) and Les épaves (1866), illustrated by the Belgian artist Félicien Rops (1833-1898).

There is not a uniform or guiding artistic style connected with the Symbolist movement, which is immediately apparent among the illustrations in the books on view. The writers counted among their friends visual artists associated with many avant-garde groups: Impressionists (Manet), the Decadents (Rops), the Nabis (Vallotton, Rippl-Ronai), post-Impressionists (Denis, Bonnard), Les XX (Khnopff, Minne), and Art nouveau (van de Velde, Rysselberghe). Each artist brought their individual aesthetic styles to the challenge of illustrating Symbolism— a literary movement, which itself lacked coherence.

At the center of the gallery, the first and last artist’s book associated with the movement are presented: Stéphane Mallarmé’s L’après-midi d’un faune (1876), illustrated by Édouard Manet; and Paul Verlaine’s Parallèlement (1900), illustrated by Pierre Bonnard. With its delicate imagery, oscillating typography, and Japanese-inspired book design, L’après-midi d’un faune beautifully conveys Mallarmé’s alternating states of reality, dream, and memory. Like several poets and novelists in the exhibition, Mallarmé expressed ambivalence toward illustration, believing that poetry needed no elaboration. Nevertheless, Mallarmé solicited illustrations from his friends throughout his career.

The variations in Bonnard’s intimate designs for the deluxe edition of Verlaine’s Parallèlement present an entirely different aesthetic. This is the result of the artist’s personal responses to each poem. His visual plays of association are depictions not necessarily of the subject matter but of whatever thoughts and visions emerged as he was reading. Bonnard’s asymmetric and erotic imagery skirts the margins or transgresses the linear order of the book’s classic typography. The artist kept pace with his spontaneous impressions of Verlaine’s text by sketching some designs directly onto typeset pages.

The artwork within the Symbolist books may be understood as a single artist’s interpretation of and reaction to the words on the page. Other artist collaborations on view that exemplify such individual responses to literature include George Minne’s melancholy imagery for Maurice Maeterlinck’s Serres chaudes, Redon’s haunting frontispieces for the poet Iwan Gilkin, and Maurice Denis’s evocative designs for André Gide’s Le voyage d’Urien.

While much of the artwork that corresponds with the Symbolist movement is anti-naturalistic, the legacies of some writers associated with the movement are tied to their public image and well-known portraits that were disseminated in print. Félix Vallotton (1865-1925), ubiquitous in periodicals of the 1890s, is known for his many thumbnail portraits of Symbolist writers. One of his first artistic woodcuts, a portrait of Paul Verlaine, is on view, along with images of Arthur Rimbaud by Fantin-Latour and Carjat, Manet’s engraved portrait of Baudelaire, and Nadar’s photograph of Mallarmé.

Delirium culminates with an examination of cover and title designs. Symbolist publishers, particularly in Belgium, were at the forefront of using cover designs as visual preludes to the literature within. The Pre-Raphaelite influence on Symbolist imagery is apparent in Carlos Schwabe’s (1866-1926) aspirant figure on the cover of Dreams by Olive Schreiner—a rare example of a Symbolist artist illustrating work by a female author. Also represented are the Belgian artists Théo van Rysselberghe and Henry van de Velde, whose book decorations heralded a new form of non-representational ornament. Their works encompass the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, Seurat’s ideas about the affective qualities of line, and the emergent Art Nouveau. The experimental typography of author and artist Alfred Jarry, whose illegible title design is itself a Symbolist work of art, is also on view.

Translation Feature

Selected translations of poetry associated with objects on view will be made available on a hand-held card in the gallery. For this special feature, the Morgan collaborated with the contemporary poets Ariana Reines, Mark Polizzotti, Barry Schwabsky, Luc Sante, Marcella Durand, and John Godfrey to enrich the public’s experience by providing works by Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Rimbaud, and others in English.

Image: Odilon Redon (1840-1916), Centaure lisant, 19th century, Charcoal on light brown paper. The Morgan Library & Museum, Thaw Collection.

Jean Baptiste Balthazar Sauvan.jpegThe first Interiors auction of 2017 kicks off with an important collection of London Underground posters designed by Clifford (1907-1985) and Rosemary (1910-1998) Ellis. Alongside a selection of the Ellises’ own drawings, prints and paintings will be works by Walter Sickert, Howard Hodgkin, Adrian Heath and Wojciech Fangor. Interiors takes place on 10th and 11th January at Donnington Priory and will also feature Furniture, Carpets, Clocks and Works of Art. 

A fabulous range of Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Pens will be offered on 18th January, with the special online Australia Day Wine auction on 26th January. 

Books and Works on Paper will take place on 23rd February, and features a superb selection of landscape aquatints. Fine Wine, Port and Champagne follows on 24th February and both auctions will be held at Bloomsbury House, London. 

March will see both the sale of Works from the Collection of Jan Krugier, the highly renowned art dealer (8th March) and Autographs & Memorabilia at Bloomsbury House, London on 23rd March. Concluding the March auctions will be Fine Clocks, Barometers and Scientific Instruments (28th March) and Fine Furniture and Works of Art (29th March) with many more to come as the year continues. 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Interiors sale at Donnington Priory, Newbury, on 10th & 11th January 2017 will include property from the collection of the late Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. Part of the legacy left by the Ellises includes paintings, drawings and posters by both Clifford and Rosemary either separately or working together. Lots range in estimate from £100 - £2,000.

In 1933, they were commissioned to design a series of posters for the London Underground. They also designed posters together for the Empire Marketing Board, a government Department established in 1926 with the aim of encouraging people to buy Empire products. The poster campaigns were an integral part of the advertising program and Clifford and Rosemary produced a number of designs during the 1930s. They also designed posters for Shell and the General Post Office.

Save the date…in 2017

Jewellery, Silver, Watches & Pens (Donnington Priory, Newbury) |18th January

Books and Works on Paper (Bloomsbury House, London) | 23rd February 

Australia Day Wine (online auction) | 26th January 

Jewellery, Silver & Watches (Donnington Priory, Newbury) | 15th February 

Wine: Timed Online auction | 20th February & 23rd March 

Interiors (Donnington Priory, Newbury) | 21st & 22nd February 

Books and Works on Paper (Bloomsbury House, London) | 23rd February 

Fine Wine, Port, Champagne (Bloomsbury House, London) | 24th February 

Works from the Collection of Jan Krugier (Donnington Priory, Newbury) | 8th March 

Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver (Donnington Priory, Newbury) | 15th March 

20thc. Books and Works on Paper & Early Prints (Bloomsbury House, London) | 16th March 

Autographs & Memorabilia (Bloomsbury House, London) | 23rd March 

Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Insts (Donnington Priory, Newbury) | 28th March 

Fine Furniture & Works of Art (Donnington Priory, Newbury) | 29th March

Image: Jean Baptiste Balthazar Sauvan, Picturesque Tour of the Seine, from Paris to the Sea, 25 hand- coloured aquatint plates with hand-coloured vignette at the end, 1821. Est. £1,800 - £2,200.

 

A new selection of 28 posters, prints, drawings and photographs is now on display in the ongoing Library of Congress exhibition “World War I: American Artists View the Great War.” 

The exhibition opened in May 2016 and is on view through Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 in the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.  It is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Tickets are not needed.

In the new rotation of art, notable themes include the vilification of the German enemy; trench warfare and the use of poison gas; the service of Red Cross nurses and volunteers; and the aftermath of the war and recovery.  Artists represented include George Bellows, Kerr Eby, Charles Dana Gibson, Gordon Grant, Edwin Howland Blashfield and Samuel J. Woolf; poster artists Frances Adams Halsted, James Montgomery Flagg and John Norton; cartoonists McKee Barclay and Otakar Valasek; and photographer Lewis Hine. 

The works of art are drawn from the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division collections.  In addition to the 28 new items on display, a monitor slideshow highlights another 60 items.

The exhibition examines the use of wartime art for patriotic and propaganda messages—by government-supported as well as independent and commercial artists.  Many of the artists worked for the federal government’s Division of Pictorial Publicity, a unit of the Committee on Public Information.  Led by Charles Dana Gibson, a pre-eminent illustrator, the division focused on promoting recruitment, bond drives, home-front service, troop support and camp libraries.  In less than two years, the division’s 300 artists produced more than 1,400 designs, including some 700 posters.

Heeding the call from Gibson to “Draw ‘til it hurts,” hundreds of leading American artists created works about the Great War (1914-1918).  Although the United States participated as a direct combatant in World War I from 1917 to 1918, the riveting posters, cartoons, fine art prints and drawings on display chronicle this massive international conflict from its onset through its aftermath.

“World War I: American Artists View the Great War” is made possible by the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, and is one in a series of events the Library is planning in connection with the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I.  An online version of the exhibition is available at loc.gov/exhibits/american-artists-view-the-great-war/.  Katherine Blood and Sara Duke from the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress led the division’s curatorial team.  Betsy Nahum-Miller from the Library’s Interpretive Programs Office is the exhibition director. 

The art exhibition complements the upcoming major exhibition “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I,” which will open Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  “Echoes” will feature more than 200 items and will draw from a wide array of original materials from the Library of Congress, which has the most comprehensive collection of multi-format World War I holdings in the nation.  In combination, these exhibitions reveal the extraordinary stories of this turbulent time in our nation’s history and the powerful global forces that war unleashed.

Now through April 2017, the Library of Congress is featuring twice-monthly blogs about World War I, written by Library curators who highlight stories and collection materials they think are most revealing about the war.  The blogs can be viewed at loc.gov/blogs/.  In 2017 and 2018, the Library will offer lectures, symposia and other programming on World War I, produce educational materials, publish a book about the war, and plant Victory Gardens in the front beds at its Jefferson and Adams buildings. 

The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division holds nearly 16 million photographs, drawings and prints from the 15th century to the present day.  International in scope, these visual collections represent a uniquely rich array of human experience, knowledge, creativity and achievement, touching on almost every realm of endeavor: science, art, invention, government and political struggle, and the recording of history.  For more information, visit loc.gov/rr/print/.

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

313.jpgLas Vegas, NV, December 19, 2016 - Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is pleased to announce this can’t miss sale to be held on Thursday, January 19th at the company’s Las Vegas, Nevada gallery starting at noon EST.  This event will feature “the best of the west” across numerous collecting categories and price points.   All items in this sale are available for preview now.

This sale’s selection of over 50 American and English Bowie knives is truly on the cutting edge.  Bowie knives are fixed blade fighting knives with a cross-guard and a clip point; they are named after James Bowie who was known for his knife fighting skills. Bowie died at the Alamo.  Getting right to the point, lot #226, a Rezin Bowie Presentation Knife, is the big prize in this key category.  This example was one of four knives given by Rezin Bowie, brother of James Bowie, to four important friends in honor of James’ accomplishments.  This knife was gifted to Edwin Forrest, a popular American actor who was friend to both Bowie brothers.  This well documented rarity with provenance is estimated at $100,000-200,000 and should be of great interest to historians, museums, and miliatria enthusiasts worldwide.  

Other rock-star caliber Bowie knives include lot #55, a c. 1835 knife stamped Schively 75 Chestnut Street Philad., estimated at $75,000-125,000.  This breathtaking example, complete with its beautiful, classic skeletal style Schively scabbard with German silver mounts, is one of less than two dozen known in existence.  And lot #56, a massive c. 1835 knife stamped Broomhead & Thomas Celebrated American Hunting Knife, is estimated at $45,000-60,000. This rarity, in wonderful condition, is detailed with German silver mounts, Mother of Pearl scales, four decorative rivets, and a nameplate on both sides.  It also comes with its original brown leather scabbard.  

This event offers a 24 carat opportunity to purchase some of the finest antique gold bars, nuggets, gold quartz jewelry, watches, and accessories in memory.  Collectors will undoubtedly take a shine to the more than 60 precious metal selections on offer.   Bar none, lot #106, a Harris Marchand & Co. gold bar with serial number 6476, is the prime investment in this auction with its $250,000-350,000 estimate.  This large, all original and documented rectangular ingot weighs 56.65 ounces and has an 1857 value of $1002.42.  Lot #104, a spectacular and highly ornate pocket watch, is another timely auction highlight.  This solid gold timepiece, estimated at $50,000-80,000, is made and signed by the Illinois Watch Company and features elaborate gold in quartz and moss agate decorations, elegant engraving, and a highly desirable watch chain.  And lot #114, a rare gold match safe inlaid with gold quartz on both sides as well as its top, should spark lots of interest with its $15,000-25,000 estimate.  

Native American cultural materials and weapons are two key categories in this exciting, upcoming sale.  Many of these one of a kind treasures and artifacts exhibit extraordinary craftsmanship.  Lot #169, a c. 1870 Cheyenne beaded war shirt is made from buffalo hide and features hair drops.  It is estimated at $30,000-60,000.  Lot #4, a beautiful c. 1860 Northern Plains contour pipe bag detailed with an unusual pony beaded panel with a stylized butterfly, copper cones, and brass beads, is estimated at $15,000-25,000.  And lot #10, a c. 1860’s early Sioux beaded buffalo hide cradle decorated with horse tracks is estimated at $20,000-40,000.

It’s time to get a handle on this event’s selection of interesting and antique tomahawks.  Lot #179, a c. 1760 Eastern pipe tomahawk, features an iron head with a scalloped edge and brass inlay, a blade engraved with a cannon on one side and the sun on the reverse, and a brass inlaid pipe bowl.  It retains its original gasket and haft and is estimated at $50,000-100,000.  Lot #346, a c. 1870 Cheyenne Plains tomahawk with an extremely wide pictorial blade depicting two Indians in battle is estimated at $30,000-40,000.  And lot #13, a c. 1870 Plains pipe tomahawk is unusually decorated with two bat wing cut-outs, seven inlaid brass circles, and design elements punched around the blade.  This stunning, rare example is estimated at $30,000-40,000.

Antique materials relating to America’s expansion in the 1800’s is well represented in this sale.  Many “Go West” themed items are on offer, including signs, posters, calendars, displays, and other ephemeral categories.  lot #316, a Rock Island railroad reverse glass advertising sign has Mother of Pearl inlays along the entire locomotive and shows incredible detail. This sign would have hung in an executive’s office and was made by the Western Sandblasting Co. in Chicago.  It is estimated at $40,000-80,000.  Could there be a bidding war over lot #146, a Battle Axe cigar reverse glass advertising sign?  This remarkable example shows an image of a smiling Native American and an older well-dressed gentleman enjoying some Battle Axe tobacco; the colors are magnificent and this piece has a great presence.  It is estimated at $80,000-150,000.  And it’s “California, here I come!” with lot #313, an advertisement from 1898 for “California's Golden Jubilee and Mining Fair.” This jewel of a piece pictures a miner with axe slung over his shoulder and raising a large gold nugget above his head.  It has an auction estimate of $40,000-80,000.

This sale rounds out with an intoxicating blend of outstanding vintage and antique back bar bottles, with over 50 examples on offer.  Lot #258, a c. 1890 fine old gin label under glass bottle featuring an attractive young woman wearing a large hat, flirts with a $15,000-25,000 estimate.  Lot #87, a c. 1895 Custer's Reserve whiskey back bar bottle decorated with enameled lettering and a fantastic image of Custer riding a horse, takes a stand at $10,000-15,000.  And lot #415, a c. 1895 a Black Cat Whiskey enameled bar bottle in excellent plus condition will have collectors “feline groovy” with its $4,000-6,000 estimate. 

According to Dan Morphy, Morphy Auctions’ President, "We are so looking forward to kicking off our 2017 auction year in Las Vegas with this truly outstanding sale.  The “western themed” merchandise on offer is among the highest quality and diverse in nature to come to auction in memory.  Clearly, Las Vegas is the ideal location for an auction event featuring these “geospecific” categories!  The antique bottles and advertising selections in this sale are also truly remarkable.  Just being around them is like taking a trip backward in time.  We welcome you to visit our gallery in Las Vegas to view these rarities in person, or of course check them out online anytime at www.morphyauctions.com.”

About Morphy Auctions:
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is located in Denver, Pennsylvania. The company also has an office in Las Vegas, Nevada.  A full service auction house, the company presents over 30 premier auctions annually, as well as monthly discovery sales. 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; and jewelry.  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, Las Vegas is located at 4520 Arville Street, Las Vegas, NV 89103.   We can be reached by phone at 702-382-2466, by fax at 702-382-6513, and by email at info@morphyauctions.com.  Our Las Vegas gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. For more information on Morphy's, please visit www.MorphyAuctions.com.

Image: Lot 313 California's Golden Jubilee Advertisement, est. $40,000-80,000. Courtesy of Morphy Auctions.

091cf2fae7a905a46cae9b1a5fdfdf92da40cf3b.pngBOSTON, MA - (December 16, 16) A Marilyn Monroe signed photograph sold to $24,959 according to Massachusetts-based RR Auction.

The sultry vintage matte-finish portrait of Monroe taken during a Frank Powolny glamour shoot in 1953, signed and inscribed in white ink, “To Jimmie, Best regards, Marilyn Monroe.”

Monroe and Powolny most famously teamed up in 1953 for a series of stunning, artfully framed publicity stills for the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

“Powolny captured countless stars in photos that ended up in newspapers, magazines and theater lobbies around the world,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Immortalized for his classic World War II pinup of Betty Grable, Powolny remained a trusted photographer for Monroe throughout her career, and is noted as taking the last known still photographs of the starlet during production of Something's Got to Give, one week before her death in 1962.

 “A gorgeous image elevated by the contrast of Monroe’s white signature and the deepness of the unlit ‘film noir’ background,” said Livingston. 

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

Greta Garbo signed and inscribed photograph to Eva von Berne, sold for $17,908.

James Dean 'East of Eden’ oversized signed photograph, sold for $12,383.

Three Stooges signed photograph of the ‘Dizzy Doctors’, sold for $8,467.

Peg Entwistle oversized signed photograph, sold for $6,072.

Wizard of Oz: Billie Burke Signed photograph,sold for $5,598.

Superman: George Reeves signed photograph, sold for $5017.

The Tom Gregory Hollywood Auction from RR Auction began on Thursday, December 8th and concluded on Thursday, December 15, 2016. For information, visit the RR Auction web site at www.rrauction.com.  

Image: Glamorous, boldly signed 1953 Frank Powolny portrait of Marilyn.

Dallas - Following the death of former astronaut and Senator John Glenn, experts at Heritage Auctions - the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer - caution collectors about fake and forged autographs entering the marketplace. 

“Whenever a celebrity or historical figure passes, we quickly see spurious signatures and counterfeit memorabilia being offered online and at flea markets,” said Michael Riley, director of Space Collectibles at Heritage Auctions. “Legendary astronaut John Glenn’s passing is an opportunity for fraudsters to trick the public with forged autographs and other fake items purportedly from him.”

Glenn, the man author Tom Wolfe called “the last true national hero America has ever made” died Dec. 8. The former war hero, astronaut and United States Senator was revered across the country, and his death elicited an outpouring of sentiment to his family from around the globe he once circumnavigated.

Following his history-making achievement as the first American to orbit the Earth to his career in the U.S. Senate and even a bid for the U.S. Presidency, Glenn lent his autograph often on objects as diverse as baseballs, book signings of his memoir, publicity photographs and many other keepsakes. 

If the price is too low to be believed, there is a chance the item is fake, forged or stolen. Consider that in October 2009, a photo with a mat signed by 28 astronauts - including Glenn - sold for $15,535. In October 2008, a pair of Mercury 7 Type M Test Gloves Glenn wore sold for $7,170. In May 2016, a Glenn-autographed photo of himself in an orange spacesuit that was taken for his STS-95 mission in 1998, when at 77 he became the oldest person to fly in space, sold for $750. 

Genuine Glenn autographs usually sell for $50-$100, and higher for special items, such as an authentic signature on a genuine item related to his career as an astronaut, like a Mercury-Atlas 6 (Friendship 7) Space Flown One Dollar Bill, which sold for more than $20,000 at auction, according to Riley.

Hopefully, the market will not be flooded with Glenn-signed memorabilia. He has been in the public eye since 1959 as an astronaut and U.S. Senator and has willingly signed items, so there is no shortage of his mementos on the market.

“The ideal method of authenticating an autograph is to get it in the hands of a knowledgeable expert,” Riley said. “Those extremely familiar with his signature can determine if it is real or a fake. 

Nonetheless, there are steps people can take to reduce the risk of getting lured into a transaction that is done dishonestly, priced unfairly, or even both:

·         Always make sure to buy and sell through a reputable dealer.

·         Beware of Autopen Signatures. The Autopen (a machine that produces mechanized replicas of autographs) can appear authentic, but there is a website that allows collectors to check signatures against known machine patterns.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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12_Newton.JPGThe Fine Books & Manuscripts sale totaled $9,433,063, with 82% sold by lot and 91% sold by value, making this the highest total for a various owner sale of Books & Manuscripts at Christie’s. There was active in-room, phone, and online participation from institutions, established collectors, and new buyers with registered bidders from over 25 countries.

The top lot was Sir Isaac Newton’s (1642-1727) Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica (estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000), which realized $3,719,500, nearly four times its low estimate and setting a new world auction record for a printed scientific book. 

Other sale highlights included nine lots of correspondence to the Marquis de Chastellux (1734-1788), featuring six letters by George Washington (1731-1799) and three by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), which collectively realized $1,138,750, with single lots more than doubling initial estimates.

The top lot of the selection was George Washington's (1732-1799) Autograph letter signed (“Go: Washington”), Mount Vernon, 25 April, 1 May 1788, to François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux (estimate: $80,000-120,000), which realized $307,500.

Strong results were achieved for private collections including early botanical books belonging to Cornelius J. Hauck (1893-1967), which sold 90% by lot, and an important collection of major 19th century American authors, formed by Mrs. J. Insley Blair of Far Hills, New Jersey, which sold 92% by lot, with many titles more than doubling initial estimates.

BEVERLY HILLS, California - A Production Cel and Key Master Background of the Evil Queen and her Magic Mirror from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs conjured $59,750 to lead Heritage Auctions’ $1,385,924 Animation Art Auction in Beverly Hills. The Dec. 10 auction is the fifth straight animation auction to surpass $1 million during the last two years, realizing a grand total of $7.4 million.

“This only proves the animation market is increasingly being considered as fine art,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation at Heritage Auctions. “No other auction house has been able to deliver consignors anywhere near our $7 million in successful bids over the last two years.”

A rare, Production Cel Sequence and Pan Key Master Background Setup from the 1965 holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, sold for $59,750, but it was art from Walt Disney Studios that claimed the lion’s share of bids.

Concept art from artist Mary Blair proved popular, as her imagining of Disneyland’s It’s a Small World attraction sold for $31,070; her concept painting for the mermaid sequence in 1953’s Peter Pan ended at $26,290 and concept art of Pan and Wendy, Michael, John and Tinker Bell flying off to Neverland sold for $14,340.

A hand-painted Cel Setup of the Blue Fairy chatting with Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio sold for $21,510, and Production Cels and Master Pan Production Background Setup of the main characters from 1955’s Lady and the Tramp ended at $13,145.

Warner Brothers cels by Chuck Jones saw intense bidder interest as 15 bidders competed to own a single Production Cel of Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny from the animated short What’s Opera, Doc?, which sold for $13,145. A Color Painting of Bugs Bunny and Friends hand-drawn by Jones himself sold for $12,547.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

A group of Four Original Drawings of various Disney characters published by Good Housekeeping in the 1930s and 1940s sold for a combined $21,569.

An Original Painting featuring “Snow White” by Peter Max sold for $11,950.

A drawing of the “Horned King” by Tim Burton for the 1985 film The Black Cauldron brought $11,950.

A circa 1935-39 Production Cel and Background Setup featuring both Mickey and Minnie Mouse from the short the Brave Little Tailor/Music Land realized $10,755.

A rare, detailed Model Sheet from 1940, showing early renditions of title character Pinocchio, sold for $9,560, nearly double its $5,000 pre-auction estimate.

Gulliver's Travels Production Cel Setup and Key Master Background Setup (Max Fleischer, 1939) sold for $7,170

A rare Title Cel and Master Background Set up for Super Friends animated television program sold for $1,673.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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Signature Image.jpgNew York, NY, December 2016 — One of the most popular and enigmatic American writers of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) wrote almost 1,800 poems. Nevertheless, her work was essentially unknown to contemporary readers since only a handful of poems were published during her lifetime and a vast trove of her manuscripts was not discovered until after her death in 1886.  

Often typecast as a recluse who rarely left her Amherst home, Dickinson was, in fact, socially active as a young woman and maintained a broad network of friends and correspondents even as she grew older and retreated into seclusion. Bringing together nearly one hundred rarely seen items, including manuscripts and letters, I’m Nobody: Who are you?—a title taken from her popular poem—is the most ambitious exhibition on Dickinson to date. It explores a side of her life that is seldom acknowledged: one filled with rich friendships and long-lasting relationships with mentors and editors.  

The exhibition closely examines twenty-four poems in various draft states, with corresponding audio stops.  In addition to her writings, the show also features an array of visual material, including hand-cut silhouettes, photographs and daguerreotypes, contemporary illustrations, and other items that speak to the rich intellectual and cultural environment in which Dickinson lived and worked. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with Amherst College. 

“Emily Dickinson’s work—and life—remain endlessly compelling to literary scholars and to the larger artistic community,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “With its experimental poetics and vivid language, her verse continues to be a source of critical inquiry, while her quiet, unassuming years in Amherst are celebrated in music, theatre, and the cinema. The Morgan’s exhibition explores a less well-known aspect of her life—her personal and professional friendships—that will surely delight and surprise exhibition-goers.”

THE EXHIBITION

I. Childhood Years

“I attend singing school.”

Born in 1830, Emily Dickinson was part of a tight-knit family at the social center of Amherst, a small college town in western Massachusetts. She lived almost her entire life in the shadow of Amherst College, which was cofounded by her grandfather and where her father served as treasurer between 1835 and 1873. Life in such an environment brought a steady stream of visitors from far and wide, and Dickinson lived within an intellectually stimulating community that would later be reflected in her letters and poetry. Her father was protective, yet encouraged his children to pursue educational opportunities. Primary schooling for young women was not uncommon in Dickinson’s time, and she formed many strong attachments to her schoolmates and instructors at Amherst Academy, where she was part of a close group of friends known as the circle of five. Her exposure to poetry and keen use of language dates to her youth, as does her interest in the natural world and aesthetic presentation, evident in the books from her library, early letters, and her herbarium, an album of carefully pressed botanical specimens.

II. A Year at Mount Holyoke

"Everything is pleasant & happy here.”

At the age of sixteen, Dickinson left home to study at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, a women’s college, in nearby South Hadley, Massachusetts. She tested into the first of three academic levels but was promoted to the second by midyear and took courses in chemistry, botany, history, and languages. She was roommates with her cousin Emily Norcross and her time there is well documented in the surviving letters she sent to her brother, Austin, and friend Abiah Root, one of the circle of five friends from Amherst Academy. It was not unusual for women to attend only a single year of higher education, and Dickinson returned to Amherst at the end of the academic year.

III. Companions and Correspondents

“Stay! My heart votes for you.”

Dickinson was not a student at Amherst College—which was established in 1821 with the explicit goal of educating, in Noah Webster’s phrase, “indigent young men of promising talents and hopeful piety” for the Christian ministry—but, as the daughter of the college treasurer, she was expected to attend public events such as commencement and to assist with the annual trustee’s reception hosted at her father’s house. After the Civil War, the college drifted away from its focus on missionary training, but during Dickinson’s lifetime it was a hotbed for religious revivals. She led a socially active life when she was young, attending performances, concerts, and lectures and remaining close to friends she had made as a child at Amherst Academy. She also formed new relationships, often through her brother, Austin. He introduced her to his social circle and Dickinson would have a brief flirtation with one member. Later, Austin’s wife, Susan, would become one of the poet’s dearest friends. Even as she became more reclusive, and increasingly withdrew from society in the 1860s, Dickinson maintained an active correspondence, composing more than one thousand letters in her lifetime.

IV. Literary Influences and Connections

“After long disuse of her eyes she read Shakespeare & thought why is any other book needed?”

One benefit of life in a college town was access to books, newspapers, and magazines that might not otherwise be readily available. The Dickinson family kept a respectable library in their home, and Dickinson also borrowed books from friends. In addition to her wide-ranging reading habits, she was acquainted with some major figures in the worlds of publishing and literature, chief among them the editors Samuel Bowles, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, and Thomas Niles, as well as the writer and activist Helen Hunt Jackson. Although Bowles and Higginson both championed women writers, their views were far from universal. Helen Hunt Jackson forged her own career as an author and urged Dickinson to publish her poetry, with one small success.

V. Civil War Years

“I heard a Fly buzz-when I died-” 

Massachusetts played an important role in the Civil War, politically and militarily. For a brief time, the state’s Springfield Armory, not far from Amherst, was the sole government manufacturer of muskets and other arms. Hundreds of local residents, both white and African American, joined the Union army, although Dickinson’s brother Austin avoided service. Students and faculty from the college also joined the conflict. Charity events related to the war became a regular feature of daily life. Dickinson began collecting her rapidly increasing output of poems into hand-sewn manuscript booklets, known as fascicles, as early as 1858, but the war years saw a sharp increase in her productivity. Thirty out of forty fascicles and at least five unsewn sets of poems—each of which could include more than twenty drafts—date from the years 1861-65. Most of Dickinson’s poems that were published during her lifetime also appeared during this period.

VI. Lifetime Publications

“I had told you I did not print.”

Closely examining Dickinson’s unique manuscript practices provides a partial answer to the question of why she did not pursue publication. While Dickinson’s social network included supporters of her writing and the work of women writers in general, there were equally strong voices arguing the opposite position. She regularly exchanged letters with influential editors,including Bowles, Niles, and Higginson. But, for all of their progressive views—Bowles, for instance, hired Fidelia Hayward Cooke as literary editor at The Springfield Republican in 1860—Dickinson was constrained by the disapproval of her father and of other figures she admired. Only ten of Dickinson’s 1,789 poems were published during her lifetime but always with added titles and altered punctuation. With one exception, the poems appeared in newspapers and periodicals on densely printed pages and surrounded by articles and advertisements, as was typical for the period. Dickinson is never credited—her poems all were published anonymously—and it is probable they were printed without her consent. At the same time, she did not shun publication altogether. She submitted several poems to Niles who never printed them while Dickinson was alive, but would later publish the first three posthumous editions of her work to great success.

VII. Posthumous Publications and Legacy

“It was not death for I stood up.”

Emily Dickinson died at her home on May 15, 1886, possibly of kidney disease. Of her trove of poems, hundreds had been shared with her network of friends and correspondents, but Dickinsonhad kept sets and fascicles entirely private. These poems were only discovered by her sister, Lavinia, after her death.

Lavinia looked to Susan Dickinson, her sister-in-law and one of the poet’s closest friends, to publish them. But work proceeded slowly, and Lavinia eventually turned the manuscripts over to Mabel Loomis Todd, Austin’s mistress. Todd dedicated much of the rest of her life to editing and publishing Dickinson’s poetry. The first two books—in 1890 and 1891—were coedited by Higginson, the poet’s old literary mentor. Todd and Higginson faced many difficulties when interpreting Dickinson’s challenging manuscripts and were further hindered by technology (Todd’s typewriter did not have lowercase letterforms). They worked to regularize Dickinson’s lines and alter her punctuation in order to make the verse “look” more like conventional poetry. Nevertheless, more than four hundred poems were brought out within ten years of Dickinson’s death, and her indisputably strong literary reputation was quickly established.

Today, Dickinson is widely recognized as one of the most important poets of the nineteenth century and her work is acknowledged as a precursor to modernism. She profoundly influenced later generations of poets, writers, musicians, and visual artists, including Hart Crane, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Charles Wright, and Susan Howe; Aaron Copland and Dawn Upshaw; Joseph Cornell and Jen Bervin.

Image: The only authenticated image of Emily Dickinson, Daguerreotype, ca. 1847. The Emily Dickinson Collection, Amherst College Archives & Special Collections. Gift of Millicent Todd Bingham, 1956, 1956.002.

 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ two-day Interiors sale at Donnington Priory, Newbury, on 10th & 11th January 2017 will include property from the collection of the late Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. Part of the legacy left by the Ellises includes paintings, drawings and posters by both Clifford and Rosemary either separately or working together. Lots range from £100 - £2,000.

There will also be a number of works on offer by other artists such as Walter Sickert, William Scott, Adrian Heath and Howard Hodgkin which the Ellises acquired throughout their long careers. The majority have a direct personal connection to the artist and gives a glimpse of the rich cultural life that the Ellises created during their lifetimes, such as a drawing by Walter Richard Sickert, Grand Hotel Restaurant (Lot 106, est. £1,000-£1,500) which was a gift from Thérèse Sickert to Clifford Ellis in 1942 and thence by descent to the present owners. 

As well as leading the way in the teaching of fine art, husband and wife, Clifford and Rosemary, were both prolific in their own artistic output. The selection reveals the breadth of subject matter and interests of each and also charts the progression of their work over a number of years. The mid 1940s paintings by Clifford are of interest not only in terms of their artistic merit but also in reflecting the art of the period. In his position as head of the Bath Academy, Clifford was undoubtedly exposed to the work of what were to become some of the leading artists of their day and their influence is clearly visible in some of his work. Works by Rosemary Ellis are indicative of a more illustrative style and are closer to the work that the couple created for the ‘The New Naturalist’.

In 1933, the Ellises were commissioned to design a series of posters for the London Underground. They also designed posters together for the Empire Marketing Board which was a government Department established in 1926 with the purpose of encouraging people to buy Empire products. The poster campaigns were an integral part of their advertising program and Clifford and Rosemary produced a number of designs during the 1930s. They also designed posters for Shell and the General Post Office.

In addition to this sale, prints by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis will be on offer in a timed online only auction, which starts at 10am (GMT) on Tuesday 3rd January and closes on Monday 16th January 2017. Both artists were keenly interested in the printmaking process and, as with many of their generation, it formed an integral part of their artistic output. The group ranges from examples of animals and birds by Clifford Ellis comparable to the works produced for ‘The New Naturalist’ series of books to a number of series of linear prints characteristic of 1950s abstraction. All works offered come directly from the estate of the artists and the sale offers a rare opportunity to acquire one of their prints. Many are working proofs with hand-written annotations adding a personal dimension to the work. 

70-Plancius-Spice-Map copy.jpgNew York— “Prices are stronger than they have been in years,” said Caleb Kiffer, Specialist of Maps & Atlases at Swann Auction Galleries. The December 8 sale of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books wrapped up the 2016 auction season at Swann with strong numbers, selling 88% of the lots offered.

Early maps of the East Indies headlined this sale from its inception, and they did not disappoint. One quarter of the top 20 lots pertained to early European exploration of the region, including “The Spice Map,” a colloquial term for Petrus Placius’s Insulae Moluccae Celeberrimae, 1598, which helped to open the area to Dutch traders. It sold for $31,200*. The highlight of the sale was The Complete East-India Pilot, or Oriental Navigator, 1797, Robert Laurie and James Whittle’s monumental atlas with 113 engraved charts, called the pinnacle of eighteenth-century mapmaking: it sold for $81,250, above a $60,000 high estimate. Also in the sale was one of the first maps ever published of the area, Claudius Ptolemaus’s Undecima Asiae Tabula, circa 1480s, a double-paged engraved map that set the standard for geographical printing ($6,000). “The East Indies section came primarily from a single collection,” Mr. Kiffer said. “It was fun to see them all together, telling the narrative of the spice trade from the perspective of different countries over the span of several hundred years. They were a hot spot in the sale, as were the New York views.”

All but one of the 22 offered lots related to early maps and scenes of New York City sold. Two panoramic views of the city each went for well above their estimates: one was a first state engraving by Robert Havell Jr., which sold for $10,000, while the second was an 1856 graphite drawing by Frederick William Billing showing recognizable landmarks ($8,750). “The Water Map,” as Egbert Viele’s Sanitary and Topographical Map of the City and Island of New York is known, is an 1865 survey of Manhattan still in use today to determine building sites; it was purchased by a collector for $7,250, a record for the work. Ephemera included the 1908-1909 wine list from the Hotel Astor, which offered a magnum bottle of 1877 Château Lafite Rothschild for $15; in 2016, the menu fetched $594.

There was a successful run of maps and charts of New England by Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres, including The Coast of New England ($25,000); Buzzards Bay & Vineyard Sound ($12,500); and A Plan of the Town of Newport ($11,250). Each is from the first state of Des Barre’s monumental mariner’s atlas The Atlantic Neptune, printed in London in 1776.

Rare elephant folio prints from John James Audubon’s Birds of America, published in London between 1827 and 1838, saw high prices after competitive attention. The dramatic Mocking Bird, Plate 21, one of Audubon’s most famous images, nearly doubled its estimate to sell for $18,750. Two rare plates, uncut and uncolored, made an appearance in the sale: Passenger Pigeon, Plate LXII, and Three-Toed Woodpecker both illuminate the binding process behind the beloved botanical tome, and were purchased by the Saint Louis Mercantile Library. Fourteen of the 16 Audubon prints offered were sold.

Botanical prints also held strong interest, including plates from Robert John Thornton’s Temple of Flora, 1800-04, all of which sold above their estimates. These were led by The Blue Egyptian Water-Lily, 1804, and The Quadrilateral Passion-Flower, 1802, each of which sold for $2,860. One show-stopper was an engraved plate from the first edition of Mark Catesby and Georg Ehret’s Natural History of Carolina, 1731-43, titled Magnolia Grandiflora, depicting the white flower in dramatic contrast against a black background; it sold for $10,625. In all, 50 of the 58 offered natural and botanical plates and books found buyers.

         A rare deluxe edition of Thomas Shotter Boys’s Original Views of London As It Is, 1842, was also in the sale. Considered the finest lithographed plate book on nineteenth-century London, the 26 hand-colored vistas helped to change the prevailing opinion that only natural views could be beautiful. This extremely rare edition, in its original state, garnered $21,250.

          Mr. Kiffer commented, “the sale indicated a confidence in the market for this material, with very solid prices being achieved for lots sold in the middle of the market as well as the high end. Several items sailed past the high estimates, with overall interest from private collectors and the trade alike.”

Image: Lot 70 Petrus Plancius, "The Spice Map," double-page map of Southeast Asia, London, 1598. Sold December 8, 2016 for $31,200.

December 2016, Boston, MA - Everyone loves ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, the iconic reality series entering its 21st season! The enduring appeal of PBS's most-watched ongoing series is the collection of moments that make up each season - the footnotes to history, the family stories, the astounded reactions. Beginning Monday, January 2 at 8pm an all-new season premieres including this season's top find when an Auguste Rodin bronze is discovered in Fort Worth, Texas.
 
Along with that masterpiece, more amazing items are revealed in the 14-time Emmy® Award nominated series' new season, including three one-hour episodes produced from each of six cities: Fort Worth, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Palm Springs, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; Virginia Beach, Virginia and Orlando, Florida.
 
"As Executive Producer, my best moment each year is the start of a new ANTIQUES ROADSHOW season where we unveil a diverse collection of America's hidden treasures," says Marsha Bemko. "As a fan, my most memorable moment from the 2016 summer tour was the chance to try on Archie Bunker's jacket, which was brought to ROADSHOW by a guest in Palm Springs, CA."
 
Across the 29-episode new season, fans will see memorable appraisals and stories including:
  • An unforgettable reaction in Palm Springs when a guest brings in his late husband's 1966 Roy Lichtenstein screenprint and learns he was always right about owning a treasure. 
  • An incredible family story in Salt Lake City around 1970 Robert Smithson "Spiral Jetty" plans acquired from the owner's father, a contractor who worked with the artist on the project.
  • A heartrending history lesson in Orlando from a 1918 peach can label with a letter from a World War I soldier penned on the back.
  • A favorite unique item in Indianapolis comprised of autographs from President Nixon's 1972 trip to China brought to ROADSHOW by the AP photographer during Nixon's time in office.
  • A new-generation definition of antique in Fort Worth with a rock and roll poster collection, ca. 1968, featuring images promoting Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead and more!
  • A hidden treasure that was revealed in Virginia Beach after being found in the crawl space of the guest's uncle's home, which turned out to be a rare John Needles games table. 
As ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appeals to viewers across generations, interactive ways to experience the 21st season include live tweeting with producers and appraisers Mondays at 8pm ET during new episodes, after-the-show AR Extras Live short-form social broadcasts, bonus footage and more through the weekly AR Extras newsletter and our second-screen Appraise it Yourself play-along game.
 
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, a production of WGBH Boston, puts the reality in reality television! Part adventure, part history lesson and part treasure hunt, the series is seen by an average of 8 million viewers each week in 2016.

BOSTON, MA - (December 8, 16) A drill chuck used by Commander Dave Scott on the lunar surface during his three historic moonwalks of the Apollo 15 mission sold for $49,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The Apollo Lunar Surface Drill was a necessary piece of equipment for two of the mission’s experiments: the Heat Flow Experiment, and the deep drill core; both of which required the successful operation of the drill chuck.

“The scientific objective of the deep core drill was to obtain a 10-foot core of lunar materials for analysis of thermal properties and stratigraphic composition of the upper surface of the Moon,” said Scott in a letter included in the sale.

“The drill was used to insert a deep core tube into the surface near the probes of the Heat Flow Experiment, to collect lunar material from the surface down to a depth of ten feet.”

Results from the experiments concluded that the Moon, was far more radioactive than previously thought, bore a significant stratigraphic history, revealing a total of 58 individual layers in the deep core sample.

“It was an essential artifact related to some of the most substantial and important lunar surface findings of the Apollo program,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

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

Mickey Mouse production cel and production background from Fantasia, sold for $54,878.

Dave Scott’s Lunar Surface-used Rover ‘Bearing Map,’ sold for $49,000.

James Madison signed book from his personal collection, sold for $26,043.

Albert Einstein signed and inscribed vintage portrait, sold for $20,212.

CIAM/NASA complete aerodynamic wind tunnel test model, sold for $10,760.

The Autographs, Artifacts & Animation from RR Auction began on November 17 and concluded on December 7. For information, visit the RR Auction web site at www.rrauction.com

 

DALLAS — Frenzied bidding drove the return on a Hand-Carved American Tobacconist Cigar Store Indian to $150,000 to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Americana & Political Auction Dec. 3 in Dallas, Texas that realized a combined $1,783,252.

Created in the manner of cigar store Indians carved by Julius Melchers, and perhaps by Melchers himself, this 67-1/5-inch statue was in such high demand that the ultimate return was more than seven times the pre-auction estimate of $20,000. The figure is depicted wearing a bear claw necklace and medallion with a pelt over his right shoulder.

“A selling price in the mid-five figures range was expected,” Heritage Americana Auctions Director Tom Slater said, but furious bidding drove the price to $150,000. 

“This was a very strong auction,” Slater observes. “We have found that auction items of the best quality - regardless of category -  have tended to exceed expectations, and this auction certainly continues that trend.” 

A red, white and blue Horace Greeley 1872 Presidential Campaign Banner with albumen photo and gold-leaf trim brought in $40,000. The founder and editor of the New York Tribune, among the great newspapers of that era, Greeley served as a senator from New York before running in a race for the presidency that ultimately was won by Ulysses S. Grant. The banner hangs from a wood dowel at the top and is displayed in a shadow box frame.

“This is one of the very best 19th-century political banners,” Slater said. “It has appeared three times in auctions over the last 15 years, selling for an average of a little over $20,000 each time, and never breaking the $25,000 barrier. In Saturday’s auction, it sold for $40,000.”

Among the most popular items were from a collection of coveted presidential memorabilia. Leading the way was a Silver Cigarette Box by Tiffany from the Oval Office during the John F. Kennedy presidency. The box, which has two cedar-lined interior compartments, came with a notarized statement on White House stationery from the previous owner and was removed with other personal belongings after Kennedy’s assassination in order to facilitate the transition to President Lyndon B. Johnson, beat its pre-auction estimate when it went for $45,000. 

Another wildly popular item from the presidential memorabilia group was a pen used by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to sign a 1940 Naval Buildup Bill that realized $37,500. The pen was enclosed in a framed shadow box along with a letter on White House Stationery that was sent to Captain Joseph M. Patterson in New York after FDR signed the bill, which was an effort to bolster the United States’ defense despite a promise not to send American troops into the European war.

A massive 1840 William Henry Harrison Campaign Pitcher also drew $37,500. Considered by many to be the premier ceramic political display item of the 19th century, it features four panels with portraits of the ninth American president, each of which sits below a log cabin and the words “The Ohio Farmer” and above a patriotic eagle. This lot drew dual interest, from collectors of political artifacts and enthusiasts of American-made pottery. The selling price is believed to be a record for this sought-after item.

One of the more curious lots in the entire auction was a lock of George Washington’s hair, which sold for $32,500, nearly twice as much as its pre-auction estimate. Held together with a blue thread, the lot comes with a detailed chain of provenance, showing that the hair has been in the possession of the families of Lewis Morris (1726-98) and Robert Hunter Morris (1700-64).

Among the top remaining non-political items was a Mormonism: Highly Important Circa 1863-64 Photo Album, which realized $35,000 - nearly doubling its pre-auction estimate. More than 60 of the images deal with Mormon leaders and Salt Lake City; the remaining 30 images are European in origin.

Four bulbs and a socket used in a Thomas Edison patent infringement case brought in $30,000. The provenance of the lot traces back to the consignor’s great aunt, Anna Knudsen, who was married to John C. Rowe, a patent attorney in the firm of Eaton, Lewis and Rowe, which represented Edison in various patent infringement cases.

A lever-action Henry Rifle drew $24,375. Once belonging to Lieutenant Ezra Rideout, the rifle was passed on to his brother, Jacob, likely when Jacob - a member of the clergy - decided in the 1870s to travel west and preach on the frontier, a trek that ultimately landed Rideout in Arizona Territory, where he apparently spent some time in the mining boomtown of Contention, near Tombstone. 

A significant collection of Presidential memorabilia from the estate of  Malcolm S. Forbes offered a fine Cox & Roosevelt Jugate from the St. Louis Button Co., which sold for $17,500, as well as a Bronze Bust of Woodrow Wilson, which ended at $10,000.

 

On 13th December, Sotheby’s London will offer for sale over 40 original illustrations by leading artists, designers, and musicians to benefit House of Illustration.

The pieces offered for sale fall into a number of different sections including “What Are You Like?” (autobiographical drawings by leading cultural figures), Quentin Blake’s illustrations of Sophie and the BFG at St Pancras International station, and original drawings of the Famous Five commissioned to celebrate the series’ 70th anniversary.

Artists include Quentin Blake, Brian Eno, Eric Clapton, Oliver Jeffers, Emma Chichester Clark, Peter Capaldi, David Shrigley, Peter Brooks, Peter Blake, Paul Smith, and Margaret Howell.

A registered charity, House of Illustration is the UK's only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration, with a creative programme of exhibitions, talks and events. Founded by Sir Quentin Blake and opened in July 2014 at the heart of the King's Cross regeneration area, it is the place to see, learn about and enjoy illustration in all its forms. For more information, click here. Ahead of the sale, all the works will be on display at Sotheby’s 34-35 New Bond Street from 9-12 December 2016.

Original drawings by Quentin Blake showing the BFG in London at St Pancras Station Quentin Blake, “The BFG and Sophie in London I, II and III”, each est. £1,500-2,000.

“What are you Like?” Autobiographical Drawings by Leading Artists, Designers, and Musicians

In 2008 The House of Illustration invited people from many disciplines to express themselves visually by playing "What Are You Like?". This was a Victorian parlour game in which players were asked to describe themselves by doing a series of drawings of their favourite things.

Contributors were asked to illustrate eight favourite things from a list of twelve-their favourite animal, book, clothes, comfort, food, pastime, place, possession, music, shoes, weather and their pet aversion. They were encouraged to use whatever medium they most enjoy.

Browse all 31 works here (lots 233-263).

Brian Eno,'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?' Est. £1,000-1,500

Brian Eno is a British musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist. Described as one of popular music’s most influential and innovative figures, he was a member of Roxy Music in the 1970s and has collaborated with numerous artists including David Byrne, David Bowie, Coldplay, and James Blake.

Peter Brookes, 'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?' Est £1,500-2,000

Peter Brookes is the multi-award-winning political cartoonist for The Times, a post he has held since 1992. He has contributed to many other magazines, including The Spectator, Radio Times, The Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman.

Quentin Blake, 'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?' Est. £3,000-5,000

Quentin Blake is a world-renowned, multi-award-winning British illustrator who has written and illustrated over 300 books, including some of the greatest children’s books of the last fifty years. He was the UK’s first Children’s Laureate and is the founding trustee of House of Illustration.

Peter Capaldi,'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?', Est. £1,500-2,000

Peter Capaldi is a BAFTA-award-winning British actor, writer and director. He is best known for being the twelfth and current actor to play the Doctor in the BBC TV series Doctor Who, and for the role of Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series The Thick of It.

Paul Smith, WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?' Est. £1,000-1,500

Paul Smith is a renowned British designer with a global design brand. In 2011, he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design award at the British Fashion Awards for his exceptional contribution to the British fashion industry.

David Shrigley, 'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?' Est. 2,000-3,000

David Shrigley is an award-winning British artist whose sculpture ‘Really Good’ was unveiled as the Fourth Plinth Commission in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2016. He was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2013 and his work is included in prominent international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago and Tate London.

Eric Clapton, 'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?', Est. £2,000-3,000

Eric Clapton is a world-renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter, widely considered one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Eric Clapton has won 18 Grammy awards and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Peter Blake, 'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?', Est. £2,500-3,500

Peter Blake is a world-renowned British artist and pioneer of 'Pop Art'. One of his best-known works is the 1967 album cover for The Beetles’ Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In 1981 he was elected a member of the Royal Academy and in 1994 he was made the Third Associate Artist of the National Gallery.

Margaret Howell, 'WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?', Est. £800-1,200

Margaret Howell is a world-renowned British clothing designer. She was elected a Royal Designer for Industry in 2007.

The Typescript for “Doctor Who: Into the Dalek”, Est. £2,000-3,000

Illustrated with a Drawing by Peter Capaldi, Dr Who Himself The actor Peter Capaldi (b. 1958) was revealed as the twelfth incarnation of Doctor Who during August 2013 and his performances have been enthusiastically received (‘all the hallmarks of a great Doctor’, ‘the air of the classic Doctor’ and ‘wise and thoughtful’). “Into the Dalek” is the second episode of Capaldi’s first series, and his first story involving Daleks. First broadcast on 30 August 2014, it was given positive reviews. The Independent called the episode ‘a classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster’.

Original Illustrations for the covers of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five

In 2012, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Enid Blyton's much-loved Famous Five series, five of the most illustrious children's illustrators of today were asked to provide new special anniversary covers for the first five adventures in the series. These original artworks were published by Hodder Children's Books for the 70th anniversary edition. Please click here to see all five illustrations (lots 294-298).

House of Illustration is a registered charity which receives no public funding and depends on its admission price and the generosity of its supporters to put on exhibitions, to commission new illustration work, promote new illustration talent and to run its illustrator-led learning programme for schools, families, students and enthusiasts of all ages. 

houseofillustration.org.uk. @illustrationHQ

NEW YORK - One of the rarest of all Enigma Machines, the M4, designed for use by the German Navy during World War II, was sold today (7 December) for $463,500 at Bonhams History of Science and Technology Sale in New York. This is a world record price at auction for an M4 Enigma surpassing the previous highest price of $350,000 also set by Bonhams in 2015. The fully operational machine dating from 1943 had been estimated at US$280,000-350,000.

The M4 Naval Enigma was ordered in 1941 when the head of the German Navy Admiral Karl Doenitz believed, correctly, that the security of the Naval M3 Engima had been compromised. The M4 was reserved for deployment by U-boat forces on land and at sea to enable the Naval High Command to communicate securely with the U-Boat fleet. The machine in the sale is in fine condition and is, therefore, believed to have been used from a base on shore rather than from a U-Boat.

Bonhams Science and Technology specialist Tom Lamb said, "This M4 Enigma was in perfect condition and very desirable. Most of the 120 or so M4 Enigma machines known to have survived are in museums or in government hands so this was a rare chance to acquire one of the very few still available. I am, of course, delighted to have broken our own world record."

In total the sale made $1,109,000 with 73% of the lots sold. Other highlights included:

A first edition of the General Theory of Relativity signed and inscribed by Albert Einstein. Estimated at $80,000-100,000 it sold for $125,000.

A handwritten letter from Charles Darwin to the Secretary of the Royal Society on the merits of candidates being considered for the award of the Royal Medal and the Copley Medal for 1857. The letter sold for $93,750 having been estimated at $20,000-30,000.

A handwritten manuscript by Isaac Newton about his family's pedigree written in preparation for his knighthood in 1795. It was sold for $60,000 against an estimate of $50,000-70,000.

A piece of the original mold which led Alexander Fleming to the discovery of penicillin. Estimated at $10,000-15,000 it sold for $46,500.

Walt Disney signed Last Will and Testament      1.jpegCALABASAS, Calif.— Walt Disney’s Last Will and Testament, plus his signed document marking the genesis of the Disney Empire/brand; How the Grinch Stole Christmas production artwork (perfectly timed to the 50th anniversary of the animated TV special!) and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas original artwork and set pieces; Disneyana, featuring rare animation art and Disney park props, including an “Atom-mobile” miniature prop from the retired Journey Through Inner Space attraction, an assortment of props from The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, a miniature Jungle Cruise boat, cast member attraction costumes and rare hand-silkscreened ride posters highlight Profiles in History highly anticipated Animation and Disneyana auction, Friday, December 9, 2016.

Other featured items include the instantly recognizable I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched opening titles cels and the most comprehensive collection of artist Robert “Bob” William John Olszewski works ever assembled—from his earliest days, prior to working with Goebel/ Hummel, to his most spectacular and desirable Disney-related pieces. Every work of art exhibits the world-renown, legendary attention to detail, design, depth and quality that has inspired Bob’s celebrated reputation and legacy.  Every piece in this collection is extremely rare, sold out, and no longer available. While many items are signed, upon request, Bob has graciously agreed to personally sign any of the lots that are not.

This sale represents a rare opportunity for collectors on so many fronts. In addition to Walt Disney’s last will and testament and signed document trademarking his legendary name, we have an extensive selection of illustration art, including Charles Schulz, Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones, Gary Larson, E.H. Shepard and Robert Crumb. I am especially excited to have a wide array of Bob Olszewski’s extraordinary sculptures in this sale, highlighted by the Disneyland Main Street diorama. There’s literally something here for everyone!, said Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History. 

Additional auction highlights include: 

  • The Transformers original animated series never-before-seen production art, scripts, and cels
  • An incredible selection of Christmas illustration art and original paintings
  • “Cinderella” ball gown production cel on a master production background from Cinderella
  • Original Disney concept art by Eyvind Earle and Mary Blair.
  • Charles Schulz “Peanuts” art including an It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown storyboard
  • Comic strip art by Charles Schulz, Gary Larson and Patrick McDonnell

Qualified bidders can participate in person, by telephone, fax, submit absentee bids or participate online in real time from anywhere with Internet access across the globe. For more information, including a PDF and flip book of the entire auction catalog with full item descriptions, please visit www.profilesinhistory.com.

Image credit: Profiles in History. 

vcsPRAsset_534765_124134_a7012519-49fb-4ec9-a272-3ea5ef31c725_0.jpgPreview days for Kaminski Auctions Thanksgiving sale were very well attended which was an indication of good things to come for the annual auction.  Old faces and friends visiting the preview, plus 1700 visiting online and over 30% of them new users to the site brought a worldwide audience to add to the excitement of the sale.  A collection of Richard F. Outcault (American, 1863-1928) "Buster Brown" Sunday comic strip original art works that had descended through the family of the artist brought the most excitement to the day. Buster Brown was a comic strip character created in 1902 by Richard F. Outcault and was adopted as the symbol of a children’s shoe company called the Brown Shoe Company in 1904.  In the early 20th century Buster Brown and his pit bull terrier "Tige” were well known to the American public.   

The six Buster Brown lots were hotly contested over the phones and through multiple Internet bidding platforms.  They were finally hammered down at $47,700 with buyer’s premium and all sold to the same European bidder.  The top lot of the collection was titled "The Worm Turns Twice," dated March 19th, 1916.  It had been published in the Philadelphia Record. All of the Outcault artwork included the original newspaper sheet.

Other artwork and decorative arts on offer were from the Belvedere Guest House on Fire Island, New York.  Three Robert Bliss (American, 1925-1981), paintings sold as separate lots with the highest titled "Boy at the Beach," oil on masonite, signed and dated bringing $7,800. A 19th century classical marble bust of Robert Burns brought $5,700 and another of Sir Walter Scott brought a similar price.  Top lot from the Belvedere was an outstanding 18th century French Louis XV basin decorated with carved putti and figureheads. The basin had a particularly beautiful copper liner with a crest on the embossed center. Originally purchased at Park Bennett, New York in the 1940s to 1950s, it sold for $14,000.

A signed Tiffany Studios Turtleback table lamp from a private collector with an exquisite leaded stained glass shade was the top lot of the two- day sale with an $18,000 hammer price.  A surprise lot was a set of twelve Baccarat crystal "Czar" pattern stemware comprised of three different forms including four each of wine, champagne and water goblets, each with four colors of blue, rose, green and chartreuse that brought $10,800.

Top name estate jewelry brought good prices with a signed Van Cleef ladies’ eighteen carat gold and diamond bracelet from a New York collection bringing $14,400, a circa 1920 Cartier diamond, platinum and sapphire fur clip sold for $8,400 and a ladies' diamond and platinum engagement ring with a 3.53carat center stone sold for $18,000.

Day one of the sale which featured the majority of Asian items in the auction saw a huge painting by Brian Coole (British, born 1939) titled  “The Hongs of Canton from the Mainland”, oil on board from a New Hampshire estate sell for $11,400, while a circa 1950’s modern Chinese painting of a boat by the coast, signed lower right and inscribed verso "Given to George and Rosalie Humphrey, Sept. 1953, by Sergei Eliseev Professor at Harvard-Yenching Institute, Originally in Shanghai Museum then in Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge Massachusetts " brought $15,600.

All prices quoted include 20% buyer’s premium for all prices realized go to www.kaminskiauctions.com.

Image: Richard F. Outcault (American, 1863-1928), "Buster Brown" Sunday comic strip original art, titled "The Worm Turns Twice.”

Screen Shot 2016-12-07 at 9.39.37 AM.pngBernard Quaritch Limited has just published a new catalogue of books from the library of the conductor and musician Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014). This second catalogue of works from Hogwood’s library is titled ABCD, and comprises alphabet books, fine printing and artists’ books, books on Cambridge and the University Printer’s ‘Christmas Books’, and works by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka ‘Lewis Carroll’).

The finely-produced and beautiful books in this catalogue include works by Richard Avedon, Peter Blake, Eric Gill, Florence Keynes, David Kindersley, Gwen Raverat, Virginia Woolf, etc., and reflect Hogwood’s eclectic bibliophile interests and his love of Cambridge.

For further information, please contact Mark James (m.james@quaritch.com / 020 7297 4873) or Anke Timmermann PhD (a.timmermann@quaritch.com / 020 7297 4855).

9. Hunt IX, 2016 © Hugo Wilson, Courtesy Shapero Modern    small.jpgShapero Modern is delighted to present Chroma hunt, an exhibition of hand-coloured etchings by the celebrated British artist, Hugo Wilson.

The images in this portfolio of nine etchings are closely related to Wilson’s recent series of paintings which portray the most primal of all rituals, the hunt. Hunting scenes were popular with wealthy collectors in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They represented a kind of ‘trophyism’ and a way of displaying mastery over nature. Wilson’s etchings are based on, or inspired by, famous paintings by old masters such as Rubens and Stubbs and show bizarre events where great beasts such as lions and crocodiles have been trained to hunt other animals. These images of writhing, snarling forms, some recognisable, others indistinct, portray immense animal strength - but the hunter remains unseen. Suggestive of mythic battle scenes, Wilson’s paintings shake the foundation of the context that they appear to mimic.

Wilson’s classical training is evident in his extraordinary technical facility - he studied at the renowned Charles H. Cecil Studio in Florence, Italy - as well as in his reverence for the masters of the Western artistic canon. His work suggests both a devotion to and subversion of this tradition. Wilson’s interest in mutability and instability is manifested in these works that take elements from European old master paintings and classical sculpture, and subjects them to a process of transformation. In the finished works reconfigured elements from the originals hover at the edge of legibility whilst new possibilities for meaning emerge.

The art historian Alison Bracker has written: ‘As his stunning new work confirms, Wilson translates the aesthetics of past centuries and cultures into an oeuvre that continually wrestles with one question in particular: why has man persisted in creating and sustaining ideological structures throughout time? The question invigorates the artist’s ‘Hunt’ paintings, which re- imagine the hunting rituals and mythologies enacted within works by Rubens, Stubbs and Venetian painter Jacopo de’ Barbari.’ †

Wilson works across a range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. His use of etching in these works also recalls eighteenth and nineteenth century natural history illustrations, particularly John James Audubon’s ornithological masterpiece, The Birds of America, 1827. Wilson’s interests are wide-ranging and encompass science, religion and culture, systems of classification, history and memory. Addressing such diverse subjects, his work enacts an investigative process in which the outcome is by no means certain. The work forms a series of open-ended questions and correspondingly provisional answers.

† Alison Bracker, from ‘Never a Single Approach,’ in Hugo Wilson, Parafin, London, 2015

Shapero Modern
14th December 2016 - 10th January 2017
Private View: Tuesday 13th December, 6—8.30 pm

Image: Hunt IX, 2016 © Hugo Wilson, Courtesy Shapero Modern.

Lot 1 - GAUR ITS RUINS AND INSCRIPTIONS - Estimate Rs 7,00,000-Rs 8,00,000 ($10,295-$11,765) - Image 1.jpgMumbai, December 6 2016: StoryLTD’s upcoming online auction, Old Maps, Books and Photographs, features 82 rare and carefully selected old maps, vintage photographs, and gilt-bound books. The lots offer a glimpse into over 200 years of colonial India, presenting an extraordinary opportunity for collectors of historical memorabilia.

StoryLTD’s previous auctions of rare books have been well-received, highlighting a growing interest in the category among serious collectors. The upcoming sale extends the category to include maps, and photographs of picturesque landscapes, monuments, and portraits of maharajas. The categories also present some of the earliest recordings of official events such as coronations, battle scenes, and ethnographic studies of Indian life.

The books on auction date from the mid-1700s to the early 20th century. Featuring exquisite gilded covers, lavish illustrations and vivid descriptions of accounts as they unfolded at the time, these books range from INR 14,000 - 8 lakhs. The maps range from engraved, hand-coloured, topographical renderings, to records of early settlements in India and around the world. They are estimated between INR 20,000 - 3 lakhs. Photographs include rare, hand-coloured portraits of royal families, and albumen photographs of Indian monuments. They are estimated between INR 25,000 - 6 lakhs.

The auction will take place on storyltd.com on 13 - 14 December 2016.

About StoryLTD:

Launched in 2013 by Saffronart, India’s leading online auction house, StoryLTD (pronounced ‘Story Limited’), is an online art purchasing platform intended to give both first-time bidders and serious collectors an opportunity to acquire unique Indian fine and decorative art pieces. Featuring a carefully curated, exclusive selection that includes fine art, photographs, limited edition prints, textiles and jewellery, to home accessories, vintage and designer furniture.

StoryLTD partners with some of the leading designers, independent retailers, manufacturers, artists, collectors and dealers from India and around the globe, and offers its clients an unparalleled collection that encompasses a variety of styles, designs and historical periods— hidden behind every object and art work they present is a unique historical, aesthetic and cultural narrative — its ‘Story’. Everything at StoryLTD is ‘limited’ in its individuality, availability and value; nothing is commonplace.

Image: Gaur: Its Ruins and Inscriptions. London, 1878. Estimate: Rs 7,00,000-Rs 8,00,000 ( $10,295-$11,765).  

101-Nietzsche copy.jpgNew York—Works by and about twentieth century artists dominated the scene at Swann Galleries’ biannual sale of Art, Press & Illustrated Books on Thursday, December 1. Of the top 20 lots in the sale, only two were published before 1900. The sale also broke several auction records.

The highlight of the sale was a rare limited edition of Das Werk von Gustav Klimt, 1918, the only monograph published in the artist’s lifetime. The retrospective work, with richly printed collotype plates, ten in color with gold and silver highlights, sold to a collector for $60,000*. Another outstanding lot was a preparatory proof of László Moholy-Nagy’s Composition which was published in the Belgian avant-garde magazine Het Overzicht, circa 1924. The print sold after competitive bidding for $17,500, a record for the work.

The most complete set ever to come to auction of the Mexican Stridentist journal Horizonte, 1926-27, made its debut. The periodical was edited by Leopoldo Méndez and Ramón Alva de la Canal, and contributors included Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo. Stridentism was a radical avant-garde art movement founded in Mexico City in 1921, formed out of the momentum of the Mexican Revolution; Horizonte was their outlet. The set sold for $22,500.

Auction records were set for a scarce first edition of Die Farbenklaviaturen von Le Corbusier, 1931, a wallpaper sample book designed by the artist to allow people to create harmonious color combinations in their homes ($6,000), as well as Kurt Schwitters’s Die Silbergäule, Merz 8. Die Kathedrale, 1920, with seven lithographs, which sold to a collector for $4,420. The first limited edition of Five Poems, 2002, by Kara Walker and Toni Morrison broke its previous auction record to sell for $1,000.

Several works made their auction debuts, including Percy Bysshe Shelley’s The Sensitive Plant, 1898, one of ten copies printed on vellum for the Guild of Women Binders, which sold to a collector for $5,250. The ornate Insel-Verlag edition of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, 1908, designed and bound by Eleanore Ramsey, also went to a collector for $15,000.

Further highlights included a first edition of the satirical alphabet book skewering the 1913 Armory show, titled The Cubies’ ABC, by Mary M. and Earl H. Lyall, which sold for $4,750. Douze Quatrains, 1930, by Pierre Bragenell, with 12 erotic pochoirs attributed to Gerda Wegener, was purchased by a collector for a record $5,500. Another record was set for a scholarly compilation by Hsiang Yüan-Pien titled Noted Porcelains of Successive Dynasties, 1931, which garnered $5,250.

Modern fairy mythology performed well in the sale, including Fairyland, 1926, an Australian picture book by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, which sold for a record-breaking $4,250. Similarly, the first English trade edition of The Book of Fairy Poetry, 1920, sold for nearly four times the high estimate at $1,750. The book contains the first illustrated version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem Goblin Feet. While not strictly fairy-related, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, illustrated and signed by Salvador Dalí, brought $5,750.

Christine von der Linn, Swann Galleries’ Art, Press & Illustrated Book specialist said, “I was overjoyed at the amount of excitement and active participation from bidders around the world for the lots on offer in this small but powerpacked sale. This auction was curated very specifically, with small, strong selections of European Avant-Garde books and prints, fine illustrated books, and works by artists featured in major museum exhibitions this year. In particular, the enthusiasm surrounding the Moholy-Nagy shows at the Guggenheim and The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Mexican Modernism show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has actively sparked rediscovery of important artists. That was definitely reflected in the interest in those lots this week. ” She added, “I haven’t had so much fun in a sale in a long time.”

Image: Lot 101 Friedrich Nietzsche, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Insel-Verlag edition, bound by Eleanore Ramsey, 1908. Sold December 1, 2016 for $15,000, the book's first appearance at auction. (Pre-sale estimate: $8,000 to $10,000)

Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 8.18.03 AM.pngNEW YORK, 5 December 2016—The Bible collection of renowned theologian and author, Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie, soared over pre-sale expectations today at Sotheby’s New York, realizing $7,341,818 (estimate $3.5/5.4 million). Over the course of four hours, 195 printed and manuscript Bibles in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English and numerous other languages, as well as other theological works, were offered, led by the Wycliffite New Testament in the later version, in Middle English, which tripled its estimate and achieved $1.7 million (estimate $500/800,000). With many lots coming to the marketplace for the first time in decades, this impressive collection garnered interest from both public institutions and private collectors from around the world.

Selby Kiffer, International Senior Specialist, Books & Manuscripts, stated: “The outstanding result of today’s sale of The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie is a testament to the dedication with which this towering figure assembled his extraordinary group of Bibles and letters signed by theological figures. The sale followed a well-received exhibition that, despite the acclaimed Formatting the Word of God exhibition in 1998-99, marked the first time the full extent of the collection was revealed.”

The heart of The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie lies in early English translations of the Bible, including the top lot of today’s auction, John Wycliffe’s Wycliffite New Testament in the later version, in Middle English. Produced in England around 1430, numerous telephone bidders competed for this rare manuscript, finally selling for $1,692,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $500/800,000. Bible in English, Coverdale’s Version is another such example: faithfully and truly translated from Dutch and Latin into English, this first edition is one of the most complete copies to appear at auction in over twenty years, and sold for $348,500 (estimate $150/250,000).

Non-English Bibles, particularly manuscripts, also achieved significant prices. “The Benton Gospels” in Greek, written in Constantinople from the early to mid-10th century, realized $250,000 (estimate $50/80,000) while The Four Gospels, in Greek sold for $275,000 (estimate $50/80,000). Bible with Prologues and Interpretations of Hebrew Names, in Latin, hailing from Italy, hence the nickname [Italian Bible], obtained $200,000 in the New York salesroom this afternoon.

Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 9.13.47 AM.pngLos Angeles, CA — Depart Foundation announced that it will present a comprehensive exhibition of rare and important historical works by one of the most influential photographers of the American West, Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). Curated by Bruce Kapson, Rediscovering Genius: The Works Of Edward S. Curtis will mark the premier institutional showing of Curtis’s masterwork body of Copper Photogravure Printing Plates used in the production of his epic publishing venture The North American Indian, and will include examples from every photographic medium in which the artist worked.

The Copper Photogravure Printing Plates are the source of origin for every vintage photogravure print extant and produced in The North American Indian. The exhibition's compilation of 30 individual Plates, presented in their original copper and inked state, is being shown for the first time in the 110-year history of this rediscovered body of the artist’s work. Each Plate is a unique work and a primary document of one of the most significant publishing ventures of the 20th century. Curtis spent more time refining and perfecting the imagery in these Plates than in any other medium. “Their three-dimensionality offers a wholly new material and aesthetic experience that is distinct from Curtis’s more widely exhibited gravures, photographic prints, and orotones. The immediacy of the copper Plates is unlike any other vehicle for these iconic images; it is as though they allow the viewer to be transmitted through the frame to the very moment the image was captured,” said Kapson.

In addition to these unique Copper Photogravure Printing Plates, Rediscovering Genius will showcase rare and notable examples drawn from every other photographic medium with which Curtis worked to help contextualize their significance. Among them, a very rare Hand-Colored Glass Lantern Slide from Curtis's "Musicale" lecture series, in which he displayed photographic images alongside his early recordings of Native American music and languages to illustrate their rituals and traditions.

A pioneer in many respects, Curtis in 1904, only a few years after field motion picture cameras were available, was using them to document Navajo, Hopi and Cheyenne rituals. As part of the exhibition, Curtis’s pioneering 1914 feature film, In the Land of the Head-Hunters (War Canoes) will run continuously and Anne Makepeace's biographical documentary on Curtis, Coming to Light, Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians, will be screened as a separate event at Depart Foundation in Los Angeles on Friday, December 9, 2016. Kapson says, "Believing that motion pictures were increasingly the medium to reach the masses - and that this first film might lead to other motion pictures based on Indian subjects - Curtis founded his own film company in Seattle and created a full-length film on Kwakiutl Indian life in 1914. Curtis lived and worked with the Kwakiutl for three years, and as Makepeace's documentary Coming to Light reveals, Curtis and his work are still cherished and honored by the descendants of those who participated."

Edward S. Curtis's work had the duality of being an incredible artistic creation and a document of a people. He was the first photographer to portray American Indians as anything other than objects of curiosity, and the first photographer to involve them as both active participants and contributing collaborators in the making of their own image.

Curtis created a vision of the American Indian that had never existed and never been surpassed. He produced images that not only record real daily activity, but also convey a dignity, universal humanity and majesty.

Bruce Kapson

Bruce Kapson is a respected expert on Edward S. Curtis and is widely regarded as the leading research authority on the Master Exhibition Prints of Curtis. As a Curtis curator and independent research scholar, he is responsible for several groundbreaking discoveries in the field and he has appraised major institutional and private collections. The consulting expert and a partner in the world’s largest archive of Original Copper Photogravure Plates from Curtis’s The North American Indian, Kapson’s gallery is considered the expert source for original works.

DEPART Foundation
DEPART Foundation provides an alternative platform for creative experimentation and exploration, set within a global context, that thrives outside of conventional, cultural structures. The impact of its work can best be understood as the charting of new artistic destinations with every project and program it undertakes.

Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. Like multiple outposts in Europe and U.S., DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of spaces and resources conducive to the research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.

Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark.

NOVEMBER 18, 2016-JANUARY 7, 2017

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Lyn Winter, +1 213 446 0788, lyn@lynwinter.com Livia Mandoul, +1 407 919 93924, livia@lynwinter.com

DEPART FOUNDATION

Damiana Leoni and Lorena Stamo, roma@departfoundation.org

Image: Edward S. Curtis, Pulini and Koyame - Walpi, Volume 12, 1921, Copper Photogravure Printing Plate, 9 x 6 inches.

vcsPRAsset_531423_103864_e89bfb76-c449-4a7a-a938-3db90fe30582_0.jpgLos Angeles, California - Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house to the stars is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for the second time,  having sold the most expensive dress ever to be auctioned. The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress worn by Monroe on Saturday, May 19, 1962, at a Democratic fundraiser and early 45th birthday celebration for President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, was sold by Julien’s Auctions on November 17th, 2016 in Los Angeles for $4.8 million. The dress was sold to Ripley’s Believe it or Not and surpassed all other records for a dress sold at auction. Julien’s Auctions is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for selling Michael Jackson’s white glove for $420,000 in 2009 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction.

Under a bright spotlight, the legendary Marilyn Monroe walked on stage and peeled away her white ermine fur coat, revealing a skintight, sheer, flesh-colored dress that sparkled with over 2,500 handstitched crystals.  The custom Jean Louis creation was so tight fitting that Marilyn wore nothing underneath and had to be sewn into it at the last minute. When Marilyn appeared and the dress was finally revealed the entire audience gasped.

“Wow, what an honor and such exciting news,” said Darren Julien, President & CEO of Julien’s Auctions. “We never imagined we would be in the Guinness Book of World Records again and I must say it is pretty amazing. We owe a great deal of gratitude to the many people who have trusted us throughout the years with their personal and career items. Can’t wait to do it all over again in 2017.”

The Guinness Book of World Records announcement is one of many accolades Julien’s Auctions has received recently as the auction house continues to break world records. World records were set when Julien’s Auctions sold John Lennon’s original 1962 J-160E Gibson guitar for $2.41 million; The Beatles drum skin from their famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 which sold for $2.12 million; Ringo Starr’s 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three piece drum kit which sold for $2.2 million; Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket which sold for $1.8 million; Ringo Starr’s personal copy of The White Album pressed with #000001 which sold for $790,000; Michael Jackson’s white glove which sold for $420,000 (and also in the Guinness Book of World Records) and Marilyn Monroe’s grave marker which sold for $212,400.

“Marilyn Monroe’s dress was one of the most exciting moments in our auction house’s history. I am thrilled that this was the dress that broke all records and now has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “I am so very proud to be able to have our name in the record books alongside such an enduring and timeless beauty as Marilyn.”

bulbs.jpegDALLAS - An archive of Thomas Edison’s lightbulbs, court evidence and the keys to his famed Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory where he invented the phonograph, sold for a combined $64,375 at a Dec. 3 public auction of Historical Americana held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. The archive included six, 19th century lightbulbs tied to a famous court case, which had descended in the family of Edison’s own attorney for more than 100 years. 

“These bulbs were entered as evidence when Edison sued three different companies for allegedly infringing on his patent for the incandescent bulb,” said Don Ackerman, a consignment director for Historical Americana for Heritage Auctions. “Edison’s own keys were used to open the doors of his laboratory was where the genius earned his nickname as “The Wizard of Menlo Park.”

One bulb in the archive was created by Heinrich Göbel, a German inventor who claimed to have invented the incandescent lightbulb in 1868, years before Edison did in 1879. The bulb and related documentation sold for $23,750. Göbel did not apply for a patent, but served as a star witness against Edison when Edison sued three manufacturers of incandescent lamps who he claimed infringed against his bulb patents. The set of five bulbs used in the court case sold for $30,000.

“Both ‘original’ Goebel lamps and reproductions were offered as exhibits, but there was no proof that any of them were made prior to 1880,” Ackerman said. “This tactic by defense attorneys became known as the "Goebel Defense" and it has since been used in other similar cases."

Multiple bidders pushed the auction price of the keys to $10,625. Consigner Charlie Knudsen, who acquired the items from his great aunt, who was married to one of the attorneys whose law firm represented Edison in patent lawsuits, was excited during the auction.

“This is such an important archive - I’m glad it will go to a good home, to someone who also appreciates Edison’s contribution to science and history,” he said.

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pnin_pjs2410_300dpi.jpgAUSTIN, Texas — The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has acquired books from Gabriel García Márquez’s library. The collection will reside alongside the author’s literary archive, which the Ransom Center acquired in 2014. The selection of more than 180 books includes those that are inscribed, signed and sometimes annotated. 

This selection from the Gabriel García Márquez library reveals expected and unexpected friendships and varied connections between the Nobel laureate and others. The collection includes books inscribed to García Márquez and to his wife, Mercedes, by friends and prominent political and cultural figures such as Isabel Allende, Richard Avedon, Fidel Castro, Bill Clinton, J. M. Coetzee, Carlos Fuentes, Pablo Neruda, Toni Morrison and Mario Vargas Llosa, among others. Also within the library are a number of García Márquez’s own works with annotations by the author.

“I was García Márquez’s official biographer and knew him for 20 years, until his death,” said Gerald Martin, the Andrew Mellon Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages at the University of Pittsburgh. “Few have had access to his library. I am thrilled by this extraordinary acquisition. … I would like nothing better than to take a flight from London tomorrow and spend a year (or more) among the riches of the Harry Ransom Center — my current American dream!”

One of the oldest presentation books is an inscribed first edition of Augusto Monterroso’s “Obras Completas (y otros cuentos)” (“Complete works (and other stories)”). García Márquez once said of one of Monterroso’s works, “This book should be read with your hands in the air: Its danger is based on its sly wisdom and the deadly beauty of its lack of seriousness.” The most recent books are Fidel Castro’s “La contraofensiva estratégica” and “La Victoria estratégica,” published in 2010. In a 1983 interview in Playboy, García Márquez said of Castro, “Ours is an intellectual friendship.”

With 15 books, Colombian poet and author Álvaro Mutis has the largest representation in the library. Authors in the collection come from more than 15 countries including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Many authors associated with the Latin American Boom are represented in the collection with inscribed editions including Julio Cortázar’s “Rayuela” (“Hopscotch”), José Donoso’s “El obsceno pájaro de la noche” (“The Obscene Night Bird”), and works by Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa and Juan Rulfo.

While processing and cataloging the collection, Amy F. Brown, the Ransom Center’s cataloging librarian, noted that “The García Márquez library is unique in its depth and variety. These books took me through a veritable Latin American ‘republic of letters.’”

Some of the books from the García Márquez library and their inscriptions can be seen online. The collection is open and accessible for research at the Ransom Center.

Image: Pablo Neruda's "Nueva odas elementales" (1963). Photo by Pete Smith.

BEVERLY HILLS — Items from the estate of creative comedy and advertising genius Stan Freberg (1926 - 2015) will be available to his fans in a public auction of animation cels and related memorabilia conducted by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, and online Dec. 10 and 11, 2016.

Personally selected by his widow, Hunter Freberg, the items include the first draft script for his acclaimed 1961 comedy album, “Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America Volume One: The Early Years;” the 1953 Gold Record award for the satirical “St. George and the Dragonet:” the script for his award-winning 1958 recording “Green Chri$tma$;” animation cels from his prodigious voice-over work and important items from his memorable TV commercials. Other highlights offered in “The Treasures of Stan Freberg Collection” are his 1960 Hollywood Walk of Fame plaque and the Inkpot Award he received at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. 

“Stan Freberg was a genius who rose to the height of achievement and stardom in so many different fields. Advertising Age called him the father of the funny commercial,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage Auctions. 

“He was an animation voice-over actor for over 70 years, from age 18 to 88. He achieved fame as a puppeteer with the television program, “Time for Beany,” and with his space alien puppet, Orville. He was the leading comedy album recording artist for Capitol Records, a prominent television personality and a Radio Hall of Fame star,” explained Lentz.

Many of the awards and animation cels were kept at home “so we could see them all the time,” said Hunter Freberg. “He was the son of a Baptist minister and always said God had given him the blessings for all the creativity he had. No words can describe living with THE Stan Freberg. We laughed so hard, and never had a boring moment together!,” she recalled.

Highlights from the Stan Freberg Collection include:

·         Freberg’s personal, typed with handwritten notations first draft script for his acclaimed 1961 comedy record album, “Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America Volume One: The Early Years.” The manuscript is accompanied by a second version of the script for nine sections of the album and a copy of the actual vinyl record that sold more than one million copies (est. $5,000).

·         A typed manuscript for the 1953 recording of “St. George and the Dragonet” that starred Freberg, June Foray, Daws Butler and Hy Averback as a parody of the popular radio and television crime series, “Dragnet.” The record quickly rose to number one on both the Billboard and Cash Box record charts. The script is accompanied by a vinyl record, “The Best of Stan Freberg,” that includes “St. George and the Dragonet.” (est. $1,000).

·         The Capitol Records gold record award Freberg received for “St. George and the Dragonet.” (est. $1,000).

·         An original script and sheet music for Freberg’s acclaimed holiday season satire record, “Green Chri$tma$” (est. $5,000), and the 1958 Best Comedy Performance nomination certificate he received for that record from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

·         The Hollywood Walk of Fame award presented to Freberg on February 9, 1960 when his star was formally unveiled at 6145 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, and a second award presented to him on November 3, 2010 to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame (est. $2,000).

·         Animation cells including an artist’s proof (#19 of 50) of Bugs Bunny and Pete Puma (voiced by Freberg) from the 1997 Warner Brothers cartoon, “Rabbits Kin,” signed by Freberg (est. $750); a hand-painted production cel of Pete Puma from the 1990 season of “Tiny Toons” (est. $1,000); Freberg’s personal favorite cel depicting The Three Bears (est. $750) (Freberg voiced “Junyer Bear”) hand-signed by legendary cartoon artist and director Chuck Jones; and a one-of-a-kind cel created and inscribed by “The Simpsons” animator Phil Ortiz that depicts Homer Simpson and Freberg and voice-over actress June Foray as Simpson characters (est. $750).

·         The Inkpot Award he received at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con convention for Achievement in Animation (est. $1,000); the 1992 “Annie’s” Winsor McCay Award (est. $1,000) from the International Animated Film Society for Freberg’s “distinguished lifetime contribution to the art of animation;” and his 1995 Radio Hall of Fame Award (est. $1,000).

·         Examples of materials created by Freberg to produce award-winning comedic advertising and marketing campaigns for Chung King Chow Mein (est. $1,000) and Kaiser brand aluminum foil (est. $1,000).

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and over one million online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com. 

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Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 9.37.45 AM.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions is delighted to be offering the books and photogravure prints from Edward Sheriff Curtis' anthropological masterpiece, The North American Indian as part of their Books, Photographs and Other Works on Paper sale on 15th of December 2016 (1:30pm).

This ethnographical survey by photographer and chronicler, Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) remains one of the most significant and powerful insights into the world of the indigenous peoples of North America. The sale this December, which will take place at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London, will include volumes one to thirteen of the twenty volume series alongside a large number of the original accompanying portfolio plates. Many of the portfolio plates, which carry attractive estimates ranging from £300 to £1,800, will be offered as separate lots, appealing to a broad selection of budgets and collectors.

The North American Indian documents over eighty distinct native peoples from the culture areas of the trans-Mississippi west. The volumes contain a huge repository of ethnographic information including the outlines of social organisation, biographies of key leaders, myths and more. The sale catalogue features an introduction by Mick Gidley, Emeritus Professor of American Literature & Culture at the University of Leeds and author of several works on Curtis, including Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, Incorporated (Cambridge University Press, 1998; paperback, 2000).

The books and portfolios were originally issued to subscribers between 1907 and 1930, each volume and set of plates supposedly one of 500 copies (most likely a smaller run). These volumes therefore only entered the major libraries and homes of the super-rich. The set featuring in the auction was subscribed to by Sir William Northrup McMillan (1872-1925), an American industrialist and friend of Theodore Roosevelt, the latter who also provided the foreword to The North American Indian. Russell Mount, cataloguer of the Curtis lots at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions notes, ‘a set with an intriguing connection to Roosevelt, the President being first a portrait subject of Curtis, then soon his friend, supporter, and confidant. Roosevelt's encouragement to persevere with the project of The North American Indian was of inestimable importance to Curtis’.

The volumes (Lot 200, Est: £60,000-80,000, pictured) incorporate 983 plates with photogravures taken by Curtis himself. Curtis’ ‘documentary pictures’ cover portraiture, tribal arts & crafts, shamanisitic rituals, maps and plans. Lots 201-518 are comprised of the larger-format photogravure plates issued in the portfolios and include many of the more famous photographic images such as Mósa - Mohave (pictured below) which sees the subject powerfully returning the viewer’s gaze (Lot 251, Est £1,500 - £2,000).

Appealing to collectors of both photography and Americana alike, the striking photographic portraits of tribal Chiefs, men, women and children are documented alongside landscapes images. Lot 288, On The Little Bighorn - Apsaroke, 1908 (Est £1,000 - £1,500) and Lot 354 Sun Dance Encampment - Piegan (Est £1,000-£1,500) show the people’s ease with the natural world. Elsewhere, scenes of village life are depicted in Story Telling- Apache, (Lot 210 Est: £1,200 - £1,800) and The Blanket Weaver - Navaho (Lot 232, Est £1,000 - £1,500). Although these scenes may have been reconstructed for the camera, they not only capture the dignity and pride of the native peoples, but also document the craftsmanship inherent within the native cultures.

NEW YORK——The Estate of Maureen O'Hara sale at Bonhams New York today (29 November) sold over 95% of her private documents, clothing, and memorabilia, reaching a total over $445,000. "The Irish style icon's personal effects were volleyed between phone, internet and a healthy crowd of in-room bidders from Ireland, Europe, South America, and Asia," explains Catherine Williamson, Director of the Fine Books and Manuscripts and Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams Los Angeles.

The infamous cache of love letters from Quiet Man Director John Ford sold for $75,000. Written during the run-up to filming Ford's 1952 film The Quiet Man, almost all of them are in their original envelopes. After meeting on the set of How Green Was My Valley (1941) O'Hara and Ford began a long and often turbulent friendship colored by Ford's obsessive – and sometimes violent – fascination with the red-haired siren, who he called his 'Rosebud'. O'Hara later said of the director," for years I wondered why John Ford grew to hate me so much. I realize now that he didn't hate me at all. He loved me very much and even thought that he was in love with me." Read more about the two's famous relationship in Neil Lyndon's Bonhams Magazine essay.

O'Hara is perhaps best known for her iconic portrayal of Mary Kate Danaher in The Quiet Man, opposite John Wayne. There was competitive bidding on items associated with the classic film, including O'Hara's personal, heavily annotated The Quiet Man script (originally given to John Ford, with his name on the cover), which sold for $50,000. O'Hara's clothes and jewelry also proved exceedingly popular. A tweed jacket she wore in The Quiet Man (estimated $5,000-7,000), sold for $16,250. Another highlight was O'Hara's pair of Meissen porcelain floral encrusted covered vases, which sold for $31,250 against an estimate of $3,000-5,000.

Bonhams Director of Entertainment Memorabilia, Catherine Williamson, said, "It's clear that O'Hara's appeal is evergreen—she speaks just as much to young movie goers to those who saw her when her films first premiered. She had a fantastic sense of style and her clothing and accessories proved particularly popular, often selling for as many as 10 times their low estimates."

Maureen O'Hara (1920-2015) grew up on the outskirts of Dublin. She joined Dublin's Abbey Theatre in 1934 and spent three years training with the company. At 17, O'Hara was discovered by British actor Charles Laughton, who signed her to a contract with his Mayflower Pictures. Her first major film was the Alfred Hitchcock-directed Jamaica Inn (1939), co-starring Laughton. This was swiftly followed by her first Hollywood movie, The Hunchback of Notre (1939), which cemented her movie star status. Known as "The Queen of Technicolor" for her fiery red hair and emerald green eyes, O'Hara appeared in more than 60 movies and was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2014 for her contributions to the film industry.

Sotheby's London to Offer The Bute Hours

Screen Shot 2016-11-30 at 4.31.28 PM.pngLondon, 30 November 2016--The Bute Hours, one of the most extraordinary Medieval English Book of Hours in existence, is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s London on 6 December 2016, with an estimate of £1.5 to 2.5 million, making it one of the most valuable English books to appear at auction. This lavish work includes more than 50 large miniatures and was probably made for a nobleman of the royal household who is depicted with his wife and children throughout the book.

English Books of Hours are extremely rare on the market, and this particular manuscript remains mostly unstudied. Lavishly adorned with elaborate miniatures, historiated borders and initials, this unique manuscript was produced by several different artists working in a homogeneous style, with an evident fondness for contemporary Netherlandish manuscript illumination, while also borrowing from German engravings. The richness of illustration in this Book of Hours is unparalleled in English illuminated manuscripts of the time, and is thus a reflection of the significant social status of its patron, who is depicted throughout the book.

The manuscript takes its modern name from the Marquesses of Bute, whose ancestral home is on the Isle of Bute, off the west coast of Scotland. The family traces its ancestry back to the 12th century, and is descended from kings of both Scotland and the United Kingdom. The manuscript was acquired for the Bute library by John Crichton-Stuart, 5th Marquess of Bute, who died in 1956; it passed with the title and properties (including six castles and an important art collection) to his eldest son John Crichton-Stuart (1933-93), who was born just 15 minutes before his twin brother, and thus became the 6th Marquess of Bute. In 1983, he sold a number of illuminated manuscripts at Sotheby's, including the Bute Hours.

The Berger Collection Educational Trust, Sold to Benefit Future Philanthropy

The Bute Hours comes to sale from the Berger Collection Educational Trust, sold to benefit future philanthropy. Both natives of Denver, William M. B. Berger and Bernadette Berger began their collecting activities in the 1990s with a passion that has rarely been matched. Over the course of just a few years, they amassed one of the most important collections of British Art in America, spanning over 600 years, as well as excellent examples of French, Italian and American paintings and drawings. The Bergers were dedicated to using art as a vehicle for education: “We have always believed that art, as well as music, poetry, and literature, refreshes and enriches our lives”, they said. In order to further their mission, they founded the Berger Collection Educational Trust.

The Trust’s mission focuses on British Art, culture and history, and uses the collection that the Bergers created to further its goals. It has sponsored numerous exhibitions throughout the United States devoted to British painting, as well as being a major supporter of the British Art Journal. The Trust administers, together with the Journal, the highly prestigious William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History, awarded for excellence in the field.

In addition to the Bute Hours, a number of properties from The Berger Collection Educational Trust, will be sold at Sotheby’s New York & London in 2016 and 2017 to benefit future philanthropy.

Dr. John Wilson, Trustee, The Berger Collection Educational Trust, commented: “Bill and Bernadette Berger established the Berger Collection Educational Trust to demonstrate the role of British culture in influencing the Western Cultural Tradition in general, and American culture in particular. Their wide-ranging tastes and interests created a collection that allowed visitors to come face-to-face not only with significant paintings and works on paper, but also manuscripts, royal seals and important early books. Since its inception, the Trust has driven and supported educational activities promoting the history of British art, including programs at the Denver Art Museum and the Portland Museum of Art, and raised funds to further the mission of the Collection. The works on offer at Sotheby’s, many of which fall outside the British sphere, will be sold to further this mission.”

1eec3654ab321bf30e35f38be4969c9a374a06fa.jpegBOSTON, MA -  RR Auction is proud to present The Stanley Wiater archive of Modern Horror literature that comprehensively documents the history of the world’s most terrifying genre in its December monthly offering.

A three-time winner of the illustrious Bram Stoker Award, Wiater has earned distinction as a writer, editor, anthologist, journalist, and collector over the course of four decades, with his contributions adding significantly to the growth and visibility of the genre.

The enormous archive consists of over one hundred boxes of material from throughout Wiater’s remarkable career, broken down as follows: 79 banker’s boxes; 14 smaller boxes; four typewriter paper boxes; two bins of assorted posters and artwork; three 100-slot trays of audio tapes; and 27 books contributed to or edited by Wiater.

After several years of collecting pulp, horror, and adventure novels, Wiater found himself well positioned when modern horror emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the release of classic films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, and then with the unprecedented rise of Stephen King as a mainstream horror scribe. A 1974 interview with Ray Bradbury, Wiater’s first as a budding journalist, paved the way for his career as a writer of oral history, in addition to his initial Bram Stoker Award for Dark Dreamers: Conversations with the Masters of Horror, a series of insightful interviews with twenty-six of the genre’s most influential writers.

Wiater’s massive collection of audio and videotape, offering over 200 hours of unedited recordings and transcripts, the vast bulk of which have never been published, serve the archive as a uniquely educational keystone and resource. A portion of the interview content includes talks with writers like Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Ira Levin, and David Morrell; and with filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, George Romero, Roger Corman, David Cronenberg, and Sidney Pollack.  Ten of the audio tapes are available for listening online. 

In 2000, Wiater developed a television series fittingly called Dark Dreamers, which, inspired by his book of the same name, featured one-on-one interviews with writers Barker and Matheson, directors John Landis and Wes Craven, special effects wizard Stan Winston, and many more. The result is a collection of over 150 raw, unedited videotapes of never-before-seen footage. In addition to Dark Dreamers, Wiater has edited two anthologies of original fiction by nearly two dozen writers, as well as books on Stephen King, Brian Lumley, and Richard Matheson’s classic Twilight Zone television scripts. He edited Comic Book Rebels, a definitive treatment on the growth of the underground comix movement of the 1960s, and has penned numerous other manuscripts, both published and unpublished, including his first story, which won a contest judged by Stephen King.

The archive also features a large number of manuscripts—Wiater’s own and those of writers he anthologized or edited; a substantial amount of business and literary correspondence from a wide array of mainstream and underground writers; the paper archives of the Horror Writers Association; original unreleased material by fantasy surrealist photographer J. K. Potter; and a section of material related to Wiater’s employment with Mirage Studios.

“The Stanley Wiater archive documents the lore and history of literature’s most terrifying genre with amazing depth and unmatched appreciation,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

The Autographs, Artifacts & Animation auction from RR Auction began on November 17 and will conclude on December 7. For information, visit the RR Auction web site at www.rrauction.com

DALLAS — A pair of posters from the iconic 1942 film Casablanca headlined Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Movie Posters Auction Nov. 19-20 in Dallas, which realized a total of $1,918,571. Both posters more than quadrupled their pre-auction estimates: A Casablanca (Warner Brothers, R-1953) Italian 2-Fogli poster went on the block with an estimated price of $50,000, to sell for $203,150, while a Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1942) Half Sheet Style B, which went into the auction with an estimated return of $40,000, sold for $167,300.

“This was an exceptional auction that brought together some of the most coveted movie images from Hollywood,” Heritage director of vintage posters Grey Smith said. “The collection included some lots that had been in high demand for some time to our most avid collectors.”

A poster from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (PEA, 1966), an Italian premier 24 Sheet, with artwork by Franco Fiorenzi and Michelangelo Pappuza, (similar to the two and four fogli with its reflective silver background) sold for $77,675. 

Collectors seeking a poster from the 1932 box office bomb and exploitation film Freaks (MGM, 1932) got their wish in the auction, when a rare Pre-War Belgian Poster for the film sold for $28,680.

Considered one of the defining classics in film noir, a poster from Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past (RKO, 1947) sold for $22,705.

A poster of The Maltese Falcon (Warner Brothers, 1941) One Sheet realized more than twice its pre-auction estimate of $8,000 when it brought in $21,510, and a depiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous novel, a poster of The Hound of the Baskervilles (20th Century Fox, 1939) One Sheet realized a sale price of $19,120.

A lobby card measuring 11 inches by 14 inches from Dracula (Universal, 1931), one of the most famous horror films of all time, nearly quadrupled its pre-auction estimate of $4,000 when it sold for $15,535.

Collectors searching for an exceedingly rare poster from Captain Blood (Warner Brothers, 1935) One Sheet got their chance in this auction; the lot was another that exceeded its pre-auction estimate when it sold for $14,340.

A surprise lot that crashed the sale’s top 10 lots was a ceramic Dracula/Lugosi Statuette (circa Late 1940s, which also drew $14,340. It is believed that the figure, which stands eight inches tall, actually may have been sculpted by actor Bela Lugosi and given as a gift to friends. Rumors suggest that only about 25 were made, and only a fraction of those remain in existence.

WB16 image1.jpgMinnesota Center for Book Art’s twenty-sixth Winter Book features poetry and prose by Heid E. Erdrich exploring the complex conversations between artists and viewers. every-blest-thing-seeing-eye imagines the varied experiences of viewing art in a gallery. Curation is meant to direct viewers, but every viewer comes to each artwork in a distinct manner—from myriad intellectual, emotional, and spiritual starting points. When an Ojibwe poet acts as curator, her statements on the work of indigenous artists become part of a larger, non-linear narrative in which characters and emblems, just like the artists who create them, cannot be fully fathomed. And yet, we must look. We must see every blest thing. 

every-blest-thing-seeing-eye was designed by Jeff Rathermel and Todd Thyberg, with Thyberg serving as Master Printer. Printing of the deluxe edition portfolio of prints was directed by Tom Spence. every-blest-thing-seeing-eye features poetry and prose by Heid E. Erdrich, a poet, writer, and faculty mentor at Augsburg College. The twenty-sixth Winter Book was produced in two editions, with illustrations by Jim Denomie, Aza Erdrich, Eric Gansworth, Dyani Whitehawk, Louise Erdrich, Adrea Carlson, and Jonathan Thunder.

The Standard Edition (100 numbered copies; $40) contains letterpress printed text and images on Arches Platine papers. The accordion structure features die cuts, a Cave Paper banded closure, and ochre accents throughout. 

The Deluxe Edition (26 lettered copies; $295 / $235 before December 31) is also letterpress printed on Arches Plantine paper, is accompanied by a portfolio of seven prints and various physical artifacts referenced in the text, all housed in a custom glass top case.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts wishes to thank Wet Paint Inc., Smart Set, and Angel Bomb Design + Letterpress for their generous support. Special thanks to the many Winter Book volunteers for their gifts of time and talent. 

Join MCBA in celebrating the handmade book at our annual Winter Book publication celebration! 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

7pm: Reading by Heid E. Erdrich

Followed by a book signing and public reception with light refreshments in MCBA’s Studios and Gallery.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, visit mnbookarts.org/winterbook



super copy.jpgDALLAS — Original Underground Comix Art and key books from the Golden Age and Silver Age helped push the total value of Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction Nov. 17-19 in Dallas to nearly $10 million, the second-highest total ever for a comic auction. The #1 Comics auction record ($10,389,821) was set by Heritage in July 2012.

“This auction was very gratifying to us at Heritage Auctions, because so many of the lots surpassed our pre-auction estimates,” Heritage Director of Operations for Comics and Comic Art Barry Sandoval said. “For example, we certainly thought the Pep Comics run would sell for multiples of the Price Guide value, but we weren’t expecting some to sell for as much as 12 times the Guide value!”

The top lot was a rare unrestored copy of Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC VG+ 4.5 CGC which sold for $358,500. Although an estimated 1,000,000 copies were printed in 1939, very few are known to have survived in this grade or better; this issue is ranked third on Overstreet’s Top 100 Golden Age Comics list.

One of the auction’s highlights was a 9.6 CGC NM+ issue of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 Curator Pedigree (Marvel, 1963), which is one of the top Silver Age comics Heritage has sold in 15 years of auctions. The book sold for $262,900. 

An FN- 5.5 CGC copy of Batman #1 (DC, 1940) was another exceptionally popular Golden Age lot that sold for $239,000. The issue, which features the debut appearances of two characters who would end up being long-time Batman nemeses: Catwoman and the Joker, who are two of the reasons for the issue’s appearance on Overstreet’s list of Top 100 Golden Age Comics. This issue features a retelling of Batman’s origin and a classic cover by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, and is one of the top 20 CGC-graded copies.

Steve Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man #27 Splash Page 1 Original Art (Marvel, 1965) hauled in $239,000. The page features Spider-Man and his greatest villain: The Green Goblin.

Headlining the Underground Comix lots was Robert Crumb’s Thrilling Murder Comics #1 “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Complete Four-Page Story Original Art (San Francisco Comic Book Co., 1971), which sold for $143,400, setting a new world record for the artist. Considered one of Crumb’s most violent and taboo-breaking stories, this art combines the title of the 1969 Rolling Stones song with the events that led to the notorious Tate-LaBianca murders by Charles Manson’s “family” members.

Another top Underground lot was the Robert Crumb Mondo Snarfo “Grim Grids” Complete Three-Page Story Original Art (Kitchen Sink, 1978). The book sold for $131,450!

A Flash Comics #1 (DC, 1940) FN+ 6.5 CGC pulled in $107,550. Considered one of the nicest copies of this Golden Age collection, fewer than a dozen copies nicer than FN/VF 5.0 or better are known to exist.

More Fun Comics #73 (DC, 1941) VF 8.0 CGC, another coveted issue, went for $104,562.50. In particularly high demand because it includes the origin and first appearance of Aquaman and Green Arrow, its NM- value jumped 43 percent from 2015 to 2016 - the largest jump of any book on Overstreet’s Top 100 Golden Age Comics list. 

Other top results include, but are not limited to:

·         An Alex Raymond Flash Gordon Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 8-14-38 (King Features Syndicate): $95,600

·         A Robert Crumb Le Monde Selon Crumb [The World According To Crumb] Promotion Poster Original Art (C.N.B.D.I., 1991): $77,675

·         A Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 4-21-86 (Universal Press Syndicate, 1986): $77,675

·         A Marvel Comics #1 (Timely, 1939) GD/VG 3.0 CGC: $77,675

·         A Jack Davis MAD #6 Complete Six-Page Story “Casey at the Bat!” Original Art (EC, 1953): $77,675

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Screen Shot 2016-11-29 at 9.39.11 AM.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions is delighted to announce the return of Islamic and Near Eastern manuscripts and miniatures to its regular Western manuscripts sales this December, reuniting these two categories in the auction world after a gap of fifty years. The dedicated section will be offered alongside Western Manuscripts and is curated by Roxana Kashani, Bloomsbury Auctions’ Head of Islamic Manuscripts and Miniatures. The whole sale comprises 123 lots spanning nearly a millennia of human history.

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures will be auctioned on Wednesday 7th December 2016 (10:30am) at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street.

A highlight from the western manuscripts on offer is Bede’s Homilies on the Gospels in Latin (Lot 2, Est: £5,000 - 7,000). This remarkable fragment dates back to the second or third quarter of the ninth century. No copies of the text survive from England before the twelfth century, with this fragment having origins from Germany, most likely Fulda. In a letter written in 747-751, St. Boniface requested from one of Bede’s students and followers, Archbishop Egbert of York, “some of the works which Bede has composed” including “his book of homilies for the year, because it would be a very handy and useful manual for us in our preaching”. This may be a cutting from an immediate descendent of the manuscript sent. Another leaf sold at auction in 2010, and is now in Durham University Library.

Another star lot is a finely illuminated humanist manuscript of Trionfi (Lot 73, Est £10,000-15,000) by the Italian poet and scholar, Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374). Petrarch, credited as being the father of the Renaissance, was the first poet laureate of Italy since the Roman Empire. His verse would inspire hundreds of writers throughout Europe to compose in the same style and little more than a century after his death, Pietro Bembo would use Petrarch’s vernacular works (including those here) to create the standard of modern Italian. The manuscript, likely from Florence and dated circa 1480-90, is written in a strikingly elegant hand by a known scribe who worked for a number of the greatest ducal and royal courts during the Renaissance. It is likely that the manuscript was originally commissioned as a luxury, pocket-copy of the Trionfi for a wealthy client with an interest in Italian literature.

A manuscript document in Latin circa 1280 recording a grant of land in Derbyshire includes a rare clause excluding the future sale of the land to “the religious or the Jews” (Lot 64, Est: £600 - 800). The specification that the lands here could not be sold to religious communities was most probably to avoid their being alienated into Church ownership permanently. However, the extension of this clause to the Jews can be seen as an early record of anti-Semitism in the terrible climate of growing fear and uncertainty which lead up to Edward I’s edict of expulsion in 1290.

A beautiful Book of Hours in its original binding dated circa 1500 from the Netherlands, also features in the sale (pictured, Lot 91: Est: £18,000-25,000). The three large and nine small portrait miniature paintings in the manuscripts have been firmly attributed to the important artist, the Master of James IV, now known as Gerard de Horenbout (circa 1465 - circa 1540). Quirky additions to the border decorations include a series of apes, ‘aping’ human activities. Examples include an ape in an apron nursing a baby, another playing a harp and one with a missing limb on crutches receiving alms from a wealthy ape. Gerard de Horenbout worked for a wealthy, international clientele and contributed to some of the most celebrated illuminated manuscripts produced in his lifetime, including the fabulously opulent Rothschild Prayerbook (last sold in 2014 for £13,605,000).

Oriental Manuscripts

From the Oriental section of the sale, a miniature leaf-shaped Qur'an, copied by Mohammad Saleh Taom Zadeh, in Arabic is another key highlight (Lot 112, Est: £4,000-6,000). Striking for its remarkable design and measuring just 72mm x 40mm, this copy of the Qur’an is dated 1284 AH (1867/68 AD) and unusually illuminated in silver, rather than gold. The text is elegantly laid out mimicking the veins of a real leaf, and the miniature is stored in a bespoke box. The breath- taking design details point to the quality of this manuscript and the wealth of the patron who commissioned it. Only two comparable Qur’ans have appeared on the open market in recent decades.

From Persia, Kolliyat by Muhsin al-Din Sa'adi Shirazi, "Sa'di" (Lot 121, Est: £10,000-15,000, dated 1243 AH [1827-28 AD]) serves as another standout illuminated manuscript from the Oriental section. Sa’di is one of the most revered poetic and prose writers in Persian history, and here the text is surrounded with gold detailing creating a cloud-like effect on the page. Most interestingly, this has provenance from the library of Shahzadeh Khanlar Mirza, the 17th son of Crown Prince Abbas Mirza of the Qajar dynasty. Shahzadeh Khanlar became one of the most prominent princes of his generation. Notably, he became Nasser al-Din Shah’s chief commander in the Anglo- Persian war of 1856. Inside the lacquered outer boards are two fascinating and detailed depictions of an old and young man set against idyllic pastoral backgrounds.

Another captivating lot is a miniature Qajar Qur'an from Persia in the mid-nineteenth century (Lot 110, Est £4,000- 6,000). This intricately decorated, pocket-sized prayer book was probably commissioned by an aristocrat for the purposes of Hajj. It is stored in an accompanying leather carrying pouch of contemporary design with silk-lining and leather strap (detached on one side) which would have made it easily transportable during pilgrimage.

Hemingway copy.jpgNEW YORK - On December 3, Jasper52 will auction a remarkable single-owner collection of Ernest Hemingway books - some of them first editions - together with rare Hemingway family-autographed ephemera. Absentee and Internet live bidding on all items in the 113-lot online-only sale is being facilitated exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.com. All lots will open for bidding at $1. Some have a reserve price.

Like Hemingway, the owner of the collection is an award-winning writer and world traveler. Enamored with Hemingway’s writing style from a young age, he set about collecting the author’s “really important books” around 40 years ago. 

Whether on assignment in Europe, taking a leisurely drive up the California coast, or combing through bookstores near Hemingway’s last home in Idaho, the collector says he always watched out for rare editions and signed material. 

“I keep my eyes open every minute, because you never know where you’ll find a gem,” the collector said. “I’ve found books in Germany, Norway, all sorts of places.”

He also became acquainted with members of the Hemingway family, noting, “I’ve met two of Hemingway’s daughters and interviewed his youngest son, Jack, in Sun Valley (Idaho).”

The collector’s thorough knowledge of Hemingway’s career helped him to identify what was genuinely rare. “Some of the early books aren’t flashy, but they’re so hard to come by,” he said.

Of the first editions in the auction, the top-estimated lot is A Farewell to Arms. Published in 1929 by Grosset & Dunlap, this classic has a pre-sale estimate of $800-$1,000.

Another prized first edition is Lot 104, a 1926 first edition of The Sun Also Rises published by Scribners. It is expected to make $800-$1,000.

Bidders will have an unusual opportunity to acquire an instant Hemingway library in Lot 111, a complete collection of 20 handsome leatherbound volumes accented with 22K gold. Published in the 1990s by Easton Press, this collection is top quality throughout and is still sealed in its original packaging. The set is estimated at $1,000-$1,500

The top-estimated item in the sale is Lot 113, a 1943 War Department publication titled Basic Field Manual - First Aid For Soldiers, issued to and signed by Hemingway in black ink. This one-of-a-kind article has been exhaustively researched and will convey to the winning bidder with supportive background information. It is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

All Hemingway family signatures are desirable to collectors, but the most elusive of all is the signature of Ernest Hemingway’s mother, Grace Hall Hemingway. The auction contains a first-edition copy of a 1940 book titled Sunnyside Children, by Helen Clark Wentworth, which has been inscribed and signed by Grace Hemingway. Entered as Lot 112, the book could reach $1,500-$2,500.

Bidding has opened on all lots in Jasper52’s Dec. 3 Ernest Hemingway Book Auction.

Image: 1943 War Department publication titled ‘Basic Field Manual - First Aid For Soldiers,’ issued to and signed by Hemingway in black ink. One-of-a-kind item. Est. $8,000-$12,000

Screen Shot 2016-11-28 at 9.37.51 PM.pngNew York, NY — In 1972, Robert Owen Lehman placed his renowned music manuscript collection on deposit at the Morgan Library & Museum. To celebrate his eightieth birthday, the Morgan will host a dazzling concert of piano works from his collection this Friday, December 2. Beginning at 6 PM, a selection of music manuscripts from the Lehman Collection will be on view in Pierpont Morgan’s Library. At 7:30 PM, pianist Jenny Chen will perform in Gilder Lehrman Hall compositions by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Ravel, Debussy, and Stravinsky. The concert launches a year-long display of manuscripts from Mr. Lehman’s archive of more than two hundred music autographs by composers from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. The installation—part of an ongoing rotation of works drawn from the Morgan’s collections called Treasures from the Vault—will change continuously throughout the 2016-17 season.

The first rotation of Lehman Collection manuscripts in Treasures from the Vault showcases J. S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue for organ in B Minor, BWV 544; Beethoven’s Rage Over the Lost Penny, Brahms’s First Piano Concerto (score for piano solo); Haydn’s last string quartet; Liszt’s B Minor Sonata; and Stravinsky’s Petrushka  (1911). Two further installations will highlight works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff and Schumann, Puccini, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Prokofiev, and Mahler. The breadth and quality of the collection is astounding, and without a doubt, it is the greatest collection of music autographs in private hands today. Each item on display will be accompanied by an audio excerpt, available on the Morgan’s Audio Guide which is free with museum admission, so that viewers can hear the compositions they are seeing.

The December 2nd concert features Beethoven’s Rage; Mendelssohn’s Rondo capriccioso; Chopin’s Etudes, op. 10, nos. 3 and 9, and Nocturne, op. 48, no.1; Ravel’s Jeux d’eau; selections from Debussy’s first book of Preludes; and ends with Stravinsky’s formidable Three Movements from “Petroushka.” Pianist Jenny Chen meets the myriad challenges of these works with confidence, artistry, and passion. Born in Taipei, she began her musical training at age six. She has since worked with Eleanor Sokoloff at the Curtis Institute and recently completed a music master’s degree at the Yale School of Music. Currently, she is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Eastman School of Music where she studies with Douglas Humpherys. Winner of numerous competitions and appearing in major venues in the United States and abroad, she recently performed in the Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, op. 34 at the inaugural Chamber Music Encounters program sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

215-B.jpgFALLS CHURCH, Va. - More than 400 lots of fine and rare books, antique maps, autographs and historical Americana will be auctioned on Thursday, December 1 at Waverly Rare Books in Falls Church, Virginia. The sale will start at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, and Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

“This is a wildly diverse auction with a timeline that starts with a three-book volume of 18th-century Piranesi prints and travels through the centuries to contemporary times, with Flash Gordon artwork and presidential autographs,” said Monika Schiavo, director of Waverly Rare Books. “We also have an archive of material pertaining to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen.”

A strong candidate for top lot of the auction is an exceedingly rare volume by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), the Italian artist famous for his etchings of Rome and his imaginary “prisons.” Published in Rome in 1762 by Gernosi Salomoni, the volume weighs a hefty 16 pounds. Printed on wove paper, with mostly near-fine plates, it is expected to sell for $6,000-$9,000.

Rex Wayne Scouten (1924-2013) served ten US presidents in his positions as White House Chief Usher from 1969-1986 and White House Curator from 1986-1997. His collection includes autographs by such notables as John F. Kennedy (as a Congressman), First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and all US presidents from Truman through Clinton. “This collection comes with impeccable provenance. It couldn’t be better,” Schiavo said. The political section also features cards signed by Cabinet members from the Theodore Roosevelt through Jimmy Carter administrations and Supreme Court Justices from multiple administrations. 

Original Flash Gordon artwork from a 1970s Union Carbide-sponsored series, drawn, colored and signed by the comic illustrator Alphonso “Al” Williamson (1931-2010), has an estimate of $500-$700. The artwork is titled The Hairy Giants of Mongo’s Northland. In this nail-biting adventure, Gordon is “taken slave by the Hairy Giants who inhabit an icy cave city.”  

A three-volume set of books containing ink and watercolor drawings on paper by the renowned mycologist (fungus expert) M. F. Lewis is expected to garner $3,000-$6,000. Hundreds of species of fungi are shown in more than 100 sheets. Most of the species are from Shropshire, Englan, and neighboring counties in Wales. Nearly all species are identified, and many are dated (1860-1902).

The Tuskegee Airmen were African-American fighter and bomber pilots who flew missions in World War II. The auction features a fascinating archive of documents and historic photographs from Charles F. Francis, author of The Tuskegee Airmen, an important chronicle of the groundbreaking aviators and their navigators, mechanics, instructors and other support staff.  

The rare and antique map section features a three-volume atlas that accompanied the official records of the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Compiled by Capt. Calvin D. Cowles of the 23rd U.S. Infantry, the set was published in the 1890s and is lavishly illustrated with maps on plates. The large folio is bound in leather and cloth. The set is expected to reach $4,000-$6,000.

Top lots in the cartography section include Herman Moll’s Carolina Map of the Southeastern U.S. and a 1628 map of Honduras - Atlas Sive Cosmographicae - an early depiction of the area from Virginia to Florida.

First-edition fans will be treated to a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s very first novel, This Side of Paradise (Charles Scribner & Sons, 1920), signed by the author himself. The first edition, ninth-printing copy is in fine condition with its original green cloth cover and bright gilt spine. It is signed on the endpaper, “Most sincerely, F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Estimate: $4,000-$6,000

The auction also boasts signed material from former NASA astronauts, signed baseball and hockey memorabilia, two guestbooks from the landmark Washington, D.C. restaurant Paul Young’s, original Tarzan illustrations by Dale Hoover and Neil Adams, science fiction books and memorabilia from the Phil Petras collection, scrapbooks, diaries, account books and more.

Previews will be held at Waverly Rare Books’ gallery in northern Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10-2; Monday, Nov. 28 from 10-6; Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 10-7; Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 10-7; and on auction day, Thursday, Dec. 1 from 10-6.

Waverly Rare Books is a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, please call 703-532-5632, or send an email inquiry to info@quinnsauction.com. View the fully illustrated auction catalog and register to bid absentee or live online at www.LiveAuctioneers.com

Image: Lot 215 Archive of letters, documents, photographs and ephemera pertaining to the Tuskeegee Airmen, from Maryland native Charles E. Francis (1916-1993), who authored the first history of the military aviators in 1955, ‘The Tuskegee Airmen: The Men Who Changed a Nation.’ Est. $600-$900 

image003.pngOxford, November 2016 - From fire-belching mountains to blood-red waves of lava, volcanoes have captured the attention of scientists, artists and members of the public for centuries. A new exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries uses a spectacular selection of eye witness accounts, scientific observations and artwork to chart how our understanding of volcanoes has evolved over the past two millennia.

The exhibition examines some of the world’s most spectacular volcanoes including the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius, one of the most catastrophic eruptions in European history, and the 19th century eruptions of Krakatoa and Santorini, two of the first volcanic eruptions to be intensely studied by modern scientists.

Today, satellites monitor volcanic activity and anyone with internet access can watch volcanic eruptions live in real time. In the past, volcanic eruptions were described in letters, manuscript accounts and early printed books, and illustrated through sketches, woodcuts and engravings. Many of these fascinating accounts are preserved in the Bodleian’s historic collections and will be on display in Volcanoes at the Weston Library.

The human encounters with volcanoes that are traced in the exhibition range from Pliny the Younger’s account of the dramatic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE to early Renaissance explorers who reported strange sightings of mountains that spewed fire and stones. Also explored is how scientific understanding of volcanoes and the Earth’s interior have developed over time, from classical mythology and early concepts of subterranean fires to the emergence of modern volcano science, or volcanology, in the 19th century. The exhibition brings together science and society, art and history and will delight visitors of all ages.  

The exhibition is curated by David Pyle, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, whose research uses historical sources to improve our knowledge of past volcanic activity and to shed light on what might happen in the future at young or active volcanoes.

It will feature treasures from the Bodleian Libraries, some of which have never been on public display before. In addition, the exhibition will feature items on loan from the Natural History Museum in London and from the University of Oxford’s Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the History of Science and Magdalen College. 

Highlights of Volcanoes include:

·         Fragments of ‘burnt’ papyrus scrolls from the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum, which were buried during the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius

·         The earliest known manuscript illustration of a volcano, found in the margin of a 14th century account of the voyage of St Brendan, an Irish monk who travelled across the north Atlantic in the 6th century

·         A stunning illustration of the Earth’s subterranean fires from Athanasius Kircher’s Mundus Subterraneus, an influential 17th century work which proposed that volcanoes were created where the Earth’s internal fires escaped at the surface

·         Spectacular 18th century studies of Vesuvius, by Scottish diplomat and early volcanologist William Hamilton who wrote one of the first descriptive monographs of an active volcano

·         18th and 19th century weather diaries and paintings, that capture the distant effects and freak weather conditions caused by major volcanic eruptions in Iceland and Indonesia

·         ‘Infographics’ from 19th century natural historians Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Daubeny whose work has contributed greatly to our current understanding of volcanoes

·         Lava and rock samples, maps, lecture notes and scientific equipment from 19th century volcanologists and explorers

The exhibition curator David Pyle said: ‘Humans have lived with volcanoes for millions of years yet scientists are still grappling with questions about how they work. This exhibition features historical representations and ideas about volcanoes that are captivating and dramatic but most importantly these works provide scientists today with valuable insights into how these enigmatic phenomena behave. Looking back at history can help us learn valuable lessons about how best to reduce the effects of future volcanic disasters.’ 

Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian said: ‘Volcanoes are one of the most extraordinary marvels of the natural world and have fascinated us for millennia. This exhibition draws on both the rich collections held at the Bodleian and cutting edge scientific research to demonstrate the power and fascination of volcanoes through time.’

Volcanoes at the Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford

Friday 10 Feb - Sunday 21 May 2017

Free admission, no booking required

An exciting programme of talks and events, including family-friendly activities, will be held over the course of the Volcanoes exhibition, which will be held at the Bodleian’s Weston Library. For more information visit www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson.

The Weston Library is one of the newest cultural destinations in Oxford and has welcomed more than 1.1 million visitors since opening to the public in March 2015. The Library has also won a string of architectural awards and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016.

An accompanying publication to the exhibition, Volcanoes: Encounters through the Ages, will be released by Bodleian Library Publishing on 10 February 2017, and is available for pre-order at £20.00 from www.bodleianshop.co.uk.

Screen Shot 2016-11-23 at 9.01.01 AM.pngOn November 11, 2016, the Library Company of Philadelphia opened its new exhibition Together We Win: The Philadelphia Homefront During the First World War. Co-curated by Reference Librarian Linda August and Curator of Prints and Photographs Sarah Weatherwax, this exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of America's entrance into the war and the sacrifices and contributions Philadelphians made to the Allied cause. More specifically, the exhibition explores the role that the Library Company, its staff, and its shareholders played in supporting the war effort. Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of Philadelphia during this time period through the exhibition's incorporation of music, flags, colorful posters, photographs, books, maps, scrapbooks, and many other kinds of ephemera.

During the war, the American Library Association, of which the Library Company was a founding member, collected millions of books and magazines to send to the troops. In keeping with that tradition, the Library Company is collecting new or gently-used paperback books to donate to Operation Paperback, an organization that sends books to members of the military. A dollar bill tucked inside each donated book would be greatly appreciated to help defray the cost of shipping the books overseas.

Together We Win will run from November 11 until April 21, 2017. The gallery is open Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:45pm and admission to the exhibition is free. Programming related to the exhibition will include:

PAFA Performances: The Music of World War I

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Co-sponsored by the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Citizen Artists: World War I and the Creative Economy Symposium, Saturday, March 11 -Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at 2 p.m.

Curated tour of Together We Win at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Gallery tour for Library Company members of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' exhibition World War I and American Art, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at 2 p.m.

Additional ticket information will be available closer to the date of each event. Please register for Library Company events and programs in advance at www.librarycompany.org/events  or call Clarissa Lowry at 215-546-318. Check our website for more updates on upcoming events at www.togetherwewin.librarycompany.org 

Images: From left to right: August William Hutaf, Treat 'Em Rough! Join the Tanks, 1917. Color lithograph. / Charles Buckles Falls, Books Wanted for Our Men, 1918. Color lithograph. / Lloyd Harrison, Corn, The Food of the Nation, 1918. Color lithograph. Library Company of Philadelphia.

About The Library Company of Philadelphia

Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library and educational institution specializing in American and global history from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. Claiming one of the world's largest holdings of early American imprints, the Library Company also has internationally-renowned collections in early African American history, economic history, women's history, the history of medicine, and visual culture. The Library Company promotes access to these collections through fellowships, exhibitions, programs, and online resources. To find out more, please visit www.librarycompany.org.

Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 10.49.58 AM.pngNew York—Christie’s is pleased to announce the sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts on December 14 in New York, which encompasses over 400 lots including notable letters and manuscripts, cartography, literature, and volumes on science.

Featured collections include early botanical books belonging to the noted book collector Cornelius J. Hauck (1893-1967), an important collection of major 19th century American authors, including Melville, Poe, Whitman and Hawthorne, formed by Mrs. J. Insley Blair of Far Hills, New Jersey, and a devoted section of books on architecture & perspective, as well as American maps and views, including Currier & Ives.

Leading the sale is a first edition and publisher’s copy of Sir Isaac Newton’s (1642-1727) Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica, (estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000), bound in inlaid contemporary English red morocco for presentation from the publisher Samuel Smith bearing his presentation book label.

Notable highlights include nine lots of correspondence between François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux (1734-1788), French general and philosopher, to the founding fathers of the United States—featuring six letters by George Washington (1731-1799) and three by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)—held by descendants of Chastellux.

Washington, George (1732-1799). Autograph letter signed (“Go: Washington”), Mount Vernon, 25 April, 1 May 1788, to François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux, congratulating the Marquis on his marriage, musing on the end of all war while awaiting news on the ratification of the constitution: “Should it be adopted... America will lift up her head again and in a few years become respectable among the Nations.” Estimate: $80,000-120,000.

Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826). Autograph letter signed (“Th:Jefferson”), Paris, 2 September 1785, to François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux, written four months after publication of Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia. He graciously reads and critiques Chastellux’s account of his travels through the newly independent states and it contains a remarkable chart comparing northern and southern tempers. Estimate: $70,000-90,000.

Also featured are the papers of aviation journalist Earl Findley, divided into 16 lots, which includes a rare signed photograph by Wilbur Wright (1867-1912), letters from Orville Wright (1871-1948), Katharine Wright (1874-1929) and Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974), featuring an Important and Revelatory Letter by Orville Wright concerning Charles Lindbergh, questioning the trans-Atlantic aviator’s motives behind his advocacy for American neutrality at the start of World War II (estimate: $15,000-25,000).

F209B4D3-E8DD-4A99-9067-A1C82330D1E8.pngMaestro Arts in collaboration with Shapero Modern are delighted to present Jan Hendrix’s first UK solo exhibition, featuring works from The Aeneid Book VI, his most recent collaboration with Seamus Heaney.

Shortly before his death in August 2013, Heaney had completed his translation of the Aeneid Book VI and had started working on a collector's publication with Jan Hendrix and Hans van Eijk (Bonnefant Press). It was the proofs from this draft that enabled the Heaney family/estate and Faber & Faber (official publisher of Heaney’s work) to decide on the ‘final’ edition, published earlier this year to international acclaim.

Hendrix and Heaney had formed a friendship collaborating on two previous occasions. In 1992 Hendrix had illustrated The Golden Bough, Heaney’s earlier translation of a part of Aeneid Book VI. A second book, The Light of the Leaves, followed in 1999: poems mostly dedicated to his friends, all poets, Hughes, Brodsky, Herbert. It also carried images of the landscape of Yagul, this time printed in stark black and white on Nepalese paper.

For this latest collaboration, Hendrix has chosen to portray the landscape in a Dantesque setting in accordance with Book VI. Says Hendrix: “...As a farewell to a dear friend and a dear place, I have vowed never to return to Yagul again. The images are made in a panoramic fashion, as if standing on the great rock watching over the surrounding valleys. Strangely enough the cactuses that I portrayed in 1992 and 1999 and the years in between are now dying and disappearing.”

The exhibition and book launch on 24th January have the full support of the Heaney family and will be introduced by Seamus Heaney's daughter, Catherine Heaney.

Related Events:

In conversation with Jan Hendrix:

Saturday 28 January, 11am - 12pm Shapero Modern,
32 St George St,
London

Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 14.47.22.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury have drawn together a fascinating selection of vintage posters to be auctioned on 1 December at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London. The posters encompass many of the most sought after examples and artists from the genres of film, work and travel. These graphic images were designed to attract attention, create desire and entice the target audience into action.  Estimates range from £100 - £7,000.

Of particular interest is a very rare group featuring 22 lots specific to London, many created by Parisian artist Andre Edouard Marty. Marty was commissioned to create a series of posters for the inside of London Underground carriages featuring key London attractions such as Wimbledon tennis (Lot 686, Est: £3,000-5,000), The Boat Race (Lot 689, Est: £1,500-1,800), The Wembley Cup Final (Lot 688, Est £1,800-2,200) as well as the Motor show at Olympia (Lot 685, Est: £1,200-1,600). Another interesting aspect to the London Underground posters is how things have changed as seen with a trolleybus and tram map from 1937 (Lot 663, Est £100-200) which cites “speed” on a London Tramway at an average of 9 ½ mph - faster than today! These highly collectable posters were created by Barnet Freedman and were made to lure the general public to places of interest including London Zoo (Lot 671, Est: £150-250), Tate galleries (Lot 666, Est: £150-250) and the theatre (Lot 673, Est: £300-500).

Also of note is an excellent selection of Vintage film posters featuring many of the classics that would make excellent Christmas presents. Originally film posters were the main marketing tool of the film industry and were sent together with the newly released film to premier in cinemas worldwide. Studios quickly learnt that the forms and faces of certain stars was all a poster really needed to sell tickets. Commercial success lay in the star power, so that posters were illustrated with the potent images of Humphrey Bogart, Steve McQueen, James Dean and Grace Kelly to name but a few.

 

225-Book-of-Mormon copy.jpgNew York-Swann Galleries’ November 17 sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana brought more than $770,000, exceeding the high estimate for the sale.

The top lot was an 1830 first edition of the Book of Mormon, which sold to a private collector for $67,500*. This was more than the last 17 copies on the auction market, going back to a 2008 sale at Swann where it sold for $75,000. Swann holds the record for this rare true first edition, set in 2007 at $180,000. What makes this edition unusual is that it is the only one to list Joseph Smith as the “author and proprietor” rather than the translator. Mormon-related documents continue to perform well, with the diary of a Methodist preacher named Benajah Williams, in which he describes a meeting that may have inspired Smith’s first vision, selling for $13,750. Additional Mormon highlights included a published response by Joseph Smith to a letter from J.A. Bennett, 1844, which sold for $6,750, and a letter by Wilford Woodruff describing the Mormon settlement and the development of Utah, 1877, which reached $25,000.

Sale prices for Revolutionary War material were even stronger than usual, with several lots going many times above their high estimates. Notably, a newspaper printing of Thomas Paine's 1777 American Crisis brought $37,500, while notes taken during the 1782 Continental Congress by member Arthur Middleton, which include the first reference to Vermont’s statehood, sold for $55,000.

Works from the Timothy Treacy collection of historic Californiana performed well in the sale, selling over 90% of the 35 lots offered and setting numerous auction records. An inscribed first edition of Clarence King's Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada, 1872, brought $8,750, a record for the author. Another record was $2,750 for a first edition of Charles F. McGlashan's History of the Donner Party, 1879. A portfolio of photographs of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range from the 1930s by Clinton C. Clarke sold for $9,375, over six times the high estimate, while a first edition of Thomas J. Farnham’s Travels in the Californias, and Scenes of the Pacific Ocean, 1844, doubled its estimate to sell for $8,125.

Another record was set by a rare 1796 illustrated Bible, published in Philadelphia by Berriman & Co., which sold for $1,500.

Institutions did very well at the sale. Most notably, the Society of the Cincinnati won a 1776 orderly book detailing the defenses of New York; the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina bid successfully on an important 1782 Henry Laurens letter; the Massachusetts Historical Society won an anti-abolition broadside by George Francis Train, 1862; the New-York Historical Society won three lots including a group of Holland Tunnel blueprints; and the Connecticut River Museum acquired a diary by river pilot John Ingraham.

Book Department Director and Americana Specialist Rick Stattler said, "Prices remained strong, particularly for Revolutionary War material, reflecting a busy week—we had a large crowd waiting at our door when the preview opened. Private collectors were very active in the sale, picking up four of the top ten lots."

The next sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana at Swann Galleries will be held in April, 2017. For more information, or to consign materials, contact specialist Rick Stattler at rstattler@swanngalleries.com or via phone (212) 254-4710, ext. 27.

 Image: Lot 225 Joseph Smith, The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, NY, 1830. Sold November 17, 2016 for $67,500. (Pre-sale estimate: $40,000 to $60,000)

BOSTON, MA - (November 18, 16) a scathing letter John Lennon had written to Linda and Paul McCartney sold for $29,843 according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The two-page typed letter with hand-written annotations by Lennon, that shows the extent of his bitterness after the break-up of the Beatles.

The draft letter that is believed to date from 1971 was allegedly in response to criticism that Lennon had received from Linda about his decision to not publicly announce his departure from the band.

The letter reads: “I was reading your letter and wondering what middle aged cranky Beatle fan wrote it.

“I resisted looking at the last page to find out. I kept thinking who is it, Queenie? Stuart’s mother? Clive Epstein’s wife? Alan Williams? What the hell - it’s Linda! Who do you think we/you are?

“The ‘self-indulgent doesn’t realize who he is hurting’ bit - I hope you realize what you and the rest of my ‘kind and unselfish’ friends laid on Yoko and me since we’ve been together.

“[...] Linda, if you don’t care what I say shut up! Let Paul write or whatever.”

Lennon ends the letter bitterly chastising Linda for addressing her letter to just him, and not him and Yoko.

“The letter captures the intense rivalry between Lennon and McCartney in the months, and even years, surrounding the breakup of the Beatles, ” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. The winning bid came from a collector from Dallas, Texas who wishes to remain anonymous.

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

Led Zeppelin debut album inscribed to the founding member of the James Gang, sold for $28,850.

Beatles signed program from 1963, sold for $16,541.

Miles Davis’s personal notebook with extensive musical compositions, drawings, and notes, sold for $12,251.

Charlie Chaplin’s canvas director’s chair back, sold for $9,788.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono signed typed letter, sold for $9,187.

Judy Garland’s intimate love letter to Frank Sinatra, sold for $5,897.

The Music And Entertainment Auction from RR Auction began on November 10 and concluded on November 17. For information, visit the RR Auction web site at www.rrauction.com

2431-164-Marden copy.jpgNew York—Works from the post-war period to today found new homes at the biannual auction of Contemporary Art at Swann Galleries. The sale reflected the great diversity of materials and philosophies espoused in the current art world, and bidders responded with enthusiasm.

The top lot of the sale was a pencil drawing by Ellsworth Kelly titled Milkweed, 1969, which sold to a collector for $125,000*. This tied a previous record for a single plant study in pencil by the artist. A lithograph from 1965-66 titled String Bean Leaves II sold for $13,750, a record for that print, while Camellia II, a lithograph from 1964-65, reached $12,500, tying the previous record for that print. All offered works by Kelly sold above their estimates, including the solid geometric forms for which the artist is known.

A highlight of the sale was Cold Mountain Series, Zen Studies 2, a 1991 etching and aquatint by Brice Marden, which sold for $60,000, a record for the print. Another work by Marden also performed well: the color etching and lithograph L.A. Muses, 1999, sold for $8,750. Additional abstract prints received much attention, including Robert Motherwell’s color aquatint Lament for Lorca, 1981-82, which achieved $20,000, and Holland Hotel, a 1980 color screenprint by Richard Estes that reached $15,000.

Works by women artists did especially well, led by Helen Frankenthaler’s Skywriting, a color screenprint from 1997, which sold for $10,62, a record for the work. Other highlights included works by Alice Baber, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson and Dorothea Rockburne. An undulating Op Art color screenprint by Bridget Riley titled Elapse, 1982, sold for $7,020, while Abstract Composition, a circa 1960 gouache painting by Irene Rice Pereira, reached $2,750.

The sale broke several auction records, including that of Jean Genet Masturbating in Metteray Prison, a 1984 screenprint by David Wojnarowicz, which reached $10,000, a record for any print by the artist. An untitled set of five inkjet prints by Christopher Wool, 2003, tied the standing record for the work at auction, reaching $37,500. Similarly, Roy Lichtenstein’s Against Apartheid, a 1983 color lithograph, tied its previous auction record with $10,625.

In its auction debut, Wayne Thiebaud’s hardground etching and drypoint Snack Counter, 1966, brought $12,500. Another work by the artist, Suckers, State II, a 1969 lithograph, sold for the same price.

Each of the four prints by Zou Wou-Ki sold to the same collector after intense bidding. The price of his color etching Paysage au Soleil, 1950, was pushed past its estimate to $5,750.

Todd Weyman, Swann Galleries’ Vice President and Director of Prints & Drawings, said, “We were thrilled by the interest in important female artists, especially Frankenthaler and Catlett, proving that their presence has certainly been felt in the contemporary art market. An eager market for post-war abstraction is extending to more recent computer-age artists like Christopher Wool, indicating a growing diversity in bidders’ interests.”

Image: Lot 164 Brice Marden, Cold Mountain Series, Zen Studies 2, etching and aquatint, 1991. Sold November 15, 2016 for $60,000. (Pre-sale estimate $25,000 to $35,000)

The art of the bookplate is alive and well among Grolier Club members—just as it has been for 130 years.

The functional purpose of the bookplate is simple: collectors paste the small pieces of paper or leather into their volumes to identify ownership and establish a trail of provenance. Yet for centuries, bookplates have also served as visual testaments to book collectors’ personalities, passions, and legacies. The ex libris is a relatively obscure art form. Its heyday lasted from roughly 1880 to 1950, but bookplate design, printing, and use remain central to many book collectors’ activities. The plates of past Grolier Club members rank as some of the finest examples of the art form, and many current Club members continue to commission and use bookplates. This exhibition links historic and contemporary bookplates to celebrate the continued vitality of the art form, both within and beyond the Grolier Club.

Bookplates are more than decorative embellishments. In many cases, thoughtful collectors work closely with artists and printers to design fitting testaments to their individual interests. Knowing that their bookplates will likely remain pasted into their treasured volumes for years to come, collectors use the art form to establish their legacy among future owners and readers. Each plate on exhibit exudes the character of its owner and the design savvy of its maker. 

The show is replete with hundreds of examples of the ex libris art form, each imbued with special meaning for maker, user, and viewer alike. “Grolier Club Bookplates, Past and Present” emphasizes the meaning behind the symbolism in the plates on display, and the artistic legacy of the artists who bring patrons’ dreams to fruition.

Drawn almost entirely from the Grolier Club's own collection, the exhibition begins with one of the Grolier Club’s own bookplates, then moves to parallel bookplates of past members from the 1880s through the 1990s with the bookplates of nearly sixty current members. Notable designers include such famous artists as Walter Crane, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Lucien Pizarro, Eric Gill, Rockwell Kent, and Leonard Baskin, whose works are shown alongside that of the two most famous American masters of the bookplate genre in the early twentieth century, Edwin Davis French and Sidney Lawton Smith. There are bookplates printed by William Morris's Kelmscott Press, the Merrymount Press of Daniel Berkeley Updike, and the Spiral Press of Joseph Blumenthal. More recent typographers and calligraphers represented include Leo Wyatt, Will and Sebastian Carter, Reynolds Stone, Sheila Waters, Jerry Kelly, and Russell Maret, among others. A highlight is the original drawing—unpublished and never before exhibited—by Maurice Sendak for the bookplate of bookseller and collector Justin C. Schiller.

GALLERY HOURS: The exhibition is open to the public, free of charge, Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm through January 14, 2017. We will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24-25, for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and December 24-31 for the Winter Holidays.

tablet copy.jpgBEVERLY HILLS, California - The world’s earliest-known stone inscription of the 10 Commandments- one of the most important documents in history, and a “national treasure” of Israel  - sold for $850,000 Wednesday, Nov. 16 at a public auction of ancient Biblical archaeology artifacts by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. The two-foot-square slab of white marble, which weighs almost 115 pounds, is chiseled with 20 lines of letters in Samaritan script, derived jointly from Hebrew and Aramaic.

The tablet likely adorned the entrance of a synagogue destroyed by the Romans between A.D. 400 and 600, or by the Crusaders in the 11th century, Heritage Auctions Director of Ancient Coins & Antiquities David Michaels said. The auction opened with a $300,000 bid, but a war between two phone bidders pushed the auction price to $850,000.

The winning bidder does not wish to be immediately identified at this time.

Although considered a “National Treasure” of Israel, the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) approved export of the piece the United States in 2005 on the condition that it be displayed in a public museum, a condition that still remains, Michaels said.

“The sale of this tablet does not mean it will be hidden away from the public,” Michaels said. “The new owner is under obligation to display the tablet for the benefit of the public.”

After an introductory dedication and invocation, the tablet lists nine of the 10 commonly known Biblical Commandments from the Book of Exodus, omitting “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” (King James translation), and adding one commonly employed by the Samaritan sect exhorting worshippers to “raise up a temple” on Mount Gerizim, the holy mountain of the Samaritans, located near the West Bank city of Nablus. 

Based on the letter forms chiseled into the tablet, scholars suspect the stone was probably carved in the late Roman or Byzantine era, circa A.D. 300-500, to adorn the entrance or worship space of a synagogue in or around the modern city of Yavneh, in what now is western Israel. It is unclear when the synagogue was destroyed but scholars suspect it could have occurred when the Samaritan sect was heavily suppressed by the Romans in the mid-400s, by the Byzantines in the 500s, or by the Muslims or Crusaders up to the 12th century. 

The tablet was the centerpiece of an offering of Biblical historic artifacts, all thoroughly researched and authenticated, and owned by the Living Torah Museum in Brooklyn, New York. Additional highlights included a circa 70-200 Common Era nine-spouted Hanukkah lamp, which sold for $17,500.

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Screen Shot 2016-11-16 at 9.38.53 AM.pngWhen the Arab art of papermaking by hand came to the Italian peninsula in the 13th century, the city of Fabriano was well-positioned to become the heart of the artisan craft.

Published by the Library of Congress in association with Oak Knoll Press, "Fabriano: City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking" by Sylvia Rodgers Albro describes the role that this Italian city played in the craft.

Albro, a senior paper conservator at the Library of Congress, details technical advancements introduced in Fabriano, including machinery and equipment, use of watermarks and improvements in the physical processes of papermaking. As a result of these innovations, Fabriano and other centers in Italy developed along similar lines. Italian hand-made paper was unrivaled in Europe from the 14th to the 18th centuries. The lustrous white sheets were favored by merchants and artists like Michelangelo, princes and popes and a growing international clientele. Many books, prints and manuscripts made with Italian paper from this time period have survived in remarkably pristine condition, retaining qualities still imitated by modern papermakers.

Albro analyzes the conditions that have kept Fabriano’s papermaking industry successful since the medieval period, while other areas ceased production. More than half of the book’s 230 illustrations—from rare books, prints, drawings, maps and manuscripts from the 13th to 19th centuries—are from the Library’s collections.

"Fabriano" was published with support from the Library’s first John W. Kluge Staff Fellowship and a publication grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

"Fabriano," a 216-page hardcover book with 230 illustrations, is available for $95 in the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540-4985. Credit-card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557 or loc.gov/shop/. The book is published on Onyx paper—a high-quality, uncoated paper made of ECP (elemental chlorine free) pure celluolose pulp—fabricated and donated by the Cartiere Miliani Fabriano-Fedrigoni Group of Fabriano, Italy.

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

 

DALLAS — A single-owner collection of historic and rare political and Presidential memorabilia is expected to exceed $700,000 when Heritage Auctions presents the Scott W. Dolson Catalog Dec. 3 in Dallas. The life-long collection consists of over 500 selected items representing virtually every president and presidential candidate from George Washington through Theodore Roosevelt.

“Scott collected with remarkable sophistication and discipline,” Heritage Director of Americana Auctions Tom Slater said. “He gravitated toward the unusual or exceptional in each category he pursued, with a special emphasis on condition.”

The Dolson offerings range from glass and china and snuff boxes to lapel studs and pinback badges. Perhaps the most novel item in the collection is a large cast iron stove with a high-relief portrait of 1848 Democratic presidential hopeful Lewis Cass on the door (opening bid $7,500). It appears that these were not exactly big sellers, as only two or possibly three examples are known, along with a single stove depicting his opponent Zachary Taylor which resides in the Smithsonian’s collection.  “There are so many important, in many cases unique, objects that picking out highlights is all but impossible,” Slater said. “Here are ten stand-out items which illustrate the diversity and quality of the Dolson Collection:” 

1.       Massive Liverpool cream ware punch bowl depicting President John Adams (lot 43009), minimum (opening bid $7,500).

2.       Another example of Liverpool pottery made for the American market, featuring a rare standing portrait of Thomas Jefferson (lot opening bid $5,000).

3.       Pristine pink sulfide brooch picturing Martin Van Buren (opening bid $4,000).

4.       Possibly unique large “pewter rim” for 1828 Democratic candidate Andrew Jackson (opening bid $4,000).

5.       Another possibly unique item: a cut, etched, and frosted glass parade lantern for 1840 Whig standard bearer William Henry Harrison (opening bid $7,500).

6.       Another W.H. Harrison item: A very large ceramic pitcher with four portraits by the American Pottery Co., widely regarded as the premier example of American political glass and china (opening bid $7,500).

7.       An iconic 1860 Abraham Lincoln campaign ambrotype by George Clark, one of the earliest photographic political items (opening bid $10,000).

8.       A unique 1872 photographic pin featuring conjoined busts of Horace Greely and his running mate, set into a brass shell frame in the shape of Greeley’s trademark hat (opening bid $2,500).

9.       An original vendor’s card of 10 jugate badges for the defeated 1876 Democratic ticket of Tilden and Hendricks, in pristine condition (opening bid $3,000).

10.   Bold red, white, and blue 1868 campaign banner for Ulysses S. Grant and his running mate, Schuyler Colfax (opening bid $3,000).

In addition to the Dec. 3 auction, hundreds of additional Dolson Collection items will appear in an internet-only auction in January 2017.

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2015.27.14_The_Second_Coming_email.jpgKansas City, MO. Nov. 15, 2016-A manuscript internationally recognized as one of the greatest Armenian illuminated manuscripts by artist Mesrop of Xizan has been acquired by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City through the generosity of late donor Lee Lyon. The acquisition of the London Book of Gospels allows the Nelson-Atkins to present, for the first time, a magnificently illustrated 17th-century Armenian Christian manuscript. The London Book of Gospels is an important cultural and historical document that provides valuable insight into the religious beliefs and related artistic practices of Armenian communities in West Asia.

“This single gift transforms the collection of the Nelson-Atkins with its luxuriousness and its scholarship,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “It allows us to create a new focus on manuscript painting, Armenian culture, and greatly enriches our presentation of important works from around the world. We are deeply grateful to Lee Lyon for his generosity.”

Several pages of the manuscript will be on view through February 27, 2017 in the Treasury, the area in the Nelson-Atkins behind Rozzelle Court in which  works of ancient and medieval art are displayed.

Mesrop of Xizan is recognized as one of the greatest painters of his generation, and visitors to the museum will be experience the intimate impact of his paintings, which combine bold colors and inventive and powerful imagery to illustrate the stories of the Gospels. 

The manuscript was commissioned for the Church of the Holy Mother of God in New Julfa, Isfahan by 1618, which was destroyed by fire centuries later, making it a rare primary source documenting the lives and activities of Armenians living in Isfahan in the age of Shah Abbas I.

“This amazing manuscript creates connections to other artworks across the collection that demonstrate related religious themes and imagery,” said Kimberly Masteller, Jeanne McCray Beals Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art. “It also fills an important niche that allows the Nelson-Atkins to more fully present the history of medieval, Armenian and West Asian art, and also represents manuscripts as a major art form. The paintings in this manuscript are striking. They carry on early Christian imagery, combined with Persian elements and personal inventions.”

Image: Mesrop of Xizan, painter and scribe, and Yovhannes, scribe, The Second Coming from The Four Gospels, New Julfa, Isfahan, Iran, Armenian culture, 1618-1622, Oriental paper, ink, egg tempera, wax, and gold paint, 8 1/2 × 6 1/2 × 2 1/2 inches (21.59 × 16.51 × 6.35 cm). The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Gift of Lee Lyon in Memory of Joanne Lyon, 2015.27.14.

70-Plancius-Spice-Map copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, December 8, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books featuring early navigational charts, descriptions of newly discovered plants and animals, celestial maps and scarce impressions of important nineteenth-century views.

There is a strong selection of items relating to the East Indies in this sale, including a very rare English edition of Insulae Moluccae Celeberrimae, 1598, Petrus Placius’s “spice map,” engraved by Richard Beckit for Jan Huygen van Linschoten’s Discours of Voyages into ye Easte & West Indies. The map is based on secret Portuguese manuscript charts, and highly decorated with ships, sea monsters and valuable spices from the region (Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000). Also available is one of the first printed maps of the area, Claudius Ptolemaus’s Undecima Asiae Tabulae, [1478], a masterful early example of printed mapmaking. The double-page engraved map depicts a land-locked Indian Ocean and points out a “habitat of tigers and elephants;” it is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000. The top lot of the sale is Robert Laurie and James Whittle’s The Complete East India Pilot, or Oriental Navigator, a premier navigational guide of the eighteenth century. This is the most complete copy of the landmark atlas ever to come to auction, containing 113 of the 114 plates; it is expected to sell between $40,000 and $60,000.

A previously unrecorded first state of Frederick de Wit’s wall map Belgii XVII Provinciarum Tabula, circa 1670, is also available, and expected to sell between $10,000 and $15,000.

There is a large selection of maps tracing the growth of New York City from village to industrial metropolis. One unusual lot is the Sanitary and Topographical Map of the City and Island of New York, a hand-colored lithograph depicting the streets of Manhattan as they were in 1865, overlaid onto the original streams and waterways of the island. The map, still used by engineers today, is expected to fetch $2,000 to $3,000. Also included are two panoramic views of New York City; one, drawn from life by Frederick William Billing in 1865, shows recognizable landmarks and is expected to fetch $4,000 to $6,000; the second is a 1840 first-state aquatint with hand coloring by Robert Havell, Jr., executed shortly after finishing his work on John James Audubon’s Birds of America ($3,000 to $5,000).

Further selections relating to Birds of America include several elephant plates by John James Audubon. In addition to his Mocking Bird, Large Billed Puffin, Spotted Grouse, Black Bellied Plover and other favorites, there are two scarce specimens: uncolored versions of Passenger Pigeon, 1829, and Three-Toed Woodpecker, 1832 ($8,000 to $12,000 and $3,000 to $5,000, respectively). These two plates offer a rare glimpse into the process behind Birds of America, showing the engravings with untrimmed deckled edges and before the addition of color.

The Natural History section of the sale includes William Roscoe’s Monandrian Plants of the Order Scitamineae, of which only 150 were printed. This fine copy, which focuses on Zingiberales flowers, was passed through Roscoe’s family and is currently valued at $20,000 to $30,000. Also available is the first edition of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker’s The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya, with 30 hand-colored lithographs made from drawings done on location, with many species being described for the first time. This important early work on botany is expected to bring $10,000 to $15,000.

One peculiar lot in the sale is a scarce 1846 set of six engravings comparing the heliocentric and geocentric model of the solar system as it relates to Muggletonian beliefs, estimated at $1,000 to $1,500. Other celestial maps include Haemisphaerium Stellatum Boreale Cum Subiectio Hemischaerio Terresti, a resplendent engraving depicting the beasts of the zodiac lumbering above the earth ($3,000 to $5,000).

Finally, a very special offering: the complete original deluxe edition of Thomas Shotter Boys’s Original Views of London As It Is, 1841, considered the finest lithographed plate book on nineteenth-century London. This is only the third copy of this edition to come to auction in the last fifty years and it is estimated to sell between $5,000 and $7,500.

The auction will be held Thursday, December 8, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, December 3 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact specialist Caleb Kiffer via caleb@swanngalleries.com or at 212-254-4710, ext. 17.

Image: Lot 70 Petrus Plancius, Insulae Moluccae Celeberrimae, double-page map of the islands of Southeast Asia, London, 1598. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

DALLAS — More than 75 lots from the consigned by the family of Malcolm S. Forbes , including an important representation of rare political buttons from the "golden era" of campaign button designs, 1896 to 1920 will make their auction debut Dec. 3 in Heritage Auctions' Americana & Political auction.  

In the early 1980s Malcolm Forbes decided that a selection of campaign buttons would be an appealing addition to the displays of his renowned collection of autographs and manuscripts - and now the buttons will be available for collectors for the first time in nearly 40 years.

“Of course, Mr. Forbes wanted to collect campaign items of a quality commensurate with other pieces in his collection,” said Tom Slater, Heritage Director of Americana Auctions, “so one of his first acquisitions was an example of the key 1920 Cox-Roosevelt pinback jugate (est. $20,000).”

Forbes’ example is considered one of the rarest jugate buttons known to exist. The Forbes Collection Cox-Roosevelt is an example of the St. Louis Button Company design, widely considered to be one of the most attractive of all jugate button designs. It bears photos of both James Cox, Governor of Ohio, and his running mate - a youthful New York politician named Franklin Roosevelt. Bidding will open at $10,000.

In collecting circles the terms “jugate” refers to a button or badge depicting both the presidential candidate and his vice presidential running mate on the same item. Jugates have been produced for every presidential ticket since photographic campaign items came into wide use during Lincoln’s election in 1860, and the series is very popular among political hobbyists. 

“Although several different designs were issued, all are extremely rare,” Slater points out, “with perhaps a total of 50 examples known of all varieties. It has been posited that these were all manufacturer’s samples, and that no variety was ever ordered in quantity for actual campaign use.”

Another rare and charming jugate was issued when Teddy Roosevelt famously threw his “hat in the ring” and ran against the establishment candidates for 1912, Republican William Howard Taft and Democrat Woodrow Wilson. Early in the campaign Roosevelt was shot and nearly killed in an attempted assassination, but he was soon back on the campaign trail, declaring that he felt “as fit as a bull moose!”  The expression quickly caught the public’s imagination, and to this day his run for the White House is remembered as the “Bull Moose” candidacy.

Numerous campaign novelties reflected that theme, and one of the rarest is the variety from the Forbes Collection, featuring the photos of Roosevelt and his running mate Sen. Hiram Johnson  of California superimposed on the antlers of a moose. Bidding will open at $3,000, however auction prices upwards of $10,000 have been recorded.

Rogue Republican Teddy Roosevelt did not win that election, but he did outpoll Taft, and by splitting the Republican vote allowed Wilson to be elected with just over 40 percent of the popular votes.

One of the most beloved button designs among collectors is the Roosevelt “Equality” button. It was not a campaign issue per se, but rather a novelty issued to celebrate Roosevelt’s invitation to Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House. 

This was the first time an African American had done so, and the event was a great subject of popular discussion. Several different pinback buttons were made showing the two men dining together, all of which are highly prized. The Forbes example is the only one in color, the others being in black and white or sepia tones, and is expected to sell in the $5,000 range.

To view high-resolution images of the more than 75 lots form the Malcolm Forbes Collection, visit HA.com/6168.

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PP15815.jpgNew York, NY, November 15, 2016 — In June, 1943, upon completion of his freshman year of art school at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Philip Pearlstein was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Alabama for basic training. Given his artistic background, he was subsequently assigned to the visual-aids shop which was charged with producing charts, map keys, and manuals for use by army personnel. Pearlstein would learn various commercial art skills, silk-screening, and printing techniques in this work, and he would use his spare time both in the U.S. and after his transfer overseas to make sketches and watercolors of everyday army life. 

This unusual and surprising cache of works by the celebrated artist—better known today for his depictions of nudes in the studio— would survive the war and recently had a showing at New York’s Betty Cuningham Gallery. More than ninety of the drawings and sketches have come to the Morgan through a generous donation from Jane and David Walentas and Bruce Weber and Nan Bush. The museum retains one of the world’s greatest collections of works on paper and has been building its holdings of modern and contemporary drawings. These are the first works by Pearlstein to come into the museum’s collections. 

”Philip Pearlstein has said he learned much about himself and his future career during his time in the service,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan. “While stationed in Italy, he was able to visit palaces and churches where great works of art were on view. Upon his return to his native Pittsburgh, inspired by what he saw and with his portfolio of army work in hand, he was hired to be an assistant in the Carnegie Institute art department. His long and distinguished career had begun.”

“The Morgan is deeply grateful to Jane and David Walentas and to Bruce Weber and Nan Bush for this exceptional gift. The museum is not only recognized for its superb collection of drawings, but also for work that speaks to an artist’s process and growth. This gift is a fine example of that.”

Among the works coming to the Morgan are a number of items undertaken for the army visual-aids shop, including a deck of silkscreened flashcards of map symbols. The majority of the collection involves drawings done by Pearlstein during more casual moments, recording the reality of life as a G.I. in basic training, the crossing of the Atlantic in a ship convoy, and landscapes and civilians the artist encountered in his travels.

After the war, Pearlstein would graduate from the Carnegie Institute on the G.I. bill and move to New York to begin a career as a graphic artist. His companion on his move was a younger friend named Andy Warhola. They became roommates and both began work in catalog and magazine illustration. Their careers in the fine arts would blossom in the 1950s and 1960s, with Pearlstein becoming a major representative of the figurative tradition in postwar American art.

Image: Philip Pearlstein, Soldiers Resting (study for bayonet practice), 1943, Pen and ink on paper, 10 5/8 x 13 9/10 in. The Morgan Library & Museum. © Philip Pearlstein.

68-Joseph-Conrad copy.jpgNew York—Signed first editions dominated the scene at Swann Galleries’ auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature on Thursday, November 10. The biannual sale broke several auction records.

              Each offered book by father of science fiction H.G. Wells was purchased, led by The Invisible Man, 1897. This book, which sold for $7,500*, was one of several from a collection of fine first edition association copies inscribed by the author to his friend W.E. Henley, to whom Wells dedicated The Time Machine. Other highlights from the collection included The Island of Doctor Moreau, 1896, and The First Men in the Moon, 1901, which sold for $7,000 and $5,750, respectively. Another first edition of The Invisible Man sold to an institution for $5,000.

              The top lot of the sale was the first issue of the first edition of Frank L. Baum’s classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 1900, which brought $23,750, more than tripling its high estimate. Other children’s literature also performed well, including a signed limited first edition of Le Petit Prince, 1943, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which tied its previous auction record at $9,750. Additionally, signed presentation copies of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll sold for $15,000, while a complete set of first editions of the Christopher Robin books by A.A. Milne garnered $7,500.

              In its auction debut, a first edition signed in the year of publication of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran sold for $5,750. The book has been continuously in print since 1923 and has sold over 100 million copies, but is rarely seen at auction. This was also the first time at auction for a limited issue of a set of ten leather-bound volumes of The Complete Works of Walt Whitman, 1902, which sold for $5,000.

              Other auction records set in the sale include that of a signed first edition of Hugo Gernsback’s Ralph 124C 41+. A Romance of the Year 2660, 1925, which sold to a collector for $8,125. The first American edition of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, 1886, sold for a record-breaking price of $8,125, while Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s first English edition of The Brother Karamazov, 1912, sold to a collector for $11,250.

Further highlights include an inscribed first edition of Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim, 1900, which achieved $16,250, and the true first edition of Anne Frank’s diary, printed in Amsterdam in the original Dutch in 1947, which sold after heated bidding to a collector for $12,500. The first American edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876, by Mark Twain also did well, selling for $13,750.

Image: Lot 68 Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, first edition, inscribed to R.B. Cunninghame Graham, London & Edinburgh, 1900. Sold November 10, 2016 for $16,250. (Pre-sale estimate: $12,000 to $18,000)

ALA_144665587411.jpgThe Folio Society is delighted to announce that their Limited Edition Alice in Wonderland won both Best British Book and Book of the Year, and their Folio Collectables series won best Brand/Series Identity at The British Book Design & Production Awards, 2016 presented in London last night.

Danny Arter of The Bookseller said ‘The hat-trick of gongs meant the 69-year-old publisher was the most decorated of the evening, edging out Penguin Random House and Pan Macmillan.’

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

The judges said of Alice in Wonderland, ‘No detail has been left as standard; every element in creating this book has been endowed with the highest specification.’ They also commented on its ‘flawless execution’ saying ‘every page is a delight. It’s a perfect piece of typography combined with timeless illustrations. Presented in a perfect package.’

In awarding the Brand/Series Identity prize to the Folio Collectables, the judges said the ‘collection of vibrant books stood out immediately’ and they ‘showed real thought from both a production and design perspective’.

Lolita and The Grasmere Journal were also finalists in the Literature category, with Lolita being Highly Commended.

Kate Grimwade, Production Director at The Folio Society said: ‘We are extremely proud to have won in three categories and received Highly Commended in a fourth. It is wonderful to see The Folio Society’s dedication to excellence in design, production and illustration recognised by such a prestigious organisation.’

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Lot 1

Gualtieri (Niccolò) INDEX TESTARUM CONCHYLIORUM QUAE ADSERVANTUR IN MUSEO NICOLAI GUALTIERI
Published: Florentiae, M.D. CC. XLII [1742]

Estimate: $8,000/10,000

Half title page, engraved frontispiece, title page printed in red and black and with an engraved vignette, xxiii preliminary pages, 110 engraved full page plates (engraved by by P.A. Pazzi after drawings by Giuseppe Menabuoni) numbered TI - T110 with descriptive text opposite, 17 vignettes on the section title pages (each section title is printed in red and black), 18 other engraving the text, with the portrait of the author opposite page ix and the errata leaf at the end.

Niccolò Gualtieri (9 July 1688 - 15 February 1744) was an Italian doctor and malacologist. In 1742, he published Index Testarum Conchyliorum, quae adservantur in Museo Nicolai Gualtieri (translation: List of the shells of shellfish which are preserved in the museum of Niccolò Gualtieri). Gualtieri was a professor at the University of Pisa. He was amongst the first to depict the argonaut. His collections are deposited at the Museo storia naturale di Pisa.

1477562144HarrisPortraitsGiraffe.jpgLot 2

Harris (Captain William Cornwallis)
PORTRAITS OF THE GAME AND WILD ANIMALS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

Published: London, 1840 - 1843

Estimate: $14,000/16,000

The large paper issue with a lithographic additional title page with a hand-coloured vignette, 30 hand- coloured lithographic plates by Frank Howard after Harris and 30 uncoloured lithographic vignette tailpiece illustrations at the end of each chapter. Both title pages are dated 1840. In a contemporary half leather and marbled boards binding with matching marbled endpapers.

On the front endpaper is the small ex libris of the noted Africana collector, Birch Bernstein. The spine has six raised bands and seven panels, six of which have gilt embossed decorations of African animals. All edges gilt.

This huge work was first published in parts between 1840 and 1842 and in volume form in 1843. It was considered by Mendelssohn “One of the most important and valuable of the large folio works on South African fauna”. Each chapter has a detailed description of the animal illustrated in the accompanying plate.

Lot 3

Burchell (W.J.) TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

Published: London, 1822-1824
Estimate: $7,000/8,000
2 volumes: I. viii + [iv contents] + 582, II. [vi] + 648 pages,

errata leaf, half title page in volume I but not in volume II, hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece in each volume, 20 hand-coloured aquatint plates - 5 of which are fine folding panoramas, 96 wood engravings, early twentieth century half green morocco with marbled paper sides, marbled endpapers and edges, book plates on the front paste-down endpapers. The spines are faded to brown and the eather is lightly worn at the corners and the marbled paper is lightly worn along the edges. Foxing on the title pages and the following pages, the frontispiece in volume II is offset on the title page, occasional light foxing throughout, overall a very good set.

With 'Hints on Emigration tot the Cape of Good Hope' By the Same Author, 4 pages, bound in at the end of volume I.
The large folding map (850 x 720 mm) is bound in at the end of volume I as called for. It is lightly foxed.

Lot 7

Selous (Frederick Courteney) SIGNED LETTER TO JOHN HOPLEY, 1985

Published: Augsburg, 1778

Estimate: $3,500/5,000

Signed letter by F.C. Selous (1851-1917), dated Oct 16th 1895. The letter is a reply by Selous to a query from John Hopley, a famous sportsman. The subject of the letter was the possibility of a species of Eland with atypical horns. Synonyms of the Common Eand (Turotragus oryx) are the Taurotragus typicus Selous, 1899, and Aurotragus selousi (Lydekker 1910). In this letter, Selous rejects the notion of the atypical horns being the basis for describing another species of Eland (Antelope triangularis).

Frederick Courteney Selous was a larger than life British explorer, hunter, and conservationist, who was famous for his famous adventures in South-east Africa. He was also a soldier who received the DSO - the Selous Scouts were named after him. This life in Africa inspired Sir H. Rider Haggard to create the character of Allan Quatermain. He donated a large number of specimens to the British Museum. He remains one of the most revered big-game hunters of more than a century ago.

Lot 10

Schreiner (Olive) OLIVE SCHREINER'S "THE HUNTER" - WITH ORIGINAL SIGNED GRAPHICS
Published: Egon Guenther, Johannesburg, 1979

Estimate: $2,000/2,500

No. 6 of 75 numbered copies, which together with 10 artist's proofs and 5 hors commerce copies, constitutes the entire edition of this book.

The Hunter by Olive Schreiner first appeared in the South African classic "The Story of An African Farm", originally published in 1883. It subsequently appeared in the volume "Dreams" in 1891. This private edition contains 10 exquisite engravings by South African artist Wendy Vincent, each signed and numbered by the artist, and each a masterpiece of graphic art. The engravings are printed from the original blocks on Zerkall Buetten paper by Egon Guenther. The text is totally hand set in 24 point Bembo by Nicholas Pasoti and printed by Guenther. All edges uncut. Each copy in bound in quarter Oasis goatskin and paper covered boards by craft bookbinder Peter Carstens. The paper over the boards was hand designed and hand rolled by Guenther. The book is enclosed in a leather trimmed slipcase covered in the same matching hand decorated paper.

Lot 261

Meintjes (Johannes) MAGGIE LAUBSER

Published: Pretoria, 1944

Estimate: $150/200

47 pages, 3 tipped-in colour plates, 27 black & white illustrations in the text, original brown cloth titled in green on the upper cover and spine - the cloth is faded around the edges, inscription of a previous owner on the front free endpaper, contents crisp, a good copy in frayed dust jacket which is now preserved with a Brodart protector.

Czech (Kenneth) An Annotated Bibliography of Big Game Hunting Books 1785 - 1999 page 62:This was originally published in a shorter version as several articles in the British periodical, The Strand in early 1908.Churchill crossed British East Africa via the Uganda Railroad reaching Kampala and beginning his safari. At Simbax Station oryx and rhinowere hunted. After arriving at Murchison Falls, he bagged a white rhino. His party continued along the White Nile where hippo, waterbuck reedbuck and roan were collected with Col Wilson of the hunting party bagging an elephant.

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Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair, Dec. 2

Michael Kuch, Double Elephant Press, Opera Mortis, 2016.jpgNorthampton, Massachusetts - The region’s leading used & antiquarian booksellers and fine letterpress printers, book binders, paper makers, and artist book makers will convene at the second edition of Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair on Friday, December 2, 2016, 5 to 9 pm and Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm at the Smith College Campus Center. 

In addition to an exhibition and sale, the fair will feature a keynote address on December 2nd at 4 pm by Ruth R. Rogers, Curator of Special Collections in the Wellesley College Library.   Rogers will talk on Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books at the Smith College Nielson Library Browsing Room.  An opening reception will follow at the Campus Center Wilson Atrium.  

On December 3rd,  Readers and Writers, Live will feature  a day-long series of readings, talks and book signings by fiction writers, poets, children’s book writers & illustrators, publishing and culinary historians, and independent publishers.  There will be demonstrations of letter carving & displays of other books arts, including hand papermaking, custom bookbinding, and letter press printing.  

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

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

Keynote Talk by Ruth R. Rogers:  Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books.  Friday, December 2, 4 to 5 pm at Smith College, Nielson Library, Browsing Room

Ruth R. Rogers:  Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books

Rogers says she, “will examine the contemporary artist book as provocateur and siren, offering multiple modes of reading -- through text and image, and material and form. Book historian Roger Chartier has emphasized that our understanding of a text is mediated through complex paratexts: physical form, language, typography, image, and cultural nuance. At a time when the dissociation of text and physical book is rapidly expanding through digital media, artists’ books continue to engage the reader’s senses in ways that are both ancient and novel: meditative, haptic, and associative.”

Ruth R. Rogers is Curator of Special Collections in the Wellesley College Library where she develops the collection and lectures on the evolution of the book as material culture, visual communication, and artistic form. Her interests include the critical reading of artists' books and their research potential in the academic curriculum, and she has curated several national exhibitions, including Seductive Alchemy: Books by Artists. March 24-April 15, 2016, Lesley University College of Art and Design, March 2016, "Reading with the Senses."  In May 2016, Rogers delivered the Arthur P. Williams Lecture at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. 

Readers and Writers, Live!  Saturday, December 3, 10am - 5 pm at Smith College Campus Center and The Poetry Center at Wright Hall 

A day-long series of readings, talks and book signings by fiction writers, graphic novelists, poets, children’s book writers & illustrators, publishing and culinary historians, and independent publishers.  There will be demonstrations of letter carving & displays of other books arts, including hand papermaking, custom bookbinding, and letter press printing.  

Schedule of Events

10am: Pioneer Valley’s celebrated children’s book writers and illustrators will read from and sign their latest books:

Mordicai Gerstein, The Sleeping Gypsy, Holiday House and I Am Peter Pan, Roaring Brook Press

Richard Michelson, Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy, Knopf Books for Young Readers

Leslea Newman, Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed, Candlewick Press 

Heidi Stemple, You Nest Here With Me (written with Jane Yolen), Boyds Mill Press

Jane Yolen, On Bird Hill, illustrated by Bob Marstall, Cornell Laboratory Publishing Group

11am: Novelist John Crowley, of Conway, will read from Chemical Wedding by Chrstian Rosencrentz, a November release from Small Beer Press, of Easthampton.  

Noon: Antiquarian bookseller and Culinary Historian Tom Nealon, of Roslindale, MA, will read from his first book: Food Fights and Culture Wars: A Secret History of Taste, published by the British Library and Overlook Press.

1pm: Children’s book historian Leonard Marcus, of Brooklyn, NY,  will talk about his new book: Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft and Life Outside the Box, just published by Candlewick Press, in a panel discussion with graphic novelists.  

3pm: Jedediah Berry and Emily Houk, Editors of Nine Pin Press, of Amherst, MA and Catskill, NY will introduce contributors for a tasting menu of micro-readings from their first two publications: The Family Arcana , a story published in the form of a poker deck and Cosmogram, an anthology of horoscope stories. 

4pm: Paris Press publisher and poet Jan Freeman, of Ashfield will read from her new collection Blue Structure, just published by Calpyso Editions with Zoe Darrow, longstanding member of The Fiddleheads and the Trio de Pumpkintown, playing the fiddle in her inimitable frenzied style that blends Celtic and old-time fiddling feels somewhat like punk music.

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair Exhibitors by Location

Massachusetts:

Boomerang Booksellers, L&T Respess Books, Double Elephant Press, of Northampton                  

White Square Fine Books & Art, Warwick Press, of Easthampton 

Chena River Marblers, of Amherst

Sheryl Jaffe, Papermaker, of Ludlow

Brier Hill Gallery, of Ashfield and West Roxbury

Shelburne Falls Booksellers and Wiggins Fine Books, of Shelburne Falls 

New England Auctions, of Deerfield

Swamp Press, of Northfield 

Monroe Bridge Books, of Greenfield

Shelter Bookworks, of Orange 

The Lone Oak Press, of Petersham

Messenger Press, of North Adams

29 Press, of Cheshire 

Pazzo Books, of Roslindale

North Bennett Street School, of Boston

Third Year Studios, of Boston

Laurie Alpert, of Brookline

Marsolais Press & Letter Carving, of Millbury

21st Editions, of South Dennis

New Jersey:

Le Bookiniste, of Hopewell, NJ

Jeffrey Bergman Books, of Fort Lee, NJ

New York: 

Furious Day Press, of New York

Intima Press, of New York

Tideline Press, of West Sayville 

Connecticut: 

Colebrook Book Barn, of Colebrook, CT

John Bale Books, of Waterbury, CT

Yesterday’s Gallery, of East Woodstock, CT

Robin Price, of Middletown, CT

Pennsylvania:

William Hutchinson, of Mendenhall, PA

Virginia:

Austin Abbey Rare Books, of Mount Vernon, VA

Florida:

Little Sages Books, of Cooper City, FL 

For more information on exhibitors, go to: www.northamptonbookfair.com/exhibitors

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

Image: Opera Mortis, 2016, designed by Michael Kuch, of Double Elephant Press of Northampton http://www.michaelkuch.com.

128-Horizonte copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, December 1, Swann Galleries’ Books & Manuscripts department will offer Art, Press & Illustrated Books, with highlights in every category.

The sale is led by a set of the exceedingly rare Stridentist journal, Horizonte (1926-1927), edited by Leopoldo Méndez and illustrated by Ramón Alva del Canal and Diego Rivera, among others. It is the most complete run ever to be offered at auction, with nine of the ten issues present, and six highly uncommon supplements. The set is expected to sell between $20,000 and $30,000.

The top lot of the sale is Gustav Klimt’s Das Werk, the artist’s only lifetime monograph. Klimt prepared the volume with his friend, the Viennese publisher Hugo Heller, between 1908 and 1918. The work features fifty richly printed collotype plates of iconic works, including Pallas Athena, The Kiss, and The Sunflower, with ten in color and heightened in gold and silver. Of the 300 copies, few have survived; this one, numbered 103, is estimated at $45,000 to $60,000.

Other notable treasures include Ashendene Press editions of Le Morte d'Arthur, 1913, by Sir Thomas Malory, of which only 155 copies were printed, and a copy of John Milton’s Paradise Regain’d, 1905, printed in Doves type ($4,000 to $6,000 and $2,000 to $3,000, respectively). Also available is a 1908 Insel-Verlag edition of Friedrich Nietzsche's Also Sprach Zarathustra, designed by Henry van de Velde and bound by Eleanore Ramsey, estimated at $8,000 to $10,000.

The sale features a run of books on architecture, from Owen Biddle’s Young Carpenter’s Assistant, 1833, which set the precedent for American architectural styles, to the first edition in French of the first major illustrated publication on the ruins of Palmyra, Les Ruines de Palmyre autrement dite Tedmor, 1753, by Robert Wood and James Dawkins (each 1,500 to $2,500).

American highlights include a vibrantly colored six-volume set of original textile block prints from the Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project ($4,000 to $6,000), as well as a rare copy of The Cubies' ABC by Mary Mills and Earl Harvey Lyall. The book is a witty attack on modern art, created in the wake of the famous 1913 Armory Show. Written in rhyme, this rare alphabet book is expected to sell between $7,000 and $10,000.

Also available is a series of printed calling cards and invitations commissioned by Gilded Age New York City elites, including the Astors and Vanderbilts, compiled by the printer himself, one G.D. Carroll in Love: Compositions of Eminent Persons of Golden Ages ($300 to $400), and a limited edition copy of The Book-Lover’s Almanac for the Year 1893 with twelve book-related illustrations, once owned by contributor Eugene Field and signed by the printer Theodore Low De Vinne ($600 to $900).

Another highlight, Le Paradis Musulman, by François-Louis Schmied and Joseph-Charles Mardrus, features intricate color woodblock illustrations throughout; the title page alone used 45 different blocks. Schmied included two self-portraits in the book, which is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000. Schmied also had a hand in another offered work: he designed Maurice de Guérin’s Poèmes en Prose, 1928, illustrated and inscribed by George Barbier ($6,000 to $9,000).

No sale of Illustrated Books would be complete without a storybook section: a charming 1926 limited edition of Fairyland by Australian duo Annie R. Rentoul and Grenby Outhwaite boasts 18 color plates and 32 black-and-white plates depicting fairies gallivanting with such spectacles as the moon, as well as endemic animals, including koalas and kiwis. Other children’s highlights include Mon Chat, 1930, by Russian Constructivist artist Nathalie Parain ($700 to $1,000), and Maxfield Parrish’s The Knave of Hearts, 1925 ($2,000 to $3,000).

Among several unique handmade books in the sale is an unusually elaborate pedagogical workbook based on Wilhelm August Fröbel's System of Gifts, 1894. Distributed to classrooms in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the kits contained various paper and string collage projects which introduced children to concepts such as shapes, textures, and patterns (called "gifts"), and explored their physical manipulation through folding, sewing and other activities, which he called "occupations." The most intricate and complete copy to come to auction, it is valued at $800 to $1,200.

Classical works include an eighteenth-century Venetian drawing manual, Piazetta's Studi di Pittura gia dissegnati with engravings by Marco Pitteri, 1760, estimated at $5,000 to $7,500. Works on Chinese art, performing arts, and modern and contemporary art round out the sale.

The auction will be held on Thursday, December 1, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public, with an exhibition opening Monday, November 28 through Wednesday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Christine von der Linn at 212-254-4710, extension 20, or via e-mail at cv@swanngalleries.com.

Image: Lot 128 Leopoldo Méndez, Horizonte, nine issues and rare supplements of the famed Stridentist journal, with illustrations by Diego Rivera, 1926-27. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

Screen Shot 2016-11-11 at 8.41.02 AM.pngA first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first of J.K. Rowling's hugely successful novels about the boy wizard, sold for £43,750 at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London yesterday (9 November). This is a world record price for the book at public auction. The copy, described as being in exceptionally fine condition, had been estimated at £15,000-20,000 and was bought by a London-based businessman.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in 1997 by Bloomsbury and became an instant bestseller. It scooped most children's literature awards in the UK and, after its publication in the USA under the title, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 1988, stayed near the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list for most of 1999 and 2000. Like the succeeding novels in the seven book series, it was turned into a feature film making stars of its three young main actors and engaging a host of major British actors.

Bonhams Books and Manuscripts senior specialist Simon Roberts, said, "This was an exceptional price for a much-loved modern classic. The book was in excellent condition which added to its appeal for collectors and I am not surprised that it attracted so much interest and such intense bidding."

JFK1.jpgDALLAS — A lot consisting of 98 pages of notes in former President John F. Kennedy’s hand from the 1960 presidential campaign highlights a group of important Kennedy memorabilia offered in Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 3 Americana & Political auction. The papers’ opening bid is $25,000, but that could prove conservative, according to Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. 

“We’ve never seen anything like these amazing notes,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions. “I’ve never encountered uncensored papers from a president, let alone something in this wonderful historic impact.”

Kennedy’s notes were drafted at a notable time in his Presidential campaign, because he was suffering from laryngitis. The candidate had spoken so often on the trail that he had all but lost his voice. He was under doctor’s strict orders to avoid speaking whenever possible, especially in the noisy cabin of his prop-driven campaign plane, “Caroline.”

Based on context, a number of these notes appear to be from the April and May time period, after his April 5 victory in the Wisconsin primary (a 56-44 percent win over Hubert Humphrey) through the May 10 West Virginia primary, which was of major concern to him. 

The candidate communicated by scribbling notes on a legal pad, a number of which were preserved by his airborne “Gal Friday,” Janet DesRosiers. These candid notes — which never were published — present important insights into Kennedy’s personality and character, as well as providing a revealing glimpse of the inner workings of a political campaign. 

“The circumstances dictated that here was no filter when Kennedy was dashing these off,” Slater points out. “We never have encountered anything quite like them before.”

The entire archive is being offered as one lot, with a minimum opening bid of $25,000.   

A one-of-a-kind Sterling Silver Tiffany Cigarette Box bearing the Presidential Seal, displayed in Kennedy’s oval office, also is featured in the December auction. “While any objects personally owned by President Kennedy are highly collectable, those used in the Oval Office hold a particular allure for collectors,” Slater said.

“This particular box, formerly in the renowned Robert White collection, is especially well-documented, having come from Martin E. Underwood, a Special Assistant to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson,” Slater said. Bidding will open at $20,000. 

The auction also includes a historic Kennedy-signed document: his formal acceptance of his nomination by New York State’s Liberal Party as its 1960 presidential standard bearer. Without the liberal vote, Kennedy would have lost New York State and the presidency to Nixon, whose Republican vote total actually exceeded the number of votes cast for Kennedy as a Democrat. The crucial document opens with a $15,000 bid. 

Additional highlights from the many Kennedy items in the auction include, but are not limited to:

·         Kennedy’s personal cased set of gaming chips, each stamped “JFK,” with a minimum opening bid of $2,500.

·         Opening at $1,500 is Kennedy’s personal calling card case, emblazoned with “John F. Kennedy United States Senator,” opening bid $1,500.

·         Large photograph of JFK and his entire cabinet, signed by each, with an opening bid of $5,000.

·         A book detailing the story of PT-109, inscribed and signed by JFK and all 10 surviving members of his crew, as well as sailors from the Japanese vessel which sank Kennedy’s boat, with an opening bid of $10,000

·         A highly sought-after 1963 official Christmas card, signed before the Dallas trip by both President and Jacqueline Kennedy, with an opening bid of $5,000.

·         The Colt police model revolver used by Sgt. Gerald Hill when Hill arrested Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, opening with a $4,000 bid.

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158-Rembrandt copy.jpgNew York—At least a dozen auction records were set at Swann Galleries’ November 3 three-part sale of Old Master Through Modern Prints, Featuring Camille Pissarro: Impressionist Icon.

The sale was crowned by two master engravings by Albrecht Dürer: Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513, and Melencolia I, 1514, both realized $65,000.

With several phone bidders competing on consecutive lots, many works by Camille Pissarro soared past their previous records, most notably, the 1879 aquatint and etching Chemin sous bois à Pontoise, which realized $40,000*, more than doubling its standing record of $15,000. Similarly, the highest price paid previously for Rue Saint-Romain, à Rouen, 1ère planche was $7,576; on Thursday, the 1896 lithograph, printed in dark green, realized $30,000. Other records set for Pissarro included Paysage à l’Hermitage (Pontoise), 1880, and Chãteau de Busagny à Osny, 1887; both sold for $25,000.

Several prices for works by Old Master artist Rembrandt van Rijn achieved new heights. The 1641 etching and drypoint Cornelis Claesz Anslo, Preacher brought $60,000, while the jovial etching Self Portrait with Long, Bushy Hair: Head Only, circa 1631, realized $52,500. The third Rembrandt record was set by a 1653 etching and drypoint titled The Pancake Woman for $35,000.

Another record was set for an early work by Giovanni Piranesi from his iconic Carceri d'Invenzione series: The Round Tower, circa 1749, went for $52,500-100% of the nearly 20 works by the artist found buyers.

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century works also performed well, with many online winners. A new auction record was set for a scarce 1932 lithograph by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, Fruits of Labor, which realized $30,000. Another highlight was James A.M. Whistler’s 1878 lithograph Nocturne, which sold to an institution for $50,000.

Todd Weyman, Swann Galleries Vice President and Director of Prints & Drawings, said, “We were delighted to see competitive bidding on important early Rembrandt portraits and Dürer’s masterworks, as well as iconic prints like Whistler’s Nocturne leading the sale, showing the increasingly discerning market.”

Image: Lot 158 Rembrandt van Rijn, Cornelis Claesz Anslo, Preacher, etching and drypoint, 1641. Sold November 3, 2016 for $60,000, and auction record for the print. (Pre-sale estimate: $25,000 to $35,000)

Screen Shot 2016-11-07 at 9.30.55 AM.pngLondon, 13 December 2016: A rare presentation copy of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," created, hand-written and illustrated by JK Rowling, containing a personal inscription by the author to the editor who launched her career, will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s London on 13 December 2016. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is estimated to reach £300,000- 500,000.

The present copy, number 3 of the 7 that J.K Rowling produced, was presented to British publisher Barry Cunningham, who famously accepted the first Harry Potter book for publication. The copy holds considerable special significance, as Cunningham played an instrumental role in launching J.K Rowling’s career as an international best-selling author. In a dedication written in the front of the book, JK Rowling wrote: “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell... THANK YOU”. Cunningham recalls the experience of receiving the copy on 12 December 2007 as ‘unreal’, becoming ‘progressively more exciting’ as he opened a white jiffy envelope to reveal a beautiful, cloth-wrapped manuscript book, adorned with semi-precious stones and a sterling silver mounted skull. The original packaging, in which the copy was delivered, is included as part of the lot.

Originally presented as a personal gift to ‘those most closely connected to the Harry Potter books’, the manuscript of wizarding tales is one of only seven unique copies produced for the most important people in Rowling’s life during this time. In 2007, a seventh copy produced specifically for sale at auction to raise money for J.K Rowling’s charity Lumos, was sold at Sotheby’s for a record-breaking £1.95 million.

‘The personal resonance of this book makes this both an exceptional and highly desirable object to come to auction. It is particularly special as it is only one of six made for those closest to the author throughout the journey of creating the Harry Potter series, gifted to the man who recognised the brilliance of J.K Rowling’s writing and her potential impact on children’s literature.’
Dr. Philip W. Errington, Director, Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department

Bound in brown morocco leather, the manuscript carries seven unique mounted rhodochrosite stones. At the end of the volume, the author notes that these semi-precious stones are ‘traditionally associated with love, balance and joy in daily life.’ The exterior is additionally embellished with hallmarked sterling silver ornaments, centred by an ominous skull.

Containing clues that were to prove crucial to Harry Potter’s final mission to destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a volume of five wizarding fairy-tales left to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Only one tale, ‘The Tales of the Three Brothers’ is recounted in the book.

Watch the video that reveals this special edition of Tales of Beedle the Bard here.

EXHIBITION DATES:
The book will be on view at:
Sotheby’s New York from 9 November to 11 November Sotheby’s London from 9 December to 13 December

POLLY DOTS.pngDreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions is delighted to announce Art on a Postcard Secret Auction in aid of The Hepatitis C Trust. The auction takes place on 17th November, at 3pm, and will be held at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London W1.  

International high profile names including Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry, Maggie Hambling, Oliver Jeffers, Peter Blake, Harland Miller, Gilbert & George and a host of Royal Academicians such as Ken Howard RA, Mick Rooney RA, John Wragg RA, Rebecca Salter RA, and Steven Farthing RA, as well as emerging talent have together created over 400 postcard sized artworks up for auction. Proceeds from the auction will go towards The Hepatitis C Trust’s campaign to eliminate the virus as a major public health concern by 2030. 

All lots will be available to view at Maddox Gallery from Saturday 12th November and the online catalogue is available now for perusing and bidding on The Auction Room platform: www.theauctionroom.com. The sale will take place as a live webcast auction, enabling people to bid both live and online on 17th November. 

A list of the contributing artists can be found at http://www.artonapostcard.com/#/about-secret-auction/. The works will be offered without attribution and artist’s names will remain anonymous until the end of the auction. 

Gemma Peppé, Director, Art on A Postcard, hand-picked the contributing artists and has commented on the fund raising initiative: ‘At the start of this project in 2014, we were conscious to create something that was truly inclusive and engaging but that also was true to our current economic and political landscape. Postcard sized artwork does just that. Small works of art are a symbol of the austerity we have been living through, economical for our artists to make and our audience to buy, perfectly sized to fit easily onto the wall of a London apartment, and if none of the above, great, collectible, artworks in their own merit.’ 

This is the second Art on a Postcard Secret Auction for The Hepatitis C Trust to be hosted by The Auction Room, and the auctioneer has said: ‘We are looking forward to building on the highly successful result achieved in 2015 with another sensational group of works this November. We are very pleased to be able to help with this tremendous cause with the added element of secrecy adding to the enjoyment’.

NCSML Lowry Travel Posters .jpgCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The original exhibition, Czech Travel Posters from the Lowry Collection opens Saturday November 5, 2016. Both George and Nicholas Lowry, the father-son collectors, will attend the opening reception on Sunday, November 6, discussing the tradition and importance of travel posters within the Czech lands.

Viewers of PBS’s Antiques Roadshow will recognize Nicholas Lowry as a regularly appearing expert. George Lowry was born in Czechoslovakia, escaping on the eve of World War II and Hitler’s occupation of the country. George and Nicholas Lowry own Swann Auction Galleries in New York. Founded in 1941, Swann is the largest auctioneer of Works on Paper in the world, dealing with items ranging from books to photographs to posters. At over 1,000 works, the family owns the largest collection of Czech posters in the world outside the Czech Republic. The collection grew over the last 25 years out of the family’s Czech origins and George and Nicholas’s mutual passion for the images. Carefully curated by Nicholas Lowry, the exhibit Czech Travel Posters from the Lowry Collection showcases 43 travel posters that span several decades, many of them being exhibited for the first time.

For a small country, Czechoslovakia produced a large number of posters, owing to a combination of the country’s rich artistic legacy and strong economic climate. The travel posters are a unique form of advertising showcasing the beauty, intrigue, and architecture of the Czech lands, sometimes urging tourists (in German, English or French) to visit such wonders in Czechoslovakia as Brno or Kutna Hora. Other posters extol the sporting opportunities in Czechoslovakia, such as golf or skiing. A few are in Czech, printed to promote internal tourism and travel.

Details about the opening reception at http://www.ncsml.org/event/opening-reception-travel-posters-lowry-collection/ Please RSVP online.

Opening Reception Schedule, Sunday November 6, 2016:

1:00 - 2:00pm: Presentation by Nicholas Lowry in WFLA/ZCBJ Heritage Hall
2:00 - 3:00pm: Nicholas and George Lowry will be available in Petrik Gallery to discuss the artwork and their collection. Light refreshment provided

Regular admission is required to enter the museum’s galleries. NCSML Members receive free admission to all galleries. The portion of the event held in WFLA/ZCBJ Heritage Hall is completely free. Please note: while Nicholas Lowry is a favorite expert on Antiques Roadshow, he will not be available to appraise items during this visit to the NCSML. The public is asked to please not bring items for this purpose.

Additionally, NCSML members and volunteers are invited to a special shopping event in the Museum Store. Members and volunteers receive 25% off their purchases between 12:00pm and 5:00pm on Sunday, November 6 only, plus receive a free glass of wine at the cash bar. The public is also welcome to shop during the Museum Store event, but will not receive the exclusive member and volunteer discount. Memberships will be available for purchase on the day of the event. Details at http://www.ncsml.org/event/member-volunteer-appreciation-day-museum-store/

Lot 118 copy.jpgNew York—On November 1, a mere nine days before the American Presidential election, Swann Auction Galleries offered an autograph album signed by 18 presidents, starting with Abraham Lincoln and ending with Barack Obama. Fourteen presidents signed the album on a single page, to make for a head-spinning who’s-who of powerful Americans. The album, which sold to a collector for $60,000*, was the centerpiece of an eclectic and well-attended Autographs auction.

         Presidents and historic political superstars performed exceptionally well in the sale. A Letter Signed by Samuel Huntington as Governor, informing the Governor of New Jersey that Connecticut had ratified the Constitution, sold for $36,400—over ten times the high estimate and an auction record for a letter signed by Huntington. Various Partly-printed Documents Signed by George Washington achieved high prices, including a 1768 Virginia lottery ticket, which sold for $7,250, and the 1783 military discharge of Edward Keyser from the Second New York Regiment, which brought $13,750.

         One outstanding lot was a Clipped Signature by Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion. The fragment was cut from a letter that closed, “your friend” and on the verso mentioned the town of Plymouth, a site of spiritual relevance to Mormons. Bidders over the phone, online and in attendance pushed the price to nearly twenty times the estimate-it eventually went to a collector for $13,750.

         Also in the sale was an Autograph Letter Signed by Claude Monet to his friend, the artist and art critic Gustave Geffroy, inviting him to visit the garden “resplendent with flowers” in Giverny, where Monet painted his famous water lilies. The letter, dated July 14, 1891 and still in the original envelope, sold for $8,125. An Autograph Letter Signed by Edvard Munch to Judge J. Roede stated that his handyman will continue to assist in his painting, though he will no longer be able to garden or grow asparagus. The undated letter, in Danish, went for $3,250.

         There was no shortage of musicians’ signatures in the sale, led by Sergei Rachmininoff’s Autograph Musical Quotation dated and Signed, which sold to a collector for $7,000. Meanwhile, an Autograph Note Signed by Gustav Mahler with the salutation “Dear Director” in German sold above its estimate at $6,240. A poster featuring inkblots, each signed by a member of the Beatles with Ringo, the shortest Beatle, signing the shortest inkblot and inscribing his height, sold for $5,750 after frenzied bidding.

Swann Galleries’ Autographs Specialist Marco Tomaschett said, “Presidential autographs performed well, demonstrating that this election season has not diminished enthusiasm for the presidency. We are also seeing collectors bid enthusiastically for popular culture icons, while autographs of fine artists and classical musicians continue to increase in value.”

Image: Lot 118 Album with more than 130 Civil War-era signatures, including Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet, and signed by 18 presidents, 14 on a single page, 1864-2010. Sold November 1, 2016 for $60,000.

 

space.jpgDALLAS — Collectors will have a rare opportunity to bid on Heritage Auctions’ largest compilation of space-flown, signed and collectible space-related memorabilia  —  including the space-flown Apollo 13 Command/Service Module Launch Checklist book (est. $30,000) signed by astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert upon their safe return. In addition to artifacts from various explorations, the Nov. 11 Space Auction offers original artwork by astronaut Alan Bean, whose depictions of his time on the surface of the moon have been exhibited around the country.

“This collection offers some exceptionally rare lots, items that were received directly from astronauts who have flown or been involved in Apollo missions,” Heritage Auctions chief cataloger and space historian Michael Riley said. “Historic Items in this auction are the kind that really can take your collection to the next level.”

Among the top lots available in the auction will be the CSM Launch Checklist, which was prepared and managed by NASA’s Dennis Bentley. After the mission’s crewmen autographed the checklist that helped get them safely home following the perilous mission, Haise presented the checklist to Bentley, who has kept it in his private collection ever since. 

Also available is the Quarantine Cover, C-2, that was flown on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon - the first manned lunar landing - and signed by crewmembers Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. Featured on the cover is an “Apollo 8” stamp, valued at 6 cents and cancelled Aug 11, 1969, in Webster, Texas. When Apollo 11 returned to Earth July 24, 1969, the equipment and astronauts from the spacecraft were quarantined; when the cover was released from quarantine, it was taken to the nearest post office (Webster is less than three miles from NASA's Houston headquarters) for cancellation, after which it became a part of Collins’ personal collection.

Other top lots include a pair of paintings, each measuring 18 inches by 24 inches, by astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon as a member of the Apollo 12 mission in November, 1969. “Our World At My Fingertips” was completed in 2005 and was on exhibit at the Butler Institute of American Art in late 2005 and at the Cosmosphere from 2006 until now, making this auction the first time this stunning work ever has been offered to the public. Bean actually incorporated moon dust into the paint he used to complete “Our World at my Fingertips.”

“Within this painting are actual particles of the space ship I flew to the moon, some charred black with reentry heat, and minute amounts of moon dust that coated my spacesuit,” Bean said.

In 1984, Bean painted “Test Drive,” which shows Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan driving the lunar roving vehicle on the moon soon after it was extracted from the Challenger lunar module. “Test Drive” has been in a private collection for more than 20 years.

Bruce McCandless II is a former astronaut, American naval officer and aviator and electrical engineer. A member of the Apollo 14 support crew and “CapCom” (capsule communicator), McCandless was presented with a Brush-Scriber-Lens Tool that was flown in the lunar module and carried on the surface of the moon. It has been in his personal collection since 1971.

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Screen Shot 2016-11-04 at 9.26.02 AM.pngThe Museum of Modern Art announces the release of One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers, the first publication to reproduce all 70 photocollages created by Josef Albers at the Bauhaus using photographs he made between 1928 and 1932. Hailed in his own lifetime as among the most important figures of 20th-century art, both as a practitioner and as a teacher at the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, and Yale University, Albers (1888-1976) achieved widespread acclaim across a range of mediums, from glassworks and furniture design to printmaking and painting. Yet Albers’s engagement with modernist photography remained largely hidden until after his death, and it is only now that the entire series of unique photocollages the artist produced at the famed art school—before he and his wife fled Nazi Germany for the US—has been published together, many for the first time. At once expansive and restrained, this remarkable body of work anticipates concerns that Albers would pursue throughout his career: seriality, perception, and the relationship between handcraft and mechanical production.

One and One Is Four reveals an Albers at once familiar and unexpected—playful yet disciplined, personal yet enigmatic—through a body of work whose genius becomes fully apparent when considered as a whole. “Albers’s photocollages stand as remarkable contributions to the medium in their own right,” explains Sarah Hermanson Meister, Curator in the Department of Photography and the author of the book, “while they anticipate in important ways key concerns that would animate the artist’s work throughout his career, including his iconic Homages to the Square.” An essay by art historian and Bauhaus scholar Elizabeth Otto underscores the originality of Albers’s achievement through a survey of photocollages by Albers’s fellow Bauhäusler, and a contribution by MoMA conservator Lee Ann Daffner examines the artist’s materials to suggest new insights into these works, the discovery of which has been celebrated as one of the great art finds of the past century. The publication also includes a transcription of a lecture delivered by Albers at Black Mountain College in February 1943 titled “Photos as Photography and Photos as Art”—Albers’s sole public statement about the medium—and a preface by Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

The first serious exploration of Albers’s photographic practice occurred in a modest exhibition of 38 photographs organized by John Szarkowski at MoMA in 1988, The Photographs of Josef Albers. At the time, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation donated two photocollages to the Museum. In 2015, the Museum acquired 10 additional photocollages by Albers, making its collection the most significant anywhere outside the Foundation. A new installation featuring 16 photocollages, on view from November 23, 2016, through April 2, 2017, in the Museum’s fifth-floor galleries, celebrates both the publication and this landmark acquisition. The exhibition is organized by Sarah Meister with Kristen Gaylord, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow, Department of Photography. The exhibition is supported by the Annual Exhibition Fund.

One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers is published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and available from MoMA stores and online at store.moma.org. It is distributed to the trade by ARTBOOK|D.A.P. in the US and Canada, and by Thames & Hudson outside the US and Canada. Hardcover, 9.5 x 12", $50. 140 pages, 120 color and duotone illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-63345-017-2.

Bernard Shapero of Shapero Rare Books and Sandra Hindman of Les Enluminures are delighted to present 2000 Years of Jewish Culture: an exhibition of books, manuscripts, art, and jewellery.

A selling show, it is the first of its kind ever staged in the UK in a private space, and, accordingly, it will be marked by the publication of a fully illustrated catalogue. It encompasses every aspect of Jewish life, including philosophy, religion, literature, photography, fine art and jewellery. 

Says curator Bela Goldenberg Taieb: Each of the assembled artifacts - the oldest of which is a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls -  is representative of a particular field of endeavour, and as such they collectively offer a truly compelling picture of the Jewish contribution to world culture.'

The exhibition, which features over 100 objects, will be arranged over the basement, ground and first floor of Shapero’s Mayfair premises. It presents several important rare books, the subjects of which span the tenth to the twentieth centuries, including first editions of some important examples of Anglo-Judaica. 

Books and Manuscripts:

  • A group of 5 fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • A 13th century Hebrew manuscript of The Book of Genesis on vellum, originating in Germany; a 12th-13th century manuscript of The Book of Psalms and a 14th -15th century Byzantine manuscript of the Passover Haggadah.
  • The first English translation of the Haggadah. The book was issued in two editions and represents the only known appearance of Ladino in Hebrew letters in a London imprint. The present edition is in fact so rare that it is not found in either the British Library nor the Bodleian Library. Its translator, Alexander ben Judah Leib, was one of the pioneers of the Hebrew printing in London, and was responsible for establishing the Hebrew Press in London in 1770. This Haggadah was the second book published by him, following an earlier bilingual Common-Prayer-Book, also featured in this exhibition, along with his first edition of the Pentateuch.
  • The first book by Ka-Tzetnik. Entitled Tzveiuntzvantzik - Lider (Twenty-Two Poems), the book is possibly the most complete copy currently in existence of Ka-Tzetnik’s first book of Yiddish poetry, published in 1931.  Born Yehiel Feiner, he is one of the most important Israeli authors. During WWII, Feiner spent two years (1943-1944) as a prisoner in Auschwitz concentration camp, and was the sole survivor out of his entire family. While being led out of the camp to be shot, he managed to escape and in 1945 arrived in Palestine and became a famous Holocaust novelist. His nom de plume, Ka-Tzetnik 135633, refers to the words ‘Concentration Camper’ in Yiddish slang, and his prisoner number. Ka-Tzetnik famously hunted down his only pre-war book in public libraries and has creatively destroyed most of them.
  • A collection of Zionist books and artifacts, including Herzl’s portrait by Hermann Struck, signed by Herzl himself; first editions of Herzl’s seminal work Der Iudenstaat, photographs and letters. 

Photographs of and by distinguished twentieth century Jews:

  • Autographed photographs of Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. The latter portrait is inscribed with a note of remembrance from Sigmund Freud to Dr. Smiley Branton, an intimate friend and a former patient, who underwent psychoanalysis in 1929. Blanton was the author of the best-selling self-help guide, Love or Perish, 1956, a speech pathologist and psychoanalyst in New York for many years.
  • A seminal photograph by Alfred Stieglitz. The Steerage is Stieglitz’s most iconic photograph, and was proclaimed by the artist and illustrated in histories of the medium as his first Modernist photograph. Taken in 1907 aboard the SS Kaiser Wilhelm II, the work marks Stieglitz’s transition away from painterly prints of Symbolist subjects to a more straightforward depiction of life.

Depictions of the Holy Land:

  • One of the most impressive engraved panoramic views of Jerusalem by Wencelaus Hollar (Ierusalem, 1660). Its representation of the First Jewish Temple at Jerusalem (aka Solomon's Temple) is based on earlier engravings that were published in Rome in 1604. Inside the city’s walls, Solomon’s Temple and the Palace of King David are figured prominently on the Temple Mount. Hollar was a prominent Bohemian etcher in the 17th century. In a career of some 50 years, he produced almost 3,000 etchings on a variety of subjects, with the direct, realist style that makes them very valuable historical documents. The British Museum, the print room at Windsor Castle and the National Gallery in Prague all hold near complete collections of Hollar’s work.
  • A spectacular early photograph of the old city of Jerusalem and its surrounding hills by the renowned British photographer, Francis Frith. From his perspective on the Mount of Olives, Frith captured the walls of the ancient city with houses and buildings indistinguishable within. Some early photographs of Jerusalem by Felix Bonfils will also be exhibited.
  • A coloured woodcut map of the Holy Land by Claudius Ptolemaeus is a fine example with rich original colour. Printed in 1482, it provided the basic image of the Holy Land until the 18th century.

Jewellery:

  • A collection of Jewish wedding rings. Dating from between the 16th and 19th centuries, the rings feature miniature palaces, castles and temples in the place of gemstones, the roofs of which often open like a locket to reveal a Hebrew inscription.

Cuisine:

  • Jewish cuisine is represented by Lady Judith (Cohen) Montefiore’s Jewish Cookery by a Lady. When this book was first published in 1846, the identity of ‘the Lady’ to whom the work is accredited was unknown. Only after later scholarship did the identity become apparent. The Montefiores observed the Mosaic dietary laws and kept a strictly kosher kitchen. This required that their meat be ritually slaughtered and that they observe the biblical injunctions on mixing dairy with meat, and avoid eating pork, shell-fish, hares, rabbits and swans.
  • A seminal 16th century Hebrew manuscript on vellum listing the rules and laws of Kosher slaughter and food preparation -  Sefer Shechitot U’Bedikot by Rabbi Ya’akov Weil. 

Art:

  • Colour lithographic limited edition artist books by Mark Chagall, including Drawings for the Bible (1960), Vitraux pour Jérusalem (1962) and Psaumes de David (1979).
  • Folio of lithographic portraits by Oscar Kokoschka, entitled Jerusalem Faces (1973), which includes a portrait of Golda Meir.
  • Folio of woodcut prints by Reuven Rubin entitled The God Seekers (1923). Rubin was a Romanian-born Israeli painter and Israel's first ambassador to Romania. He is considered one of the founders of the Eretz-Yisrael style in painting.
  • Magnificently illustrated limited edition Passover Haggadah, on vellum, with illustrations by Arthur Szyk, signed by both Szyk and Cecil Roth (the editor) produced in 1939. Arthur Szyk was a Polish-Jewish artist, illustrator and caricaturist, who produced works characterised in their material content by social and political commitment, and in their formal aspect by the rejection of Modernism and the influence of the traditions of Medieval and Renaissance painting, especially illuminated manuscripts from those periods. Unlike most caricaturists, Szyk always showed great attention to the colour effects and details in his works.
  • The first illustrative drawings of Lucian Freud. These appeared in a collection of poems by Nicholas Moore. Published in 1944, the same year as Freud's first solo exhibition, the illustrations include a number of motifs that Freud would revisit, making this an interesting record of his early work. Additionally, an early Lucian Freud drawing from c.1942 will be shown. 

 

Exhibition dates: 4th November - 19th November, 2016

Shapero Rare Books

32 St. George Street

London W1S 2EA

A number of events have been planned to complement the exhibition. These include the following:

Gallery Talks (to take place at Shapero Rare Books):

Speaker: Sharon Liberman Mintz, the Curator of Jewish Art, The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary

Subject:  ‘Hebrew Manuscripts and Jewish Culture’

Date: Tuesday November 1st, 7 pm (opening night)

Speaker: Beatriz Chadour-Sampson, Jewelry historian, curator and author 

Subject: ‘Jewish Wedding Rings’

Date: Thursday November 3rd, 7 pm

 

Screen Shot 2016-11-03 at 9.11.30 AM.pngBERNARD QUARITCH LIMITED has just published a new catalogue of rare and important books and manuscripts on food and drink from the library of the conductor and musician Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014). Music and food were two of the defining life-long passions of Christopher Hogwood, and in his search for authentic ways to perform period music, he found food to be a perfect metaphor for understanding the past through the senses. He even hosted historical post-concert dinners for his musicians, often with dishes based on recipes from the same period as the music previously performed. Hogwood started to collect cook books from the seventeenth century onwards when the holdings of the Cambridge University Library (now holding his music scores and musical library) could not satisfy his appetite for historical recipes.

This collection combines works by celebrity cookery writers of their time (often women making a very decent living from their culinary creations, like Hannah Glasse, Arabella Fairfax, Elizabeth Raffald, Charlotte Mason or Elizabeth Moxon) with spurious editions published on the back of their successes; and books on fantastic creations by nineteenth-century confectioner Frederic Nutt with books written at royal court, and about the gastronomic preferences of royals, e.g. by natural philosopher and courtier Sir Kenelm Digby.

Christopher Hogwood’s collection of culinaria also includes a large number of manuscripts with recipes from early modern Oxford (including very early recorded recipes for New College Pudding from the seventeenth century) to veritable micro-libraries of culinary, cosmetic, medicinal and household recipes in manuscript form, such as two manuscripts from the last quarter of the eighteenth century (Christopher Hogwood’s main musical period) compiled by one Mrs Nicolls.

Together with the hand-selected cookbooks from earlier periods (Hogwood followed the book and auction market very closely while also collecting historical musical instruments and art), this collection provides new insights into not only the history of food, but also Hogwood’s oeuvre and finely tuned understanding of history.

For further information, please contact Mark James (m.james@quaritch.com / 020 7297 4873) or Anke Timmermann PhD (a.timmermann@quaritch.com / 020 7297 4855).

Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 10.05.04 AM.pngNEW YORK- On 18 January 2017, Sotheby’s New York will offer Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts. With a meteoric rise in recognition and popularity over the last fifteen years, Hamilton’s story has captured the popular imagination to an extent almost unprecedented for an historical figure.

The sale, the first of its kind, will tell the story of his brief but momentous life through hundreds of documents that have descended in the family for the last two centuries.

Selby Kiffer, International Senior Specialist of Books & Manuscripts noted: “It’s highly unusual, but highly gratifying, when popular American culture is informed so directly by our historical past.”

Born in Saint Kitts and Nevis and raised in the West Indies, Alexander Hamilton arrived in the Americas as a student at Elizabethtown Academy, located in New Jersey, before enrolling in King’s College (now Columbia University) in 1773. Following the first rumblings of the Revolutionary War, with the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Hamilton joined the New York militia in 1775; just two years later, he entered the public sphere as General George Washington’s Aide-de-Camp. The present archive includes Hamilton’s appointment to this position, the location of which had been unknown to scholars for over a century (first page, estimate $150/250,000). For the next thirty years, until his death at the hand of his archrival, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton served the United States of America as a military officer, Congressional delegate, and finally as the first Secretary of the Treasury.

The material in the auction includes highly personal documents, such as love letters exchanged between Hamilton and his wife Eliza, as well as the condolence letter, sealed with black wax, his father-in-law, Phillip Skyler, sent to his daughter after Hamilton was killed in the duel with Burr (estimate $15/20,000). However, his public career is also well represented with notes he wrote for one of Washington’s annual addresses to congress (estimate $15/25,000) as well as legal papers from his private practice, among many others documents. Perhaps the most poignant relic in the sale is a lock of Hamilton’s hair with a letter of presentation from his wife Eliza (estimate $15/25,000).

While Alexander Hamilton’s background is remarkable in it of itself, his story has experienced a renaissance since 2001, when a selection of his letters, essays and governmental papers was inducted in the Library of America. Three years later, Ron Chernow’s biography, Alexander Hamilton, became a best-seller. But perhaps most significant is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton - winner of 11 Tony awards, recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album and winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Alexander Hamilton is being further honored this winter with exhibitions at the New York Public Library and the New York Historical Society. 

Sotheby’s experts are currently cataloging the extraordinary trove and expect to release details in the coming weeks.

Although the Marquis de Lafayette is popularly known as “America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchman” in the current Broadway musical Hamilton, his role as an ardent abolitionist has not received the same kind of attention as his contributions to the American Revolution.  The groundbreaking exhibition A True Friend of the Cause: Lafayette and the Antislavery Movement, on view at the Grolier Club from December 7, 2016 to February 4, 2017, is designed to offer a more comprehensive look at the man who was a “hero of two worlds”.  While Lafayette’s contributions in the areas of politics, diplomacy, and the military have received renewed scholarly and public recognition, his abolitionist activities are not widely known, nor have they been adequately explored in any major exhibition or publication in the last twenty-five years.  This exhibition brings into focus Lafayette’s sustained efforts in France, the United States, and South America on behalf of the abolition of slavery.

Co-curators Olga Anna Duhl, Oliver Edwin Williams Professor of Languages, and Diane Windham Shaw, Director of Special Collections and College Archivist, Skillman Library, Lafayette College, offer a comprehensive view of Lafayette’s activities.  Drawn from Lafayette College’s rich collections of 18th and 19th century rare books, manuscripts, paintings, prints, and objects, some of which are on public view for the first time, the approximately 130 works in the exhibition also include loans from Cornell University and the New-York Historical Society. 

The Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) fought in the American War of Independence; was a friend to the Native Americans; defended the rights of French Protestants and Jews during the French Revolution; supported the national emancipation movements of the people of Poland, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and South America; and promoted the ideas and causes of women.  Most significantly, he remained throughout his life a fervent advocate of the abolition of slavery and the African slave trade, earning the recognition of prominent British abolitionist, Thomas Clarkson, as “a true friend of the cause.”

Early on, Lafayette learned that the ideals of liberty and equality during the revolutionary era hardly benefitted all members of society. In fact, one of the most daunting paradoxes of that era, which became a source of reflection and action for him, was the incompatibility between the national independence of the newly formed United States and the practice of slavery and slave trade.  

The exhibition traces Lafayette’s first encounters with slaves on the South Carolina coast upon his arrival in America in 1777.  Highlights of his role in service with the Continental Army are revealed in his letters to his mentor, George Washington, written from Valley Forge, Newport, and Virginia during the Yorktown Campaign, where Lafayette writes of the intelligence gathered by one of his spies, James, an enslaved African American.  On view is a highly significant letter written by Lafayette to Washington requesting his partnership in a venture to free slaves.  Stunning French prints of the American Revolution are included, as is an influential portrait, Lafayette at Yorktown, by Jean-Baptiste Le Paon.

The impact of abolitionist ideas on Lafayette is represented by the Marquis de Condorcet’s seminal work of 1781, Réflexions sur l’esclavage des nègres, and writings of British abolitionists Thomas Clarkson and Granville Sharp.  Lafayette’s decision to move forward on his own by purchasing property in French Guiana to carry out his experiment in gradual emancipation is documented by an extraordinary group of documents on loan from the Cornell University Library.  Included among them is a list of the enslaved who were selected to work on the property.  Maps, prints, and early travel volumes recreate the image of this South American colony.

Lafayette’s complicated story during the French Revolution includes his membership in the French Society of the Friends of Blacks. Publications of the Society are on view, as are printed versions of landmark French documents—the Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789), the French Constitution (1791), and the decree abolishing slavery in the French colonies (1794).  Lafayette’s hasty departure from France in 1792 to avoid the guillotine is documented by the beautiful sword that was taken from him when he was arrested and imprisoned by the Austrians, which stands as a symbol of his personal experience with captivity.  Lafayette’s return to a quiet life in France in 1800 found him still passionately committed to the antislavery movement, rejoicing when England outlawed the slave trade in 1807.  Commemorative volumes and prints celebrate that milestone.

Lafayette’s last visit to America in 1824-25 was an extravagant moment in the nation’s history.  The exhibition includes some of the spectacular souvenirs that were made to commemorate his visit—china, textiles, and even a clothes brush with the bristles dyed to spell “Lafayette 1825.”  Lafayette’s emphasis on greeting all Americans is highlighted, including his visit to the African Free School in New York City, where he received a welcome address by an eleven-year-old student.  Calligraphed and delivered by the student himself, James McCune Smith, who went on to become one of America’s first black physicians and a noted abolitionist, this text is a loan from the New-York Historical Society Library.  The Farewell Tour section also documents Lafayette’s friendship with fellow antislavery advocate, Frances Wright, and his support of her gradual emancipation project “Nashoba” near Memphis, Tennessee.

Also included are letters from James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and John Marshall, and letters from Lafayette to Albert Gallatin, William H. Crawford, Joel Poincett, and others.  Even after his death in 1834, his influence continued, particularly in America, where abolitionists, both black and white, continued to cite his example.  Finally, the exhibit includes special items chosen to remind us of the human face of slavery—manumission papers of a woman and a man freed by their Quaker owners; the pension records of an African American Revolutionary soldier from Connecticut; and the first American printing of the Brooks engraving of slaves tightly packed on board a slave ship.

Despite the changing fortunes and conflicting reviews of his career, Lafayette has remained a compelling figure in world history, and the interest in his contributions shows no sign of diminishing.  

CATALOGUE:

The 75 page full-color catalogue includes and introduction and four essays on the themes of the exhibition.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS:

Lunchtime Guided Tours by the curators: 

December 7 and 14, January 18, and February 1

Roundtable Discussion: 

January 24, 2-3:30 pm.  Reception to follow.

“Lafayette and the Antislavery Movement” with co-curators and moderators Ms. Duhl and Ms. Shaw and featuring panelists Laura Auricchio (The New School), François Furstenberg (Johns Hopkins University), and John Stauffer (Harvard University).

About the Grolier Club

The Grolier Club of New York is America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts.  Founded in 1884, the Club is named for Jean Grolier, the Renaissance collector renowned for sharing his library with friends.  The Club’s objective is to foster the literary study and promotion of arts pertaining to the production of books.

VISITING THE GROLIER CLUB: 

47 E. 60th Street, 

New York, NY  10022

212-838-6690

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Admission: Open to the public free of charge

www.grolierclub.org

Lambertville, NJ: Rago Arts and Auction Center, a full service auction house with annual sales of $33 million, is expanding its reach into Westchester County and Connecticut by adding a dedicated representative to the region.

David Rago, founder of the New Jersey-based firm, recently outlined his vision for growth: “Since the rise of the internet, Rago has been serving clients that were once only the domain of the largest houses. We built our reputation on world class 20th and 21st century design, but we handle it all, and well. We’re market focused and innovative.

It’s astounding to think how quickly we’ve grown - my first New Jersey auction was in 1996, and twenty years later we’re selling pearls for $800,000, tiles for $600,000, Cartier for $500,000, Calder for $200,000 and more masterworks by Nakashima and Paul Evans than any auction house in the world. New York City has long been one of our key markets and the natural next step is to invest in reaching our existing and new clients in Westchester and Connecticut, both sellers and buyers. A critical component of that effort is an experienced auction professional dedicated to driving this expansion.”

Jennifer Pitman, formerly Head of Sale, Silver at Christie’s, New York and a 20-year auction veteran, will spearhead the expansion. Pitman, a Westchester county resident, sees a bright future for smaller firms like Rago: “Over the years we’ve seen the larger auction houses move away from a number of traditional collecting categories and increase the minimum value for property they will take. This shift leaves clients with fewer options and a lot of property up for grabs. The simplicity and competitiveness of Rago’s fee structure, their diverse sale categories, and their nimbleness and flexibility in working with clients makes them a very appealing option for clients”.

Pitman says she’s eager to expand Rago’s loyal following by building the firm’s profile and client base in the region, embracing the firm’s entrepreneurial spirit and having fun doing it. Plans are afoot for lectures, sponsorships and valuation days, and a wide range of innovative ways to assist clients with appraisals, buying and selling. 

Casa copy.jpgDALLAS - Two movie posters for the Oscar-winning Casablanca, a Half-Sheet Style B (est. $40,000) and an overwhelming Italian 2 Fogli measuring 3-feet by 4-feet (est. $50,000), headline a collection of nearly 1,000 lots in Heritage Auctions’ autumn Vintage Poster Auction. The Nov. 19-20 event offers extraordinary pre-war paper rarely seen at auction. Many of the lots are making their first appearances with the world’s largest auctioneer of vintage movie posters. 

“The number of striking posters is in the hundreds and few top the eye appeal of the Casablanca Italian 2 Fogli,” said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage. “This is only the second time we’ve offered this poster, and I’ve been hunting for another for decades. This will make for a shining gem among any collection.”

Featuring an image so striking that the presence of the Casablanca title is nearly superfluous, artist Luigi Martinati provides one of the most stunning illustrations ever printed for this Michael Curtiz masterpiece. The exceptional illustration palpably exudes all of the drama, tension (no comma) and romance from one of cinema’s greatest love stories. 

Early paper for the 1932 box office bomb and exploitation film Freaks is highly sought after today and a Pre-War Belgian Poster for the original release ranks among the most impossible to find (est. $40,000), Smith said.

“Due to its negative portrayal of people with physical handicaps, the film received so much bad press and created such ill will that MGM was forced to withdraw the release from circulation and suffered a loss of approximately $164,000 in Depression-era money,” Smith said.

A group of posters depicting the various roles of Boris Karloff, the king of 20th-century horror ranges from a rare, art deco-inspired British Three Sheet for The Ghoul (est. $30,000) to a Title Lobby Card for Son of Frankenstein (est. $6,000).

Additional posters for horror classics include a One Sheet for 20th Century Fox’s 1939 hit The Hound of the Baskervilles (est. $15,000); a First Post-War Release Italian 4-Fogli for The Wolf Man (est. $10,000); two separate Lobby Cards for the 1920 thriller The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (est. $8,000); and a marvelous 1954 One Sheet for Creature from the Black Lagoon (est. $7,000).

This season’s auction offers a rare group of original art, such as Jack Davis’ Signed Original Watercolor and Gouache Painting for the 1968 film The Party (est. $20,000); the mesmerizing Signed Original Gouache on Board for The Strange Case of the Man and the Beast by Anselmo Ballester (est. $6,000); and Al Hirschfield’s Original Mixed Media Artwork on Illustration Board of Laurel and Hardy, which MGM commissioned to promote the duo's 1936 film releases The Bohemian Girl and Our Relations (est. $5,000). Others include the dramatic Signed Original Gouache Painting Poster Art for The Hidden Fortress from 1959 (est. $4,000) by Luigi Martinati.

An unusual collection of motivational posters directly from the offices of social networking site Facebook makes its auction debut. The screen print posters were produced in the early 2010s by Ben Barry, a designer who worked in the marketing department. Posters range from the company’s most famous saying "Move Fast and Break Things" to reminding employees “Don’t Mistake Motion for Progress.”

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Suspicion (RKO, 1946), the First Post-War Release French Grande (46.5" X 63") featuring Bernard Lancy Artwork (est. $12,000).

Captain Blood (Warner Brothers, 1935). One Sheet (27" X 41") (est. $10,000).

The Three Stooges in Calling All Curs (Columbia, 1939).One Sheet (27" X 41") (est. $10,000).

Madame DuBarry (UFA, 1919).Austrian Poster (74" X 99") featuring Theo Matejko Artwork with provenance from the Albertina Collection (est. $10,000).

Out of the Past (RKO, 1947).One Sheet (27" X 41") (est. $10,000). 

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[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 artwork and ephemera. We will offer an array of early works dating back to 1566, along with antique chronicles of the opening of the American West. Another antique collection includes desirable early printings relating to travel and exploration, along with nautically-themed works.          

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1566 printing of the occult sciences work, "Chiromanci, War und Weissagungen," with engraved plates, the Visschers' Zinne-Poppen alle Verciert met Rijmen," produced c1620 with engraved plates and bound in vellum, and the 1685 printing of Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" containing engraved maps. Other scarce titles include four landmark nautical titles by David Steel, all published around the year 1800, an author-signed copy of the 1896 first edition of Booker T. Washington's "Daily Resolves," and Rowlandson and Combe's "The English Dance of Death," published in 1815 with hand-colored plates.                    

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted are additional early theological works from the 16th through 18th centuries and other rare nautical works such as Hedderwick's "Treatise on Marine Architecture," produced in 1830 with a separate textual volume to accompany the folio of engraved plates, and the 1805 two-volume edition of McArthur's "Principles and Practice of Naval and Military Courts Martial." Landmark travel and exploration titles are led by the first edition of Mavor's "Historical Account Of The Most Celebrated Voyages Travels And Discoveries," published in the years 1796 and 1797 and complete in twenty volumes. Period works relating to the opening of the American West and other areas of North America feature titles such as the 1800 printing of Weld's "Travels through the States of North America and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada," housing engraved plates and folding maps. A collection of vintage pulp including mysteries, westerns, romance and more, and displaying lurid and dramatic art covers will also be sold. 

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera. Highlighted are several antique albums housing photographs ranging from tintypes through cartes-de-visite. Cataloged individually is a carte-de-visite featuring Abraham Lincoln and his son, Tad, taken at the Brady studio in Washington in 1864. Other ephemera lots present items from categories such as railroad, agriculture, erotica, medical, maps, magazines, photography and more.   

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

143-Dickson copy.jpgNew York-Swann Galleries’ October 27 sale of Rare & Important Travel Posters set at least ten auction records. The selection reflected the rapidly changing technology and styles that epitomized the beginning of the twentieth century.

The top lot rare example of Paul George Lawler’s iconic Fly to South Sea Isles / Via Pan American, circa 1938, which set an auction record for the artist at $20,000*. The image, a variant with text rarely found at auction, features a massive “flying boat.” Another example of early aviation advertising is Jupp Wiertz’ 2 Days to Europe / Hamburg - American Line, 1936, which depicts a zeppelin hovering near the Empire State Building; this moody poster sold for $10,000. In a similar vein, an early airline advertisement for Imperial Airways / The “Silver Wing” De Luxe, by Charles C. Dickson, circa 1927, shows a passenger sticking her hand out of the airborne plane to wave at a friend on the earth. The charming reminder of just how strange it is to fly sold for $11,875, an auction record for the artist.

Another record was set for Frederic Kimball Mizen’s Fifth Avenue - New York / The World’s Greatest Shopping Street, 1932, which sold for $6,250. The price nearly doubled the previous record, set by Swann in 1999-the only other time this rare poster has been seen at auction.

Other notable lots include Percival Albert Trompf’s Australia, 1929. A view of the scenery and fashions at Bondi Beach and one of the first posters commissioned by the Australian National Travel Association, the poster sold to a private collector for $13,750.

Swann Galleries’ President Nicholas D. Lowry said of the sale, “This wonderfully curated sale moved briskly as dedicated collectors from around the world participated by phone and internet. The room was unusually crowded and active as several of the big buyers chose to attend in person. At least ten records were set, and as in any good auction there were some unexpected (pleasant) surprises as posters far exceeded their estimated value.”

The next sale of Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries will be Alphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection, on January 26, 2017. For more information, or to consign to future Vintage Posters auctions, contact specialist Nicholas D. Lowry at posters@swanngalleries.com or via phone (212) 254-4710, ext. 57.

Image: Lot 143 Charles C. Dickson, Imperial Airways / The "Silver Wing" De Luxe, circa 1927. Sold October 27, 2016 for $11,875, an auction record for the artist.

Lot 374 Conquista del Peru copy.jpgNew York— On Thursday, November 17, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana, featuring coast-to-coast historical documents relating to Mormons, conquistadors, and more.

Early selections include the 1535 first Italian edition of Libro Primo de la conquista del Peru & provincial del Cuzco, a contemporary narrative of Peruvian conquest under Francisco Pizarro, written at his request by his secretary, Francisco Xerez ($12,000 to $18,000). Also available is A Philosophical Treatise of the Original and Production of Things by Richard Franck, 1687. Arguably the first work on philosophy written in North America, the book also discusses theology and natural history, referencing a fish called “the American Snite” ($3,000 to $4,000).

Materials related to the American Revolution include a collection of 38 issues of the Pennsylvania Gazette sent to a single subscriber from 1773-74, with such historical highlights as a justification and discussion of the recent Boston Tea Party; Observations on Inoculation for the Small-Pox; and an early printing of the Suffolk Resolves, presented to the Continental Congress ($5,000 to $7,500). Captain John Schenck’s original unpublished manuscript orderly book titled Preparing for the Most Vigorous Defence details the fortification of New York City from February to April 1776. The book includes passwords and countersigns, updated daily, as well as financial accounts and a log of goings-on in the camp ($6,000 to $9,000). Other highlights include the first announcement of the completion of the United States Constitution in convention (in a 1789 issue of the Pennsylvania Packet), estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

Also available is George Washington’s official printing of the Treaty of Greenville, 1795, which ended the ten-year Northwest Indian War. Only one other copy of the treaty has appeared at auction; the present copy is expected to sell for $6,000 to $9,000,

One unusual highlight from the sale is A Discourse Delivered in Charleston…before the Reformed Society of Israelites, a pamphlet recounting the 1827 speech by in South Carolina by Isaac N. Cardozo. The line of Cardozo and his common-law wife Lydia (they could not marry legally because she was an African American) continues to this day. The pamphlet, in excellent condition, is expected to sell between $12,000 and $18,000.

The top lot of the sale is the rare first edition of The Book of Mormon, released days before the official establishment of the church in 1830. This is the only version to list Joseph Smith as the “author and proprietor” rather than the translator; it is valued at $40,000 to $60,000. A manuscript diary by a preacher named Benajah Williams is also in the sale, concerning circumstantial associations to Smith's first vision ($10,000 to $15,000). Other Mormon offerings include a $1 banknote altered to read "Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Co." now valued at $4,000 to $6,000.

With highlights from the collection of Timothy Treacy, the sale offers selections that include most of the "Zamorano 80," a 1945 list of the most important early books on California. One of these, Edward Vischer's Views of California, 1862, a portfolio of 24 lithographs of what is now Calaveras Big Trees State Park, includes a view of the US Army’s herd of war camels approaching Mammoth Grove ($4,000 and $6,000).

Military artifacts include Elias B. Hillard’s set of mounted albumen photographs and biographies of the last six surviving veterans of the American Revolution, published in Connecticut in 1864; estimated at $3,000 to $4,000. Also available is an unusually large and complete archive of war-date correspondence by a lucky member of the ill-fated 16th Connecticut Infantry named Charles L. Taylor. The lot of nearly 450 items includes Taylor’s diary, letters to his new bride Harriet Tuttle and his parents, and their replies. The tone of each is markedly different, creating a multi-dimensional view of battles and life in the camps from 1862-65. Most of the 16th Connecticut Infantry was decimated in the Battle of Antietam; survivors were taken to the infamous Andersonville Prison. Taylor was one of very few that emerged from the war unscathed. The lot includes additional letters, family photographs and valuables, and one portrait; it is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000.

The Illustrated log of the USS Narragansett’s Pacific Cruise was kept by the Narragansett’s Midshipman George A. Calhoun from 1871 to 1872. The manuscript includes detailed maps, illustrations and albumen photographs recording the ship’s movements in the South Pacific, including Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Pago Pago and Samoa ($10,000 to $15,000).  

The auction will be held Thursday, November 17, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The auction preview will be open to the public Saturday, November 12 from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, November 14 through Wednesday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated auction catalogue is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information or to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Book Department Director and Americana Specialist Rick Stattler via rstattler@swanngalleries.com or at 212-254-4710, ext. 27.

Image: Lot 374 Francisco de Xerez, Libro primo de la conquista del Peru & provincia del Cuzco, first Italian edition, Venice, 1535. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.

Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 9.09.54 AM.pngParis, October 2016: The day following the sale “Photographies” with photographs from various owners, Sotheby’s is selling a major European collection, "Photographs from Atkins to Warhol", on Friday 11 November. With 79 lots spanning the history of the medium, the sale offers outstanding highlights from the 19th century to the mid-20th century; the collection reflects the various experiments and developments in the art, including major works from Europe and America.

The rare album British Algae (estimate: €120,000-180,000) by Anna Atkins, considered as the first photography book in history, will lead the 19th Century section of the sale.

At the core of this collection, there is a particular focus on avant-garde photography, with artists including Karl Blossfeldt (famous for his study of the “forms of nature”), Rudolf Koppitz, internationally accalaimed for his Bewegungsstudie (Motion Study), and photographer and film director Leni Riefenstahl. 

American photography is also well represented, with a legendary work by the artist Alfred Stieglitz, and works by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.

British Algae: Anna Atkins 

British Algae (estimate: €120,000-180,000) is a seminal work in the history of photography for numerous reasons.

Its author, Anna Atkins, was one of the first female photographers, one of the very few women of her time to have studied science, and above all a famous botanist. Introduced to photography and the cyanotype technique by its inventor, Sir John Herschel, she saw it as the perfect means to represent her botanical research work. The scientist then became a pioneer in the use of photographs to illustrate books. 

British Algae is considered as the first book in the history of photography, solely using photographs. This album of 102 cyanotypes was produced between 1843 and 1853.

The definitive version of her book on plants can be found at the Royal Society, London, and copies of the album can be found in leading international museums: the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the British Museum in London and the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford. Only a few copies still remain in private hands, meaning that the book up for sale on 11 November is a rare opportunity in the market.

Avant-garde Photographs

Strongly inspired by the philosophy of nature (thinking that arose from the German tradition of philosophy), Karl Blossfeldte stablished himself as a photographer of plants and nature. The two works in the sale embody this vision perfectly. Hydrangea Macrophylla, a silver print from around 1920 (lot 23, estimate: €20,000-30,000) is a close-up of a hydrangea flower.

The photograph entitled Celosia Cristata Hahnenkamm, taken in around 1920 (lot 24, estimate: €30,000-40,000) is another example of his systematic work on plants.

We now leave the world of botany for Rudolf Koppitz. A collection of 74 postcards, produced between 1920 and 1930 (lot 17, estimate: €50,000-70,000) will be going under the hammer. Most of the cards demonstrate the artist's liking for powerful, graphic compositions of bodies: an expression of the modernist aims of the Viennese Secession. Belonging to his legendary Bewegungsstudie or Motion Study series, this iconic photograps exerts its magnetism through the enigmatic sensuality created by the arrangement of the bodies. 

In a different style, a group of 15 prints featuring portraits, landscapes and indoor scenes, dated 1920 to 1930, illustrate a more social aspect of the artist's work (lot 18, estimate: €30,000-50,000).

A portfolio of 24 silver prints taken from Leni Riefenstahl's masterly film "Olympia"provides an artistic and historical testimony (lot 32, estimate: €50,000-70,000). For Riefenstahl, the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin gave her a chance to experiment with numerous new techniques, such as placing the camera on rails to follow the athletes'’movements as closely as possible, slow motion, wide-angle shots and aerial shots. It provides a valuable documentary of the athletes' extraordinary physical effort, as well as the highly singular atmosphere of these Games.

American Photography

A pioneering photographer and passionate advocate of photography as a genuine art, Alfred Stieglitz often immortalised New York through his camera. The Steerage, taken in 1907 (lot 13, estimate: €15,000-20,000), is a poignant record of the large waves of immigrants who arrived in the New World from Europe.

The group is rounded off with three landscapes by Ansel Adams. Capturing the most beautiful spots of the American West, the artist established his passionate ecological commitment with magnificent pictures taken in New Mexico-Penitente Morada, Coyote, New Mexico, (lot 65, estimate: €8,000-12,000) in 1950-and California-Manly Beacon Death Valley National Monument, California from around 1952 (lot 66, estimate: €7,000-10,000).

Another illustrator of the American West, Edward Weston, will be in the spotlight with five photographs. One of these lot is by the artist and Margrethe Mather: a one-off collaboration in Weston's work. The Marion Morgan Dancers (lot 55, estimate: €30,000-40,000) is a platinum palladium print dating from 1921 showing dancers from Marion Morgan's ballet troupe in a purely pictorialist style.

Other important works in the sale include: a remarkable dye-transfer print by William Eggleston (lot 78, estimate: €8,000-12,000), and, a portfolio of portraits of Andy Warhol and the Factory by Philippe Halsman (lot 79, estimate: €3,000-5,000).

Auction: Friday 11 November at 3.00 p.m.

Exhibition: 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 November

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