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399845v_0001.jpgNew York, NY, February 15, 2017 — The Morgan Library & Museum announced today the acquisition of three major drawings by David Hockney, Martin Puryear, and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Each is a valuable addition to a drawings collection at the Morgan that is considered one of the greatest in the world.

“We are delighted to announce the acquisition of these outstanding works,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the museum. “The Hockney is a superb and iconic example of his precise, delicate style of the 1960s and depicts one of his muses, fabric designer Celia Birtwell. The Martin Puryear comes on the heels of the successful exhibition of his drawings we held in 2015, while the Corot is characteristic of the artist’s best portrait drawings of the 1830s. We are deeply grateful to the donors whose generous support made these acquisitions possible."

David Hockney (British, b. 1937) Celia, Paris, 1969, pen and ink on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum. Purchased as the gift of the Katherine J. Rayner Fund of the Anne Cox Chambers Foundation

One of the most popular British artists of the twentieth century, David Hockney has been a versatile and prolific painter since the 1960s. It is his talent as a draughtsman, however, that is at the core of his reputation, especially the drawings from life that he began making in the late 1960s. Celia, Paris is a superb example of such a drawing. Frequently reproduced in the literature on Hockney, it is particularly important on two counts: first, as an early and very refined example of the precise, delicate line drawing—indebted to Ingres and Picasso— that Hockney developed in the late 1960s, notably in portraits of friends and family; and second, as a portrait of Celia Birtwell, a British fabric designer who was Hockney’s most constant muse from 1968 on. (Celia and her husband, fashion designer Ossie Clark, are the subject of one of Hockney’s most famous paintings, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy of 1970-71, in the Tate’s collection). Hockney depicted Celia in many colored pencil drawings in the early1970s. The present drawing, in which Celia’s relaxed pose conveys the intimacy between artist and sitter, is one of his earliest of her. 

Martin Puryear (American, b. 1941), Drawing for Untitled, 1990, black Conté crayon, with smudging, on ivory paper. The Morgan Library & Museum, Purchased with funds provided by Agnes Gund, The Ronald & Jo Carole Lauder Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Rosen. 

American sculptor Martin Puryear is known for the elegance and refinement of his abstract, hand-made constructions, primarily in wood.  Drawing has always been essential to his practice, as the exhibition, Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions, shown at the Morgan in 2015, demonstrated. Drawing for Untitled—which was included in the exhibition—depicts a classic image in Martin Puryear’s repertoire, harking back to the heads he drew while in Sierra Leone in the 1960s and anticipating sculptures such as VesselFace Down, and the Getty’s That Profile of the late 1990s and 2000s. The sense of touch suggested by the blurry contours, smudges, and fingerprints on the sheet, conjures up Puryear’s hands-on approach to his sculpture as well as his prints and drawings. This  is the first work by Martin Puryear to enter the Morgan, where it joins many drawings by sculptors from the Renaissance to the present.  

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875), Seated Camaldolese Monk, 1834, graphite on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum. Gift of Jill Newhouse.                                                   

This finely observed, precisely rendered study of a seated monk in profile is characteristic of Corot’s best portrait drawings of the 1830s, and most probably dates from Corot’s second trip to Italy.  This was a relatively short, six-month trip in which the artist focused on picturesque sites, views and figures that would serve him in composing Salon paintings, and included Corot’s only visit to Tuscany and Florence.  The sitter’s white habit, leather belt (as opposed to a cord) and long beard confirm the inscription which identifies him as a member of the Camaldolese branch of the Benedictines.  An ascetic order founded by San Romualdo in 1046, their name derives from their 11th century hermitage in the Camaldoli mountains, located in the Casentino valley in Tuscany.  The setting of the hilltop convent and the magnificent views surrounding it would have been attractive to Corot, who may have spent the night there, as the hermitage offered free lodging to male visitors during this period. 

Image: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875), Seated Camaldolese Monk, 1834, graphite on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum. Gift of Jill Newhouse.         

10 February 2017 - The Bodleian Libraries have launched an innovative web-based resource that brings together the complete works of British photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, available to the public at foxtalbot.bodleian.ox.ac.uk. For the first time ever, users can discover and search through annotated digitized images of Talbot’s photographs gathered from collections around the world. The fascinating images show the emergence and development of photography while capturing moments of early Victorian life.  

SirWalterScottsMonument-BL+-+300dpi copy.jpgThis comprehensive online Talbot Catalogue Raisonné is an important new resource for scholars, educators, curators, conservators, photographers and historians in many fields, as well as anyone interested in photography. Catalogues raisonné encompass the entire corpus of an artist’s work and while they are common in art history, nothing of this scale has been attempted for photography - it is a record of both the invention of an art and of the art of invention. 

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), among the greatest polymaths of the Victorian age, is regarded as the British ‘father of photography’. He created some of the first photographs ever made. He also recognised that negatives, with their ability to make multiple prints on paper, would define the central path of photography right through to the digital age. During his career Talbot and his collaborators created more than 4,500 unique or distinct images; approximately 25,000 of his original negatives and multiple prints from them are known to survive worldwide and are held across a range of international institutions and private collections. These are now brought together for the first time in one place - the Talbot Catalogue Raisonné. 

‘There has been nothing like this before in the history of photography,’ said Professor Larry J Schaaf, Project Director for the Talbot Catalogue Raisonné and Visiting Professor of Art at the University of Oxford. ‘This catalogue raisonné of Talbot's work will help unlock the enormous artistic, documentary and technical information embodied in these images and allow researchers to find out even more about these works.’ Working closely with the Talbot family, Schaaf has been researching Talbot for more than four decades and has examined nearly all of Talbot’s originals held in collections worldwide.  

Talbot was a scientist who then became an artist. Unlike the case with most of his peers, much of his archive survives; in addition to the 25,000 photographs there are more than 10,000 letters, hundreds of notebooks and many related physical objects. In the early 1980s, before digital projects in the humanities were common, Professor Schaaf developed the pioneering databases of Talbot's work on which the new online catalogue is based. 

The Bodleian Libraries have spent the last two years translating these images into a modern online form. The catalogue integrates the holdings of more than 100 international public and private collections including items from the British Library, the National Media Museum, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as smaller but significant holdings in Russia, Estonia, South Africa, Canada, France and others worldwide.

Launching with more than 1,000 images, these will be added to weekly until the entire 25,000 negatives and prints known worldwide have been published. They include: 

  • • Beautiful early cityscapes of Oxford, London and Paris and others, 
  • • Numerous images taken on and around the grounds of Lacock Abbey, Talbot’s family home in Wiltshire,  
  • • Some of Talbot’s best known images such as ‘The Open Door’ and ‘The Haystack’,
  • • Photographs by Talbot’s close circle of family and colleagues, with whom he collaborated - Nicolaas Henneman, Calvert R Jones, George Bridges and Henry Collen, along with Talbot’s wife Constance and his mother Lady Elisabeth Feilding.

In this new catalogue raisonné, images of prints and negatives are accompanied by notes, annotations and essays, with links to relevant publications and websites. Users can search images by photographer, title, collection, provenance, date, genre, geographic location and keywords then tag, save or compare images and create, annotate and store their own collections or search results, all free of charge. Since many of these primordial images survive in a faded state, they can be enhanced for study onscreen by simple tools that magnify the images and adjust the contrast and density. Negatives lacking a print will be accompanied by a digital positive. 

Importantly users can view surviving negatives alongside the prints that were made from them, making this the first online catalogue to make the connection between corresponding Talbot prints/images no matter where in the world the original print is held. This is critical since each negative and print was made by hand and each is unique. For example, users to the site can see an image of a negative held in the Smithsonian alongside salt prints made from it that are held in the J. Paul Getty Museum, the British Library and other private collections. 

The images are accompanied by extensive cross-referencing to other sources, such as Talbot’s notebooks held in the British Library and the 10,000 Talbot letters available online at foxtalbot.dmu.ac.uk, a project at De Montfort University also directed by Professor Schaaf. In 2014, the Bodleian acquired the personal archive of Talbot, which includes original manuscripts, correspondence, family diaries and scientific instruments. The archive is also rich in physical objects depicted in Talbot’s photographs, for example the actual glassware depicted in his famous ‘Articles of Glass’ published in The Pencil of Nature.

Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian said ‘The Talbot Catalogue Raisonné exemplifies the important role of the Bodleian Libraries and cultural institutions in creating digital resources that allow unprecedented virtual access to collections. This project also demonstrates the value of working in partnership, bringing together items now dispersed from across numerous collections. We are extremely grateful to the many institutions who contributed to this exciting new research tool, without whom this project would not have been possible.’

The Talbot Catalogue Raisonné has been developed with the support of the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, The Polonsky Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund as well as numerous private donors.

Image: This photo of the Scott Monument, a monument to the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) and the largest monument to a writer in the world, was taken in mid-October 1844. Talbot travelled north to look for subjects for his second book of photography, Sun Pictures in Scotland. Talbot took several shots of the monument under construction. Salted paper print. Credit: The British Library. 

Kornblum1 copy.jpgMinnesota Center for Book Arts will formally rename its typesetting library in memory of Allan Kornblum, MCBA's first printer-in-residence, and a trailblazer in Minnesota's literary community and the publishing industry at large. In the early 1980s, Kornblum moved his Toothpaste Press to the Twin Cities from Iowa City, rechristening it as Coffee House Press. Kornblum continued to be a close friend and collaborator with MCBA throughout the years, donating a press and wood and metal type for use in MCBA’s studios.

A leading light in the literary community, Allan built his world, and ours, around the penned and printed word. His joy of literature, his skill at the press, and his passion for writers and readers was unmatched. -- Jeff Rathermel, MCBA Executive Director

MCBA Type Library Dedication

Saturday, February 25; 3-5pm

MCBA's Lower Print Studio

Join us as we honor Allan Kornblum’s legacy with commemorative broadsides printed on Kornblum's press, along with light refreshments. Remarks at 4pm.

About the Type Library

From Garamond to Goudy Light, the Type Library at Minnesota Center for Book Arts is filled with resources for writers, poets, artists, and printers to tell stories, one letter at a time. The tens of thousands of pounds of antique type, and over 500 unique typefaces support printers and artists of all disciplines in their creative work.

About Allan Kornblum

In 1973, Kornblum founded a small mimeograph periodical in Iowa City, Iowa that evolved into Toothpaste Press, a publishing house specializing in the production of high-quality poetry and short fiction letterpress chapbooks. Kornblum’s affiliation with the vibrant Minnesota publishing scene began in the mid-1980s, when he transferred operations from Iowa to Minneapolis. In addition to the change of venue, Kornblum renamed and reincorporated the organization as a non-profit, Coffee House Press. At a time when loose editing and production standards were the norm, Kornblum made strides toward the professionalism that typifies the industry today. That included shifting from letterpress to offset printing, using computerized typesetting, and improving the marketing and distribution of new titles. Those changes allowed Coffee House to reach a wider audience, which in turn allowed showcased authors - who may not have gained traction in the larger New York world of publishing - the opportunity to find the readers they deserved.

About Minnesota Center for Book Arts

A respected and dedicated champion of the field, Minnesota Center for Book Arts is the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind. We celebrate the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. Our mission is clear: to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form.

MCBA is committed to book art, artists and appreciators. Our mission is achieved through quality programs that support a broad continuum of creators, learners and admirers. We lead the field by promoting innovation, sustaining traditions, educating new enthusiasts, inspiring creative expression and honoring artistic excellence. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding to new methods of art-making and communication, MCBA supports the limitless creative development of book arts.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts at Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave S, First Floor, Minneapolis MN 55415.

Phone 612.215.2520 . Fax 612.215.2545 . mcba@mnbookarts.org

A very scarce, privately printed work by Mark Twain fetched over $4,000 at National Book Auctions's February 4, 2017 sale. Only four other copies of this volume have sold at auction over the last four decades.

The volume was number five of one hundred copies of Twain's "1601" published by the Derrydale Press in New York in 1926. Bearing the long-winded subtitle "Being a Fireside Conversation in ye Tyme of ye Goode Queene Bess in Which Divers Persons of Reknown Hold Converse on Concerns Personal and Intimate," this satirical squib purported to be an extract from the diary from one of Queen Elizabeth's ladies-in-waiting. Due to its scatological and sexual content, "1601" was considered unprintable by mainstream publishers prior to the 1960s and was circulated clandestinely in privately printed limited editions such as this.

The sale, held at the auction house's Freeville, New York saleroom and simulcast via Invaluable, also featured a sizeable private library of decorative antique leather bindings; sets of note included "Naturalis Historiae Libri XXXVII" by Pliny the Elder (1685), "The Posthumous Works of Frederic II King of Prussia" translated by Thomas Holcroft (1789), and "Novels of George Eliot" collected by William Blackwood (c. 1890). Other lots included antique billheads, magazine compilations, and books and correspondence from the estate of a colleague and purported muse and mistress of "Lolita" author Vladimir Nabokov.

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 and decorative art, furnishings, jewelry, coins, antique arms and armor, and more. For more information, contact mail@nationalbookauctions.com or mail@worthauctions.com.

London, 1 February 2017: Today, The Folio Society and House of Illustration are thrilled to announce the longlist for the annual Book Illustration Competition (#BIC2017).

Now in its seventh year, The Book Illustration Competition is a partnership between The Folio Society and House of Illustration. To date, the competition has distributed nearly £45,000 worth of prizes and has received thousands of entries.

From hundreds of excellent entries, 23 have been selected for the longlist for 2017. The winner will receive a prestigious £5,000 commission from The Folio Society to illustrate their new edition of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, and the five other entrants who complete the shortlist will each receive £500. As part of the Book Illustration Competition’s committment to nurturing new talent, the judging panel ensures that students form part of the shortlist.

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

Sheri Gee noted the skill of this year’s entrants in fitting with Folio’s other Austen titles: ‘The entrants did a fantastic job of working with our existing series style, producing binding designs that would work seamlessly in our Jane Austen series. It’s no mean feat to adapt to a 2-colour, graphic style for a binding, particularly when the illustration style is more fluid or painterly. Well done, all.’

‘The process of judging the longlist was, as ever, a fascinating one,’ said Colin McKenzie. ‘We particularly enjoyed the wide range of different approaches taken and have a very strong longlist.’

Entries were received from 26 countries including the USA, Malaysia, Latvia and India, and 30% of them were from students. All 23 of the longlisted entries will be on display at House of Illustration, Kings Cross, London, alongside an exhibition of ten artists’ work already published by The Folio Society from 11 February to 12 March 2017.

This year also sees the introduction of a stand alone Visitors’ Choice award, voted for both at the exhibition and online (www.houseofillustration.org.uk/BIC-visitors-choice-award). The Visitors’ Choice can be selected from any of the longlisted entries.The winning artist and one member of the public who voted for them will select £100 worth of books from The Folio Society and a one-year membership to House of Illustration.

The winner and shortlist will be selected from the longlist by eminent historian and authority on all things Austen, Lucy Worsley; Sheri Gee, Art Director and Tom Walker, Editorial Director both from The Folio Society; Colin McKenzie, Director and Olivia Ahmad, Curator both from House of Illustration and Alan Marks, winner of the 2016 Book Illustration Competition. The awards will be announced and presented by Lucy Worsley at an exclusive ceremony at House of illustration on 23 February 2017.

LCC17_870.jpgSAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it has acquired a unique 10-volume edition of The Life and Writings of John Muir (1916-1924) that incorporates 260 original photographs—most by Herbert W. Gleason (1855-1937), a nature photographer who inspired the work of Ansel Adams. The items were purchased at The Huntington’s 20th annual Library Collectors’ Council meeting held last month.

The Council also purchased A Monograph on the Genus Camellia (1819), an outsize volume containing sumptuous hand-colored aquatint plates after watercolors by Clara Maria Pope (d. 1838), one of a small number of women in England who pursued an artistic career in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Additional purchases included manuscripts by a close member of Galileo’s circle and by a U.S. Revolutionary War officer, as well as a genealogical roll of arms from the Elizabethan era.

“During the past two decades, the Library Collectors’ Council has helped us acquire more than 100 significant items—including rare books, individual manuscripts, archival collections, and photographs—and spent nearly $3.9 million doing so,” said David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington. “We are enormously grateful to the Council for their generous support over the years.”

The Library Collectors’ Council is a group of 43 families who assist in the development of the collections by supporting the purchase of important works that the Library would not otherwise be able to afford.

Highlights of the newly purchased materials:

John Muir, Herbert W. Gleason, and the portrayal of American landscapes

William F. Badé (1871-1936), extra illustrated 10-volume edition of The Life and Writings of John Muir (1916-1924), incorporating 10 color frontispieces, 10 handwritten manuscripts and 260 original photographs by Herbert W. Gleason (1855-1937). New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1916-1924. 

The Huntington’s deluxe, one-of-a-kind edition of The Life and Writings of John Muir includes an original Muir manuscript and a color frontispiece in each of the set’s 10 volumes, as well as 260 original photographs, most of them by Gleason. It is an important addition to The Huntington’s extensive collections in early environmentalism and in early California photography, which include works by Carleton E. Watkins, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams, and sets the stage for the role of fine art photography in service to the preservationist cause.

Throughout his life, Scottish-born naturalist and philosopher John Muir possessed an unquenchable passion for nature. By the time of his death in 1914, many Americans sympathized with his vision of the everlasting unity of all living things and endorsed the necessity of preserving wild spaces. Muir’s tireless championing of the Yosemite Valley and California’s Sierra Nevada contributed to securing them as part of the Golden State’s legacy of natural wonders.

“Muir was an assiduous student of all things living and poet laureate of California’s forests, lakes, and mountains—as well as an unswerving advocate of wilderness,” said Peter J. Blodgett, H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History. “He exemplified a radical transformation in the perspective through which humans envisioned the natural world.”

Herbert W. Gleason (1855-1937) A Snow-Banner, ca. 1911, platinum print in William Frederic Badè’s The Writings of John Muir, The Mountains of California, pt. 1, vol. 4. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1916-1924.

Following Muir’s death, his daughters asked his good friend William F. Badé, a faculty member at the University of California, to prepare an edition of their father’s principal literary works. Published by Houghton Mifflin between 1916 and 1924, the 10-volume set involved the collaboration of Gleason, another close friend of Muir’s. 

Gleason was based in Massachusetts but spent much of his adult life traveling around North America with a camera and notebook. An extended visit to California and the High Sierra in the summer of 1907 brought him into contact with Muir, and a meaningful association was born. Gleason went on to become one of the most capable and prolific nature photographers of the early 20th century.

“While this unique assemblage of The Life and Writings of John Muir was perhaps created at the behest of a subscriber, research suggests that its inspiration came from Gleason himself,” said Jennifer Watts, curator of photography and visual culture. “The photographer’s imagery influenced a range of early practitioners, including a young Ansel Adams, and its eloquence is on powerful display.”

The grandest of camellia books 

Samuel Curtis (1779-1860), A Monograph on the Genus Camellia, with illustrations by Clara Maria Pope (d. 1838). London: John and Arthur Arch, 1819. 

A Monograph on the Genus Camellia is a landmark work of horticultural literature that contains what are probably Clara Maria Pope’s best-known botanical illustrations.

Pope’s first husband, Francis Wheatley (1747-1801), was a portrait, landscape, and genre painter, and his debts prompted Pope herself to turn to art to support their family. She taught drawing and sold her own art as well, sending her first painting to the Royal Academy in 1796 and continuing to exhibit there until the year of her death. After 1812, she devoted herself almost exclusively to flower painting and botanical art, in which she excelled.

Pope’s vivid watercolors of camellias were engraved for A Monograph on the Genus Camellia, with text by Samuel Curtis (1779-1860), the son-in-law of William Curtis (1746-1799), founding editor of Botanical Magazine. The plant had been cultivated in England since before 1739, and the monograph lists the 29 camellias known there at the time of publication. Curtis discusses in full the 11 varieties of Japan Rose illustrated in Pope’s five flamboyant yet scientifically informative plates, as well as the propagation and culture of camellias. Sitwell and Blunt’s Great Flower Books, 1700-1900 calls the publication “one of the earliest and probably the best of all the great camellia books.”

“Curtis and Pope’s splendid volume exemplifies The Huntington’s trinity of books, art, and gardens,” said Claudia Funke, chief curator and associate director of library collections.

The Huntington has one of the most comprehensive collections of camellia plants in the world, including nearly 80 species and 1,200 cultivars. Extensive library holdings enhance the plant’s study, most notably more than 100 rare camellia books.

Pope’s achievements are also in context with The Huntington’s outstanding British art collection, which holds more than a dozen works by her first husband, Francis Wheatley, including a pair of group portraits on display in the dining room of the Huntington Art Gallery.

Scientific manuscript by a close member of Galileo’s circle

Philosophia Naturalis, manuscript consisting of lectures delivered by Carlo Rinaldini (1615-1698) at the University of Padua, ca. 1680. 

Philosophia Naturalis (ca. 1680) consists of the texts of lectures given by Galileo’s friend and colleague Carlo Rinaldini (1615-1698) at the University of Padua. The manuscript contains discussions of Galileo’s work as well as an account of Rinaldini’s own important discoveries, including that of the convection of heat.

“Rinaldini is an important transitional figure, presenting Aristotelian ideas alongside those of the ‘new science’ of Galileo and his supporters,” said Daniel Lewis, Dibner Senior Curator of Science, Medicine, and Technology. “He was intellectually bold—no easy task in the political climate of the era in Italy, which just a few decades earlier had seen Galileo placed under house arrest.”

The manuscript, Lewis added, provides deep and rich content for scholars studying the 17th century, astronomy, experimentation, the social and cultural ramifications of the Copernican revolution, Italian science, lecture notes, and watermarks.

The text covers scientific experiments, the nature of the heavens, and an analysis of other competing worldviews. Among the authors Rinaldini cites and discusses are Brahe, Barrow, Borelli, Boyle, Copernicus, Descartes, Gassendi, Kepler, Riccioli, and Torricelli.

16th-century Palmer family genealogical roll of arms

Palmer Family Genealogical Roll of Arms signed by Robert Cooke, Clarenceaux King of Arms, ca.1575-1584, parchment, 8.5 feet in length. 

This parchment roll—composed of four membranes pasted together to form a document 8.5 feet long—claims to display the ancestry of the Palmer family from the 11th or 12th century into the Elizabethan period.

“While English families liked to take heraldic sources as gospel, scholars are far less trusting, understanding these pedigrees were frequently inventions of the imagination,” said Vanessa Wilkie, William A. Moffett Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History. “Historians are taking new interest in heraldic documents, family pedigrees, and family archives to better understand the complex relationship between family honor, family image, and political authority.”

In 1555, Queen Elizabeth re-established the College of Arms by royal charter. She appointed three kings of arms and six heralds empowered to verify the ancestral claims of aristocratic families and their rights to display arms. Heraldic shields were the symbols of elite power, and in the second half of the 16th century, rising gentry families were eager to prove that they, too, had these rights.

In the 1570s, the Palmer family of Gloucestershire were the model rising gentry family. William Palmer served as the Gentleman Pensioner to King Henry VIII, and by 1575, his nephew, 25-year-old Edward Palmer, was the patriarch of the family. Edward was a wealthy landowner and is likely the person who commissioned his family’s heraldic roll in the 1570s, but it was given elevated status when the controversial Clarenceaux King of Arms Robert Cooke signed the bottom of it, thus giving Palmer the documentation he needed to solidify his family’s place in the social order.

“Perhaps not surprisingly, families were willing to forge pedigrees, and many kings of arms and heralds were all too easily bribed to lend their endorsements to fabricated rolls,” said Wilkie.

In 2005, the Library Collectors’ Council purchased another one of Robert Cooke’s heraldic manuscripts—the pedigree book of the Earls of Leicester, which celebrates an established nobleman, Robert Dudley. In contrast, the Palmer family roll demonstrates Cooke’s validation of a rising country family. When combined, these two manuscripts expand scholarly understanding of the work of one of the most notorious heralds of the 16th century.

The Huntington has one of the most important collections of English heraldic sources, both print and manuscript, outside of the United Kingdom.

18th-century American manuscript regarding the divinity of Jesus

Lewis Nicola (1717-1804), Divinity of Jesus Christ, ca. 1794-1795. 

Divinity of Jesus Christ (ca. 1794-95) is an unpublished and previously unknown manuscript by Lewis Nicola (1717-1807), the founder of the Continental Army’s Corps of Invalids. In 1781, Nicola became beset by religious doubts. At the time, he was stationed at West Point, which he described as “a small country town,” and had with him only his copy of the Bible; having read it twice, he came to doubt the divinity of Jesus Christ.

“This manuscript, an extremely rare example of a theological study penned by an American man of the Enlightenment, is a new and untapped source for the studies of the rich religious and intellectual life of the Early Republic,” said Olga Tsapina, Norris Foundation Curator of American History. “It adds a new dimension to the history of American 18th-century religiosity, which mostly relies on the writings of ministers or religious testimony generated by religious revivals. The manuscript capped an important if largely unknown debate that involved Joseph Priestly, the world-famous scientist and founder of the Unitarian Church. It is a rational examination of scripture predating another example of such an endeavor, Thomas Jefferson’s Bible.”

During the Revolutionary War, Nicola served as the commander of Philadelphia’s garrison and published military manuals “calculated for the use of Americans.” After Congress accepted his proposal to establish a corps that would employ veterans unfit for active duty, Nicola spent the next five years as the commander of the Corps of Invalids in charge of guarding hospitals and military stores and collecting intelligence.

Nicola’s claim to fame stems from his controversial letter to George Washington on May 22, 1781, suggesting that because the Continental Congress was so dysfunctional, veterans should be governed by a British-style “mixed government.” The letter, which received a sharply worded rebuke from Washington, was the first episode in the wave of discontent that culminated in the Newburgh conspiracy in March 1783. It also overshadowed the rest of Nicola’s remarkable career.

“Amazingly, there is no known body of Nicola’s papers, apart from his Revolutionary War correspondence in the George Washington papers at the Library of Congress and some military papers left with the War Department,” said Tsapina. “Divinity of Jesus Christ is the only manuscript of Nicola’s that has come to light since he died, destitute, in August 1807.”

Image: From L-R: Herbert W. Gleason (1855-1937) A Snow-Banner, ca. 1911, platinum print in William Frederic Badè’s The Writings of John Muir, The Mountains of California, pt. 1, vol. 4. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1916-1924; Samuel Curtis (1779-1860), A Monograph on the Genus Camellia, with illustrations by Clara Maria Pope (d. 1838). London: John and Arthur Arch, 1819. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Interior 02.jpegDaniel Crouch Rare Books will mark the opening of their New York Gallery at 24 East 64th Street with a launch party on Burns Night (25 January 2017). A small selection of Celtic cartography will be on display, in keeping with the traditional Scottish celebration, as well as the gallery’s reputation as specialist dealers in fine and rare antique maps, plans, sea charts and voyages.

Daniel Crouch and Nick Trimming, partners in Daniel Crouch Rare Books, have appointed Noah Goldrach and Kate Hunter to manage the New York gallery. Noah studied Medieval History at the Wesleyan University, CT, and has worked both at Sotheby’s, and as a bookseller specializing in Continental, English and American early printed books. Kate graduated from Cambridge Univeristy, and joins Daniel Crouch Rare Books having worked previously for Christies, Maggs Bros, and Graham Arader. The launch is timed to coincide with the Winter Antiques Show (20 - 29 January) and Bibliography Week (23 - 28 January). The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm.

In keeping with the Burns Night theme, James Dorret's 1750 map of Scotland and Macdonald Gill’s 1928 Agricultural Map of Scotland will be on display during the launch. Dorret’s map has been described as "a landmark map which was used directly or indirectly for nearly all Scottish maps for the next 40 years", (National Library of Scotland). Although little is known about Dorret, he served as the valet to the Duke of Argyll, and was tasked with mapping first Argyll, and then the whole of Scotland.

Macdonald Gill’s agricultural map of Scotland, dated 1928, provides a fascinating and detailed representation of the country’s natural produce. The map is illustrated with livestock such as pigs, sheep and cows which adorn the counties of Roxburgh, Lanark and Dumfries. Drawings of deer are shown in the highlands, with raspberries and strawberries marked in the regions of Ayr and Peebles, fishing fleets off the east coast labelled haddock, cod and lobsters as their bounty, with hake and herrings off the west coast. In the border, a table shows statistics for the local agriculture and fisheries including figures for the annual catch or crop and the value of the produce.

Image: The New York Gallery at 24 East 64th Street. 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Want to get the up-to-the-minute updates and breaking news stories about Heritage Auctions? Follow us on HA.com/Facebook and HA.com/Twitter. To view an archive of Heritage press releases go to: HA.com/PR. To link to this release on your blog or Website: HA.com/PR-3086.

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.

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.

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



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.

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.

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.’

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. 

The Library of Congress, the Royal Collection Trust and King’s College London today signed a memorandum of understanding in which they agree to share resources to aid in the digitization of the papers of King George III (1738-1820), the English monarch in power when the American colonies declared independence, creating a new nation.

Some 85 percent of the items in the archive, based at England’s Windsor Castle, have never before been examined by scholars. They include correspondence, maps and royal household ledgers.

The Library of Congress is supporting a National Digital Stewardship Residency Program fellow who will analyze the existing and proposed metadata for historical materials from this era, including the King George papers at Windsor Castle.

Work to be done under the MOU will also include making the materials available to scholars; holding a conference at the Library of Congress about using collections at various institutions in a synergistic manner; and laying the groundwork for an exhibition at the Library of Congress, currently planned for 2020/2021.

The Library of Congress holds the papers of numerous United States founders (of both genders), including those of George Washington, making an exhibition combining aspects of the U.S. and British collections a promising opportunity to provide historical context.

The MOU is the first international agreement by new Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, who noted, "This collaboration will take us right to the beginning of our nation, linking for the first time materials from the English perspective and the perspective of its rogue colony— the new United States of America. I am so pleased for the Library of Congress to provide personnel in our digital stewardship program to assist in this important work. We are also very interested in the prospect of a joint exhibition that would allow our great institutions to provide context and content in a collaborative fashion. The public can benefit greatly from this joint effort."

"We are delighted to be signing this agreement with the Library of Congress and King's College London to work together to address some of the major challenges facing archives in the 21st century in transforming access to historic collections, supporting research and encouraging public enjoyment of our shared past," said Librarian Oliver Urquhart Irvine of the Royal Library.

"We’re delighted to welcome the Library of Congress as a partner to the program, as their papers and archival knowledge are certain to shed new light on the life and work of a famous monarch," said Dr. Joanna Newman, MBE, vice president and vice-principal (International) at King’s College London. "Discoveries and insights from this project will span scholarly interests in the history, culture, economy and politics of early American history and world politics of the time."

King George III ruled England from 1760 until 1820, a period that encompassed not only the American Revolution, but Britain’s encounter with Napoleon. While history has often viewed George’s reign as heavy-handed—especially when authored by historians from the United States —researchers writing in the late 20th century have been more sympathetic, attributing some of the policy that inflamed the colonies to the king’s ministers. George’s episodes of mania, possibly resulting from a disease called porphyria, have also been the subject of study, a stage play and a film in popular release.

With the memorandum of understanding, the Library of Congress will join the Georgian Papers Programme, a partnership of the Royal Library and Royal Archives and King’s College, London. This five-year project aims to build an open online collection containing nearly 350,000 digitized items from the Royal Archives, including the papers of King George III. The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture is the primary program partner in the U.S. Other stateside partners include Mount Vernon, the historic site that was the home of U.S. President George Washington; Virginia’s College of William and Mary and the Sons of the American Revolution.

The Royal Collection Trust is a registered charity in the United Kingdom with the objective of presenting and providing access to the Royal Collection, which includes the Royal Library. The Royal Library serves as the Sovereign's official library. The Royal Archives is a private archive which offers public access to historical papers for educational purposes and academic study.

King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2016/17 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

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.

vcsPRAsset_534765_123973_7366aade-9f29-4ac8-a209-a6d12e56d99a_0.jpgIt’s the story you love to hear in the antiques world. Rare maps found in garage sell for $24,000. Two dark, ripped images in poor condition in the Kaminski Auctions October 1 auction turned out to be just that. Several astute collectors on the phones and Internet recognized the pair of panels for what they really were: two panels of a map produced for the Korean market of Matteo Ricci's derivative map.  

Through a series of unlikely events the pair have found a temporary home with Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps at RareMaps.com in La Jolla, California. The two panels were first described as “two 19th century hand colored prints of the world" on closer inspection an astute cataloger recognized they were in fact maps and changed the description on all of the Internet bidding platforms. The maps were purchased twenty years ago at the Brimfield Antiques Show and were found in the garage of a Palm Desert home.  

“We only spotted the map about 24 hours before the sale doing a routine search for maps in upcoming auctions. My gallery manager, Alex Clausen, brought it to my attention, and the two of us quickly worked out that it was a "Matteo Ricci derivative map." “We researched the map for about an hour, before concluding it was the 1708 "Korean edition" of Ricci. Twenty five hand painted copies were reported to have been done between 1605 and 1608, one of which survives in the Nanjing Museum.”

Matteo Ricci was an Italian Jesuit missionary and one of the founding figures of the Jesuit Missions in China.  Arriving in Macau in 1582 he began his missionary work. He was the first European to enter the Forbidden City of Beijing in 1601. His skills in astronomy and calendrical science caught the attention of the Wanli Emperor who granted Ricci a stipend in 1601, which allowed him to begin creating maps for the Emperor.

In 1602 Matteo Ricci's published a World Map (Kunyu wanguo quantu), or Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the Earth. It is the oldest surviving map in Chinese to show the Americas. 

The last example of the Ricci map to come to market was sold by Bernard Shapero Rare Books to the James Ford Bell Library for $1,000,000 around 2008. There are approximately six known complete examples of the Ricci World Map.  

In 1708 the Ricci map was copied for the Korean market. The Gonyeomangukjeondo is a Korean hand-copied reproduction by painter Kim Jin-yeo. This map represents the world in an ellipse.

A copy of the 1708 Korean Ricci map is owned and displayed at the Seoul National University Museum and was designated National Treasure No.849 on August 9, 1985.  There are only a few known surviving examples of the Korean copies and it appears they are more rare than the 1602 Ricci. Two are located in Korea and one in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“The map sheets we purchased at Kaminski are Sections 1 (far left side) and 6 (far right side) of a 6 sheet World Map. The 1708 Korean Ricci map is noteworthy for its addition of sea monsters, sailing ships and other decorative embellishments, which is how we were able to identify what we were looking at from the images provided on line by Kaminski”.

“Our intention is to restore the map clean, stabilize, de-acidify, etc. and offer it for sale by December 2016.  We suspect there should be considerable institutional and private interest, given the rarity and importance of the Ricci map.” ”

The maps were shipped to the consignor immediately after the auction and in a subsequent phone call Mr. Ruderman stated that  “Now, on closer inspection, we are leaning toward original Ming Dynasty hand painted copies. If these do prove to be originals from 1605-1608, it would be an even more exciting find.  We are not aware of any of these maps appearing at auction or otherwise.  A printed Ricci is obviously an exciting thing, but one of the hand painted Ming Dynasty era copies, extra illustrated with sea monsters and sailing ships, would be an even more extraordinary find."
 
After a call alerting the Boston Symphony Orchestra press office that a large collection of drawings and paintings with assorted correspondence, all relating to the BSO by the artist Donald Carlisle Greason were coming up for auction, the collection sold for $7,200 and found a permanent home in the BSO archives.  

A 19th century Italian classical marble sculpture marble unsigned of a male torso from a Rome estate was hotly contested on the phones and Internet and was finally hammered down at $14,400.

A circa 1920 Art Deco ladies diamond, emerald and platinum Jabo pin, from a New York collection, sold for $10,200. Jewelry as a category did well in the sale with a ten carat ladies platinum and diamond bracelet selling for $5700, and a fourteen carat yellow gold, diamond and ruby necklace, with forty-nine natural step cut oval and pavilion rubies selling for $4,800. 

Signed mid century modern furniture continues to bring in the buyer’s. A Frank Gehry for Knoll bentwood table with four chairs stamped 06/19/93/, had numerous Internet bids and was finally hammered down at $4,800.

All prices include twenty per cent buyer’s premium. For more information and to view our upcoming schedule go to www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE.

 

2009_178_v1_TW_201606_o4 copy.jpgThe Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has recently completed a year-long project to conserve, stabilize, and digitize 60 works on paper from the Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionist Art. The conservation efforts were made possible by a grant from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project.

VMFA was among only thirteen institutions selected in 2015 to receive funding from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project, which seeks to preserve culturally significant works of art from around the world. “Our Art Conservation Project is designed to not only conserve artworks and shine a light on the need for the preservation of artistic and historic treasures, but also to educate communities, and convey respect for the varied cultures and traditions throughout the world,” said Victor Branch, Richmond market president, Bank of America.

Works by key German Expressionists—Max Beckmann, Peter August Böckstiegel, Otto Dix, Conrad Felixmüller, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Emil Nolde—have received complete restoration as part of the project. The first selection of newly restored pieces—seven works on paper by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner—have recently opened in the museum’s European Modernism Galleries.

“Thanks to generous support from Bank of America, we have successfully stabilized and preserved these fragile works, ensuring they will be available for public display and inclusion in educational programming for generations to come,” VMFA Director Alex Nyerges said. “The digitization of these works from The Fischer Collection advances our ongoing efforts to share our encyclopedic collection and tell more in-depth stories about the artists and artistic movements represented throughout the museum.”

The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection has garnered national and international attention, standing among other noteworthy holdings of German Expressionist art at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. The Fischer Collection also represents an important asset to the academic communities based in Richmond. These newly preserved works will join those already on display, further strengthening a collection that provides countless learning opportunities for both scholars and the general public.

The History of the Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection
Known for containing many significant examples of Die Brücke, the Fischer Collection’s evolution reflects the history of early 20th-century Europe. Between 1905 and 1925, Ludwig and Rosy Fischer of Frankfurt, Germany, amassed a collection of art created by a group of radical young artists. The forward-thinking couple acquired examples of German Expressionist paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and illustrated books, but their collection did not survive the Third Reich intact. Upon their deaths in the mid-1920s, the collection was divided between their sons, Max and Ernst. In 1934 as the Nazi party gained power, Ernst and his wife Anne left Germany for the United States with their half of the collection packed among their household goods. The couple settled in Richmond where the art was preserved in their home for more than 70 years. When Max Fischer fled Germany a year after his brother, he had to leave his portion of the collection behind and it was presumed lost, stolen or destroyed during World War II. In 2009, the Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionist Art became part of VMFA’s permanent collection. Through a gift-purchase agreement with Anne Fischer (1902-2008), the widow of Ernst (1896-1981), the museum acquired approximately 200 works from one of the 20th century’s most significant movements. Earlier this year, Ernest Ludwig Kirchner’s Sand Hills in Grunau (1913)—one of the paintings from Max’s portion of the collection that had been presumed lost—was returned to the Fischer family and acquired by VMFA through a gift-purchase agreement.

With works dating just before World War I through the 1920s, the collection has a strong emphasis on Die Brücke—“the Bridge”—a pivotal movement within German Expressionism. Responding subjectively to the changing world around them, members of Die Brücke often used distorted forms and a vivid palette of bold colors. Printmaking was also a central practice for German Expressionists; woodcuts, etchings, and lithographs allowed wider distribution and accessibility of their work. As a founder and leader of the Die Brücke movement, Kirchner developed a particularly expressive style with woodcuts. The handwritten notes addressed to Herr and Frau Fischer on the bottom of many of the Kirchner prints in the museum’s collection attest to his personal relationship with the Fischer family. The Fischers owned more paintings by Kirchner than any other artist, and his work, including the exceptional group of prints on display now in the first installation of works conserved with funds from the Bank of America grant, form the core of their collection. One of the woodcuts included in this group, Three Boys, Fehr's Sons, 1915 was likely based on a painting Kirchner made of the same subject, which Ludwig and Rosy Fischer also acquired. However, it was among the paintings that Max Fischer left behind when he fled Nazi Germany in 1935, and it remains lost.

Bank of America Conservation Project
Bank of America’s Art Conservation Project provides grants to nonprofit museums to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art, including works that have been designated as national treasures.  Since 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums in 28 countries for 85 conservation projects.  Works conserved in 2015 include a marble figure of the Buddha Amitābha (585 C.E. Sui dynasty)at the British Museum, London; four paintings and one mural at the OCA Museum, São Paulo; Uemura Shōen’s Jo-no-Mai (Noh Dance Prelude) at The Tokyo University Art Museum and Manet’s Woman in Evening Dress at the Guggenheim in New York. VMFA’s grant supported the physical and chemical stabilization, as well as digitization, of works by seven key artists in the Die Brücke movement.

Bank of America Conservation Project: VMFA’s Fischer Collection video
https://youtu.be/clX4Aq7PTj8

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States. VMFA, which opened in 1936, is a state agency and privately endowed educational institution. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, and to encourage the study of the arts. Through the Office of Statewide Partnerships program, the museum offers curated exhibitions, arts-related audiovisual programs, symposia, lectures, conferences, and workshops by visual and performing artists. In addition to a wide array of special exhibitions, visitors have the opportunity to experience the museum’s global collection of art that spans more than 5,000 years. VMFA’s permanent holdings encompass more than 35,000 artworks, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside of Russia, the finest collection of Art Nouveau outside of Paris, and one of the nation’s finest collections of American art. VMFA is home to important collections of English silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British sporting, and modern and contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan, and African art. In May 2010, the VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its eighty-year history. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum.

Image: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880-1938). Three Boys, Fehr’s Sons, 1915. Woodcut on wove paper, 22 ¾ x 16 15/16 in. (57.79 x 43.02 cm.) Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection, Gift of the Estate of Anne R. Fischer (Photo: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts)

The Library of Congress and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera today announced the launch of Herrera’s second-term projects—an online narrative poem for second and third graders; a collaboration with high-school English teachers at Chicago Public Schools to create strategies for teaching poetry; and a writing lab in Fresno, California.

Herrera was appointed in 2015 as the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and reappointed in 2016 to serve a second term. During his laureateship, Herrera has chosen to conduct projects that champion poetry and creative writing for young children, older students and adults.

From 2016 to 2017, he is inviting second and third grade students and their school librarians from across the nation to contribute to "The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon," an illustrated narrative poem that will be featured on the Library of Congress read.gov website. The project launches with an introductory chapter and prompt written by Herrera and illustrated by artist Juana Medina. School librarians will work with students to submit responses. The narrative poem will contain six chapters, all guided by input from librarians and students. Herrera and Medina will post the final chapter in June 2017.

"The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon" is co-presented by the Library’s Educational Outreach Division and the Publishing Office. To view the project, visit www.read.gov/catalinaneon.

Continuing his work with students, Herrera and the Library of Congress will collaborate throughout the school year with the Poetry Foundation in Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on a program titled "Wordstreet Champions and Brave Builders of the Dream." Herrera will work with approximately 40 high school English teachers from CPS to develop new exercises and strategies for teaching poetry to freshmen. At the program’s conclusion, CPS (the country’s third most populous school district) will measure impact on participating teachers and their students.

Herrera’s third initiative during his second term involves the creation of a West Coast office, the "Laureate Lab—Visual Wordist Studio." It will be a performance/classroom space in the library of California State University in Fresno, where Herrera once taught and now lives. Herrera will use the newly inaugurated space to develop small scale, dynamic programs and classes for his local community, mixing poetry with visual arts, song and movement. Teachers, writers, artists and community members are welcome to join the Poet Laureate in his continuous experiment with language.

During his first term, Herrera’s project was an online initiative "La Casa de Colores" on the Library of Congress website, loc.gov/poetry/casadecolores. Each month, Americans contributed to an epic poem "La Familia." The project also included a monthly video feature by Herrera, "El Jardín," which highlighted the resources at the Library of Congress.

The author of 30 books of poetry, novels for young adults and collections for children, Herrera’s most recent works are "Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes" (2014), a picture book showcasing inspiring Hispanic- and Latino-Americans, and "Notes on the Assemblage" (2015), a volume of poems.

Herrera was born in Fowler, California, in 1948. As the son of migrant farm workers, Herrera moved around often, living in tents and trailers along the road in southern California, and attended school in a variety of small towns from San Francisco to San Diego. In 1972 he graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor’s degree in social anthropology. He then attended Stanford University, where he received a master’s degree in social anthropology, and in 1990 received a Master’s of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Herrera has written over a dozen poetry collections, including "Half the World in Light: New and Selected Poems" (2008), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the International Latino Book Award.

For his poetry Herrera has received two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, a PEN USA National Poetry Award, the PEN Oakland / Josephine Miles Award, a PEN / Beyond Margins Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Stanford University Chicano Fellows. He is a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate from Skidmore College.

Herrera has served as the chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department at California State University, Fresno and held the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair in the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside, where he taught until retiring in 2015. He served as the Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2015.

The Library of Congress’ Poetry and Literature Center is the home of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, a position that has existed since 1936, when Archer M. Huntington endowed the Chair of Poetry at the Library. Since then, many of the nation’s most eminent poets have served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and, after the passage of Public Law 99-194 (Dec. 20, 1985), as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The Poet Laureate suggests authors to read in the Library’s literary series and plans other special events during the literary season. For more information, visit loc.gov/poetry/.

The Educational Outreach Division at the Library of Congress is dedicated to providing educators with engaging methods and high-quality materials to effectively teach with primary sources. For more information, visit loc.gov/teachers/.

The Library of Congress Publishing Office publishes a wide range of materials based on the Library’s collections. It currently has more than 100 titles in print. For more information, visit loc.gov/publish/.

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TEFAF Names Invaluable Marquee Sponsor

(New York) October 11, 2016 - TEFAF, the world’s preeminent fair of art and antiques, today announced that Invaluable, the leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, will be the marquee sponsor for both TEFAF New York and TEFAF Maastricht. The new association will officially launch at the the inaugural edition of TEFAF New York Fall, a joint venture between TEFAF and Artvest Partners, and will continue for TEFAF Maastricht in The Netherlands from March 10-19, 2017 and TEFAF New York Spring from May 4-9, 2017.

Invaluable’s experience is in helping galleries and dealers develop robust digital strategies and connect with the company’s engaged, passionate collector base from 180 countries around the world, and aims to strengthen relationships within the dealer community, making it a natural fit for TEFAF.

As such, in the coming months Invaluable and TEFAF will be launching the TEFAF Digital Excellence Program powered by Invaluable, a new initiative that will provide dealers with the digital tools necessary to grow their business between fairs by expanding their reach and connection with new buyers online. Together, TEFAF and Invaluable are committed to exploring avenues to further grow the online art market, with an emphasis on high quality works and strong buyer confidence.

“Our first commitment at TEFAF is supporting the dealer community by consistently exploring ways that will expand their global platforms,” comments Patrick van Maris, TEFAF CEO. “We share the view that growth centers around the establishment of new dealer resources and connections, while at the same time we believe that, with the experience and expertise within our network and the very high standards we uphold for quality, condition and authenticity of art works put forward at our fairs, we can make a valuable contribution to the future of the online art market space. We are delighted to be working with Invaluable to that end."

Rob Weisberg, Invaluable CEO, said: "We are honored to embark on this new relationship with the world’s most prestigious fair for art and antiques. As the strong demand for fine art and antiques continues to grow online, we couldn’t think of a better partner than TEFAF to help ensure we bring the highest quality fine art and collectibles online and continue to raise the bar in this area."

According to the 2016 TEFAF Art Market Report, “in the traditional auction and dealer sectors, online sales have grown to account for an increasing share of the sales.” The report states that in 2015, sales of art online were estimated conservatively to have reached $4.7 billion, up 7% year-on-year and accounting for 7% of all global art and antiques sales by value.

When dealers specifically were asked to report the biggest challenges they faced over the next five years, the most frequently cited challenge was finding new buyers (73% of respondents). The report also found that of the dealers currently making sales online, the majority of their sales (52%) were to completely new buyers, illustrating how a strong digital strategy can help in this respect. Most dealers were also optimistic about online sales, as 58% thought they would increase over the next five years.

"The way that people buy art has unquestionably changed and we are seeing more galleries and dealers seeking new collectors by extending their reach online,” continued Weisberg. “We believe Invaluable can help dealers connect with millions of potential new buyers without having to make a large investment in technology and marketing services. We've taken care of that."

To learn more about TEFAF New York Fall, visit www.tefaf.com.

AUSTIN, Texas — The archive of Nicaraguan poet, priest and political activist Ernesto Cardenal will open in November at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at The University of Texas at Austin.

Admired and controversial, Cardenal is a towering figure in Central American culture and politics. He is a multifaceted poet who incorporates history and science in his verses, and a priest who defied the Catholic hierarchy by engaging in a revolutionary armed conflict and in the ensuing left-wing government.

The archive features rare editions of Cardenal’s writings, translations of his poetry, interviews, photographs, videos, newspaper clippings, documentaries about his life and work, and hundreds of letters to and from key protagonists of Nicaraguan culture and politics.

Files relating to Cardenal’s activities as minister of culture during the 1980s Sandinista government are currently being digitized. The originals will be given to the Historical Institute of Nicaragua and Central America, or Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua y Centroamérica.

Among the archive’s treasures are letters to Cardenal from Trappist monk Thomas Merton, an influential figure in Cardenal’s life. Merton’s reflections on literature, spirituality and politics reveal deep anxiety about the nuclear threats of the 1960s along with distrust for the two superpowers that vied for supremacy in the world.

Cardenal has been called one of the last of a visionary generation of activist/artist priests that at one time included, to name a few, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Paulo Freire and Jon Sobrino.  

“Ernesto Cardenal is one of Latin America’s foremost public intellectuals,” said Virginia Garrard-Burnett, professor of history and director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. “A renowned poet and political activist, Cardenal has spoken out tirelessly and eloquently on behalf of the poor, the marginalized and the forgotten for well more than half a century. It is our great privilege that he has decided to safeguard the corpus of his writings to LLILAS Benson, where they can be studied and appreciated by future generations.”

The Ernesto Cardenal archive complements and enriches numerous historical and literary collections already housed at The University of Texas at Austin. These include the ongoing Archiving the Central American Revolutions Initiative; Revolution and Counterrevolution in Guatemala, 1944-1963; the José Revueltas Papers; and the Magda Portal Papers (all at the Benson Collection), as well as the Gabriel García Márquez archive and El Corno Emplumado Collection (both at the Harry Ransom Center).

“The opening of the Ernesto Cardenal papers will offer tremendous opportunities for researchers from all over the world to make new discoveries and advance scholarship about this extraordinary man and his lasting contributions to Nicaraguan history and culture,” said Julianne Gilland, director of the Benson Latin American Collection.

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections will celebrate the opening of the Ernesto Cardenal Papers on Tuesday, Nov. 15, with a roundtable and a poetry reading by Cardenal himself. The event will be free and open to the public.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division, along with the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, the Fellowship of American Bibliographic Societies and the Grolier Club have announced the winners of the National Collegiate Book-Collecting Contest. The contest is made possible with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

The winners will receive their awards during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The special guest speaker for the ceremony is Toni Tipton-Martin, a food and nutrition journalist and community activist. She is the author of "The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks," a James Beard Award-winning annotated bibliography that tells the story behind her rare collection of African-American cookbooks and food culture.

The 2016 winners are:

  • First Place: Luke Kelly, Harvard University, "A Collection of Eugene Walter, King of the Monkeys"
  • Second Place: Megan Jones, University of Kansas, "The Life and Times of Sacco and Vanzetti"
  • Third Place: Micaela Beigel, Goucher College, "Once We Were Dreamers: A Collection of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust"
  • Essay Award: Samantha Flitter, Princeton University, "The Sand and the Sea: An Age of Sail Library in Rural New Mexico"

Established in 2005 by Fine Books & Collections magazine to recognize outstanding book-collecting efforts by college and university students, the program aims to encourage young collectors to become accomplished bibliophiles. The magazine conducted the annual competition before turning over leadership in 2010 to the new institutional partners.

In 1815, the Library of Congress acquired the personal library of Thomas Jefferson, the basis of its future development. Later collectors such as Lessing J. Rosenwald, John Boyd Thacher and Otto H. Vollbehr, among many others, conveyed their book collections to the Library, where they are conserved and made available in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. More recently, the Library received the gift of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of rare books, manuscripts and other early American materials. The reconstructed library of Thomas Jefferson and selections from the Kislak collection are on view in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (www.abaa.org) is a trade association of more than 450 professionals who specialize in fine and rare books and printed matter. Members are united in a passion for books and related material and are bound by a code of ethics.

The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (www.fabsbooks.org) is an association of collecting organizations with a mission to communicate, share and support bibliocentric activities, experience and ideas among member clubs for mutual benefit and pleasure.

The Grolier Club of New York City (www.grolierclub.org) is the oldest existing bibliophilic club in North America. It fosters "the study, collecting and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production and commerce."

The Jay I. Kislak Foundation (www.kislakfoundation.org) is a nonprofit institution engaged in the collection, conservation, research and interpretation of rare books, manuscripts, maps and indigenous art and cultural artifacts of the Americas and other parts of the world. It exists to advance knowledge and understanding of cultures and history through its collections and programs.

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.

The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit read.gov.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books, internationally renowned specialist dealer in maps, atlases and rare books, is to open a gallery in New York, enabling the business to expand its operation into the United States.

The gallery will be at 24 East 64th Street, in the heart of New York’s Upper East Side. The premises will include exhibition space and offices and will open on 25 January 2017. The launch is timed to coincide with the Winter Antiques Show (20 - 29 January) and Bibliography Week (23 - 28 January) - two leading events in New York’s cultural calendar.

Daniel Crouch and Nick Trimming, partners in Daniel Crouch Rare Books, have appointed Noah Goldrach to manage the New York gallery for them. Daniel Crouch said, “We are delighted to expand our business further into the US market. We have exhibited at fairs in New York, Miami, Palm Beach, San Francisco and Los Angeles for several years and believe that the time is now right to have a permanent space in the US. With premises in both London and New York we are better able to find wonderful items for collectors on both sides of the Atlantic. We prefer to think of ourselves less as “Brexiles”, and more as “Englishmen in New York”.”

Crouch added, “Noah Goldrach is knowledgeable, young, enthusiastic, and well known in New York. He has gained impressive experience in both the auction and dealing sectors before joining us this year”.

Daniel Crouch placed many great maps and atlases in both private and institutional collections, including both the first and second most expensive atlas ever sold: the 1477 “Bologna Ptolemy” for £2.14m in 2007, and the “Doria Atlas” for £1.5m in 2005, as well as the (then) second (now fourth) most expensive printed map ever sold: the 1602 “Ricci” map, which he sold for $1m in 2009. 

The company’s interest in the field isn’t just commercial: Daniel Crouch Rare Books gives a fixed proportion of its profit to charity, and recently paid for the digitization of the atlases in the King’s Topographical Collection at the British Library.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books is a specialist dealer in antique atlases, maps, plans, sea charts and voyages dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The carefully selected stock also includes a number of fine prints and globes, and a selection of cartographic reference books. The company is particularly celebrated for stocking unusual and quirky maps that are in fine condition.

(Victoria, BC, Canada - September 26, 2016) AbeBooks.com today launched a new method of shopping for collectibles - including art, ephemera and books - that combines the expertise of sellers around the world with the ability to discover hundreds of diverse, eclectic and often surprising items in a matter of seconds. 

Collections is a new highly visual section of the AbeBooks online marketplace that contains thousands of themed lists curated by independent professional sellers in more than 40 countries. A vast array of first edition and signed books are displayed alongside collectible art and photography, historic maps and atlases, and multiple types of ephemera.

The art and photography category offers drawings and sketches, original art, paintings, photographs and prints. The ephemera section displays broadsides, vintage magazines, pamphlets, postcards from numerous nations, and posters covering cinema, politics, travel, and other topics.

Customers can easily move from one collection to the next, going deeper into niche subjects. Virginia-based seller Lorne Bair offers a curated collection of obscure books about Eccentrics, Cranks & Difficult People. Hungarian seller Földvári Books offers intriguing Eastern Bloc propaganda ephemera. New York-based seller Donald A. Heald offers historic American pocket maps. Dutch seller Librarium of The Hague offers beautiful military prints from the 19th century. San Diego’s Charles Lewis Best offers detailed black and white engravings of invertebrates.

“Anyone who enjoys hunting through used bookstores, antique shops and art galleries for obscure treasures will relish Collections,” said Arkady Vitrouk, CEO of AbeBooks. “Collections allows sellers to define the topics and offer an innovative discovery experience. We think customers are going to love this new way of browsing.”

Collections are created when sellers upload items to AbeBooks and curate each one into a list.

Customers can browse lists curated by individual sellers or view ‘Master Collections’ that combine similar Collections into a single curated list that can extend into thousands of items. Related Collections are continually recommended, and AbeBooks’ editors highlight some of the most eye-catching lists.

Among the sellers offering Collections are New York’s Strand Book Store, Powell’s Books in Portland, Royal Books from Baltimore, Hennessey + Ingalls from Los Angeles, and Powell’s Bookstores of Chicago.

Visit https://www.abebooks.com/collections/

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Screen Shot 2016-09-21 at 9.22.57 AM.pngAt the Ordinary General Meeting on 20th September 2016 in Budapest the presidents of ILAB’s 22 national member associations voted for Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes (Spain) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Norbert Donhofer (Austria) who served as President from 2014 to 2016; and he will be supported by ILAB Vice‐President Sally Burdon (Australia).

Gonzalo Fernandéz Pontes is well prepared for the duties he will be facing in the upcoming two years of his ILAB presidency. He has been a member of the ILAB Committee for many years and has served as Vice‐President under Norbert Donhofer. In his work for ILAB he has put special emphasis on the prevention and detection of book thefts. As Security Chair he has been coordinating ILAB’s efforts in this important field. Pontes has been a rare book dealer for nearly 28 years. He holds a degree in classical history and archeology and took part in several excavations in the Middle East before he established his bookshop in Madrid in 1991. He specializes in travel, exploration and Spanish history. He is a lecturer at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid where he teaches summer courses in the antiquarian book trade. As President of the Spanish Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (AILA) Pontes not only organized the 38th ILAB Congress and 22nd ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair in Madrid in 2008, but also the ILAB Presidents’ Meeting in Seville in 2015.

Sally Burdon is widely known as the organizer of the worldwide ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day 2015 and 2016. She has been a member of the ILAB Committee since 2014. She is particularly interested in supporting younger and newer members of the book trade through educational projects such as the ILAB mentor program and campaigns to promote and support rare book schools worldwide. Sally Burdon is a member of the Burdon family of antiquarian booksellers, in effect she was a bookseller in training from the age of 10. After a period of living overseas, she returned to Canberra in 1982 and started working full time in the family business now known as Asia Bookroom. She is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), served on the faculty of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar for 3 years and has organized several conferences on bookselling in Australia.

In further elections the presidents voted for Michel Bouvier (France) as General Secretary, he follows Ulrich Hobbeling (Germany) in this position. Fabrizio Govi (Italy), Robert Schoisengeier (Austria) and Michael Graves-Johnston (United Kingdom) became new members of the ILAB Committee.

Tom Congalton was elected President of Honour.

ILAB Committee 2016

President: Gonzalo Fernández Pontes 

Vice President: Sally Burdon 

Treasurer: Rob Shephard

General Secretary: Michel Bouvier

Immediate Past President: Norbert Donhofer

Members: Stuart Bennett, Fabrizio Govi, Michael Graves-Johnston, Robert Schoisengeier

42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair, 21-25 September, Budapest (Hungary)

It is the biannual gathering of the world’s leading experts in the antiquarian book trade: The day after the Ordinary General Meeting ILAB booksellers from across the world will meet in Budapest for their 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair. For one week and for the first time ever in Hungary, Budapest will become the center of the professional antiquarian book trade.

For more information, please visit: www.ilab.org

 

September 2016 - After being closed for more than two years for important repairs and restoration, The New York Public Library’s historic Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room will reopen to the public ahead of schedule on Wednesday, October 5.

The two adjacent rooms on the third floor of the landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan will reopen at 10 a.m., providing access to the Library’s research collections and space for quiet study. Daily public tours of the building at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will include both spaces.

“The Library has eagerly anticipated the reopening of these glorious rooms, architectural gems which for over 100 years have been home to scholars, writers, students, and all members of the public who want to access our renowned research collections, learn, and create,” said NYPL President Tony Marx. “As great stewards of all of our libraries, we are proud of this important project, which ensures that these spectacular spaces remain as inspiring as they were on they day they opened.”

The reopening comes more than two years after an ornamental plaster rosette fell from the Rose Main Reading Room’s 52-foot high ceiling overnight in May of 2014. The  Library decided to conduct a full inspection of the ceilings of both the Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room, building scaffolding and massive platforms the length of the room for access. Although the ceilings - built with the rest of the Library in 1911 - were found to be in good condition by WJE Engineers & Architects, P.C., the Library decided to make several improvements to the ceiling, including:

  • Recreating and replacing the rosette that fell
  • Reinforcing all 900 rosettes in both rooms with steel cables
  • Enlisting renowned muralists EverGreene Architectural Arts to recreate a 27 by 33 foot James Wall Finn mural on the ceiling of the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room. Unlike the murals in the Rose Main Reading Room by the same artist, the Bill Blass mural had not been restored in the 1990s, and a fine arts conservator determined that it sustained irreparable damage, loss of original paint, discoloration, patch jobs and unsophisticated over-paint.
  • Working with Aurora Lighting to restore the Room’s chandeliers, including putting in LED lights.

Tishman Construction Corporation, an AECOM company, was the project manager on the $12 million restoration, which was completed several months ahead of schedule. The room will be the site of this year’s Library Lions fundraising gala on Monday, November 7.

While the rooms were closed, the Library maintained service for researchers in other rooms throughout the building. With work complete, research functions will return to Bill Blass and the Rose Main Reading Room - with improvements.

The Library, along with global design firm Gensler Architects and Tishman Construction, recently completed construction of a second level of state-of-the-art collections storage under Bryant Park, creating capacity for 4.3 million research volumes at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The Library began moving materials into the new lower level of the Milstein Research Stacks in the spring; the process is expected to be completed in early 2017. With this increased capacity, the Library estimates that it can fill over 90 percent of research requests with materials located on-site.

The Library also installed a new, modern conveyor system to bring materials from underground storage to the Rose Main Reading Room. The $2.6 million system - 24 individual cars that each carry materials on a track - is more efficient and easier to maintain than the previous conveyor belt system.

The Library is offering a free exhibition on the third floor of its Stephen A. Schwarzman Building documenting the recent work in the building as well as historic efforts entitled Preserving a Masterpiece: From Soaring Ceilings to Subterranean Storage. It is on view through October 9.

NEW YORK, September 15, 2016—The Museum of Modern Art announces the release of an extensive digital archive accessible to historians, students, artists, and anyone concerned with modern and contemporary art: a comprehensive account of the Museum's exhibitions from its founding, in 1929, to today. This new digital archive, which will continue to grow as materials become available, is now accessible on MoMA's website, at moma.org/history.

Providing an unparalleled history of the Museum's presentation of modern and contemporary art on a widely available platform, the project features over 3,500 exhibitions, illustrated by primary documents such as installation photographs, press releases, checklists, and catalogues, as well as lists of included artists. By making these unique resources available at no charge, the exhibition history digital archive directly aligns with the Museum's mission of encouraging an ever-deeper understanding of modern and contemporary art and fostering scholarship.

"The Museum of Modern Art has played a crucial role in the development of an audience for modern and contemporary art for nearly 90 years," said MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry. "In making these materials freely available, we hope not only to foster and enable scholarship, but also to encourage a wider interest in this important chapter of art history that the Museum represents."

The exhibition history project was initiated and overseen by Michelle Elligott, Chief of Archives, and Fiona Romeo, Director of Digital Content and Strategy, The Museum of Modern Art. Over the course of the last two-and-a-half years, three MoMA archivists integrated over 22,000 folders of exhibition records dating from 1929 to 1989 from its registrar and curatorial departments, performed preservation measures, vetted the contents, and created detailed descriptions of the records for each exhibition. 

The digital archive can be freely searched, or browsed in a more structured way by time period or exhibition type. Each entry includes a list of all known artists featured in the exhibition. Artist pages likewise list all of the exhibitions that have included that artist, along with any of their works in MoMA's collection online. The index of artists participating in Museum exhibitions now includes more than 20,000 unique names.

Carla D. Hayden, longtime chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term, by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr.

Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in February; she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July. She took the oath on a Bible, held by her mother, Colleen Hayden, which had been used by Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Obama to take their oaths of office.

"The Library is one of the greatest gifts and legacies the Congress has given to the American people," Hayden said.

"When I contemplate the potential of harnessing the power of technology with the unparalleled resources at the Library of Congress, I am overwhelmed with the possibilities," she said. "The Library of Congress, a historic reference source for Congress, an established place for scholars, can also be a place where we grow scholars, where we inspire young authors, where we connect with those individuals outside the limits of Washington and help them make history themselves."

Hayden is the first woman, and the first African American, to serve as chief executive of the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, with more than 162 million items in its collections. It also oversees the U.S. Copyright Office and the Congressional Research Service. It serves Congress and makes its research collections accessible on-site and online.

She succeeds Acting Librarian David S. Mao, who has served since the Sept. 30, 2015 retirement of former Librarian James H. Billington.

Hayden has recently overseen the renovation of the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, a four-year, $112 million project, and has also led $40 million in renovations to other units within the 22-branch Pratt system. The system is named for the businessman and philanthropist who financed its founding in 1886.

She took the helm of the Baltimore system in 1993, winning strong praise for her work to ensure that the city’s library system offers a broad array of services to assist citizens from all walks of life, from access to books and other learning materials to computer access and job information. A program of outreach into neighborhoods served by the Pratt libraries included after-school centers for teens, offering homework assistance and college counseling; a program offering healthy-eating information for residents in areas with insufficient access to high-quality food; programming in Spanish; establishment of an electronic library and digitization of the Library’s special collections.

Hayden also won accolades, during recent civil unrest in some Baltimore neighborhoods, for keeping library branches open citywide to continue service and provide citizens with safe havens.

She served as 2003-2004 president of the American Library Association.

Hayden first served as a young readers’ librarian in the Chicago Public Library system, eventually rising to the post of deputy commissioner and chief librarian in that system. She also taught Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She received Library Journal’s 1995 Librarian of the Year Award.

Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

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.

The Library of Congress has recently placed online the diaries, notebooks and address books of John J. Pershing, commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, and the diaries of George S. Patton, a tank commander in World War I and a U.S. Army general in World War II.

These items join thousands of original materials from the World War I era that the Library of Congress has digitized and made accessible for use, ahead of the centennial of America’s entry into the Great War in April 2017.

Pershing’s digitized diaries, notebooks and address books describe his command of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I and his postwar service as army chief of staff until 1925. Patton’s diaries, 1910-1945, illustrate his activities during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, World War I and World War II.

The online materials of both men are part of larger collections held by the Library of Congress that are available for research and can be viewed on-site in the Library’s Manuscript Division Reading Room.

The entire collection of Pershing papers spans the years 1882-1971, with the bulk of the material concentrated in the period 1904-1948. It consists of correspondence, diaries, notebooks, speeches, statements, writings, orders, maps, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, picture albums, posters, photographs, printed matter and memorabilia.

The entire collection of Patton’s papers spans the years 1807-1979, with the bulk of the papers concentrated from 1904-1945. The collection documents Patton’s military career, including his attendance at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 1904-1909; his service on the Mexican border as a member of John J. Pershing’s Mexican Punitive Expedition, 1916-1917; his service as an aide-de-camp to Pershing and later as a tank commander in World War I, 1917-1919; and his military career from 1938-1945. The majority of the papers chronicle Patton’s World War II service.

Other World War I-era original-source materials that the Library has digitized include posters; sheet music; military battles and campaign maps; and newspapers, including The Stars and Stripes. These items can be searched for and viewed on the Library’s website at loc.gov.

On April 4, 2017, the Library of Congress will open a major exhibition, "Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I," to commemorate the centennial of the United States’ entry into the Great War. The exhibition will examine the upheaval of world war, as Americans experienced it—domestically and overseas. It will close in January 2019. Initially, the exhibition will feature 200 items, but during its 18-month run, numerous other artifacts will be rotated into the display.

An exhibition showing how American artists galvanized public interest in World War I is currently on display at the Library of Congress. "World War I: American Artists View the Great War" is on view through 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. The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An online version can be viewed at loc.gov/exhibits/american-artists-view-the-great-war/.

With the most comprehensive collection of multi-format World War I holdings in the nation, the Library is a unique resource for primary-source materials, education plans, public programs and on-site visitor experiences about The Great War, including exhibits, symposia and book talks.

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.

Figure1.jpgPROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —The Grolier Codex, an ancient document that is among the rarest books in the world, has been regarded with skepticism since it was reportedly unearthed by looters from a cave in Chiapas, Mexico, in the 1960s.

But a meticulous new study of the codex has yielded a startling conclusion: The codex is both genuine and likely the most ancient of all surviving manuscripts from ancient America.

Stephen Houston, the Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and co-director of the Program in Early Cultures at Brown University, worked with Michael Coe, professor emeritus of archeology and anthropology at Yale and leader of the research team, along with Mary Miller of Yale and Karl Taube of the University of California-Riverside. They reviewed “all known research on the manuscript,” analyzing it “without regard to the politics, academic and otherwise, that have enveloped the Grolier,” the team wrote in its study “The Fourth Maya Codex.”

The paper, published in the journal Maya Archaeology, fills a special section of the publication and includes a lavish facsimile of the codex.

The study, Houston said, “is a confirmation that the manuscript, counter to some claims, is quite real. The manuscript was sitting unremarked in a basement of the National Museum in Mexico City, and its history is cloaked in great drama. It was found in a cave in Mexico, and a wealthy Mexican collector, Josué Sáenz, had sent it abroad before its eventual return to the Mexican authorities.”

Controversial from the outset

For years, academics and specialists have argued about the legitimacy of the Grolier Codex, a legacy the authors trace in the paper. Some asserted that it must have been a forgery, speculating that modern forgers had enough knowledge of Maya writing and materials to create a fake codex at the time the Grolier came to light.

The codex was reportedly found in the cave with a cache of six other items, including a small wooden mask and a sacrificial knife with a handle shaped like a clenched fist, the authors write. They add that although all the objects found with the codex have been proven authentic, the fact that looters, rather than archeologists, found the artifacts made specialists in the field reluctant to accept that the document was genuine.

Some ridiculed as fantastical Sáenz’s account of being contacted about the codex by two looters who took him—in an airplane whose compass was hidden from view by a cloth—to a remote airstrip near Tortuguero, Mexico, to show him their discovery.

And there were questions, the authors note, about Sáenz’s actions once he possessed the codex. Why did he ship it to the United States, where it was displayed in the spring of 1971 at New York City’s Grolier Club, the private club and society of bibliophiles that gives the codex its name, rather than keep it in Mexico? As for the manuscript itself, it differed from authenticated codices in several marked ways, including its relative lack of hieroglyphic text and the prominence of its illustrations.

“It became a kind of dogma that this was a fake,” Houston continued. “We decided to return and look at it very carefully, to check criticisms one at a time. Now we are issuing a definitive facsimile of the book. There can’t be the slightest doubt that the Grolier is genuine.”

Digging in

Houston and his co-authors analyzed the origins of the manuscript, the nature of its style and iconography, the nature and meaning of its Venus tables, scientific data — including carbon dating — of the manuscript, and the craftsmanship of the codex, from the way the paper was made to the known practices of Maya painters.

Over the course of a 50-page analysis, the authors take up the questions and criticisms leveled by scholars over the last 45 years and describe how the Grolier Codex differs from the three other known ancient Maya manuscripts but nonetheless joins their ranks.

Those codices, the Dresden, Madrid and Paris, all named for the cities in which they are now housed, were regarded from the start as genuine, the authors note. All of the codices have calendrical and astronomical elements that track the passage of time via heavenly bodies, assist priests with divination and inform ritualistic practice as well as decisions about such things as when to wage war.

Variations among the codices, as well as the assumption that because manuscripts such as the Dresden were authenticated first made them canonical, fed scholars’ doubts about the Grolier, according to the study. The Grolier, however, was dated by radiocarbon and predates those codices, according to the authors.

The Grolier’s composition, from its 13th-century amatl paper, to the thin red sketch lines underlying the paintings and the Maya blue pigments used in them, are fully persuasive, the authors assert. Houston and his coauthors outline what a 20th century forger would have had to know or guess to create the Grolier, and the list is prohibitive: he or she would have to intuit the existence of and then perfectly render deities that had not been discovered in 1964, when any modern forgery would have to have been completed; correctly guess how to create Maya blue, which was not synthesized in a laboratory until Mexican conservation scientists did so in the 1980s; and have a wealth and range of resources at their fingertips that would, in some cases, require knowledge unavailable until recently.

Use and appearance of the Grolier Codex

The Grolier Codex is a fragment, consisting of 10 painted pages decorated with ritual Maya iconography and a calendar that charts the movement of the planet Venus. Mesoamerican peoples, Houston said, linked the perceived cycles of Venus to particular gods and believed that time was associated with deities.

The Venus calendars counted the number of days that lapsed between one heliacal rising of Venus and the next, or days when Venus, the morning star, appeared in the sky before the sun rose. This was important, the authors note, because measuring the planet’s cycles could help Maya people create ritual cycles based on astronomical phenomena.

The gods depicted in the codex are described by Houston and his colleagues as “workaday gods, deities who must be invoked for the simplest of life’s needs: sun, death, K’awiil — a lordly patron and personified lightning — even as they carry out the demands of the ‘star’ we call Venus. Dresden and Madrid both elucidate a wide range of Maya gods, but in Grolier, all is stripped down to fundamentals.”

The codex is also, according to the paper’s authors, not a markedly beautiful book. “In my view, it isn’t a high-end production,” Houston said, “not one that would be used in the most literate royal court. The book is more closely focused on images and the meanings they convey.”

The Grolier Codex, the team argues, is also a “predetermined rather than observational” guide, meaning it declares what “should occur rather than what could be seen through the variable cloud cover of eastern Mesoamerica. With its span of 104 years, the Grolier would have been usable for at least three generations of calendar priest or day-keeper,” the authors write.

That places the Grolier in a different tradition than the Dresden Codex, which is known for its elaborate notations and calculations, and makes the Grolier suitable for a particular kind of readership, one of moderately high literacy. It may also have served an ethnically and linguistically mixed group, in part Maya, in part linked to the Toltec civilization centered on the ancient city of Tula in Central Mexico.

Beyond its useful life as a calendar, the Grolier Codex “retained its value as a sacred work, a desirable target for Spanish inquisitors intent on destroying such manuscripts,” the authors wrote in the paper.

Created around the time when both Chichen Itza in Yucatán and Tula fell into decline, the codex was created by a scribe working in “difficult times,” wrote Houston and his co-authors. Despite his circumstances, the scribe “expressed aspects of weaponry with roots in the pre-classic era, simplified and captured Toltec elements that would be deployed by later artists of Oaxaca and Central Mexico” and did so in such a manner that “not a single detail fails to ring true.”

“A reasoned weighing of evidence leaves only one possible conclusion: four intact Mayan codices survive from the Precolumbian period, and one of them,” Houston and his colleagues wrote, “is the Grolier.”

Image:  A detail of an image from page 4 of the Grolier Codex with red underpainting visible. Credit: Justin Kerr. 

MIAMI—September 2016— Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is proud to announce its major acquisition of over 400 language-based artworks from the world-renowned, Miami-based collection of Ruth and Marvin Sackner. The acquisition is a combined gift and purchase made possible thanks to the generosity of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Marvin Sackner and his late beloved wife Ruth of 59 years, co-founder of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. The museum will receive the contents of PAMM’s well-regarded 2013 exhibition, A Human Document, which was part of the museum’s inaugural exhibition series. Additionally, PAMM curatorial staff selected another 150 pieces representative of the collection’s breadth and historical importance. A new exhibition celebrating this milestone currently scheduled for 2017 will be unveiled in the Diane and Robert Moss Gallery.

“The Sackner Archives are like no other, just like Miami. The collection challenges conventional understanding of words and poetry and presents them as concrete art,” said Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen. “Ruth and Marvin created this world-class collection over a lifetime in Miami, making PAMM its perfect home.”

“Ruth and Marvin Sackner put together a singular, prescient collection, one that preserves the history of numerous distinct fields of twentieth-century art while celebrating radical experimentation,” adds PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. “This is a unique resource, for the public and scholars alike. And, rightly, the bulk of this treasure, collected over several years by a very special collecting couple, will remain here in Miami. The acquisition, thanks to our collaborators at Knight Foundation, further elevates PAMM as a requisite destination for art and scholarship, not just in Miami, but in the world. It also gives the museum another bridge in the discussion of modern art going back to its formation in the early 20th century.”

Consisting of over 70,000 objects, the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry constitutes the largest private collection of verbal/visual creative production in the world, with notable strengths in typewriter art, artist books, micrography, sound and performance poetry, mail art, experimental calligraphy, and numerous other subcategories. The collection is grounded in the early 20th-century European avant-garde, bringing together vibrant examples of the linguistic and typographic experiments that emerged from several foundational modernist movements, from Italian Futurism to Dada, Russian Constructivism, Surrealism, and Situationism.

“It’s a great pleasure to see this selection at PAMM,” says Marvin Sackner. “Ruth and I spent decades collecting, regarding each piece as a work of art, a piece of history, and a constant source of knowledge. Now the works can have the same effect on countless others.”

The Sackner Archive’s contemporary holdings are also expansive, encompassing important works by thousands of artists including Carl Andre, Öyvind Fahlström, León Ferrari, Ian Hamilton Finlay, John Giorno, Jenny Holzer, Paul Laffoley, Shirin Neshat, and Tom Phillips. PAMM’s selection was determined with an eye toward representing the Sackner collection proportionally and in both breadth and depth, preserving its unique conceptual framework for future generations.

Highlights from the PAMM acquisition:

Jenny Holzer
Jenny Holzer is best known for artworks that take the form of short, barbed statements, such as “Protect me from what I want,” or “Abuse of power comes as no surprise.” The PAMM acquisition includes Holzer’s Olympian Sign (1986), an LED device that displays a continuous scroll of Holzer’s aphorisms drawn from her TruismsThe Living Series, and The Survival Series.

Carl Andre
Minimalist Carl Andre is considered one of the most important visual artists of the 20th century, yet his significant contributions to the field of English-language visual poetry remain under-recognized. PAMM’s acquisition from the Sackner Archive includes five notebooks containing a total of over 350 individual Xeroxed sheets. In his poems, Andre uses words as modular units arranged in sequential formations, in ways that evoke the bricks, blocks of wood, and sheets of metal that he employed in his seminal sculptural practice. The PAMM acquisition also includes a rare original typewriter poem titled July 26 Movement Cuba Side 2, from 1965.

Guillaume Apollinaire 
Guillaume Apollinaire was a profoundly influential art critic, theoretician, and advocate of the early 20th-century Parisian avant-garde. He was also one of the first practitioners of modern visual poetry. PAMM’s acquisition from the Sackner Archive includes rare editions of Apollinaire’s Les Soires de Paris (1914), and Calligrames (1918). It also includes Apollinaire’s Peintures de Léopold Survage (1917), an exhibition catalogue that features 13 striking picture poems taking the form of horses, clocks, flowers, and other visual motifs. This extremely rare, signed edition is one of only ten copies that Apollinaire tinted by hand with watercolor.

Marcel Broodthaers/Stéphane Mallarmé
The PAMM acquisition includes a rare 1897 publication of Stéphane Mallarmé’s “Un Coup de dés” (“A Throw of the Dice”). As the first modern concrete poem, it is considered a landmark in the history of experimental literature. The acquisition also includes Marcel Broodthaers’s 1969 adaptation of “Un Coup de dés,” in which Mallarmé’s words are struck through with black lines, preserving only the poem’s visual structure. By printing his version on translucent paper, Broodthaers allows the observer to view the poem’s configuration across multiple pages simultaneously; each turn of the page generates a new abstract-geometric composition. The PAMM acquisition also includes a 1972 print diptych by Broodthaers titled Ðas Recht.

Augusto and Haroldo de Campos
The PAMM acquisition includes rare, unpublished manuscripts by Augusto and Haroldo de Campos. The de Campos brothers were among the principal progenitors of the pivotal strand of concrete poetry that emerged in Brazil in the 1950s.

Ian Hamilton Finlay
The PAMM acquisition includes several dozen examples of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s “poster-poems,” in which the Scottish artist adopted the silkscreen technique and format associated with the ordinary, mass-produced poster: what appear at first glance to be mundane advertisements for retail stores, rock concerts, movies, and other forms of popular consumption are actually sly conceptual interventions in disguise.

Tom Phillips
The PAMM acquisition includes several selections from Tom Phillips’s A Humument, which is considered a classic of the artist book genre. The work is based on a little-known Victorian novel titled A Human Document, by W. H. Mallock, which the artist discovered by chance in a secondhand bookstore in South London in 1966. Employing various techniques, from painting and drawing to typewriting and collage, Phillips eradicated all but a few words or lines of text on each of the tome’s 367 pages. In the process, he transformed his source material into an epic work of visual poetry.

About the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry
Founded in 1979, Ruth and Marvin Sackner’s "archive of archives" initially focused on concrete and visual poetry—including rare manuscripts and published works by international luminaries such as Augusto and Haroldo de Campos, Oyvind Fahlström and Eugen Gomringer. The collection subsequently grew to encompass a broad array of historic and contemporary works that synthesize word and image. Rooted in the early to mid-20th-century European avant-garde, the collection provides a unique lens through which to examine the foundational movements of modernism, including Italian Futurism, Russian Constructivism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Dada and Lettrisme, among others. The Sackners’ contemporary holdings are also expansive, with special strengths in artist books and "assemblings" (limited-edition groupings of materials by numerous contributors), as well as various subgenres such as typewriter art, performance poetry and micrography (abstract or representational designs comprised of minuscule lettering).

About Pérez Art Museum Miami
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. A 32-year-old South Florida institution formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM), Pérez Art Museum Miami opened a new building, designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013. The facility is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming and features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with flexible galleries; shaded outdoor verandas; a waterfront restaurant and bar; a museum shop; and an education center with a library, media lab and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit www.pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

The Library of Congress today announced the winners of its "A Book That Shaped Me" Summer Writing Contest, a program that asks rising fifth- and sixth-graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives.

Nearly 300 young readers submitted essays to participating public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region in this fifth year of the contest. Launched in 2012 with the DC Public Library, "A Book That Shaped Me" expanded with the help of public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The local libraries offered the contest as part of their summer-reading programs.

Five finalists per state were chosen in an initial round of judging. The finalists each will receive a $50 gift-card prize.

Judging was conducted by members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The AASL works to ensure all elementary- and secondary-school librarians participate as collaborative partners in the teaching and learning process.

The grand-prize judging round, which selected state and grand-prize winners from the pool of state finalists, was conducted by a panel assembled by the Library of Congress that included educators, children’s authors and Library of Congress staff. This year’s guest author judge was Jason Reynolds, recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, who will also be a presenter at the 2016 National Book Festival.

Each state winner will receive another $50 gift-card prize. The first-, second-, and third-place grand-prize winners will be awarded additional gift-card prizes in the amounts of $200, $150 and $100 respectively.

Grand-prize winners will read their essays during the "A Book That Shaped Me" awards presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The contest presentation will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at 3:20 p.m. at the Children I Stage and will be emceed by Eun Yang, NBC4 Washington television anchor.

Grand Prize & State Winners

1st Place Grand Prize & Delaware State Winner
Rachel Smookler, New Castle County Libraries - Brandywine Hundred Library, who wrote about "Jack and Louisa: Act 1" by Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead.

2nd Place Grand Prize & Maryland State Winner
Julia Lucy Grumet, Montgomery County Public Libraries - Bethesda Library, who wrote about "The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan.

3rd Place Grand Prize & Pennsylvania State Winner
Mikayla Phasupong, Citizen’s Library, who wrote about "The Sneetches" by Dr. Suess.

Virginia State Winner
Isla Rodriguez, Richmond Public Library - Ginter Park Library, who wrote about "March" by John Lewis.

Washington, D.C. Winner
Abigail Kelso, DC Public Library - Chevy Chase Library, who wrote about "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio.

West Virginia State Winner
Alexia Rahl, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries - Martinsburg Public Library, who wrote about "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry.

State Finalists (winners indicated by asterisks)

District of Columbia Finalists
Atalia Berger, DC Public Library - Southeast Library
Noah Antonio Dooley, DC Public Library - The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
Lila Easton, DC Public Library - Northeast Library
Mason Gray, DC Public Library - Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
* Abigail Kelso, DC Public Library - Chevy Chase Library

Maryland Finalists
Zoe Antonishek, Montgomery County Public Libraries - Poolesville Library
Thomas Preston Berry-Mike, Montgomery Public Libraries - Aspen Hill Library
* Julia Lucy Grumet, Montgomery County Public Libraries - Bethesda Library
Grace Harvey, Montgomery County Public Libraries - Bethesda Library
Swathi Sevugan, Montgomery County Public Libraries - Quince Orchard Library

Virginia Finalists
Alexia De Costa, Arlington Public Library
Shelly Dimri, Arlington Public Library
Malayeka Khan, Prince William Public Library - Chinn Park Regional Library
* Isla Rodriguez, Richmond Public Library - Ginter Park Library
Viktor Vollen, Mary Riles Styles Public Library

Delaware Finalists
Molly Amerling, Frankford Public Library (of Sussex County Department of Libraries)
Emily Carpenter, Dover Public Library
Lucy Goodwin, New Castle County Libraries - Hockessin Library
* Rachel Smookler, New Castle County Libraries - Brandywine Hundred Library
Lauren Woods, New Castle County Libraries - Hockessin Library

Pennsylvania Finalists
Lindsey Baldwin, Western Pocono Community Library
* Mikayla Phasupong, Citizen’s Library
Brenna Pipkin, Chester County Library System
Gabrielle Stawski, Wissahickon Valley Public Library System
Sebastien Weaver, Montgomery County- Norristown Public Library

West Virginia Finalists
Sierra N. Deibert, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries - Martinsburg Public Library
Christien Janvier Morel, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries - Martinsburg Public Library
Declan Mungovan, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries - Martinsburg Public Library
Nessan Mungovan, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries - Martinsburg Public Library
* Alexia Rahl, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries - Martinsburg Public Library

The detailed list of current and previous winners, along with more information about the "A Book That Shaped Me" program, is available at loc.gov/bookfest/kids-teachers/booksthatshape/. For further details, contact booksshapecontest@loc.gov.

The Library of Congress National Book Festival, now in its 16th year, will gather 120 authors for readers of all ages to offer talks, Q&A and book-signings. The festival will be presented free of charge at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit loc.gov/bookfest/.

The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private and public sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Charter Sponsors are AARP, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patron sponsors, The James Madison Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Contributor-level sponsors are FedEx, The Junior League of Washington and Scholastic Inc.; and, in the Friends category, Centro Primo Levi, the Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc., GEICO, the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of Latvia, the Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish Arts Council, the Embassy of Uruguay, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, The Hay-Adams, Mensa Education and Research Foundation, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Lissa Muscatine & Bradley Graham, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Small Press Expo, SPAIN arts & culture and Split This Rock. Media Partners are C-SPAN2’s Book TV, PBS Book View Now and NPR. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival can contact the Library at devofc@loc.gov.

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DALLAS - Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com), the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer, now has more than 1 million online bidder members using its platform to buy and sell fine art, jewelry, luxury real estate, fine wines, intellectual property and collectibles including rare coins, comic books and sports and entertainment memorabilia.  Heritage officials said the firm the world’s third largest auction house now is adding clients at a rate of about 5,000 a month.

“Our dedication to collectors, our early and continuing embracing of mobile technology, and Heritage's free database of more than four million prices realized have attracted users from all over the world,” said Steve Ivy, CEO of Heritage Auctions. “Our 1 million online bidder members, from the United States and 185 other countries around the world, are buyers and sellers seeking unique artworks, luxury goods and record-breaking collectibles.”

“We have added more than 150,000 new clients since January 2014, with an increasing number from fast-growing, affluent areas across Europe, Asia and Latin America. Institutions as well as individuals are increasingly joining the site to find rare and relevant additions to permanent exhibits and collections," explained Ivy.

Heritage’s website, HA.com, enables consigners and bidders to participate in sales across 40 categories, weekly auctions and the company’s Make Offer to Owner program that offers thousands of examples of fine art and collectibles for purchase or bids. The successful program is still in Beta state and Heritage is planning significant improvements to make it even easier to buy and register previously auctioned items.

“Each ‘Make Offer to Owner’ listing can be seen by thousands of users, and this popular feature has doubled in the past two years and ‘Make Offer to Owner’ is expected to reach $3 million by the end of 2016,” Ivy said. “The program is another example of how we’ve increased the number of convenient tools collectors can use to quickly locate and own precious objects,”

Additional services recently added include Domain Name and Intellectual Property auctions, and extended bidding on high-end sports collectibles auctions. HA.com also allows members to catalog their own collections, register their ownership of items sold at past auctions they have acquired from other sources, and draft want lists which instantly alert them when a desired item becomes available.

“Heritage was built - and is owned by - collectors, so we think like collectors,” Ivy said. “We want our clients to feel confident and comfortable so they can buy and sell on their own terms.”

Heritage Auctions celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, and now has 600+ employees, and total sales of more than $800 million in prices realized across 40 different collecting categories.

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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Want to read how an 18th-century newspaper covered the inauguration of George Washington? How about learning what issues divided Congress in the early 1800s?

Going back into early American history is now possible due to new digital content that has been added to Chronicling America, the open access database of historic U.S. newspapers that is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

The newly available digital content is from 18th-century newspapers from the three early capitals of the United States: New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. At nearly 15,000 pages total, these early newspapers from the earliest days of the country are part of the database because of an expansion of the chronological scope of NDNP. The program is expanding its current time window of the years 1836-1922, to include digitized newspapers from the years 1690-1963. The expansion will further the program goal of capturing the richness and diversity of our nation’s history in an open access database, which anyone can use.

NEH recently awarded grants to cultural institutions in four states that will participate in NDNP for the first time: Alaska, Colorado, Maine, and New Jersey. There are now 43 states and one territory participating in NDNP, approaching the goal of having all states and territories represented.

"The more we expand the reach of Chronicling America, the more possible it will be for members of communities across the nation to see themselves and their history represented, regardless of where they live," said NEH Chairman William Adams.

"Following the American Revolution, newspapers contributed to the development of political parties and the national government by documenting speeches, legislation proposals and debates of the day," said Deborah Thomas, NDNP program manager at the Library of Congress. "These newly available issues cover the seminal years of the partisan press in the young nation."

Two of the early newspapers were established as national political publications. The Gazette of the United States (1789-1800) advocated a strong monarchical presidency and loyalty to the federal government. In opposition, the National Gazette (1791-1793), as the voice for the Republicans or Anti-Federalists, promoted a populist form of government.

The National Intelligencer (1800-1809) was the first newspaper published in the City of Washington and the first to document the activities of Congress. It recorded in great detail the actions of the young national legislature.

NDNP is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress and participating states. NEH awards grants to state libraries, historical institutions and other cultural organizations that allow them to select historic local newspapers to be preserved in digital form. The states contribute information on each newspaper title and its historical and cultural context. To date, more than 11 million pages of historic newspapers are available on Chronicling America.

Only public-domain newspapers may be selected—that is, either those published before 1923 or those published between 1923 and 1963 and not under copyright. Henceforth, all state and territorial partners will be able to select newspapers from the expanded date scope, provided they can prove the publications are in the public domain.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating its 50th anniversary as an independent federal agency in 2015-16, National Endowment for the Humanities brings the best in humanities research, public programs, education, and preservation projects to the American people. To date, NEH has awarded $5 billion in grants to build the nation’s cultural capital—at museums, libraries, colleges and universities, archives, and historical societies—and advance our understanding.

Library of Congress: 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.

As part of the 16th annual National Book Festival, the Library of Congress has added a free, robust smartphone app designed to help attendees get the most out of their all-day festival experience.

The Library of Congress National Book Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The app, available at no charge for iOS and Android users, contains the complete schedule of the dozens of author presentations, book-signings, special programs and activities. Users can plan and build their full day’s personalized schedule in advance, find their way around the center to their chosen activities, rate each presentation and more. The app also includes detailed information on updated security and safety procedures now in place for entry into the convention center.

While festivalgoers are encouraged to download the National Book Festival app in advance and set up their schedules prior to arrival, it is easy to make changes and rearrange their plans using the app on-site. Also, users will receive bulletin-style notifications on-site in the event of schedule or location changes on the day of the festival. The app also includes sponsor information, general festival guidelines and frequently asked questions.

In addition, the National Book Festival app lets attendees take photos and video directly from each presentation. They can then forward them to their own Twitter and/or Instagram accounts using the festival hashtag #NatBookFest. Book-lovers who are unable to attend the event can download the app and follow the course of the day via a custom activity feed, viewing impressions and images that other festivalgoers share through social media.

The National Book Festival App is now available for iPhone and iPad at the iPhone App Store and for Android at the Google Play Store. Attendees with smartphones not compatible with either iOS or Android may use a fully functional web version of the app. Links to all are available at loc.gov/apps/.

The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private and public sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Charter Sponsors include AARP, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patron sponsors, The James Madison Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Contributor-level sponsors are FedEx, The Junior League of Washington and Scholastic Inc.; and, in the Friends category, the Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc., GEICO, the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of Latvia, the Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish Arts Council, the Embassy of Uruguay, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, The Hay-Adams, Mensa Education and Research Foundation, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Small Press Expo, SPAIN arts & culture and Split This Rock. Media Partners include C-SPAN2’s Book TV, PBS Book View Now and NPR. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival can contact the Library at devofc@loc.gov.

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

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 7.27.12 PM.pngAUGUST 2016 [San Francisco, CA] - John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller announces the grand opening of The William Blake Gallery, a new exhibition space in San Francisco dedicated to works created by the massively influential 19th century poet, artist, and engraver. The gallery is the largest of its kind devoted solely to the artist, as well as the largest collection in the world of pieces by Blake available for purchase.

Widely considered to be one of the greatest contributors to the Western world of literature and art, William Blake’s lifetime of otherworldly work was motivated by mystic visions and spiritual revelations. Creating hundreds of artworks ­­ from engraved illustrations and illuminated books to original writings and watercolors ­­ his deeply unique style remains endlessly enigmatic and highly sought after. Favored by an eclectic groups of fans and collectors, Blake remains one of the only seminal Romantic artists whose work is still occasionally available to collect.

After 50 years in the book trade and 43 years operating John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller, longtime rare book dealer, John Windle, will open a gallery with his retrospective of the artist in October, 2016, within San Francisco’s historic 49 Geary building. The first physical space exclusively dedicated to Blake's work in over two hundred years, The William Blake Gallery will house hundreds of original Blake pieces alongside thousands of reproductions of the artist’s own writings and artwork, most notably:

Illustrations to Dante’s Inferno, Earliest known proof set, Seven plates and oblong folio, printed on laid paper

The Complaint of Job, 1785, Monochrome wash drawing

Songs of Innocence: “Holy Thursday”, 1789, Single sheet, printed in black, matted

● Plates from the final lifetime printing of The Gates of Paradise

The Virgin Hushing, 1799, Tempera on paper

Of the decision to open a gallery of William Blake’s works, John Windle remarks: “I must be stark raving mad. Like Blake.”

Image: William Blake. Blake’s Illustrations of Dante. Plate 1: “The Circle of the Lustful: Paolo and Francesca” US: 1954 Large folio, fine, clear uniform impression on hand­made paper with no watermark, inscribed in pencil by Lessing Rosenwald

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 7.18.47 PM.pngBERNARD QUARITCH LIMITED is about to publish a new catalogue dedicated to 250 years of Women Travellers, from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s only surviving letter written from Turkey (1717) to one of 400 copies of Margaret Mee’s magnificent Flowers of the Brazilian Forest (1968), which identifies three flowers previously unknown to science.

Presentation and association copies of well-known titles by Lady Isabel Burton, Queen Victoria, and Freya Stark, represent the intervening years, together with similarly remarkable books, photograph albums, and manuscripts by lesser known figures. The authors whose writings are collected in this catalogue are very diverse: they range from dwellers in the tropics to polar explorers; from travellers on foot and horseback to those soaring through the skies and speeding along roads; and from linguists assimilating their host cultures and religions to ‘accidental adventurers’ - those women widowed, unmarried, or otherwise marginalised, who carved lives and careers out of travel writings.

Many of these women contributed significantly to botanical and scientific exploration, and their achievements were recognised by honours such as the first honorary LLD awarded to a woman by Smith College (Amelia Edwards), the Royal Geographical Society's Founder’s Medal (Freya Stark), and the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Gold Medal (Anne Lindbergh). Some found themselves at the nexus of historical political events, which they documented in their journalism (for example, Clare Sheridan and Freya Stark); while yet others followed their calling as missionaries or nurses, and brought essential health care to India, Africa, and Siberia.

Whether exploring, visiting, or residing in places only known to many of their contemporaries (of both sexes) through literature or iconography, these women have inspired admiration and envy, dismissal and discussion, but rarely indifference in those who followed their travels on maps and through their writings. As Isabella Bird famously said: ‘Travellers are privileged to do the most improper things’ — and to show their readers the world through new eyes.

FOUNDED IN LONDON IN 1847, Bernard Quaritch Ltd is one of the world’s leading antiquarian booksellers. Bernard Quaritch (1819-1899) counted Prince Louis Lucien Bonaparte, the Prime Ministers William Ewart Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli, and William Morris amongst his clients, and was characterised by The Times’ obituarist as, ‘the greatest bookseller who ever lived. His ideals were so high, his eye so keen, his transactions were so colossal, his courage so dauntless, that he stands out among men who have dealt in old literature as a Napoleon or a Wellington stands out among generals’. 

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 6.51.21 PM.pngNew York, NY, August 18, 2016—The Morgan Library & Museum announced today the addition of a number of important objects to its renowned collections. The works highlight a particularly robust period of acquisitions by the museum and range from a rare fifteenth-century illumination from the choir book of King Louis XII to a drawing by Renoir, a book by Saint-Exupéry, a group of unpublished Henry James letters, one of the first photographs of Mayan architecture, and a 2015 watercolor by Stanley Whitney.

“The Morgan is delighted to have added so many out standing works to its collections over the last several months,” said Colin B. Bailey, the museum’s director. “The institution is noted for the encyclopedic nature of its holdings and these acquisitions reinforce this fact. We are indebted to the curators, donors, and advisors who helped bring these works to the Morgan and continue the vital process of building our collections.”

Highlights by Department

Drawings

Piero di Cosimo, 1462-1522, Italian, Seated Girl, ca. 1495-1505. Purchased on the Seligman Fund, with the special assistance of Margot Gordon, 2016.

Piero di Cosimo is one of the most distinctive and individual personalities of the Florentine Renaissance, an artist whose immediately recognizable works have been described as “neither real nor quite imagined,” something that could be said of Seated Girl. Fewer than thirty drawings by the artist survive and the Seated Girl, recently included in the Piero exhibition at the Uffizi Gallery in 2015, was the last known example in private hands.

Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1841-1919, French, Half-length Study of a Woman seen from the Back, her Face in Profile, 1883. Purchased on the Charles Ryskamp Fund, the E.J. Rousuck Fund, and as the gift of Diane A. Nixon, 2016.

The first important figure study by Renoir to enter the Morgan collection, this exquisite drawing is a preliminary study for one of Renoir’s most well-known paintings, Danse à la Ville, executed in 1883 with its pair, Danse à la Campagne, both now in the Musée d’Orsay. The work exemplifies a change in Renoir’s technique in the early 1880s as he turned to the medium of drawing to add a subtlety, expressiveness, and precision to his art. Renoir attributed this change to having seen the work of Raphael during an 1881 trip to Italy, but the drawing also clearly displays evidence of Renoir’s profound study of Ingres at this time. Indeed, the 1880s have been referred to as Renoir’s “Ingres period.”

Modern and Contemporary Drawings

Cecily Brown, b. 1969, British, Paradise (Fighting Lions), 2015. Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee, 2016.

This drawing by Cecily Brown was partly inspired by a 1613 watercolor by Flemish artist Jacob Hoefnagel in the Morgan’s collection. Brown’s work, which is characterized by a luscious and energetic paint handling, incorporates a range of sources, from Old Masters to pornographic imagery. Although her drawings are lesser known (she tends to keep them in the privacy of the studio), they are an essential part of her practice and display the same tension between figuration and abstraction as her paintings.

Anne Truitt, 1921-2004, American, Truitt’66[1], 1966. Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee, 2016.

This is one of a group of drawings that minimalist artist Anne Truitt produced while living in Japan between 1964 and 1967. Truitt is best known for her painted wooden sculptures in the form of rectangular columns, which she began making in 1962. While in Japan, she explored a different format, creating horizontal sculptures with folds and related drawings that were inspired by origami and Asian folding screens. Because she eventually destroyed all the sculptures she made in Japan, drawings like this one are all the more significant.

Stanley Whitney, b. 1946, American, Untitled, 2015. Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee, 2016.

This work is characteristic of Stanley Whitney’s mature style of stacking rectangles of color in irregular grids. Whitney, who was the subject of a solo exhibition last year at The Studio Museum in Harlem, chose early on to embrace abstraction, despite pressure he has said he felt, as an African-American, to use figuration to evoke the racial experience. The grid format, which he adopted in the early 1990s, allowed him to focus on color relationships to convey emotion and feeling. In watercolors such as this one, he applied the paint more loosely than in his larger oil paintings, allowing a sense of rhythm and improvisation, derived from his love of jazz, to activate the surface.

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

Levitation of Mary Magdalene, miniature from the choir book of King Louis XII and Queen Anne de Bretagne, France, Paris, ca. 1498. Purchased on a grant provided by the Bernard H. Breslauer Foundation and with contributions from the Visiting Committee to the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, 2016.

Probably for use in the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, the choir book was produced in Paris around 1498, just after Louis became king of France. Cut up in the nineteenth century, the manuscript exists only in fragments and border bits. This is the only surviving entire leaf with a miniature, which was painted by Jean Coene, an illuminator who worked for the royal court. Colloquially known as a “Hairy Mary,” the Magdalene floats in the sky clothed only in the long tresses of her hair. The French royals in the Renaissance were particularly devoted to Mary Magdalene, visiting her relics and her grotto in Provence (pilgrimage sites to this day).

The Annunciation as an Allegorical Unicorn Hunt, miniature, Germany, Eichstätt, ca. 1500. Purchased on a grant provided by the Bernard H. Breslauer Foundation and with contributions from the Visiting Committee to the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, 2016.

A rare example of Nonnenarbeit (nuns’ work -- art made by untrained nuns), this charming miniature fuses the biblical narrative of the Annunciation with the allegory of the unicorn hunt. The Virgin Mary sits in an enclosed garden while outside the Archangel Gabriel, sounding a horn, leads four hounds on the hunt for the mythic unicorn, which rests on Mary’s lap. Intended as a visual aid, this devotional image clearly labels all the Marian symbols that make up the composition. Such didactic labeling is characteristic of devotional art produced by and for cloistered nuns in late-medieval Germany. Such miniatures seldom appear on the market, and this is the first example to enter the Morgan’s collections.

Printed Books

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1900-1944, Wind, Sand and Stars, translated by Lewis Galantière, illustrated by John O’Hara Cosgrave II. New York: Reynald & Hitchcock, 1941? Purchased on the Caroline Macomber Fund, 2016.

First published in 1939, Wind, Sand and Stars is an autobiographical essay about the romance of flight. This copy contains a presentation inscription by Saint-Exupéry and an ink-and-pencil self-caricature as the Little Prince in his characteristic pose straddling the globe amidst the stars and planets. In the inscription the author refers to himself as a pilot—thus linking two of his most important publications and acknowledging (modestly) his fame as an author and aviator. This volume complements an extensive collection of work by Saint-Exupéry at the Morgan, including the author’s working manuscript and drawings for The Little Prince.

Literary and Historical Manuscripts

Henry James, 1843-1916. A group of unpublished letters to his cousin George Higginson. Purchased for the Dannie and Hettie Heineman Collection as the gift of the Heineman Foundation and on the Gordon N. Ray Fund, 2016.

This collection consists of fourteen autograph letters signed from Henry James to his cousin George Higginson and to Higginson’s wife Emily, and one letter from Henry James’s brother, William James to George Higginson. James writes about the death of his sister Alice in 1892 and his brother William in 1910. He also comments on the life that George and Emily Higginson are leading in America, offering advice on their travels in England and Europe, with detailed recommendations about what to do and see in Paris. These unpublished letters provide a rare glimpse into James’s emotions in the midst of major life events. Notably, this extensive collection of letters, comprising a total of seventy-seven pages, is the second largest group of James letters to a single recipient that the Morgan has acquired.

Photography

Charles Negre, 1820-1880, French, Oil Presses at Grasse, 1855. Purchased as the gift of Christopher Scholz in honor of Janos Scholz, 2016. Negre’s first image bearing this title (Metropolitan Museum of Art) is an acknowledged masterpiece of early paper negative photography. This later image—an albumen print from a wet-plate glass negative--portrays a painting by the artist, derived from the earlier photograph and framed for the 1855 salon. This unique object can be seen as a one-object retrospective of its maker’s career, as a capsule history of the first two decades of photographic art in France, and as an example of photography’s fluency in transmitting images from one medium, context, or mode of expression to another.

Claude-Joseph Désiré Charnay, 1828-1915, French, Detail of the Principal Doorway, Palace of the Governors, Uxmal, 1859‒60; plate 47 of folio vol. 1, Cités et ruines Américaines (Paris: Gide, 1862). Purchased as the gift of the Charina Endowment Fund.

The mammoth-plate views Charnay made on the Yucatan expedition of 1859‒60 are the first photographs of Maya architecture. His 1862 edition of prints was accompanied by a volume with site diagrams and commentary by Eugène Viollet Le Duc. Like other architectural details in the Morgan’s collection, such as Carl Van Vechten’s study of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, this extraordinary image exemplifies the role of photography as a long-distance conveyor of immobile cultural properties.

Marcia Resnick, born 1950, American, six prints from the series See, 1974-75. Purchased as the gift of David A. Dechman and Michel Mercure, Elaine Goldman, and Richard and Ronay Menschel. 

Resnick planned but never executed an edition of See, which consequently is known almost exclusively through her small self-published 1975 paperback volume of that title. In each of the 34 landscape views in the series, a figure in the center foreground is seen from behind, contemplating--and interrupting--the scene that fills the frame. The result is a modest but canny meditation on the notion of the camera as a device that “sees,” and on the photograph as a means of “placing” its viewer in the world.

Wayne A. Wiegand, a leading scholar of American public libraries and American book history, has been appointed a distinguished visiting scholar at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. His appointment begins in January 2017 and will conclude in early May.

Wiegand is the F. William Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies and American Studies at Florida State University.

At the Kluge Center, Wiegand will research his current book project—a history of the American public-school library. The project incorporates five perspectives: the history of public-school education; the history of American librarianship; the social history of reading (including the history of print culture); the history of childhood; and the history of cultural institutions as places. While in residence, he will use the vast array of database services, particularly newspaper databases to which the Library of Congress subscribes, in order to unearth the voices of tens of thousands of public-school library users over the generations.

Wiegand was co-founding director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and co-founder and former director of the Florida Book Awards, now the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. He taught in library schools at the University of Kentucky (1976-86), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987-2002) and Florida State University (2003-2010).

In addition to over one hundred scholarly articles, Wiegand is author of "Politics of an Emerging Profession: The American Library Association, 1876-1917" (1986), "‘An Active Instrument for Propaganda:’ American Public Libraries During World War I" (1989), "Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey" (1996) and "Main Street Public Library: Reading Spaces and Community Places in America’s Heartland, 1876-1956" (2011). For the academic year 2008-2009, he was on a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to write "‘Part of Our Lives:’ A People’s History of the American Public Library" (2015). He is the co-editor with Donald G. Davis Jr. of the "Encyclopedia of Library History" (1994).

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world’s best thinkers to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources, and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For more information about the Kluge Center visit loc.gov/kluge/.

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.

page10_11_combined with text_lowres.jpgOXFORD, 18 August 2016 - Researchers from the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and from universities in the Netherlands have used high-tech imaging to uncover the details of a rare Mexican codex dating from before the colonization of the Americas. The newly revealed codex, or book, has been hidden from view for almost 500 years, concealed beneath a layer of plaster and chalk on the back of a later manuscript known as the Codex Selden, which is housed at the Bodleian Libraries. Scientists have used hyperspectral imaging to reveal pictographic scenes from this remarkable document and have published their findings in the Journal of Archaeology: Reports.

Ancient Mexican codices are some of the most important artefacts of early Mexican culture and they are particularly rare. Codex Selden, also known as Codex Añute, dates from around 1560 and is one of fewer than 20 known Mexican codices to have survived from pre-colonial and early colonial Mexico. Of those, it is one of only five surviving manuscripts from the Mixtec area, now the Oaxaca region of Mexico. These codices use a complex system of pictures, symbols and bright colours to narrate centuries of conquering dynasties and genealogies as well as wars and the history of ancient cities. In essence these codices provide the best insight into the history and culture of early Mexico.

Since the 1950s, scholars have suspected that Codex Selden is a palimpsest: an older document that has been covered up and reused to make the manuscript that is currently visible. Codex Selden consists of a five-metre-long strip composed of deer hide that has been covered with gesso, a white plaster made from gypsum and chalk, and folded in a concertina format into a 20-page document. The manuscript underwent a series of invasive tests in the 1950s when one page on the back was scraped, uncovering a vague image that hinted at the possibility that an earlier Mexican codex lay hidden beneath.

Until now, no other technique has been able to unveil the concealed narrative in a non-invasive way. The organic paints that were partly used to create the vibrant images on early Mexican codices do not absorb x-rays, which rules out x-ray analysis that is commonly used to study later works of art.

‘After four or five years of trying different techniques, we’ve been able to reveal an abundance of images without damaging this extremely vulnerable item. We can confirm that Codex Selden is indeed a palimpsest,’ said Ludo Snijders from Leiden University, who conducted the research with David Howell from the Bodleian Libraries and Tim Zaman from the University of Delft. This is the first time an early Mexican codex has been proven to be a palimpsest. ‘What’s interesting is that the text we’ve found doesn’t match that of other early Mixtec manuscripts. The genealogy we see appears to be unique, which means it may prove invaluable for the interpretation of archaeological remains from southern Mexico,’ Snijders said.

Some pages feature more than 20 characters sitting or standing in the same direction. Similar scenes have been found on other Mixtec manuscripts, representing a King and his council. But the analysis of this particular text shows that the characters are both male and female, raising interesting questions about what the scene represents.

The imaging has also revealed a prominent individual who appears repeatedly on the document and is represented by a large glyph consisting of a twisted cord and a flint knife. The name seems to resemble a character found in other Mexican codices: the Codex Bodley (in the Bodleian’s collection) and Codex Zouche-Nuttall (in the British Museum).That character is an important ancestor of two lineages connected to the important archaeological sites of Zaachila and Teozacualco in Mexico. However, further analysis is needed to confirm that it is the same individual.

The researchers analysed seven pages of the codex for this study and revealed other images including people walking with sticks and spears, women with red hair or headdresses and place signs containing the glyphs for rivers. They are continuing to analyse the remainder of the document with the aim of reconstructing the entire hidden imagery, allowing the text to be interpreted more fully.

‘Hyperspectral imaging has shown great promise in helping us to begin to reconstruct the story of the hidden codex and ultimately to recover new information about Mixtec history and archaeology,’ said David Howell, Head of Heritage Science at the Bodleian Libraries. ‘This is very much a new technique, and we’ve learned valuable lessons about how to use hyperspectral imaging in the future both for this very fragile manuscript and for countless others like it.’

Working with the Humanities Division in the University of Oxford, the Libraries acquired the hyperspectral scanner in 2014 with the support of the University’s Fell Fund. Once a technique used by astrophysicists to study the colour of stars, hyperspectral imaging is now used by Bodleian researchers to reveal hidden text and images and identify unknown substances and pigments with a high degree of accuracy. Researchers have recently used the scanner to clarify the text of the famous Bakhshali manuscript from India, which includes the first use of zero, to analyse the medieval Gough Map, the earliest road map of Great Britain and to reveal a hidden devil in a centuries-old Armenian gospel-book.

The third Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize at the University of London has been awarded to Clara Tait, a part-time MSc Psychology student at Birkbeck, for her collection ‘These were the hours: Nancy Cunard and the Hours Press 1928-1931’. A runner’s up prize was awarded to Arendse Lund for a collection of Icelandic sagas in various languages.

The prize is funded by Anthony Davis, a retired lawyer and alumnus of Birkbeck. It is intended to encourage students of the university in the early stages of developing their collections of books and manuscripts. It’s a trend well established in the US and now building in the UK.

The scheme is also supported by Senate House Library (SHL), the Institute of English Studies (IES) at the university’s School of Advanced Study and the Antiquarian Booksellers Association. It consists of £500 for the student personally, and £250 for the purchase of a book which the winner chooses for Senate House Library.

Judges - Anthony Davis, Professor Simon Eliot (IES), Dr Karen Attar (SHL), and Brian Lake and Justin Croft of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association - said the three years since the first prize have seen a succession of entries on widely differing collections and an increasing level of interest. There were some 15 submissions in 2016.

Clara’s winning collection around the English-American shipping heiress Nancy Cunard began with a chance discovery on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Paris. She aims to collect the 23 books published by the Hours Press, including works by authors such as Ezra Pound, Samuel Beckett and Laura Riding. And she will add important publications by Cunard and bring together biographical works and novels which include Nancy as a character.

‘Dazzling and defiant, Nancy Cunard placed herself firmly in the literary circles of Paris and London in the 1920s and 30s, and her experimental Hours Press offers a glimpse of the impassioned innovation of writers during the uncertainty of those interwar years,’ explains Clara.

Arendse says she loved reading Icelandic sagas and the history writers, such as Saxo Grammaticus. ‘To support my developing understanding of Old Norse I often used translations either into Danish or English. Some of these translations were new, some older, and since I have published translations myself, my interest was piqued how translations had functioned over time as the tool to transmit knowledge of the texts. I bought several translations into Danish and English of the same texts from various periods and compared them. I found the translations no less interesting than the originals.’  

Clara Tait will have the opportunity to talk about her collection at an Institute of English Studies seminar. She also helped to select a new acquisition for Senate House Library’s special collections. Both winner and runner-up also exhibit some of their books at the Library.

'The level of entries for the prize this year was very high, both in numbers and in quality. It is marvellous that in this technological age so many students are interested in collecting old books,’ says Anthony Davis. 

‘It was a hard decision to award the prize but the two winners are both very promising collectors with a real love of books. Leading on from the success of the prize there is also a proposal by several of those who have competed for the prize this year and in previous years to start a bibliophiles society based on the university, which is further encouragement to those who believe in the future of books and collecting.'

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has hired Jason Rovito as a specialist and the director of its Fine Books and Manuscripts department. Prior to joining the team, Mr. Rovito worked for two years at Rare Books and Special Collections at McGill University Library and for four years as an independent book dealer in Toronto.

At McGill University Library, Mr. Rovito assisted in curating a number of major exhibitions and digitization projects and was instrumental in the reconstruction of the private library of the colorful Sir Charles Sebright, the Baron d¹Everton (1807-1884). As a dealer, he has worked closely with both institutional and private collectors in discovering and cataloguing materials relating to the arts, social history and the human sciences.

“As both a dealer and librarian, I¹ve learned an incredible amount from working with various collectors and collections,” said Jason Rovito, Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. “Especially now, with memory sold by the stick, there’s a real pleasure, and responsibility, in discovering and preserving our paper legacy.”

Mr. Rovito continues, “To that end, I¹m thrilled to be joining such a well-respected firm, both for its sense of tradition and its commitment to innovation. After a few years of studying the history of catalogue design, I¹m particularly excited to work with our design team, which produces such stunning work.”

Mr. Rovito received a Master of Information Studies degree from McGill University and both a Bachelor and Master of Arts from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where his research focused on the history of ideas. As a doctoral candidate in the Joint Program in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities, he is completing a dissertation on the psychology of paper (“Because the Cloud forgets”).

“Jason’s background is impressive and incredibly interesting. His experience working with McGill University Library and with private collectors will be of huge benefit to our clients,” said Leslie Hindman, President and CEO.

The Fine Books and Manuscripts department is currently accepting consignments for its November 2 auction. Jason Rovito can be reached at jasonrovito@lesliehindman.com or at 312.280.1212.  

Antiquates Opens New Shop

Dorset based fine and rare books dealer Antiquates are thrilled to announce the opening of their new shop, in the heart of Wareham, at 12A West Street.

Antiquates Ltd., established in 2007 by owner Tom Lintern-Mole, has previously operated online and at local, regional, and national book fairs. Both Tom and his long-time friend and colleague Paris Austin Wells have worked in the Dorset book trade for over a decade and are excited by their future in this historic town.

‘Wareham has long needed a bookshop befitting its character; this Grade II listed Georgian building has a history as a bookshop and I’m pleased that Antiquates has made it so again. Bookshops are becoming rarer than some of the books in them, especially in Dorset. This is the first local antiquarian bookshop that I can recall opening its doors in recent years rather than closing them, and we’re pleased to be reversing this trend.’ - Tom Lintern-Mole

‘Books have value as historic artefacts as well as for their contents, and as easy as it is to buy, sell, send, and receive books over the internet, to appreciate them fully sometimes you need to be able to touch, see, and even smell them. Those you will see on our shelves cover a variety of subjects suited to all tastes, whether your own or your friends’ - and as such can make great gifts for any occasion or that hard to buy for special someone.’ - Paris Austin Wells

We are happy to offer advice on book collecting and library development, and are pleased to provide a specialised valuation service. We are keen buyers - if you have any old or interesting books that you are looking to sell then please do come along and see us.

We open on the Wednesday 17th August. For more details please contact Tom on 01929 556 656.

Shop opening hours
Tuesday to Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm | Saturday 10:00am - 1:30pm 01929 556 656 | sales@antiquates.co.uk | www.antiquates.co.uk 12A West Street | Wareham | Dorset | BH20 4JX

 

The Art Loss Register is delighted to announce that, as of this week, 100 auction houses are subscribing to its due diligence services.

This represents an increase of 50% in the number of auction houses checking their catalogues with the Art Loss Register in the last three years, reflecting the growing importance for art market professionals to carry out due diligence.

The Art Loss Register’s scope is worldwide, with subscribers based in the UK, USA, France, Norway, Austria and Holland, and with growing numbers from Germany, Switzerland and Italy. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of smaller and regional auction house subscribers. The Art Loss Register checks 400,000 items offered on the international art market each year, the majority of which are in auction catalogues.

The key benefit for auction houses of searching items with the Art Loss Register is that it significantly reduces the risk of selling items that are stolen or subject to a claim, and the reputational and financial risks associated with this.

For the victims of theft and insurers, the increase in the number of auction houses working with the Art Loss Register means that their chances of recovery are significantly improving.

Last year alone, the Art Loss Register located stolen items ranging from artworks by Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Keith Haring and Anish Kapoor, to Rolex watches, tribal art, English furniture and Roman antiquities in the sale catalogues of auction houses.

James Ratcliffe, General Counsel and Director of Recoveries at the Art Loss Register said, “It is fantastic to see the huge increase in subscribing auction houses over the last three years. This is testament both to the hard work and skills of the whole team here at the ALR; and also the increasing recognition across the market of the need to carry out a recognised standard of due diligence on transactions. As a result, it is becoming more and more difficult for thieves to profit from the theft of art.”

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts a $1.5 million grant that will support in-depth technical examination, conservation, and art historical studies focused on the museum’s stellar African art collection. This significant award will help launch VMFA’s newly conceived center for advanced study in art conservation, designed to bring conservators and curators together with scientists, art scholars, and global experts for focused collaborative research.

“We are thrilled to have received this recognition from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,” Chief Conservator and Senior Deputy Director for Collections Stephen Bonadies said. “This generous gift enables us to initiate an ambitious research program that will enhance scholarship and understanding of our world-class African Art collection and be the pilot for the new conservation center." 

The African Art project will allow museum staff to concentrate on works where analysis can lead to well-informed conservation treatment, yield new knowledge through the combination of scientific and cultural examination, and help prepare complex works for display. The Mellon grant will make it possible for the museum to acquire scientific equipment designed to analyze the structure of complex assemblages, determine pigments, assess metal alloys, and identify organic materials employed in creating African works of art. Bonadies further elaborates, “We anticipate that the project will prove transformative for scholars in their understanding of the collection as well as for conservators in their knowledge of the technical and cultural aspects of the objects in our care.”

Under guidance of Curator Richard Woodward, VMFA’s African collection has grown to include some 1,200 works of art which span approximately 100 cultures throughout the continent. This funding enables museum staff to investigate the cultural and creative impulses that underlie African art and the techniques used in their fabrication. To further extend the impact of these studies and provide training opportunities to the field, the Mellon grant will support an advanced fellowship in art conservation as well as summer internships. The reinstallation of the African collection accompanied by a scholarly catalogue and a wide variety of programs will present the findings of the studies to the public.

“This major grant aligns with goals included in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ ambitious 2020 strategic plan, which places an emphasis on both African art and conservation,” Director Alex Nyerges said. “We anticipate significant discoveries that will yield new scholarship and elevate our museum to be an essential destination for research.” Adopted last year, VMFA’s 2020 strategic plan outlines a five-year agenda to expand diversity among museum visitors by increasing awareness of the museum's renowned African and African-American Art collections through exhibitions, public programs, scholarly research and major acquisitions.

About the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Founded in 1969, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies by supporting exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. Additional information is available at mellon.org.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

VMFA’s permanent collection encompasses more than 33,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history. Its collections of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, English silver, Fabergé, and the art of South Asia are among the finest in the world. With acclaimed holdings in American, British Sporting, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, and Modern and Contemporary art - and additional strengths in African, Ancient, East Asian, and European - VMFA ranks as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus lively after-hours events. VMFA’s statewide program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA, a certified Virginia Green attraction, is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum.

Les Enluminures is pleased to announce its blog on Medieval Text Manuscripts. We are known for our complete scholarly descriptions of all the manuscripts on our text manuscripts site (www.textmanuscripts.com), but often we have even more to say, and our new blog gives us a place to say it. We explore what these books can tell us about who made them and used them. We delve into their fascinating and unusual contents. Some of our discoveries are quite significant, some merely amusing, and some bizarre. Bring your curiosity; we think you'll find the posts instructive (and lots of fun).  Do you want to read about Books of Hours? Then turn to “Medieval Must-Haves,” “Reading the Hours,” and “Bringing the Past Alive.”  “Dead Men in the Margins” investigates marginal drawings, “When Coats of Arms Wore Many Hats” is a look at medieval heraldry, and “Dreaming the Middle Ages,” the nineteenth-century neo-Gothic.  Manuscripts intersect with modern enjoyment (“Beer is made by men, wine by God” reveals some medieval wine regulations that might surprise you) and fears (“Deluge of Doom” contemplates a weather catastrophe and the panic it inspired).  Authors of the blogs include Emily Runde, Laura Light, Sandra Hindman, and Christopher de Hamel.  

Our manuscripts go to homes near and far, and we love to hear about the stories they inspire in their new homes. Guest posts are welcome (a current post discusses an acquisition by the University of Sydney and a future one features a manuscript at the University of California at Los Angeles). Follow our blog on Medieval Text Manuscripts

Les Enluminures is a global business devoted to the buying and selling of medieval manuscripts. It maintains locations in New York, Paris, and Chicago, and representation as well in Boston and London.

The American Association of Geographers (AAG)—a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904—is donating its archives to the Library of Congress. The acquisition will be housed in the Library’s Geography and Map Division, which holds the largest map and geography collection in the world.

For more than 100 years, AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography by promoting discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields. Members of AAG hail from more than 60 countries. They share their interests in the theory, methods and practice of geography through collaborative groups, an annual meeting, scholarly journals and the online AAG newsletter.

The AAG archives includes books, booklets, articles authored by AAG geographers, correspondence involving the AAG executive directors and the AAG board of directors, conference programs and proceedings, and more. It will join the 380 hours of AAG’s "Geographers on Film" series of videos, which were donated by AAG to the Library several years ago. These materials—with the Library’s History of Computer Cartography Project and items from such important cartographers as Roger Tomlinson, John Snyder, Marie Tharp and Richard Edes Harrison—make the Library of Congress one of the largest and most important repositories of materials related to the history of geography in the United States.

The donation continues the long association that has existed between the Library and AAG. Former Geography & Map Division chiefs Lawrence Martin and Walter Ristow served as president and secretary of AAG, respectively. The current chief, Ralph Ehrenberg, served as AAG’s first archivist.

Ehrenberg said, "The addition of the AAG archives to the Geography and Map Division’s other archival collections makes the Library a center for the study not only of the history of mapping but also of geography, as it developed in the modern era in the United States."

AAG’s worldwide membership includes geographers and related professionals who work in the public, private, and academic sectors. They work in a wide range of careers, from community-college instructors, federal, state and local government employees, planners, cartographers, scientists, non-profit workers, entrepreneurs, businesspeople, elementary and secondary educators to graduate students, retirees and university administrators.

The Library of Congress has the largest and most comprehensive collection of maps and atlases in the world, some 5.4 million cartographic items that date from the 14th century to the present time. The cartographic collections cover every country and subject, in formats ranging from early manuscripts to the most up-to-date digital geospatial data and software. The collections include the works of some of the most important surveyors and mapmakers in America, such as George Washington, Meriwether Lewis, and Richard Edes Harrison, along with archives relating to the history of geography in the United States. For more information, visit loc.gov/rr/geogmap/.

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.

The United States Senate today by a vote of 74-18 confirmed Dr. Carla D. Hayden, longtime chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term.

Dr. Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in February.

"This is truly a great honor to be nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the nation’s library, the Library of Congress," Dr. Hayden said. "It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Baltimore for 23 years and help restore the Enoch Pratt Free Library as a world-renowned institution. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the Library of Congress. I will be honored to build on the legacy and accomplishments of my predecessors in this position, to be part of a continuing movement to open the treasure chest that is the Library of Congress even further and to make it a place that can be found and used by everyone."

Dr. Hayden is the first woman, and the first African American, to serve as chief executive of the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, with 162 million items in its collections. It also oversees the U.S. Copyright Office and the Congressional Research Service. It serves Congress and makes its research collections accessible on site and online.

She takes the helm from Acting Librarian David S. Mao, who has served since the retirement of Dr. James H. Billington on September 30, 2015. She will be sworn in at a date to be determined and is expected to assume her duties soon.

Dr. Hayden has recently overseen the renovation of the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, a four-year, $112 million project, and has also led $40 million in renovations to other units within the 22-branch Pratt system. The system is named for the businessman and philanthropist who financed its founding in 1886.

She took the helm of the Baltimore system in 1993, winning strong praise for her work to ensure that the city’s library system offers a broad array of services to assist citizens from all walks of life, from access to books and other learning materials to computer access and job information. A program of outreach into neighborhoods served by the Pratt libraries included after-school centers for teens, offering homework assistance and college counseling; a program offering healthy-eating information for residents in areas with insufficient access to high-quality food; programming in Spanish; establishment of an electronic library, and digitization of the Library’s special collections.

Dr. Hayden won high praise, during recent civil unrest in some Baltimore neighborhoods, for keeping library branches open citywide to continue service and provide citizens with safe havens.

Dr. Hayden first served as a children’s librarian in the Chicago Public Library system, eventually rising to the post of deputy commissioner and chief librarian in that system. She also taught Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She received Library Journal’s 1995 Librarian of the Year Award, and served as president of the American Library Association 2003-2004.

Dr. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

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 create works of authorship at copyright.gov.

Eckert_Telegraph_500.jpgSAN MARINO, Calif.—In a move to gain new insights into the U.S. Civil War, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today the public launch of an innovative crowdsourcing project to transcribe and decipher a collection of nearly 16,000 Civil War telegrams between Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet, and officers of the Union Army. Roughly one-third of the messages were written in code.

            The Huntington is collaborating on the “Decoding the Civil War” project with Zooniverse (the largest online platform for collaborative volunteer research), North Carolina State University’s Digital History and Pedagogy Project, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

            “The Huntington and its partners are delighted to make this historic collection accessible to the public in a way that will help improve our understanding of this critically important period in our nation’s history,” said David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington. “This is a digital humanities project that holds the potential to transform our engagement with the past, inspire further research, and help students everywhere gain a better understanding of U.S. history, digital literacy, and the power of collaboration.”

            The Huntington acquired the exceptionally rare collection of telegrams in 2012, composed of a nearly complete archive of Thomas T. Eckert, the head of the military telegraph office of the War Department under Lincoln. The archive was thought to have been destroyed after the war and includes crucial correspondence that has never been published. Among the materials are 35 manuscript ledger books of telegrams sent and received by the War Department, including more than 100 communiques from Lincoln himself. Also included are top-secret cipher books revealing the complex coding system used to encrypt and decipher messages. The Confederate Army never cracked the Union Army’s code.

The “Decoding the Civil War” project provides public access to digitized images of the telegrams and code books through the Huntington Digital Library (hdl.huntington.org). In addition, the project’s crowdsourcing website on Zooniverse (zooniverse.org), engages “citizen archivists” in the deciphering of the telegrams with greater efficiency and accuracy than could be accomplished by staff members at the partnering institutions.

Image: Papers of Thomas T. Eckert (1862-1877), an extensive and extraordinarily rare collection of nearly 16,000 Civil War telegrams. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Harry Ransom Center has acquired the archive of Indian author and philosopher Raja Rao (1908-2006), recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and numerous other literary awards. Rao’s estate donated the archive to the Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.

Considered one of India’s earliest and most outstanding English-language novelists, Rao was the author of numerous works of fiction, short stories, poetry, talks, essays and “The Great Indian Way: A Life of Mahatma Gandhi” (1998), about Mohandas Gandhi’s time in South Africa.

Rao’s archive includes a broad range of materials, from unpublished works to manuscripts of his well-known novels “Kanthapura” (1938), “The Serpent and the Rope” (1960) and “The Chessmaster and his Moves” (1988).

In 1964, the New York Times Book Review called Rao “perhaps the most brilliant — and certainly the most interesting — writer of modern India.” His novel “Kanthapura,” an account of nonviolent resistance in a southern Indian village, elicited the praise of English novelist E. M. Forster.

“Departing boldly from the European tradition of the novel, Raja Rao has indigenized it in the process of assimilating material from the Indian literary tradition,” said R. Parthasarathy, professor emeritus of English at Skidmore College. “He has put the novel to uses to which it had not perhaps been put before by exploring the metaphysical basis of writing itself, of in fact the word.”

Born in southern India in what was then the kingdom of Mysore, Rao earned his B.A. degree at Madras University. He later pursued postgraduate studies in literature and history at the University of Montpellier and at the Sorbonne. His archive contains materials in several of the languages that Rao spoke including English, French, Sankskrit and his native Kannada.

In 1964, Rao won the Indian National Academy of Letters’ Sahitya Akademi Award for Literature for the philosophical novel “The Serpent and the Rope.” In 1969, he was the recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award, one of India’s highest awards for literature, and in 2007 he was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the government of India.

Rao joined the university’s faculty in 1966, teaching Indian philosophy until 1980.  

Prior to becoming a professor at UT Austin, Rao gave a series of talks in 1963 called “Saints and the Sage: The Revival of Hindu Philosophy in Contemporary India,” which shared Indian philosophy with America. The archive includes edited transcripts of the talks.

Also included in the archive are Rao’s teaching notes, audio interviews with him, correspondence and materials relating to his interest in studying wisdom and power in relation to governance of nations. Rao studied political leadership in Washington, D.C., in 1972 when he was named a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

“The Ransom Center is indeed fortunate to acquire the archive of Raja Rao,” said Robert L. Hardgrave, Jr., Temple Professor Emeritus of the Humanities in Government and Asian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. “Rao lived the last 40 years of his life in Austin as a distinguished writer, philosopher and teacher, and his papers now find a lasting home in Austin at the Ransom Center, where they will be available for study and research.”

Alongside the Rao papers at the Ransom Center are manuscript collections for a number of prominent international writers including J. M. Coetzee, Anita Desai, Doris Lessing, Gabriel García Márquez and Amos Tutuola. Also present are collections of American Wittgensteinian philosopher and commentator O. K. Bouwsma, the American pragmatist Arthur E. Murphy, Dublin-born Anglican philosopher Leslie Paul, the philosopher and classicist Gregory Vlastos and Spanish-American philosopher, poet and critic George Santayana.

Once processed and cataloged, the Rao materials will be accessible in the Ransom Center's reading room to students, researchers and the public.

600x525_Tolkien_annotatedmiddleearth.pngOxford, 13 June 2016 - Tolkien fans, scholars and members of the public will have a unique opportunity to view a recently-discovered map of Middle-earth as the Bodleian Libraries puts this rare piece of Tolkien ephemera on display on 23 June.

The map, which is annotated by JRR Tolkien, was acquired by the Libraries earlier this year and will go on display for just one day at the Bodleian’s Weston Library in Oxford. Visitors can see Tolkien’s copious notes and markings on the map, which reveal his vision of the creatures, topography and heraldry of his fantasy world where The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place.

The map went unseen for decades until October 2015 when Blackwell’s Rare Books in Oxford offered it for sale. It had previously belonged to Pauline Baynes (1922 - 2008), the acclaimed illustrator who was the only artist approved by Tolkien to illustrate his works during his lifetime. The map was a working document that Tolkien and Baynes both annotated in 1969 when Baynes was commissioned to produce a poster map of Middle-earth.

At the time, The Lord of the Rings had never been illustrated so Tolkien was keen to ensure that Middle-earth was accurately depicted. His copious annotations can be seen in green ink or pencil on the map, most notably his comments equating key places in Middle-earth with real world cities, for example that ‘Hobbiton is assumed to be approx. at [the] latitude of Oxford.’ He also specified the colours of the ships to be painted on the poster map and the designs on their sails as well as notes about where animals should appear, writing ‘Elephants appear in the Great battle outside Minas Tirith.’

The map has joined the Bodleian’s Tolkien archive, the largest collection of original Tolkien manuscripts and drawings in the world. It was purchased with assistance from the Victoria & Albert Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the Bodleian, and the display coincides with the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Bodleian.

The map will be on display from 9:30 am - 5pm on Thursday, 23 June in the Bodleian’s Weston Library (near the exhibition galleries).

For more information about the Bodleian’s acquisition of the map, visit: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/news/2016/may-03

Image: A map of Middle-earth, annotated by JRR Tolkien and Pauline Baynes. © The Tolkien Estate Limited 2016.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - June 9, 2016 - The Library Company's Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Richard S. Newman, the Edwin Wolf 2nd Director, will resign this summer due to family health issues.  "It is with deep regret that I announce Richard Newman's resignation," Hal Rosenberg, President of the Board of Trustees, stated. "I want to thank Dr. Newman for his service on behalf of the Library Company during these past two years and wish his family well in the coming months." Since his arrival in June 2014, Dr. Newman helped raise over $1,000,000, including federal matching funds to endow the Program in African American History. He also diversified and enhanced the Library Company's public programming and worked closely with the Board of Trustees to secure new properties in Center City for future growth. He will step down as the Library Company's leader on August 1st.  The Board of Trustees has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for the Library Company's future director, as well as a transition committee to oversee institutional affairs until the search has been completed. 

In a statement to shareholders and members, Board President Hal Rosenberg expressed his great confidence in the Library Company's present and future. "During this time of transition, I want to assure you that the Library Company remains in a very strong position," he wrote. "As always, our curators and staff are dedicated to excellence and will carry on with the many tasks that have made the Library Company such a renowned institution through the years." Mr. Rosenberg also thanked the shareholders for their continuing support of the Library Company. "Few places have a membership that is as passionate about their institutions as you are about the Library Company. Your on-going dedication as shareholders assures the Library Company's future for a long time to come."

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. 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. 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

Positions (frontispiece), Richard Mulcaster, Courtesy Shapero Rare Books copy.jpgOn the eve of the Euro 2016 tournament, Shapero Rare Books offers a first edition of the work that gave the sport its name - ‘Footeball’ - in 1581.

The book, Positions, not only names the game, but also provides the earliest evidence of organised team football. Written by Richard Mulcaster, who was the first Headmaster of Merchant Taylors’ School, the book is arguably the most important work on children’s education in the Elizabethan Age.

Mulcaster is credited with taking the game off the streets, ridding it of some of its unruly aspects and promoting it as a way to build school children’s health and strength. He was the first to write about the need to establish teams, positions and referees.

Several chapters are devoted to the importance of physical education, and mention is also made of the potential for girls to be educated on an equal footing with boys. Other sports covered include wrestling (“wrastling”), fencing (“fensing”), running, swimming, and riding.

The full title of Mulcaster’s book is Positions, Wherein those primitive circumstances be examined, which are necessarie for the training of children, either for skill in their booke, or health in their bodie.

Image: Courtesy of Shapero Rare Books.

9781783300167.jpgFacet Publishing have announced the release of the 3rd edition of the Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

The Directory is the only publication to bring together rare book and special collections from all kinds of libraries across the UK and Ireland and is an essential research tool for researchers and librarians throughout the world.
 
Fully updated since the second edition was published in 1997, this comprehensive and up-to-date guide encompasses collections held in national libraries, academic libraries,  public libraries, subscription libraries, clergy libraries, libraries for other professions, school libraries, companies, London clubs, museums and archives, and libraries in stately homes. 

Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian at the University of Oxford said, "The new edition is a long-awaited reference work which will help researchers identify the UK and Republic of Ireland’s great collections of research materials. It provides detailed and authoritative information and is a must for all serious researchers."

Edited by Karen Attar, Curator of Rare Books and University Art at Senate House Library, the Directory:

  • contains a national, cross-sectoral overview of rare book and special collections 
  • offers full contact details, and descriptions of rare book and named special collections including quantities and particular subject and language strengths
  • provides a quick and easy summary of individual libraries’ holdings
  • directs researchers to the libraries most relevant for them
  • assists libraries to evaluate their special collections according to a ‘unique and distinctive’ model
  • enables libraries to make informed decisions about acquisition and collaboration
  • helps booksellers and donors to target offers.  

David Prosser, Executive Director of Research Libraries UK said, "Together, institutions in the UK and Ireland hold unrivalled special collections.  From our great National Libraries, through university collections to the smaller collections of specialist societies, cathedrals, historic homes, and museums we have a centuries-old tradition of collecting, preserving and giving access.  Scholars from around the world and across disciplinary differences rely on the treasures held by libraries listed in the Directory to pursue their research and help us make sense of the world in which we live."

vcsPRAsset_2429574_96464_3d38cdf8-e994-4761-87b2-ce4c6b94ae55_0.jpgWINTERTHUR, DELAWARE -- Winterthur, Museum, Garden & Library is pleased to announce a $35,000 Art Works grant recommendation from the National Endowment for the Arts to digitize 1,500 important works of art on paper. The project is part of a Winterthur initiative to thoroughly document its collection, upgrade its cataloguing content, and provide broad access through museumcollection.winterthur.org.

Much of the collection that will be digitized lies in storage, enabling Winterthur to document an important but hidden part of its significant and frequently used collection.

“We are grateful to NEA for recommending funding for this important project, which will not only exponentially increase access to works by staff, graduate students, researchers and the public, but also likely lead to an increase in applicants to Winterthur’s Research Fellowship Program,” said Linda Eaton, Winterthur John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles. Winterthur Research Fellows investigate the collections for their studies and, in turn, help promote the collections through use of digital images in scholarly printed, digital, and public presentations of their research.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives - no matter who you are or where you live - they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from Winterthur offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

The project is part of Winterthur’s ongoing commitment to foster lifelong learning in the arts and humanities, educating and engaging the widest possible audiences through online collection access. Winterthur’s efforts to digitize its works of art on paper began with an NEA grant in 2012, in which more than 2,840 works and related information were digitized and made accessible online. Winterthur’s online collection database is currently accessed by nearly 59,000 users internationally.

Funding from the new NEA grant recommendation will be used to hire staff to scan or photograph works, digitally edit them, add metadata, and upload the new digital files to Winterthur’s existing online collections database. Visitors will see initial results of the project this fall in the exhibition Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives, the first exhibition to investigate the role of Frances (Fanny) Bond Palmer and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, two of the most prolific Currier & Ives artists in the Victorian age. Lasting Impressions will explore how Palmer and Tait’s collaboration with Currier & Ives on Christmas cards and Americana transformed how Americans made and viewed art.

Many of the newly digitized images in Lasting Impressions will be included in an iPad app presenting highlights of the conservation work involved in preparing the exhibition. As they compare their responses to the prints exhibited in the galleries and to the virtual images on the touch screens, visitors will be able to identify traces of the lithographic process on the prints and exercise their judgment as instant “connoisseurs” of Currier & Ives prints.

The exhibition will be on view in the Winterthur Galleries September 17, 2016 to January 8, 2017, while the online/virtual exhibition will be accessible permanently. The online version of Lasting Impressions will include a section illustrating Winterthur’s full holdings of Currier & Ives works, many of which will be digitized through this grant-funded effort.

The digitization project is being directed by Linda Eaton, Winterthur John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles. Lasting Impressions is being curated by Dr. Marie-Stéphanie Delamaire, Winterthur Associate Curator of Fine Arts.

For more information on Winterthur, please visit winterthur.org. For information on the NEA and projects included in the NEA grant announcement, please visit arts.gov.

Image: This Currier & Ives hand-colored lithograph is among 1,500 works that will be digitized at Winterthur thanks to the NEA's $35,000 Art Works grant recommendation.

 

Press Photo JOD 2 3.jpgNew York, NY, June 2, 2016 — The Morgan Library & Museum announced that Joshua O’Driscoll, assistant curator in the department of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts, has received the prestigious Paul Clemen Prize.  Given annually, the award promotes the study of art from Germany’s Rhineland area. O’Driscoll’s submission in the form of his 2015 doctoral dissertation on illuminated manuscripts produced in Cologne around the year 1000 is the first English-language study to receive the award. He was honored in a recent ceremony in Cologne, attended by German dignitaries and museum and university officials.

The Paul Clemen Prize was established in 1936 on the occasion of the 70th birthday of Dr. Paul Clemen (1866-1947), a German art historian who dedicated much of his career to inventorying and preserving the monuments of the Rhineland. The award promotes scholarship on Rhenish art, and recognizes young art historians who contribute significantly to its study and preservation.  

O’Driscoll’s dissertation, “Image and Inscription in the Painterly Manuscripts from Ottonian Cologne" (Harvard, 2015, supervised by Prof. Jeffrey Hamburger), focuses on richly illuminated manuscripts from tenth and eleventh-century Cologne, Germany. The manuscripts from this period have been known to scholars since the early twentieth century as the so-called "painterly" group. These works are notable for diptych-like pairings of miniatures with inscriptions, each of which is given a full page. Because the inscriptions were written to accompany the facing images, O’Driscoll demonstrates how the Cologne manuscripts offer an important discourse on art and image-making in a period known for its scarcity of written material on art and illustration.

“We are delighted that Joshua has been honored with this prize,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “To be the first English-language submission to win the award is a tremendous distinction. The Morgan is recognized for having one of the world’s greatest collections of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, and for its record of scholarship in this area. Joshua continues this fine tradition.”

Appointed assistant curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan in 2015, O’Driscoll graduated magna cum laude with a BS and BA from Florida State University, an MA in History of Art from Williams College, and a PhD in History of Art from Harvard University. His curatorial experience includes the “Pages from the Past” exhibition at the Houghton Library at Harvard; the Handschriftencensus Rheinland-Pfalz at the University of Mainz in Germany; and the “Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination” show at the British Library in London. He has held research positions at the Bode Museum in Berlin and at the Houghton Library at Harvard.

Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national reading- and writing-promotion program that asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives, has announced its 2016 winners.

Nearly 50,000 young readers from across the country participated in this year’s initiative, which aims to instill a lifelong love of reading in the nation’s youth and to engage and nurture their passion for literature. The contest is promoted by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress through its affiliated state centers, state libraries and other organizations.

Research shows that students benefit most from literacy instruction when they are engaged in reading and writing activities that are relevant to their daily experiences. In addition, research supports the link between reading and writing: children who read write better; children who write read more. Letters About Literature provides this type of reading-writing experience and challenges students to identify a personal connection with the books they read. This year, more than 2,200 educators from 1,440 schools used Letters About Literature in their classrooms.

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

This year’s winners come from all parts of the country and wrote to authors as diverse as Maya Angelou, Gayle Forman, Fred Gipson, Alex Gino, Dorothy Parker and Anne Frank.

The top letters in each competition level for each state were chosen. Then, a National and a National Honor winner were chosen from each of the three competition levels: Level 1 (grades 4-6), Level 2 (grades 7-8) and Level 3 (grades 9-12).

Following are this year’s winners:

Level 1

National Prize

Aleema Kelly of Connecticut wrote to Alex Gino, author of "George."

National Honor Awards
Charlie Boucher of Rhode Island wrote to Kathryn Erskine, author of "Mockingbird."
Ellie Sanders of Washington, D.C. wrote to Fred Gipson, author of "Old Yeller."

Level 2

National Prize

Raya Kenney of Washington, D.C. wrote to Maya Angelou, author of "Old Folks Laugh."

National Honor Awards

Hannah Huang of Iowa wrote to Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda, authors of "I Will Always Write Back."

Pippa Scroggins of Florida wrote to Gayle Forman, author of "If I Stay."

Level 3

National Prize

Sara Lurie of Colorado wrote to Dorothy Parker, author of "Penelope."

National Honor Awards
Macoy Churchill of Wyoming wrote to Marie Lu, author of "Legend."
Violet Fearon of New York wrote to Anne Frank, author of "The Diary of a Young Girl."

Letters About Literature is a dynamic educational program that promotes lifelong readers and helps develop successful writers. It is the Library’s signature national outreach program to young people. More than 1 million students have participated in the writing contest since it began more than 20 years ago. An online teaching guide uses proven strategies for improving reading and writing proficiency and is aligned with the learning objectives recommended by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association. Learn more about the contest and read current and past winning letters at Read.gov/letters/.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions.

The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit Read.gov.

BOSTON, MA, May 26, 2016-In all-new summer Vintage episodes, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks back at memorable objects from previous shows to discover what they are worth today and how the market and their value has changed. As a hint, one has increased in value to nearly $1 million!

"One of my favorite appraisals, and a favorite of fans and ROADSHOW staff, is revisited this summer in our Vintage episode premiere," said ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Executive Producer Marsha Bemko. "We always say this very special family heirloom appraisal makes us cry every time, but my reaction was much different when the updated value was revealed! I can't wait for fans to see this and other surprises coming up as part of ROADSHOW's Vintage summer."

This appraisal shares the touching story of how one of the finest examples of early Navajo blankets made its way to the guests' family, reportedly gifted by frontier legend Kit Carson. To watch the original appraisal of the Mid-19th Century Navajo Ute First Phase Blanket from ROADSHOW's first trip to Tucson, Arizona in 2001, click here. 

Beginning with Vintage Tucson on June 20 at 8/7c PM on PBS, the Season 20 Vintage episodes also feature updates to New York, New York; Indianapolis, Indiana; New Orleans, Louisiana; San Diego, California, and Miami, Florida.

A few highlights of other memorable items revisited in ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's Vintage Season 20 include:

  • An 1888 Winslow Homer etching, gifted to the guest by his mother who had kept the piece under a bed for 15-20 years.
  • A 20th-century autographed electric guitar signed by 150 musicians, including some of the biggest names in rock, country, blue grass and jazz.
  •  A 1654 etching that hung on the family wall for 25 years until ROADSHOW revealed if it was in fact a real Rembrandt.

OXFORD, 26 May 2016 - A rare manuscript of one of John Donne’s most famous poems, a letter by influential philosopher John Locke and a John Aubrey book about the supernatural, liberally annotated by the Oxford scientist Robert Hooke, are among the treasures that the Bodleian Libraries has recently acquired from the collection of the late American bibliophile Robert Pirie. 

Pirie, who died in 2015, was one of the world’s leading book collectors and amassed perhaps the finest collection of 16th and 17th-century English literature in private hands. The Bodleian has purchased five books and manuscripts from the collection, bringing important works by leading English writers and thinkers back to the UK where they are now available for scholars to consult.

‘Every one of these items has an Oxford connection and is a perfect complement to the Bodleian’s existing collections,’ said Chris Fletcher, Keeper of Special Collections at the Bodleian Libraries. ‘We are grateful to the institutions and donors who have helped us bring these books and manuscripts back to the UK for the benefit of the public and the scholarly community.’

One of the five items purchased by the Bodleian is an early manuscript of John Donne’s poem Meditation upon a Good Friday, ryding from London towards Exceter, westward. This religious poem, written in 1613, was acquired with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. In the poem, Donne contemplates the fact that his thoughts are in the east, where Christ died, while he himself is riding west. This particular copy of Good Friday is written in the hand of Sir Nathaniel Rich, a colonial investor and politician, who was friends with Donne and probably made this copy in the 1620s. This copy has attracted interest from scholars since its discovery in the 1970s because it contains clues about the evolution of the text, for example it omits portions of the poem known from other manuscript versions and has Donne taking a different route on his journey westward. 

This latest addition complements the Bodleian’s existing collection of Donne materials, which include the only surviving poem of Donne's written in his own handwriting. Interestingly, that copy is addressed to Sir Nathaniel Rich’s sisters.

The Libraries also acquired a copy of a letter written by philosopher John Locke, through a secretary, to Irish physician Thomas Molyneux in 1699. The letter laments the recent death of his brother, William Molyneux, a natural philosopher who was Locke’s friend and is regarded as the founder of modern science in Ireland. During his lifetime, William Molyneux regularly corresponded with Locke and provided insights and criticism on Locke’s works.

This particular letter offers insights into the intellectual exchanges that took place between these two great thinkers. It also important because the paper stock on which it was written and the handwriting of the amanuensis may help with dating other works by Locke. The letter joins one of the largest collections of Locke materials in the world, which is held at the Bodleian.

A second letter acquired from the Pirie collection is one written by Archbishop William Laud to John Greaves, fellow of Merton College and Savilian Professor of Astronomy. Laud served as Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1629 to 1641 and went onto become Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633 until he was executed for treason in 1645. The letter was written in 1642 from the Tower of London where Laud was imprisoned following his impeachment by Parliament in December 1640.

The letter has a strong association with the University of Oxford and, more specifically, the Bodleian’s long history of collecting and preserving items for future generations. Laud discusses the collection of coins he has given the University of Oxford, which were an addition to a large collection that he had given to the Bodleian in 1636.  The letter asks that the gift be ‘written into the Booke’, a reference to a catalogue of the collection that still survives among the very extensive manuscript holdings that he bequeathed to the Library.

In addition to these three manuscripts, the Bodleian also purchased two books from the Pirie collection. The first is a copy of John Aubrey’s Miscellanies, which explores documented reports of a variety of unexplained supernatural phenomena, such as apparitions, omens, corpse-candles and knockings.  Aubrey was an antiquarian and polymath who is best known for Brief Lives, his collection of short biographies of the leading figures of his day, the manuscript of which is held at the Bodleian Library. Despite spending much of his life engaged in research, this book, Miscellanies, was the only one Aubrey published in his lifetime. The copy acquired by the Bodleian was owned and extensively annotated by Robert Hooke, one of the leading scientists of 17th century England. Hooke’s copy appears to note down Aubrey’s own corrections and may well capture evidence of the two great men working on the text together.

The second book acquired is a small volume containing three separate works of proverbs bound into a single edition. It contains proverbs in Spanish, Finnish and English dating back as early as the 16th century, and include a wealth of sayings that remain part of the English language today including ‘the more the merrier’ and ‘Rome was not built in one day.’

The Bodleian purchased these items from the Pirie collection at auction in December 2015 and all items have now been catalogued and available for consultation at the Bodleian Libraries. In addition to the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), the acquisitions were made possible thanks to the generous support of the Victoria & Albert Purchase Grant Fund, the Aurelius Trust, All Souls College, Oxford, Friends of the National Libraries, Friends of the Bodleian and several individual donors.

BOSTON - May 25, 2016 - Boston Public Library recently added its 100,000th digitized item to Digital Commonwealth, providing access to digital resources of cultural heritage organizations throughout Massachusetts. Collections in DigitalCommonwealth.org include thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings from member institutions which are openly accessible to researchers, students, and the intellectually curious. 

“Boston Public Library’s collections are extensive and making them available online is a key way of delivering on our mission of access and education in the modern 24/7 connected world,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library. “Digital Commonwealth is one way of showcasing the library’s digitization work to make our collections and those of our many statewide partners across the commonwealth discoverable by all.”

The 100,000th item was the print Hebron Barns, dating from 1938, of the Thomas W. Nason prints and drawings collection.  Items from the Boston Public Library in DigitalCommonwealth.org include the Boston Pictorial Archives, Fine and Historic Bookbindings, and the Anti-Slavery Collections of Distinction, Emily Dickinson letters and poems, images from Boston Herald-Traveler photographer Leslie Jones, postcards, prints, and more. Boston Public Library has digitized more than 152,000 items from its collection, which are housed on Digital Commonwealth.org and the Internet Archive.

“Providing collections digitally is increasingly important as seeking information online is a natural behavior, especially for youth,” said Tom Blake, Boston Public Library’s Digital Projects Manager. “Our hope is that after experiencing the BPL on our website and through DigitalCommonwealth.org, people will come in to our physical locations to view items as well.”

In late 2015, Boston Public Library renewed its commitment with Digital Commonwealth to maintain and expand DigitalCommonwealth.org as part of its statewide responsibilities as Library for the Commonwealth. Since 2010, the BPL has worked to digitize and preserve collections from more than 260 cultural institutions in 161 municipalities across Massachusetts, totaling 431,000  items in Digital Commonwealth. Recent organizations the BPL worked with to bring items into Digital Commonwealth include the USS Constitution Museum, Topsfield Historical Society, UMASS Amherst, and the West Yarmouth and Weymouth Public Libraries. 

In addition to its role as a partner to Digital Commonwealth, Boston Public Library serves as Library for the Commonwealth for the entire state of Massachusetts. Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts can have a Boston Public Library card.

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.

Abbott-300x383.jpgNEW YORK, May 2016—The Museum of Modern Art announces that longtime trustee Robert B. Menschel has made a promised gift of 162 images to the Museum from his celebrated collection of photographs, ranging from early to contemporary works. Made by 69 different photographers, this assemblage covers more than 150 years of photography—from an 1843 view of Paris by William Henry Fox Talbot, the English father of photography, to a 2002 Carrie Mae Weems staged portrait. They also complement nearly 350 photographs that have entered MoMA's collection through Mr. Menschel's support over the last 40 years. To honor Menschel's invaluable contributions to the Museum, this fall MoMA will present an exhibition, The Shape of Things, drawing entirely from the more than 500 photographic works acquired through his support, and an accompanying publication.

"There are a handful of individuals whose wisdom, generosity, and faith in humanity leave an indelible mark, and Bob is one of them," said MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry. "He is the consummate trustee, interested in and knowledgeable about virtually every aspect of the institution; he is also a great leader, a passionate collector of photography, and an extremely generous supporter of exhibitions, publications, and much more."

Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography, added, "This outstanding group of images exemplifies his multifaceted interests as a collector. Now, these works join the hundreds of others that, thanks to his support, the Museum has been able to acquire since Bob joined the Photography Committee in 1977."

The newly acquired photographs are focused primarily around the modern period, from late Pictorialism to the 1960s, with a particularly strong presence of three American photographers, who are each represented with 19 or more prints: Alvin Langdon Coburn, Harry Callahan, and Aaron Siskind. Coburn is represented by a series of 22 photogravures of London, made between 1904 and 1910; there are 19 prints by Callahan, including images made in Italy and Peru in 1968 and 1974, which strengthen an important area in in the Museum's holdings of his work; and there are 21 works by Siskind, many of which were part of his photographic dialogue with painterly abstraction, and especially with Abstract Expressionism.

Menschel’s gift also includes a number of iconic works from the history of photography: Gustave Le Gray’s seascape Brig on the Water (1856), a composite image made from two different negatives; Alfred Stieglitz’s early image of New York, The Terminal (1893); Herbert List’s Picnic by the Baltic (1930), a tribute to Georges Seurat’s paintings; Imogen Cunningham’s nude geometric composition Triangles (1928); a Hans Bellmer staged image from his famous Surrealist series Games of the Doll; and the often-published Gay Deceiver by Weegee, in a large exhibition print. The gift also includes small gems by less-well-known photographers that indicate the restless curiosity of the collector, from Charles Jones’s early-20th-century “portraits” of plants to a strange post-Surrealist photomontage from the 1950s by Val Telberg. Also included are outstanding contemporary works by Robert Adams, Bernd and Hilla Becher, John Coplans, Jan Groover, and William Wegman, among others.

Publication 

This fall, MoMA will publish The Shape of Things by Quentin Bajac, with an essay by Sarah Hermanson Meister. The publication explores 60 remarkable photographs from the Museum’s collection, all acquired with the support of Robert B. Menschel and meticulously selected for the book by Bajac. Ranging from the contemporary artist Andreas Gursky to William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the medium’s founding figures, these selections collectively tell the story of photography from its beginnings, but their arrangement in reverse chronological order upends and newly illuminates that story. Each image is the subject of a brief, elegant text. The book and the accompanying exhibition borrow their title from a work by Carrie Mae Weems, which is one of the many great photographs that Menschel has contributed to the collection.

Exhibition

To honor Menschel’s invaluable contributions to the Museum, the works in the Photography Department’s forthcoming collection exhibition, The Shape of Things, will be drawn entirely from the 504 works acquired through his support. On view from October 29, 2016, through May 7, 2017, this multifaceted group of images will tell the story of photography from its beginnings, focusing on the strengths of the collection. The Shape of Things is organized by Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography, with Katerina Stathopoulou, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography, MoMA.

About Robert B. Menschel

Robert B. Menschel started collecting photographs in the 1970s, acquiring over the years hundreds of prints ranging from early to contemporary photography. He joined the Committee on Photography in 1977, immersing himself not only in photography, its history, and its present, but also in MoMA’s culture. In 1989, he was elected to the Board of Trustees, becoming its President in 2002 and Chairman of the Board in 2005, when he helped oversee the completion of the Museum's Taniguchi building. In 2007, he was elected Chairman Emeritus and a Life Trustee of the Museum. From 1998 to 2002 he was Chair of the Committee on Photography.

Image: Berenice Abbott. George Washington Bridge, Riverside Drive and West 179th Street, Manhattan. January 17, 1936. Gelatin silver print, 9 9/16 x 7 5/8" (24.3 x 19.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Promised gift of Robert B. Menschel. © 2016 Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics

The Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) is pleased to announce it will offer to a book collector, for the first time ever, a scholarship in the amount of $750 to be used at one of the several book seminars offered in the U.S. and the UK.

The Independent Online Booksellers Association is an international trade organization for internet booksellers: IOBA.org.

We would like to contribute to the continuing education of book collectors. Many of our members have been to the seminars listed below, and always find book collectors present among the booksellers and librarians. If you’ve ever thought of attending we hope to make it a bit easier for you. IOBA awards scholarships to support the professional development of its member booksellers. We consider the scholarships to be an investment in the future of bookselling. We would like to include you too!

The seminars we offer scholarships to include:

1. The Colorado Seminar (CABS) www.bookseminars.com

2. Rare Book School (RBS), at its headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia www.rarebookschool.org

3. Rare Book School classes in California www.calrbs.org

4. OR £400 ($600) for The York Seminar (YABS) in the UK www.yabseminar.com

5. London Rare Book School www.ies.sas.ac.uk/london-rare-books-school

Financial need is not a criterion; IOBA will choose a winner based on merit. Please let us know about your collecting focus, and why you would like to attend the seminar of your choice. We also ask that the recipient write about the experience for possible publication in the Standard, the journal of IOBA. 

Please apply via email before May 31th 2016. Notification will be sent as soon as possible after June 1st. Applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to: scholarshipcontest@ioba.org (Please include “IOBA Collector’s scholarship” in the subject headers of all emails.)

http://www.ioba.org/pages/scholarships-for-collectors/

DALLAS - Heritage Auctions continues to far surpass all other auction houses in online sales. 

Heritage’s online auction sales in 2015 were $344 million, and are already more than $160 million in 2016. Out of total sales last year of more than $850 million, and approximately $310 million during the first 4 months of 2016, Heritage auctions has now recorded more than $500 million in online auction sales from in those past 16 months alone. 

According to the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report, for 2014 and 2015 Heritage’s total online auction prices realized were 100% and 112% larger, respectively, than its closest competitor in the online auction space. (See graph above)

“No one else even comes close to our reach online,” said Jim Halperin, Co-Founder of Heritage Auctions. “The numbers show that no other auction house approaches Heritage when it comes to providing the most comprehensive collecting experience online and, by far, the most bidder attention in the U.S and worldwide. We just make it so easy to bid online, whether by leaving proxy bids at HA.com, or in real time using our patented HA.com/Live software, the most user-friendly live bidding experience on today’s Internet.”

Heritage's 40 categories - from Art & Design, to jewelry, handbags, real estate and across the full spectrum of its auctions serving the luxury market - are supported by a full-time staff composed of well more than 100 of the top experts in their respective fields, all of whom focus their considerable experience and talent researching and cataloging consignments for the benefit of their consignors and bidders.

“Heritage is the most transparent of any auction platform available to bidders online,” added Halperin. “Our entire model, in fact, reflects that philosophy. Heritage invented and launched the first permanent, searchable and unabridged online prices realized archive by any auction house, and ours remains the most comprehensive. In addition to offering our bidders free third-party pricing and rarity research data in categories representing most of our sales volume, Heritage auctioneers never employ chandelier bids, and we publish and display all consignor reserves online from 3 to 7 days prior to the auction’s close. No one else in our field operates with so much transparency.”

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s third largest, with annual sales approaching $900 million, and 950,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to register and receive access to a complete record of our past prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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SAN MARINO, Calif.— This summer, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will host internationally acclaimed photographer and sculptor Mary Beth Heffernan in an artist-in-residence arrangement made possible by a grant from Los Angeles arts organization Photographic Arts Council/Los Angeles. Called the PAC/LA Contemporary Artist Grant, this is the first to be offered by the organization.

“We chose The Huntington for our first grant because of its outstanding research and photography collections,” said Gloria Huyck, the chair of PAC/LA’s board. “We wanted to give a Los Angeles-based photographer the chance to be inspired by The Huntington’s holdings. We’re also thrilled to be working with The Huntington’s curator of photography, Jennifer Watts, who we consider to be one of the most knowledgeable and creative in the country.”

The grant amounts to $10,000, which will enable the artist to conduct research in the collections and create a finished artwork.

Heffernan is a Los Angeles-based artist and a professor of art in the Department of Art and Art History at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her art explores the intersection between representation and physicality.

Heffernan will spend several months at The Huntington, engaging with its library, art, and garden collections and producing new work inspired by the objects she encounters. The Huntington will acquire a new artwork resulting from her residency that will become part of its permanent collection.

Photography has long been one of The Huntington’s collecting strengths, with holdings of about 850,000 prints and negatives spanning the period from about 1850 to 1950. The collection contains significant work by noted photographers Carleton Watkins, William Henry Jackson, Andrew Russell, Eadweard Muybridge, Frances Benjamin Johnston and others. The Huntington is known, in particular, for its photographs by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.

Since its inception, The Huntington has inspired visual artists of all kinds. This is especially true for photographers. In recent years, artists as diverse as Paul Caponigro, John Divola, Karen Halverson, and David Hockney, among many others, have explored the gardens and galleries to create new photographic work.

“With the PAC/LA Contemporary Artist Grant, we are not only allowing this sort of intervention, we’re actively encouraging it,” said Watts. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be selected by PAC/LA for their first such grant.”

Watts chose Heffernan in part because her work aligned so closely with The Huntington and its collections. “Her art is deeply research-based, she is intrigued by historical photographic processes and techniques, and interested in the intersection between the human body and its representation over time,” said Watts. And then there’s the mesmerizing beauty of her art, which Watts finds “striking for its depth and seriousness of intent.”

From the start of her career, historical medical archives fascinated Heffernan. Her Becoming series (1994), was a sculptural response to specimens and 19th century medical photographs from the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. The Replete series (1995-2001) drew from Enlightenment-era dissection engravings by William Hunter at Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine. She recently received critical acclaim for a solo exhibition of her Blue series at Sloan Projects in Santa Monica, Calif.

Heffernan earned her BFA at Boston University in 1987, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and was awarded the Kahn Career Entry Award. She earned her MFA in the photography program at California Institute of the Arts in 1994, and was appointed fellow in the studio program at the Whitney Independent Study Program 1994-95.

Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao today announced two leadership appointments.

John Y. Cole is named the Library of Congress Historian, a new position dedicated to serving as the top technical expert and adviser on the history of the Library of Congress, documenting institutional history and conducting historical research. Cole was the founding director of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, which was created by law in 1977. He has been instrumental in shaping numerous literacy and reading-promotion programs during his 50-year tenure at the Library and is the author of several books about the institution.

Pam Jackson is named the new director of the Center for the Book, a public-private partnership that promotes books, reading and literacy and includes official affiliates in 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. She has been the deputy assistant director for the Government and Finance Division at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) for six years. Before joining the Library of Congress in 2003, she served for 11 years as the CEO of the Coleman A. Young Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to the educational development of at-risk youth and college-bound students.

Both appointments take effect June 12, 2016.

"John Cole has had a remarkable career of distinguished service at the Library of Congress and has been one of the institution’s leading historians, writing many articles and publications about its developing roles as a legislative, national and international institution," Mao said. "John’s depth and breadth of knowledge about the Library is a particularly critical resource as the institution prepares to transition to new leadership.

"Pam Jackson’s combined experience in leadership, project management, literacy promotion and fundraising make her an ideal candidate to take the helm of the Center for the Book," Mao continued. "This important outreach center has been ably built and led throughout its lifetime by John, and I am confident it will be in capable and enthusiastic hands with Pam."

The Center for the Book, established by Congress to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. It sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers and collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. The Center for the Book is part of the Library’s National and International Outreach service unit.

A librarian and historian, Cole has served the Library of Congress since 1966 following two years of service as a U.S. Army second lieutenant and chief of the library branch of the U.S. Army Intelligence School.

He is the first chair of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards, established in 2013; co-chaired the bicentennial celebration in 2000; and developed the popular reading and writing contest Letters About Literature in 1992. As director of the Center for the Book, he has been instrumental in shaping numerous reading and literacy-promotion programs, including the Books & Beyond author series (1996), the National Book Festival (2001), the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2008), and the Library of Congress Young Readers Center (2009).

Cole has served as a corresponding member and consultant to the Literacy and Reading Section of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) since he was section chair from 1997 to 2001. To honor Cole’s distinguished service to the profession of librarianship, the American Library Association in 2000 presented him with its prestigious Lippincott Award. In 2011, the University of Texas Press, in association with the Library, published a festschrift to recognize his achievements, "The Library of Congress and the Center for the Book: Historical Essays in Honor of John Y. Cole."

Jackson has served the Library for 13 years. As a deputy assistant director for the Government and Finance Division in CRS, she has led and managed research, analysis, consulting and collaboration work of CRS analysts and staff and has contributed to CRS-wide projects, programs and committees.

Prior to her work at the Library and the Coleman A. Young Foundation, Jackson served for six years, from 1994-2000, as an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University in the graduate and undergraduate levels of the School of Business Administration and the College of Liberal Arts. From 1988 to 1994, she served as assistant to the mayor in the city of Detroit’s Mayor’s Executive Office.

Since 2006, Jackson has served as a board member—including a term as board president—for Two Rivers Public Charter School in northeast D.C. and has been an integral part of evolving and expanding the school’s performance and growth.

Jackson received a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s degree and Ph.D in economics from Wayne State University. Her graduate studies and her doctoral dissertation focused on the public-education sector, public-school performance and student achievement.

Charlottesville, VA, April 18, 2016-Rare Book School (RBS) at the University of Virginia has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a four-day international conference, “Bibliography Among the Disciplines.” To be held in Philadelphia in October 2017, the meeting will focus on developing object-oriented methods, skills, and collaborative projects across disciplinary fields, time periods, regions, and languages. The project will culminate in 2019 with a volume of essays contributed by conference participants.

The conference and subsequent volume will seek to build on the ongoing series of symposia conducted by Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, established in 2012 through funding from the Foundation. The conference sessions will include both traditional and innovative formats: plenary addresses, short presentations, roundtable, workshops, working groups, and site visits. The conference will be widely advertised to more than 30 academic associations and societies, as well as professional organizations for scholar-librarians, museum curators, conservators, archivists, collectors, and antiquarian booksellers.

“This conference comes at an important time for academics, librarians, and curators alike, as an increasing number of libraries and museums seek to address questions about the dissemination, use, and preservation of original sources,” said RBS Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. “We are grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for this unique opportunity, which will allow us to bring together junior and senior specialists who are exploring new methods and technologies for analyzing textual artifacts. It is our hope that the conference will help pave the way for future work in bibliography and the global history of the book across disciplines and professions.”

Conference organizers will begin circulating calls for papers in June 2016, with submissions due in September 2016. More information about the “Bibliography Among the Disciplines” conference will be available in May 2016 at: http://www.rarebookschool.org/bibliography-conference.

About Rare Book School (RBS)

Rare Book School provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born-digital materials with leading s cholars and professionals in the fields of bibliography, librarianship, book history, manuscript studies, and the digital humanities. Founded in 1983, RBS moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992. RBS is a not-for-profit educational organization affiliated with the University of Virginia. More information about RBS is available on its website: http://www.rarebookschool.org.

Lot-415-E-Simms-Campbell-Night-Club-Map-Harlem copy.jpgNew Haven, Conn. — The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has acquired the original artwork for a 1932 map of Harlem nightclubs drawn by E. Simms Campbell, the first African American illustrator to be syndicated and whose work was featured regularly in national magazines.

The map, purchased at auction on March 31, provides a “who’s who” guide of the nightclubs that drove Harlem nightlife during and after Prohibition, including the Savoy Ballroom, the Cotton Club, and Gladys’s Clam Bar. It was published in the inaugural edition of Manhattan Magazine and appeared in Esquire nine months later.  

“It might seem like the literary movement that made Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston household names, and Harlem’s night club scene in the 1920s and 1930s are unrelated, but they are in fact both essential features of the tremendous cultural outpouring we call the Harlem Renaissance,” said Melissa Barton, curator of Yale’s James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection. “We are delighted to add E. Simms Campbell’s gorgeous and playful rendering of this era to the collection. The map will augment Beinecke’s noted strength in materials relating to the Harlem Renaissance.”

The map will be included in a spring 2017 exhibition at the library on the Harlem Renaissance. It is expected to be available to researchers this fall.

The map offers advice on navigating Harlem’s nightlife. It warns readers that “nothing happens before 2 a.m.” at Club Hot-Cha and advises them to “ask for Clarence.” It is dotted with vignettes of Harlem characters like the “Reefer Man” and “Snake-hips” Earl Tucker, whom the map identifies as the “originator of that weird dance — the ‘Snakehips.’” Musicians like Cab Calloway, Don Redman, Gladys Bentley, and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson are depicted.

“The only important omission is the location of the various speakeasies, but since there are about 500 of them you won’t have much trouble,” the map instructs readers.

Campbell, who died in 1971, contributed cartoons and artwork regularly to Esquire from 1933 to 1958 and created “Esky,” the magazine’s mustached and bug-eyed mascot. His drawings often satirized upper-crust culture. His comic strip, “Cuties,” was syndicated to more than 145 newspapers. He also contributed to The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Ebony, Playboy, and other national magazines.

At the same March 31 auction, the Beinecke acquired issues of two rare African American periodicals from the early 20th century, The Colored American and The Voice of the Negro; a photograph print by James Van Der Zee, a figure in the Harlem Renaissance; several 19th-century theater advertisements; and a 1922 almanac of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association.

As part of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection, these materials join a world-renowned collection documenting African American arts and culture.

Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao has appointed Juan Felipe Herrera to serve a second term as the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

"In his first term as Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera traveled the country championing poetry; he also launched an ambitious project on the Library’s website," said Mao, who announced the appointment this evening at Herrera’s end-of the-term lecture at the Library of Congress. "We look forward to seeing what Herrera will accomplish in his second term, and we know he will continue to inspire and educate with his warmth, enthusiasm, and creative genius."

On being appointed to serve a second term, Herrera, who is the first Hispanic poet to serve in the position, said, "Deep gratitude and great joy, and many thank-you’s to the Library. I look forward to continuing my first year’s momentum and sharing the inspiration tsunami given to me in every community that I visit throughout the U.S.A. as Laureate."

Herrera’s second term will begin Sept. 1. He will follow previous multiyear laureates such as Natasha Trethewey, Kay Ryan, Ted Kooser, and Billy Collins and develop a second-term project. Details about his second-term project will be announced in late summer.

Herrera’s historic first term was noteworthy for his online project, "La Casa de Colores," which is comprised of two initiatives: "La Familia," a submission-based epic poem asking for the participation of the general public, and "El Jardín," a series chronicling his experiences exploring and interacting with the Library’s resources and collections.

The author of 30 books of poetry, novels for young adults and collections for children, Herrera’s most recent work is "Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes" (2014), a picture book showcasing inspiring Hispanic- and Latino-Americans, and "Notes on the Assemblage" (2015), a volume of poems.

Herrera was born in Fowler, California in 1948. As the son of migrant farm workers, Herrera moved around often, living in tents and trailers along the road in southern California, and attended school in a variety of small towns from San Francisco to San Diego. In 1972 he graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology. He then attended Stanford University, where he received a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology, and in 1990 received a Master’s of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Herrera has written over a dozen poetry collections, including "Half the World in Light: New and Selected Poems" (2008), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the International Latino Book Award. He is also a celebrated young adult and children’s book author, whose honors include the Américas Award for for both "Cinnamon Girl: letters found inside a cereal box" (2005) and "Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse" (1999), as well as the Independent Publisher Book Award for "Featherless / Desplumado" (2005), the Ezra Jack Keats Award for "Calling the Doves" (1995) and the Pura Belpré Author Honor Award for both "Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes" and "Laughing Out Loud, I Fly" (1990).

For his poetry Herrera has received two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, a PEN USA National Poetry Award, the PEN Oakland / Josephine Miles Award, a PEN / Beyond Margins Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Stanford University Chicano Fellows. He is a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate from Skidmore College.

Herrera has served as the Chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department at California State University, Fresno and held the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair in the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside, where he taught until retiring in 2015. He is currently a visiting professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington-Seattle. Elected a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets in 2011, he served as the Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2015.

The Library of Congress’ Poetry and Literature Center is the home of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, a position that has existed since 1936, when Archer M. Huntington endowed the Chair of Poetry at the Library. Since then, many of the nation’s most eminent poets have served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and, after the passage of Public Law 99-194 (Dec. 20, 1985), as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The Poet Laureate suggests authors to read in the Library’s literary series and plans other special events during the literary season. For more information, visit loc.gov/poetry/.

The Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, holds more than 162 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at loc.gov

page1image1968.jpg‘TO HIS DEAR AND FAITHFUL ERNEST JONES in memory of his visit, 6 May 1926. Freud aet. LXX’. Written by Sigmund Freud into a copy of his Studies on Psychoanalysis on his seventieth birthday and presented to Ernest Jones, this inscription encapsulates the close relationship between the founder of psychoanalysis and one of his earliest and most ardent proponents: Jones had been instrumental in introducing Freud to his British colleagues, would write his standard biography and engineered Freud’s escape from the Nazis to London in 1938.

This exceptional volume is one of a number of rare books from the library of the British Psychoanalytical Society (founded by Jones in 1913) which will be included in Quaritch’s forthcoming catalogue The Origins of Psychoanalysis. From its earliest years the Society has maintained both an archive documenting the history of the Society, and a library of c. 15,000 volumes, which provides members with a comprehensive range of current literature. Through donations by previous members of the Society (e.g. Jones, Melanie Klein, and Freud’s English translators James and Alix Strachey) the library has acquired duplicates of early titles over time, while the preservation of fragile and valuable volumes has increasingly become a concern. In order to meet its readers’ needs for a modern reference library and fund the preservation of the collection, the Society has decided to deaccession a number of the earlier printed works.

THE EARLY HISTORY OF PSYCHOANALYSIS unfolds through these books, many of which were written or owned by Freud and his inner circle. Freud and Breuer’s Studies in Hysteria (1895) - the ‘starting-point of psychoanalysis’ - and a rare first edition of Freud’s landmark Interpretation of Dreams (1900, one of only 600 copies) were both acquired and studied in much detail by Ernest Jones in 1907, in anticipation of his first meeting with Freud. Another work from the collection inscribed by its author to Jones ‘with much devotion’ is a rare offprint of Carl Gustav Jung’s New York lectures of 1912. As Jones’ collaborator in establishing the early Psychoanalytic Congresses, Jung would soon be called by Freud the ‘crown prince’ of the movement, and later, famously, become Freud’s adversary.

Intriguingly, this copy of the New York lectures was published in 1913, as the rift between Jung and Freud reached its climax; indeed, the inscription may have been written by Jung in the hope that his departure from the core group of analysts would not condemn him to intellectual exile. However, it was too late: in a letter to Freud of 22 July 1913, Jones wrote:

‘I have just read Jung’s New York lectures, ... no agreeable task. ... He is very polite to you, except for occasional outbursts ...; he has evidently the feeling that the whole analysis is an artefact, and repeatedly talks of how you have been misled by patients and followed them blindly. ... The silliest pages are ... a masterpiece of nonsense.’

Image: S. Freud. Die Traumdeutung. Leipzig and Vienna: 1900. First edition. From Ernest Jones’ complete set of first to fifth editions of the work, bound uniformly for Jones.

For further information, please contact Dr Anke Timmermann (a.timmermann@quaritch.com / 020 7297 4886) or Mark James (m.james@quaritch.com / 020 7297 4873). 

THE INSTITUTE OF PSYCHOANALYSIS is the leading centre of excellence in the UK in the provision of psychoanalytic training, education, publication and clinical practice. Established in 1924, it is the home of the British Psychoanalytical Society, which finds its roots in the London Psychoanalytical Society, founded by Ernest Jones on 30th October 1913. Through its work - and the work of its individual members - the British Psychoanalytical Society has made an unrivalled contribution to the understanding and treatment of mental illness. Members of the Society have included Michael Balint, Wilfred Bion, John Bowlby, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Joseph Sandler, and Donald Winnicott. At present, the Society has about 500 members and some 70 candidates in training, from a diverse range of countries and cultures. Today as in the past, approximately half of the British Psychoanalytical Society are women. The Institute’s history and mission statement can be found at www.psychoanalysis.org.uk.

FOUNDED IN LONDON IN 1847, Bernard Quaritch Ltd is one of the world’s leading antiquarian booksellers. Bernard Quaritch (1819-1899) counted Prince Louis Lucien Bonaparte, the Prime Ministers William Ewart Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli, and the artist and author William Morris amongst his clients, and was characterised by The Times’ obituarist as, ‘the greatest bookseller who ever lived. His ideals were so high, his eye so keen, his transactions were so colossal, his courage so dauntless, that he stands out among men who have dealt in old literature as a Napoleon or a Wellington stands out among generals’. For further information about the company’s history, please visit http://www.quaritch.com/about/our-history.

Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao has announced that Marilynne Robinson, author of such critically acclaimed novels as "Gilead" and "Home," will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 24.

The National Book Festival and the prize ceremony will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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

Mao chose Robinson based on the recommendation of a jury of distinguished authors and prominent literary critics from around the world. He said of the selection, "With the depth and resonance of her novels, Marilynne Robinson captures the American soul. We are proud to confer this prize on her and her extraordinary work."

"American literature has been a kind of spiritual home to me for as long as I have been aware of it. So this award could not be more gratifying," Robinson said.

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

Robinson was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, in 1943. She is the author of four novels: "Lila" (2014), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Home" (2008), winner of the Orange Prize (UK) and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; "Gilead" (2004), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and "Housekeeping" (1980), winner of PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. Her five nonfiction books include "The Givenness of Things: Essays" (2015) and "The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought" (1998).

Robinson’s many other honors include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Fund, the National Humanities Medal, and the American Academy of Religion in the Arts Award. Robinson, a longtime faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Robinson lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is a deacon for the Congregational United Church of Christ.

The Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, holds more than 162 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at loc.gov.

vssgaa_new-entrance_600.jpgSAN MARINO, Calif. —The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that its new 8,600 square-foot addition to the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art will open on Oct. 22. Named after the lead donors for the $10.3 million building project, the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing includes 5,000 square feet of gallery space with an inaugural exhibition of more than 200 works from the Fieldings’ esteemed collection of 18th- and early19th-century American works—including paintings, furniture, and related decorative art—some of which are promised gifts to The Huntington. The exhibition will offer important insights into the world of American art practice and culture of the time.

“The collection, display, and contextualization of historical American art is among our chief priorities,” said Laura Skandera Trombley, president of The Huntington. “And the educational and inspirational value of the new wing is immeasurable. It will bring to light unforgettable works made with American originality, and is sure to delight and surprise visitors of all ages. We are profoundly grateful to Jonathan and Karin Fielding for their vision and generosity.”

In related news, the original portion of the Scott Galleries, which has been undergoing reconfiguration and reinstallation, will reopen on June 18. It will feature a new room highlighting works from the Gail-Oxford Collection, a recent bequest to The Huntington of 18th-century works of American decorative art; a redesigned Dorothy Collis Brown Wing displaying works by Arts and Crafts architects Charles and Henry Greene; sweeping, long sightlines across galleries; and improved visitor flow. Also opening in the original portion of the building on June 18 is a focused loan exhibition, “Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Bilingual Photography and the Architecture of Greene & Greene” in the Susan and Stephen Chandler Wing (on view through Oct. 3).

Fielding Wing Architecture

Designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners, who also designed the Lois and Robert F. Erburu Gallery (a 2005 addition to the same building), the new Fielding Wing features eight new rooms for art display as well as a stately glass entrance and lobby on the south side of the building that mirrors those on the north side.

The entrance, along with a reconfiguration of some of the rooms of the existing building, will improve visitor flow and make entering the galleries (that will total 26,000 square feet of display space) more inviting and intuitive. The new entry will draw visitors to the galleries naturally, with the glass lobby serving as a beacon from a popular path that leads through the Shakespeare Garden from the Huntington Art Gallery, where the renowned European art collection is displayed. In addition, the entry allows easy access to and from the historic Rose Garden Tea Room and Café.

Frederick Fisher and Partners also are designing the inaugural exhibition.

With this expansion of the Scott Galleries (the third since 2009), The Huntington will be the home of one of the largest displays of historic American art in the Western United States.

Fielding Collection Exhibition

“While the Fieldings have been collecting American art for a relatively short time, they have developed a focused and important body of historical works,” said Kevin Salatino, Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Collections at The Huntington. “We plan to highlight these in a creative installation that enhances their educational content as well as their powerful aesthetic qualities.”

With more than 700 examples of American painting, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, metal, needlework, and other related decorative arts, the Fieldings’ collection is widely regarded as one of the most significant of its kind in the United Sates. The initial display of works will be grouped variously by the function of the objects, the materials from which they are made, and through the themes that they embody.

In its rich diversity, the Fielding Collection offers a rare opportunity to explore early American history through objects made for daily use and through images of the everyday people who used them. Highlights of the collection include a rare painting on panel made about 1834 by Sheldon Peck (1797-1868) portraying Samuel and Eunice Judkins, residents of Ulster County, New York; a striking portrait of a woman with a bowl of cherries, painted on panel about 1770 to 1780; a high chest of drawers made about 1774 by the Connecticut-based Eliphalet Chapin (1741-1807); a Windsor low-back settee with distinctive steam-bent arm rail made in Lancaster County, Pa., between 1760 and 1780; a rare pair of needlework pockets from about 1775, used by a woman to carry sewing implements and other items; and a Connecticut tall-case clock, with richly painted decoration and wooden works, signed by Riley Whiting (1785-1835) and made in Windsor, Conn., between 1819 and about 1828.

About The Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art

Begun in earnest in 1979, when the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation of Pasadena, Calif., made a major gift to The Huntington in memory of art collector, patron, and philanthropist Virginia Steele Scott (1905-1975), The Huntington’s collection of American art has grown from an initial 50 paintings to nearly 13,000 objects. Recent acquisitions include works by Milton Avery (1885-1965), Richard Estes (b. 1932), Sargent Claude Johnson (1888-1967), and Helen Lundeberg (1908-1999), as well as the Gail-Oxford Collection of 18th-century decorative art.

First opened in 1984 with 6,800 square feet of gallery space, the Scott Galleries were expanded to 16,300 square feet with the addition of the Lois and Robert F. Erburu Gallery and completely reinstalled in 2009 to cover the history of art in the United States from the colonial period to the mid-20th century. In July of 2014, The Huntington expanded the display of American art further by opening more than 5,000 feet of gallery space focusing on works of 20th- century art in an area previously used for storage.

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Rendering of the exterior of The Huntington’s latest expansion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing, set to open to the public on October 22, 2016. The new entrance faces a path leading from the Huntington Art Gallery through the Shakespeare Garden. Frederick Fisher and Partners.

Freeman's Announces Management Buyout

Philadelphia, PA (March 9, 2016) Samuel M. “Beau” Freeman, II today announced that agreements have been signed that will transfer the controlling interest in Freeman’s, the country’s oldest auction house, to the current management team of Hanna Dougher, Chief Operating Officer; Alasdair Nichol, Vice Chairman; and Paul Roberts, President. The Freeman family will maintain a minority interest in the company and Beau Freeman will continue in his role of Chairman of the Board of Directors. The transaction includes the transfer of the Freeman’s location at 1808 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia where the company will continue to operate. It is anticipated that the closing of the transaction will occur within the next several weeks. 

Freeman’s, established in Philadelphia, PA in 1805, is a world class auction house with an established international presence.  It is the oldest auction house in the United States and one of the oldest in the world. Freeman’s maintains a strong focus on client service built on the experience of its specialists in 13 departments including fine arts, antiques, jewelry, books & manuscripts, Asian arts, and 20th & 21st century design.

“We have held the proud distinction of being a family-owned and operated business for six generations, which is unheard of in today’s age,” said Beau Freeman. “Passing Freeman’s on to Hanna, Alasdair, and Paul, who have led the business for the past 16 years, feels as though we are keeping the business in the family and I am confident they are the right team to continue to lead the company into the future.” 

The Freeman family has run the auction house since its inception over 210 years ago, and in partnership with the current executive team, the Freeman’s brand has been re-established as a leader in the auction market. This transition will support the team’s growth strategy.  

A plethora of historically important objects and collections have passed through the company over the years, from a copy of the Declaration of Independence and Andrew Wyeth paintings to the H. Richard Dietrich, Jr. Collection of U.S.S. Constitution Colors and The Lehman Brothers Collection. Equally important offerings have included works by Fabergé, Cartier, Calder, and Nakashima. Within the past five years, Freeman’s has witnessed its most significant growth with top prices and auction records achieved for American and European art, Modern and Contemporary art, Asian arts, and Americana.

“We have ambitious plans to build the next chapter in Freeman’s storied history as we continue to elevate the brand both nationally and internationally,” said Alasdair Nichol, Vice Chairman. “Our leadership team’s plan includes continued expansion throughout North America as well as internationally, enhancing our historic home at 1808 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, and a focus on technology and marketing. We are extremely grateful to the Freeman family for their confidence in us, entrusting us with an invaluable family asset.” 

Added Mr. Nichol, “We remain committed to the Freeman’s core values, long-standing company tradition, the fabulous Freeman’s team, and to our focus on adaptation, while at the same time recognizing that a great opportunity lies ahead.” 

In addition to its auction house presence in Philadelphia, Freeman’s has regional locations in Boston, MA; Richmond, VA; Charlottesville, VA; Wayne, PA; and Beverly Hills, CA; along with an international presence in London and Edinburgh through its strong alliance with Lyon & Turnbull. As part of its expansion in the international market, Freeman’s will host its inaugural Hong Kong Auction on May 31. 

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  

About Freeman's: As America’s oldest auction house, Freeman's has been a constant throughout the auction world for seven generations. Founded in 1805 by Tristram Bampfylde Freeman, the company’s tradition of excellence have benefited many new generations of private collectors, institutions, estates, and museums. Freeman’s holds more than 25 auctions a year in the following categories: 20th Century Design; American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists; American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts; Asian Arts; Books, Maps & Manuscripts; English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts; European Art & Old Masters; Jewelry& Watches; Modern & Contemporary Art; Musical Instruments; and Silver & Objets de Vertu. Freeman’s marketing alliance with Scotland’s Lyon & Turnbull—Scotland’s oldest auction house—has extended both firms international reach with offices across the US and UK. Additionally, Freeman’s offers Trusts & Estates and Museum Services. For more information, visit: www.freemansauction.com.

NEW YORKMarch 9, 2016Bidsquare, a curated online auction platform that connects bidders from all over the world with thousands of vetted fine art and design collectibles from reputable auction houses in real-time auction format, has announced that over 100 leading auction houses from across the US and UK have joined the platform since its launch. Recent additions include: Heritage Auctions headquartered in Dallas; Keno Auctions and Shapiro Auctions in New York; Morton Auctioneers and Appraisers in Houston and others. These auction houses join long-standing members including Skinner in Boston, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago and Pook & Pook, Inc. in Downingtown. Bidsquare has also started to expand internationally, recently adding Roseberys London to its roster, one of the UK’s leading auction houses.

The practice of buying works of art and design online continues to strengthen, becoming a collector’s go-to method for reaching a depth of items across a variety of categories worldwide. Bidsquare is modernizing an age-old auction industry. The invite-only platform ensures items offered for sale are authenticated and approved by trusted teams of experts at each house for utmost quality. Buyers can place bids on more than 200,000 items across 15 collectible categories, ranging in price from $100 to $500,000 for lots offered in live and timed online-only auctions. As the user-friendly platform continues to gain partnerships with leading auction houses in the US and abroad, the range and number of items offered for sale will continue to increase.

Other milestones and statistics in recent months include:

  • Since its launch in 2014, business has grown over 250%
  • In August 2015, Bidsquare launched a partnership with UK’s the-saleroom.com, an online auction platform, to extend each company’s audience across both sides of the Atlantic
  • Winning bids continue to grow in value with a high quality collector base of serious collectors
  • Fine Art, American and European Decorative Art, and 20th Century Design remain the most sought-after categories on the platform

"At the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, we noticed increased online bidding for our auction through the Bidsquare platform, with several individual bids in excess of $150,000. Online bidding is definitely the future and Bidsquare is leading the industry in both their ease of use and substantial marketing to top collectors. We expect this to continue going forward and are proud to partner with them as our exclusive online provider," said Mike Overby, Partner at The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction.

About Bidsquare

Bidsquare is a curated online auction platform where you can explore and bid on an authenticated and curated selection of fine art and antiques from over 100 trusted and vetted auction houses. Bidsquare is the destination for individuals and collectors seeking exceptional, one-of-a-kind pieces, with new, unique collectibles added every day. Visit http://www.bidsquare.com to view auctions and bid.

255_Draper.jpgThe Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently acquired 35 photographs by the Richmond-born, African-American artist Louis Draper (1935-2002), as well as his complete archive, which includes his papers, working prints, negatives, and camera equipment. This acquisition places VMFA at the forefront of museums and research institutions collecting African American art. Draper’s street photography of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as his role as a founding member of the African-American photography collective Kamoinge, have recently garnered critical attention and interest from peer institutions and art historians. The archive from Draper’s estate is vital for understanding his body of work as it includes his records, notes, and transcripts recounting Kamoinge’s early years.

The archival collection consists of photographic material and documentation of Draper’s career as a fine arts photographer, teacher and photojournalist and comprises approximately 20 linear feet of material and includes 1,791 prints, 36,216 negatives, 557 proof sheets, about 2,477 color slides, 16 transparencies and computer art. Manuscript material includes notebooks, workbooks, Kamoinge workshop portfolios, academic work, memorabilia, personal records and correspondence. Cameras and photographic equipment were also included, along with approximately 1,500 prints, negatives and proof sheets by other photographers.

Building on Kamoinge’s recent publication, Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge, and Mercer County Community College’s book, Louis Draper: Selected Photographs, VMFA will be the first major art museum to organize an exhibition on Draper and the early years of Kamoinge, which will open in January 2019, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue informed by the new archival research made possible through this landmark acquisition. In addition to making scholarly contributions to the history of photography during the Civil Rights era, the museum’s purchase of 35 works by Draper, along with his entire archive, is directly related to the museum’s strategic plan goal of significantly increasing VMFA’s holdings of African American art.

“We have long been interested in the important work and legacy of Louis Draper and acquired 13 of his photographs in 2013,” VMFA Director Alex Nyerges said. “By acquiring an additional 35 photographs by the artist, as well as his archive, VMFA can now proudly say that we are the leading museum for the research, study, and appreciation of this major figure in the history of photography, as well as the Kamoinge workshop. This acquisition also underscores our strategic plan’s commitment to expanding our collection of African American art.”

Louis Draper’s sister, Nell Draper Winston, explained what the acquisition meant for her: “I am proud of the fact that Louis Draper’s collection will remain here in the Richmond area at VMFA. He was so very passionate about his craft and because of his great passion my goal was to expose his work to the local Richmond community. He was recognized nationally and internationally, but not here in his hometown. He was a mentor to so many young people and I want them to see what options are available to them. I also want to introduce them to the extraordinary group of artists which Lewis co-founded, Kamoinge, who recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. My hope is that people will see the world through the lens of his camera and will go out and make their own contributions.”

In 2015, VMFA produced a short video interview of Ms. Winston speaking about her brother’s body of work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0baGVGCcx8

About Louis Draper
Louis Draper was born and raised in Richmond, Va., and moved to New York City in 1957. He took classes at New York University’s Institute of Film and Television as well as at the New School for Social Research where he studied with the influential photographer Eugene Smith. He also established relationships with several major African-American literary and artistic leaders, such as Langston Hughes and Roy DeCarava. In 1963, Draper was instrumental in forming the Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of African American photographers. Draper chose the name, which means “a group of people acting and working together” in Gikuyu, the language of the Kikuyu people of Kenya. While the artists did not work alongside each other, they met weekly to show each other their work and frequently exhibited together. In 1982, the photographer Carrie Mae Weems credited the efforts of Draper and Kamoinge as “the first steps taken by black photographers to come together and form a comprehensive group that would address in photographic terms the description of being black in America.” While the group organized several shows in their own gallery space in the mid-1960s, they also had exhibitions at New York’s International Center for Photography and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
VMFA’s permanent collection encompasses more than 33,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history. Its collections of African, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, English silver, Fabergé, and the art of South Asia are among the finest in the nation. With acclaimed holdings in American, British Sporting, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, and Modern and Contemporary art - and additional strengths in Ancient, East Asian, and European - VMFA ranks as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus lively after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA, a certified Virginia Green attraction, is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum.

Image: Louis Draper (American, 1935-2002) Boy with Paint Splatter, undated, gelatin silver print. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment.

XMen500kb.jpgPORTLAND, Maine - A 1963 issue of X-Men #1 sold privately on February 19th for a record $350,000 through Comic Book Exchange, an online marketplace frequented by comic collectors, sellers and investors. ComicLink, which owns and operates Comic Book Exchange, reported the sale of the rare-condition title, which was graded 9.6 out of a possible 10 by the independent third-party Certified Guaranty Company, or CGC.

An X-Men #1 that was CGC-graded 9.8 sold at auction in 2012 for $492,900, but to date, no other 9.6 example has ever commanded a price to rival what was paid through Comic Book Exchange.

“X-Men #1 is a desirable comic book in any state, but the higher the condition, the fewer there are,” said Josh Nathanson, president of ComicLink.

CGC has certified that there are 3,285 known examples of X-Men #1 worldwide. Of that group, three are in 9.6 condition. Only two have been CGC-graded 9.8.

“With only five known examples in 9.6 condition or better, there’s no mystery about the issue’s scarcity. Everyone in the business knows how many are out there, and there’s far more demand than supply, so it’s reasonable that an investor would pay $350,000 to own one of the five best,” said Nathanson. 

Although X-Men #1 had a healthy initial print run, its 1963 publication date puts it very early in the period when comic books were just beginning to be saved by collectors for posterity. Not many examples of the first X-Men issue were preserved with care, hence their scarcity today.

While rekindling childhood nostalgia may be the catalyst that drives many to collect comics, investment and the potential for appreciation are unquestionably why Silver Age comics like X-Men #1 are achieving mid-six-figure prices, and climbing, said Nathanson.

“When the stock market takes off, the prices on certain comics level off, but when the market is more volatile and turns down, money comes out of the market and needs someplace to go. People start looking for reliable alternative investments, like rare comics. It’s happened enough times, now, that we can identify the pattern,” Nathanson said.

Top-tier comic book investors aren’t generally “flippers,” however. High-grade Gold and Silver Age comic books are increasingly being added to investment portfolios and held, not unlike rare coins, classic cars or fine wines. 

“My own opinion is that the best days for vintage comics are still ahead,” Nathanson said. “A comic book fan base can cross several generations and keep building, especially if there’s a movie franchise based on the characters. We expect to see another spike in demand for X-Men comics when the film ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ opens this Memorial Day weekend.”

Visit ComicLink online at http://www.ComicLink.com. Tel. 617-517-0062.

Image: X-Men #1, published 1963, CGC-graded 9.6, sold Feb. 19, 2016 through ComicLink’s Comic Book Exchange for $350,000. Image courtesy of ComicLink.

Longo-collection_3.jpgSAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has acquired one of the world’s most comprehensive collections on the history of human reproduction, the institution announced today. The Lawrence D. and Betty Jeanne Longo Collection on Reproductive Biology, composed of some 2,700 rare books, 3,000 pamphlets and journal articles, a dozen manuscripts, and a major trove of reference works, traces dramatic shifts in knowledge about women’s health and healthcare from the late 15th to the 20th century. The collection was a gift from Lawrence Longo (1926-2016), a respected California developmental physiology specialist who amassed the collection over a period of 60 years.

“The Longo Collection elevates The Huntington to one of the nation’s foremost institutions for researching the history of medicine—and, specifically, the history of obstetrics and gynecology,” said Melissa Lo, Dibner Assistant Curator of Science and Technology at The Huntington. “Dr. Longo’s keen eye has resulted in an incredibly rich array of material for researchers. Those writing histories of gender and medical education will be able to trace trends in scholarly models of the female body from as early as 1450 until the Victorian era. Others studying the status, practice, and politics of midwifery can now immerse themselves in three centuries’ worth of rare material. And those with an eye on the 19th-century professionalization of obstetrics and gynecology, and the concomitant flourishing of the field’s scientific research and surgical procedures, will now have the opportunity to engage with numerous pamphlets, manuals, and monographs—materials otherwise difficult to find under one roof.”

The collection is a vast survey of the Western practice of gynecology and obstetrics, enriched by granular social, cultural, and political detail. Included is an extremely rare first edition of the first manual for midwives, “Der schwangeren Frauen und hebammen Rosegarten” (“The Rosegarden for Pregnant Women and Midwives”), published in 1513 by Eucharius Rösselin; and Charles Nicholas Jenty’s haunting 6-plate atlas of rare mezzotints, measuring 23 inches by 18 inches, called “Demonstratio uteri praegnantis” (“Demonstration of the Pregnant Uterus”), published in 1757. Also included are Angélique du Coudray’s “Abrégé de l’art des accouchements” (“Abstract on the Art of Deliveries”), a 1759 book written by one of the most visible female midwives of the Enlightenment; and works by Gabriele Falloppio (1523-1562), the 16th-century physician and anatomist for whom the fallopian tubes are named.

Less well known but quite notable are roughly four dozen early modern dissertations and disputations on such topics as miscarriages, uterine dropsy, and “monstrous” births. The collection’s 19th-century holdings include popular manuals about these topics as well as marriage, sex, beauty, and hygiene—along with children’s health during the Victorian era and the social and political import of women’s health. Many of the books in the collection are in Latin, French, and English, but works in German, Italian, and Dutch are also well represented.

“The Longo Collection substantially augments The Huntington’s ever-growing holdings in the history of medicine,” said David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington. Acquisitions made during Henry Huntington’s lifetime established the library as a key repository for medical incunabula (material printed before 1501). In 1992, it substantially enhanced its holdings in the history of medicine when the Los Angeles County Medical Association put its rare books and manuscripts on permanent deposit. “The Longo Collection,” Zeidberg said, “adds depth and breadth to the history of a specific field of medicine —one that is of considerable and constant concern to researchers around the world.”

Lawrence D. Longo, who died last month at 89, served as Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology in the School of Medicine at Loma Linda University in Redlands, Calif. A respected specialist in developmental physiology, he published more than 350 scientific papers and was the editor or author of 20 books. Recognition for his efforts included fellowships from the American Physiological Society and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Great Britain, as well as a NATO professorship through the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche of Italy.

Dr. Longo’s interests in the history of medicine began while training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Los Angeles County-USC Hospital, according to his own biographical writings. “He read Henry Cushing’s ‘The Life of Sir William Osler’—a biography of one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital—with great fascination and began learning more about the history of medicine from fellow classmate Garth Huston (who would become a major history of medicine collector in his own right), and legendary Southern California book dealer Jake Zeitlin,” Lo said.

Longo’s collection—a “complex tapestry,” as Longo himself described it—took 60 years to assemble. For 25 of those years, Longo edited the “Classical Contributions” column of the “American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology,” the monthly periodical of that organization, frequently finding himself writing about books in his own collection.

Image: Eucharius Rösslin, Der swangern Frauwen und Hebammen Rosegarten. [Hagenau]: Heinrich Gran, 1513. The Lawrence D. Longo and Beatty Jeanne Longo Collection in Reproductive Biology, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

The Rosa Parks Collection is Now Online

The Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress has been digitized and is now online.

The collection, which contains approximately 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs, is on loan to the Library for 10 years from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The Library received the materials in late 2014, formally opened them to researchers in the Library’s reading rooms in February 2015 and now has digitized them for optimal access by the public.

"It’s a great privilege to open the Rosa Parks Collection and help people worldwide discover more about her active life and her deep commitment to civil rights and to children," said David Mao, Acting Librarian of Congress. "From the thoughtful reflections she left us in her own handwriting to her "Featherlite Pancakes" recipe and smiling portraits, you’ll find much to explore in this collection about Mrs. Parks’ life beyond the bus."

Parks became an iconic figure in history on Dec. 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a seminal event in the Civil Rights Movement. Parks died at age 92 in 2005.

The collection reveals many details of Parks’ life and personality, from her experiences as a young girl in the segregated South to her difficulties in finding work after the Montgomery Bus Boycott; from her love for her husband to her activism on civil rights issues.

Included in the collection are personal correspondence, family photographs, letters from presidents, fragmentary drafts of some of her writings from the time of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, her Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal, additional honors and awards, presentation albums, drawings sent to her by schoolchildren and hundreds of greeting cards from individuals thanking her for her impact on civil rights. The vast majority of these items may be viewed online. Other material is available to researchers through the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs reading rooms.

The Library of Congress has created a video, which tells the story of acquiring and preparing the collection.

In the video, Howard G. Buffett, chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, said, "I think it's so important for us to remember the iconic figures that changed our lives and gave us what we have and preserved what we have . . . Rosa Parks showed how much difference one person can make. It's important for our children to see that and to really embrace it and understand it. Without getting this collection out of the boxes and out of the warehouse and in front of people, that wasn't going to happen. And so, I thought we should make sure that this was in a place where millions of people can see it and benefit from it and, obviously, the Library of Congress, there's no place better than this facility and this team to do that."

The Rosa Parks Collection joins additional important civil rights materials at the Library of Congress, including the papers of Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins and the records of both the NAACP and the National Urban League. The collection becomes part of the larger story of our nation, available alongside the presidential papers of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, and the papers of many others who fought for equality, including Susan B. Anthony, Patsy Mink and Frank Kameny.

To support teachers and students as they explore this one-of-a-kind collection, the Library is offering a Primary Source Gallery with classroom-ready highlights from the Rosa Parks papers and teaching ideas for educators.

The Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, holds more than 162 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its website at loc.gov.

(Amherst, MA — February 23, 2016) The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced that The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is among the 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. This will mark the second year that The Carle has been recognized with this honor.

“The 2016 National Medal finalists make lasting differences in their communities by serving and inspiring the public,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We proudly recognize these museums and libraries for their invaluable work to provide citizens with educational resources, 21st century skills, and opportunities for lifelong learning. As key stewards of our nation’s future, we salute the 30 finalists for their excellence in engaging our citizenry and expanding learning of all kinds.”  

"I am thrilled that The Eric Carle Museum has been selected as a finalist for this prestigious national award," said U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (MA), who nominated The Carle. "I visited the museum a few months ago and was impressed by the incredible facility, expansive collection, engaging exhibitions, and knowledgeable staff. We are lucky to have such a special cultural and educational asset right here in the heart of the Pioneer Valley."

Christopher B. Milne, The Carle's chairman of the board, said, "It is hard to believe what The Carle has achieved in just 13 years. The Museum’s exhibitions are traveling to major museums in the U.S., while our literacy and art programs are reaching as far as Asia and the Middle East. It just proves that people of all ages and cultures are deeply moved by the artwork and stories of childhood."

The National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony. Winning institutions also receive a visit from StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs.

IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited these institutions to share their stories on the IMLS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/USIMLS. The Carle will be featured on February 26. To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit www.imls.gov/2016-medals.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Carle:

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

Eric Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren.

The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org

On Tuesday, February 16, 2016 the Proprietors of the Boston Athenæum elected John S. Reed as the 23rd President in the institution’s 209-year history. Reed succeeds Deborah Hill Bornheimer, who served for six years as President and a total of 16 years as a Trustee. The Proprietors also elected Susan B. Weatherbie as Vice President and J. Mark Enriquez as Treasurer. Charles A. Coolidge III and David P. Ingram were reelected as Vice President and Secretary, respectively. Anne C. Bromer, Earl M.Collier, Jr., and Austin V. Shapard were appointed as new members of the board. Alexander Altschuller and Edward B. Baldini both retired from the board after 12 years of service.

“Having already benefitted enormously from John’s counsel when he served as vice president of our Board, I’m looking forward to working even more closely with him in his new role,” said Stanford Calderwood Director Elizabeth Barker. “The transitions on our Board build on Deb’s dedicated leadership, and position the Athenæum to meet the changing needs of our members and friends in the 21st century.”

John S. Reed spent 35 years with Citibank/Citicorp and Citigroup, the last 16 years as Chairman. He retired in April of 2000. He returned to work as Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange from September 2003 until April 2005 and served as Chairman of the Corporation of MIT from June 2010 until October 2014. Reed graduated from Washington and Jefferson College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961 under a joint degree program, earning a BA and a BS degree. He served as a Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, US Army, from 1962 to 1964 and then returned to MIT for his MS. Reed is also a Trustee of MDRC, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the NBER, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is a Director of the Social Science Research Council and the CaixaBank in Barcelona. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society. Reed joined the Athenæum as a Life Member in 2004 and became a Proprietor in 2013.

“I am delighted and honored to be elected to serve the Athenæum in this role,” said Reed. “Today, thanks to the hard work of the Athenaeum’s staff and my predecessor Deb Bornheimer, the Athenæum is poised to reach even greater levels of excellence in the coming years.”

Incoming officers Susan B. Weatherbie and J. Mark Enriquez were appointed to one year terms, which are eligible for renewal next year. Weatherbie, a retired manager of Estate and Trust Administration, has served on the boards of Mount Holyoke College, City Year-Boston, and currently serves on the board of the American Friends of the Mauritshuis, and is the chair of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s Planned Giving committee.

Incoming board members Anne C. Bromer, Earl M.Collier, Jr., and Austin V. Shapard were appointed to three-year terms. Bromer, co-owner of Bromer Booksellers, serves on the Board of The Women’s Lunch Place in Boston, and recently established a letterpress printing studio for RAW Art Works in Lynn. Collier, a retired health care executive, has spent his career in healthcare, most recently as CEO of Arsenal Medical, from which he retired in 2015. He sits on the boards of Tesaro, Capricor and Transmedics and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and a Trustee of Partners HealthCare and a member of the Codex Foundation board. Shapard, President & Chief Executive Officer of Fiduciary Trust Company, serves on the boards of the Peabody Essex Museum, the Anthony Trust Association, and the Provident Loan Society.

For a complete list of Boston Athenæum Trustees and their bios, visit http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/about/trustees/.

About the Boston Athenæum:

The Boston Athenæum, a membership library and museum, first opened its doors in 1807. Today, it remains a vibrant and active institution that serves thousands of members and scholars with a distinguished circulating and research collection, rich and varied special collections, extensive electronic resources, in-depth educational programming, and quiet reading spaces. The Athenæum’s first floor, including the Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery, and many of its programs, are open to the public. Membership is open to anyone interested in joining. For more information about the Athenæum, visit www.bostonathenaeum.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@bostonathenaeum), and Instagram (#bostonathenaeum).

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) has acquired New Hampshire Public Radio’s digital collection of interviews and speeches by presidential candidates from 1995-2007. The entire collection—nearly 100 hours of content—has been digitized and is now online, along with other presidential campaign content from the AAPB collection, in a new curated, free presentation, "Voices of Democracy: Public Media and Presidential Elections."

AAPB, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation, preserves and makes accessible the most significant public television and radio programs of the past 60-plus years.

"Voices of Democracy" features historical interviews, panel discussions, speeches and debates among presidential candidates from 1961 to 2008. These historical materials document the evolution of issues and presidential candidates’ positions on important election topics including the American economy, education, religion, civil rights, foreign policy, climate and the environment, labor and unions and campaign and election reform. The materials also document public broadcasting’s coverage of the process of elections and voter rights, as well as commentary and analysis of campaigns. The presidential elections presentation was curated by Lily Troia, a graduate student at Simmons College.

A centerpiece of the presentation is the new content from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR). "We are fortunate to live at the epicenter of the political universe every four years. It is from this vantage that we are able to capture and keep some of the most memorable and historic moments in the past 35 years of our democracy," offered Betsy Gardella, president and CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio. "Knowing that this archive can now be tapped and used by anyone with internet access is an extension of our public service mission realized, we are grateful for the AAPB."

Candidates featured in the New Hampshire collection include Lamar Alexander, Gary Bauer, Joe Biden, Bill Bradley, Carol Moseley-Braun, Sam Brownback, Pat Buchanan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean, Christopher Dodd, Bob Dole, Elizabeth Dole, John Edwards, Steve Forbes, Al Gore, Mike Gravel, Orrin Hatch, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunt, John Kasich, John Kerry, Alan Keyes, Dennis Kucinich, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, Barack Obama, Dan Quayle, Bill Richardson, Mitt Romney, Bob Smith, Arlen Specter and Tom Tancredo.

AAPB in October officially launched its Online Reading Room, which now features 2.5 million inventory records and more than 11,500 audiovisual streaming files of historical content dating back to the 1940s, from public media stations across the country.

The Library of Congress, WGBH Boston and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in collaboration with more than 100 stations and archives, have embarked on an unprecedented initiative to preserve historical public television and radio programs. This extraordinary material includes national and local news and public affairs programs, local history productions that document the heritage of our many, varied regions and communities and programs dealing with education, environmental issues, music, art, literature, dance, poetry, religion and filmmaking on a local level. The project ensures that this valuable source of American social, cultural and political history and creativity will be saved and made accessible for current and future generations.

More information is available at americanarchive.org.

About The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress, the nation’s first-established federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. The Library holds the largest collection of audio-visual recordings in the world and has been collecting and preserving historically, culturally and aesthetically significant recordings in all genres for nearly 120 years. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website, loc.gov.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the web, including "Masterpiece," "Antiques Roadshow," "Frontline," "Nova," "American Experience," "Arthur," "Curious George," and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a leader in educational multimedia, including PBS LearningMedia, and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards … even two Oscars. More at wgbh.org.

About CPB
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. More at cpb.org.

About NHPR
Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Its mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from 13 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 178,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning news department, locally produced shows such as "The Exchange" and "Word of Mouth," and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR news in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as "Fresh Air," "Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!" and "This American Life."

allen.jpgPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania - February 2, 2016 -The United States Postal Service officially unveiled a new stamp honoring the celebrated African American leader Bishop Richard Allen (1760-1831). The stamp, the 39th in the "Black Heritage" series, uses an image from the Library Company of Philadelphia's African Americana Collection. The stamp's portrait of Allen is taken from an 1876 print entitled The Bishops of the AME Church. Crafted well after Allen's death, the print commemorated Allen's role as abolitionist, church leader, civil rights activist and writer. Donated to the Library Company in the 1990s by supporter Roger Stoddard, the print is one of many treasured objects in the Library Company's collection relating to Richard Allen.

Born enslaved, Allen secured his freedom during the American Revolutionary era. He founded both Mother Bethel Church and the African Methodist Episcopal denomination. In addition to his religious work, he helped organize the first black benevolent society in Pennsylvania, co-authored the first copyrighted pamphlet by an African American, and became the first African American writer to eulogize a president when he saluted George Washington's emancipatory will in 1799.

The Library Company holds several important Allen documents, including beautiful editions of his 1794 pamphlet, A Narrative of the Black People During the Late Awful Calamity...in 1793 (his Yellow Fever exposé co-written by Absalom Jones), as well as his 1833 autobiography, The Life, Experience and Gospel Labors of the Rt. Rev. Richard Allen (published posthumously by his family). The collection also includes several prints of Allen cast during the 19th century, including two during his lifetime.

The Program in African American History

The Library Company houses the nation's most important collection of African American literature and history before 1900. Comprising more than 13,000 titles and 1,200 images from the mid-16th to the late-19th centuries, the African Americana holdings include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, and graphics documenting the Western discovery and exploitation of Africa; the rise of both slavery and antislavery movements in the new world; the development of racial thought and racism; descriptions of African American life, slave and free, throughout the Americas; slavery and race in fiction and drama; and the printed works of African American individuals and organizations.

With incomparable collections, a stellar reputation in the world of research libraries, a distinguished network of fellowship alumni and advisors, and institutional relationships with a diverse range of educational and cultural institutions, the Library Company is uniquely placed to advance understanding of the lives of people of African descent living in the Americas from the 17th through the 19th centuries and to open the process to a substantially more diverse and inclusive group of participants.

Image: Bishops of the AME Church (Boston 1876). Engraving. Gift of Roger Stoddard. 

The Library Company of Philadelphia

Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. 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 includes the extensive personal libraries of such prominent early American bibliophiles as James Logan. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art, and one of the world's largest holdings of early American imprints. Particular strengths of the collection include economic history, women's history, African American history, history of medicine, history of philanthropy, 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.

9780271071114.jpgNew York, NY, February 2, 2016 — Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts, the exhibition catalogue that accompanied the eponymous exhibition which was on view at the Morgan from October 30, 2015 through January 18, 2016, has won a Trade Illustrated design award at the 2016 American Association of University Presses Book, Jacket and Journal Show. The show took place January 21-22 in New York City, and 37 books and 40 jackets and covers were selected for honors from 258 books, 3 journals, and 348 jacket and cover design entries. 

Authored by John BidwellAstor Curator and Department Head of Printed Books & Bindings at the Morgan, as well as curator of the exhibitionGraphic Passion is co-published by the Morgan Library & Museum and the Pennsylvania State University Press. The publication includes contributions by Michael M. Baylson, Frances Batzer Baylson, Sheelagh Bevan, and Jay McKean Fisher. 

Graphic Passion recounts the publication history of nearly fifty books illustrated by Matisse, including masterworks such as Mallarmé's Poésies, Lettres portugaises, and Jazz. It is the first comprehensive, in-depth analysis of his book-production ventures and the first systematic survey of this topic in English. Drawing on unpublished correspondence and business documents, it contains new information about his illustration methods, typographic precepts, literary sensibilities, and staunch opinions on the role of the artist in the publication process.

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LOS ANGELES -The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today the acquisition of the Livre des fais de Jacques de Lalaing (Book of the Deeds of Jacques de Lalaing), a highly important illuminated manuscript comprising text by Jean Lefèvre de Saint-Remy and a frontispiece by Simon Bening, the leading Flemish manuscript painter of the period. The manuscript also contains 17 lively miniatures attributed to an anonymous painter in the circle of the Master of Charles V. The Livre des fais de Jacques de Lalaing is considered one of the greatest secular manuscripts produced during the last flowering of Flemish illumination in the second quarter of the 16th century. The vivid illuminations, rendered with remarkable detail and vibrant colors, extol the ideals symbolizing the age of chivalry.

Above: Fol. 10v: Simon Bening, The Author in His Study. From the Livre des fais de Jacques de Lalaing by Jean Lefèvre de Saint-Remy (and others). Burgundian Netherlands, ca. 1530-40. Ink, tempera colors, and gold on parchment. 14 1/3 x 10 1/3 in. (36.4 x 26.2 cm).

”The Getty Museum's collection is especially strong in manuscripts of the northern Renaissance, including a number of outstanding masterworks." says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. "With its engaging narrative of a medieval knight’s chivalrous adventures, the Lalaing manuscript brings into the collection a secular work that rivals in artistry, vivacity, and condition our famous devotional illuminations of this period.”

Potts continues, “Of the eight known manuscripts of the Livre des fais de Jacques de Lalaing, only four are illuminated, the Getty version being clearly the most accomplished and sumptuous. For manuscript enthusiasts--and anyone interested in medieval times - this work has everything: the gripping tale of an all-conquering knight, supreme artistry, and a miraculous survival through some 500 years in the same family. It is sure to be much asked for and admired in our galleries.”

The text and illuminations of the new acquisition relate the adventurous life of Jacques de Lalaing (1421-1453), a celebrated knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the most famed tournament fighter of the Middle Ages. The miniatures concentrate on Jacques’s unparalleled feats of arms, as he made his way across Europe challenging and defeating most of the prominent knights of his day.

The manuscript’s illuminations begin with a magnificent frontispiece by Simon Bening showing the text’s main author, Jean Lefèvre de Saint-Remy, laboring over the text in his study. This exceptional work displays the exquisite naturalism and bold compositional design that characterize Bening’s style at its very best. The image is defined by the sunlight that spills through the large window at left, creating tantalizing effects of light and shadow across surfaces that vary from stone and wood to fabric and fur. “Bening was responsible for many of the most lauded manuscripts produced during the period, but he worked on relatively few secular works. The frontispiece in Livre des fais de Jacques de Lalaing is among his most accomplished and monumental illuminations,” says Elizabeth Morrison, senior curator of the Department of Manuscripts.

Simon Bening has long been considered the last great manuscript illuminator of the northern Renaissance, and his style dominated production in the first half of the sixteenth century. He specialized in the illumination of prayer books, filled with expansive landscapes, vivid narratives, and his hallmark fleck-like brushwork. Bening also created numerous independent paintings on panel and parchment, which influenced illuminators and panel painters across northern Europe. This is the fourth work by Bening to enter the Getty Museum’s collection, and the first on a secular theme.

The manuscript’s remaining 17 miniatures are attributed to an anonymous painter within the circle of the Master of Charles V, who was the leading Flemish illuminator of the period after Bening. The illuminations are devoted to Jacques’s prodigious victories on the tournament circuit, replete with wondrous chivalric imagery of jousts, festivals, hunts, and battles. The painterly quality seen in the handling of the figures and landscapes, the bright colors, and the dramatically conceived compositions lend the manuscript an exceptional freshness and vivacity. The miniatures revel in the trappings of court life, virtually sparkling with energy and animation.

The famed events of Jacques de Lalaing’s life provided ample dramatic possibilities for the manuscript’s miniatures, ranging from his youthful travels as a knight errant at Europe’s sumptuous courts to his valiant support of Burgundian duke Philip the Good during the revolt of the city of Ghent in the early 1450s. Just weeks before Philip’s final victory in 1453, Jacques was killed by the new technology of artillery fire at the Castle of Poeke, an ironic end to one of Europe’s most acclaimed fighters in hand-to-hand combat. In the manuscript’s final image (fol. 184v), the artist depicts Jacques glancing over his shoulder at the cannonball thundering towards him as he confronts his imminent demise. Jacques’ notoriety had already spread far and wide, but his untimely death soon resulted in his celebration as the most illustrious knight of his age.

The manuscript was commissioned by a member of Jacques de Lalaing’s own family approximately 80 years after his death, no doubt intended as a memorial to the lineage’s most famous ancestor. It passed directly through branches of the Lalaing family for the next five hundred years before emerging on the art market in late 2015.

This work has been acquired in honor of Dr. Thomas Kren, senior curator of the Department of Manuscripts from 1984 - 2010, who last fall retired from the Getty Museum as Associate Director of Collections. A leading scholar in the study of Flemish manuscripts, Dr. Kren was the curator of many manuscript exhibitions at the Getty Museum, including the much heralded Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (June 17 - September 7, 2003).

This newest acquisition is expected to go on view this summer in the Museum’s Manuscripts galleries. Details will be announced once confirmed.


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SAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it has acquired the papers of renowned travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux. The acquisition is a substantial addition to The Huntington’s already extensive holdings in travel literature and fiction, and includes notebooks, autograph drafts, and corrected typescript drafts for nearly all of Theroux’s 51 books, along with diaries, short stories, plays, lectures, essays, and correspondence from other noted writers.

Other items acquired at The Huntington’s 19th annual Library Collectors’ Council meeting include the extensive papers of Republican Party founder and Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice John Meredith Read (1797-1874), a spectacular collection of 19th-century images that trace the history of photographic practice in the American West, an annotated early 15th-century Latin manuscript about the Three Magi, and a volume of notes taken during the lectures of 19th-century French mathematician Augustin-Louis Cauchy.

“This year’s acquisitions are simply off the charts with regard to their research value and the way they complement our existing collections in literature, history, the history of science, and photography,” said David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington. “We are immensely grateful to the council members for their incredible generosity.”

The Library Collectors’ Council is a group of 39 families who help support acquisitions. It was formed to augment the collections by helping to purchase materials that the institution otherwise could not afford.

Highlights of the newly purchased materials:

Paul Theroux Collection

In his long and distinguished career, Paul Theroux has explored the far reaches of the globe to produce a body of classic travel books. From his first travel account, The Great Railway Bazaar, through others such as The Old Patagonian Express (nominated for the American Book Award), Dark Star Safari, and The Happy Isles of Oceania, to his most recent book, Deep South, Theroux stands at the forefront of travel writing. The winner of many awards, Theroux received the prestigious Royal Medal from the Royal Geographical Society in May 2015. Previous recipients include Sir Richard Burton, David Livingston, Captain Robert Scott, and Sir David Attenborough.

“The Huntington is a major destination for research on travel and its history,” said Sara “Sue” Hodson, curator of literary manuscripts at The Huntington, noting the vast body of travel accounts in The Huntington’s holdings, dating back to the late middle ages and including such celebrated figures as Sir Richard Burton, T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia), as well as more recent writers, such as Jack London and Christopher Isherwood. “The Theroux archive greatly enhances The Huntington’s remarkable strengths in this area,” said Hodson.

Though best known for his travel accounts, Theroux has also produced a large and distinguished body of fiction. Among his best-known novels are Saint Jack and The Mosquito Coast, which was nominated for the American Book Award and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

“Theroux’s novels and short stories are engaging and provocative. Many deal with Americans or Britons living in other societies, experiencing other cultures, and trying to prosper as they encounter sometimes alien ways of life,” said Hodson.

The Mosquito Coast was adapted into a 1986 movie of the same title, directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford. Theroux’s novels Saint Jack, Dr. Slaughter (released as Half Moon Street), and Kowloon Tong (released as Chinese Box) have also been made into films. London Embassy, a volume of Theroux’s short stories, was produced as a TV miniseries.

The Theroux collection, covering the period from 1965 to 2015, includes a number of unpublished texts and drafts for all but a few of the author’s books, as well as extensive and significant correspondence from the Nobel Prize-winning novelist V.S. Naipaul and many other writers, including Graham Greene, S.J. Perelman, Nadine Gordimer, Margaret Drabble, Iris Murdoch, Stephen Spender, Gore Vidal, Laurens van der Post, Jan Morris, William Styron, and Bruce Chatwin.

Papers of John Meredith Read

The Council also purchased the archive of John Meredith Read (1797-1874), an eminent Pennsylvania jurist, an outspoken opponent of slavery, and a founder of the Republican Party. Having served as the U.S. federal judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, he was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court in 1845, only to be denied confirmation because of his vocal opposition to slavery.

The collection—comprising eight letterpress books totaling some 4,500 letters, as well as some 500 additional letters, legal papers, and documents—covers the most important period of Read’s career, from 1853 to 1865. The head of a successful law firm, he was a highly respected estate and corporate lawyer, and his clients included leading citizens of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as major railroad and canal companies. In 1854, Read, along with his friend David Wilmot, emerged as a leader of the nascent Republican Party. He was the chief organizer of the first Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 1856. In 1858, he led Pennsylvania Republicans to their first electoral victory and won his own race for the state Supreme Court in a landslide. This success brought him forward as a candidate for President of the United States, with Abraham Lincoln as his running mate. Early on, however, he threw his support behind Lincoln and campaigned for him in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. During the Civil War, Read served as an advisor to the Lincoln administration, congressional Republicans, and leading Pennsylvania politicians.

The political correspondence in the collection includes unpublished and previously unknown letters to Abraham Lincoln, Charles Sumner, Henry Wilson, Salmon P. Chase, Edwin M. Stanton, Henry Wilson, David Wilmot, Francis Lieber, Nathaniel P. Banks, Simon Cameron, Horace Greeley, William H. Seward, Gideon Welles, and others. The legal papers cover all aspects of Read’s long and distinguished career in law, including his tenure as the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

“This extraordinary archive is an invaluable addition to The Huntington’s famous Lincoln and Civil War collections and greatly expands our collections of 19th-century Americana,” said Olga Tsapina, Norris Foundation Curator of American Historical Manuscripts.

Mautz Collection of History of Photography in the American West

In 1984, Carl Mautz (b. 1942) began buying portraits of everyday people made by 19th-century photographers working in the American West. An attorney turned dealer and publisher, Mautz became intrigued by his encounter with countless first-rate images created by photographers about whom little to nothing was known. This lack of information launched a hunt for unique imprints that became the primary source material for his book Biographies of Western Photographers (1997), an essential reference guide for anyone studying photographic practice in the western United States.

Mautz continued to collect after his landmark publication appeared, resulting in a treasure trove of 7,000 portraits representing thousands of commercial photographers operating in 23 states and territories west of the Mississippi, including Hawaii, between 1860 and 1910.

“The collection is simply one-of-a-kind, providing a mountain of social and historical data to scholars investigating the networks and vectors of visual commerce at a critical place and time in the medium’s history,” said Jennifer A. Watts, curator of photography at The Huntington.

“And the sitters themselves depict a brilliant array of multigenerational and multicultural people who reflect the diverse nature of the frontier and post-frontier American West: soldiers, grandmothers, frontiersmen, babies cradled in their mothers’ arms, workers brandishing the tools of their trade, children holding toys, young women modeling the latest hairstyle and dress. In aggregate, these pictures reflect tastes and trends in clothing, jewelry, and hair—topics of increasing importance to scholars—not to mention the evolving use of posing and props in studio settings,” said Watts.

Latin manuscript about the Three Magi

Written on parchment and produced in England between 1400 and 1450, Historia trium regum tells the tale of three kings: Melchior of Nubia and Arabia, Balthasar of India, and Jaspar of Tharsis—the Three Wise Men of biblical fame.

The story moves beyond the Nativity to account for their return journey, their baptism by St. Thomas, and their establishment of a new kingdom. The kings ruled together for decades and died within months of each other. Centuries later, their relics were moved to their final resting place in the Church of St. Peter in Cologne, Germany, where visitors travel to this day to view their reliquary shrine.

Nearly 700 years ago, the scholar and monk Johannes de Hildesheim (d. 1375) blended biblical studies, 14th-century travel logs, and popular lore to produce Historia trium regum, which became the authoritative history of the three Magi. Within decades, his story was translated from Latin into German, Dutch, Flemish, French, and English. Hildesheim’s Historia trium regum became one of the most widely read devotional texts in medieval Europe.

“No other institution in the U.S. holds a complete 15th-century Latin manuscript of this version of Historia trium regum that was also produced in England,” said Vanessa Wilkie, William A. Moffett Curator of British Historical Manuscripts. “When situated alongside The Huntington’s unrivaled incunabula —books printed before 1501—and medieval manuscript collections, the volume reinvigorates studies of 15th-century devotional texts, allows for comparative analysis between manuscript and print during this pivotal century, provides rare travel accounts of medieval Europe and the Middle East, and contributes—through its 16th-century reader annotations—to the history of early modern and Reformation reading and reader reaction.”

Mathematical lectures of Cauchy

During his lifetime, Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789-1857) became the leading mathematician in France. Paris was then the center of the mathematical world, and its École Polytechnique in Paris, where Cauchy taught, was the foremost scientific school in Europe. Cauchy’s lectures at the École Polytechnique in the 1820s established a new attitude toward rigor in mathematics and developed many characteristics of 19th-century concepts and methods of proof.

The Council purchased a bound manuscript volume of the only recorded set of notes taken from Cauchy’s first-year undergraduate lectures at the École Polytechnique for the years 1824-25. The manuscript, produced by Cauchy’s student Louis de la Moricière, joins The Huntington’s 40 rare editions of Cauchy’s printed works on mathematics.

“These notes are of considerable historical importance,” said Dan Lewis, chief curator of manuscripts at The Huntington. “Although Cauchy’s lectures on analysis were published in four great treatises—which The Huntington holds in printed form—the content of his lectures evolved significantly during his 15 years of teaching. My own research into this manuscript has shown that its text contains a tremendous amount of material that was never published, at least not in verbatim form; this represents the mathematical seeds, as it were, of the tree into which his lectures would evolve. Moreover, the notes provide a unique insight into Cauchy’s lectures on mechanics, which were never published in any form.”

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The 2015 Holland Prize for architectural drawing is awarded to three honorable mention winners: Teresa Boegler, who drew the St. James’ House in Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Amber Anderson and Sara Sanders, who drew the Pon Pon Chapel in the Jacksonboro area of South Carolina.

The Leicester B. Holland Prize recognizes the best single-sheet, measured drawing of a historic building, site or structure prepared to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). It is an annual competition administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service. The competition’s jury recommends winners to the Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering in the Library of Congress, which supports the prize through the Paul Rudolph Trust. The trust was established by, and in memory of, the distinguished American architect Paul Rudolph, a proponent of the art of architectural drawing.

For 2015, the jury acknowledged that none of the entries fully met the official, archival recording standards of HABS/HAER/HALS. But the jury was pleased to recognize the special achievement in the skillful delineations of two historic structures.

The honorable mention winners will be published in Preservation Architect, the online newsletter of the Historic Resources Committee of the American Institute of Architects, and each will receive a $500 cash prize and a certificate of recognition.

Teresa Boegler, who is studying historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, won an honorable mention for her HABS drawing of the St. James’ House, which was built around 1768 and is one of the few 18th-century frame houses still standing in Fredericksburg. The house was originally home to James Mercer, an attorney, a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, first judge of the General Court in Fredericksburg, and the attorney who drew up the will for Mary Washington, the mother of George Washington. The house continues to be a private residence.

Amber Anderson and Sara Sanders, students in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at Clemson University/College of Charleston, won an honorable mention for their HABS drawing of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease in Adams Run, South Carolina. Though in partial ruins, this chapel and graveyard serve as a reminder of early 18th-century Anglican beginnings and particularly the proliferation of "chapels of ease" throughout the Low Country to address the religious needs of remote plantation inhabitants who could not conveniently reach their parish church.

For information on how to participate in the Leicester B. Holland Prize: A Single-Sheet Measured Drawing Competition, visit www.nps.gov/hdp/competitions/holland.htm.

The prize is intended to increase awareness, knowledge and appreciation of historic sites, structures and landscapes throughout the United States, and to encourage the submission of drawings by professionals and students. All the drawings accepted for the competition will be added to the permanent HABS, HAER and HALS Collection in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Images of many past and present Holland Prize competition drawings are available online. (For maximum detail, open the TIFF files.) Visit: www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=Leicester+B.+Holland+Prize&sp=2&co=hh&st=gallery.

The prize honors Leicester B. Holland (1882-1952), Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), chairman of the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on Historic Buildings, head of the Fine Arts Division of the Library of Congress and first curator of the HABS collection, a co-founder of the HABS program in the 1930s, and the first chair of the HABS Advisory Board.

The Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering in the Library of Congress, established by a bequest from the distinguished American architect Paul Rudolph, preserves and makes accessible to the public the Library’s rich collections in those subject areas. For more information, visit www.loc.gov//rr/print/adecenter/adecent.html.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s first-established federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 160 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov.


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New York, New York - (January 19,  2016) - Lion Heart Autographs, for nearly forty years an internationally recognized dealer of autographs and manuscripts focusing on art, history, literature, music and science, has announced an extraordinary opportunity to acquire the finest marriage document ever signed by Napoleon and Josephine.  This rare Valentine’s Day opportunity celebrates history’s most romantic and often controversial couple - Napoleon & Josephine. Lion Heart’s rare and evocative marriage contract is not only signed by the historic couple, but by other French notables, including six of Napoleon’s original eighteen marshals (the highest military rank during the Empire). The Valentine’s Day presentation of such a unique, historical document marks the first time Lion Heart Autographs has offered it for sale; it is one of only a handful known to exist in private hands. Lion Heart Autographs will display the document at The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show at the Palm Beach County Convention Center from February 10-16, 2016, where it will be offered for $20,000. Media can have a sneak peek at the contract in New York prior to the show.

Marie-Josèphe-Rose Tascher de La Pagerie, known as Josephine, was one of the most celebrated women of the 19th century, playing a colorful and pivotal role in the life of her six-year-younger husband, Napoleon Bonaparte. She was one of the most important women in the salons of Paris and her tumultuous love affair with General Bonaparte is well documented. Glamorous and a well-connected socialite, Josephine engaged in several love affairs with highly placed political and military leaders after the failure of her first marriage. Bonaparte, immediately smitten by her upon their first meeting, wed Josephine on March 9, 1796 only a few days before he left on his Italian campaign. During his absence he sent the first of many love letters he would pen throughout their marriage.

Napoleon and Josephine’s marriage was opposed by many members of his family because she was an older widow with children. His mother and sister were especially upset declaring that his new wife considered them well below her status. During Bonaparte’s 1799 Egyptian campaign Josephine purchased the Chateau de Malmaison near Paris taking a special interest in gardens and becoming proficient in botany and horticulture.

Throughout history stories are told of Napoleon and Josephine’s constant separations and rumors of her interest in other lovers. Infidelities troubled the marriage from the start although the couple renewed their marriage vows on December 1, 1804. The following day Napoleon was crowned Emperor and she Empress.  The coronation became one of the most famous events of European history, but Josephine’s inability to give birth to a son strained their marriage, and in 1810, Napoleon had the marriage annulled on the pretext that a parish priest had not been present at the original ceremony. Nonetheless, Napoleon and Josephine remain one of history’s most famous couples. The former Emperor’s last words were reported to be “France, armee, tete d’ armee, Josephine.” (France, army, head of the army, Josephine).

The contract witnessed by Napoleon and Josephine celebrates the marriage between General August Hulin (1758-1841) and Marie Jeanne-Louise Tiersonnier (1782-1826). Hulin was an infantryman who rose through the ranks to join the Gardes Français. In the days leading to the storming of the Bastille in 1789, Hulin gave several inflammatory speeches, and on July 14, he organized a small band of armed men at the Hôtel de Ville, marched them to the Bastille where they opened fire and liberated the prisoners. It was this act that sparked the French Revolution. Though recognized as a hero, Hulin was imprisoned during the Reign of Terror. He later rejoined the army and served as an officer during the Napoleonic Wars and as military governor of Paris during Napoléon’s 1812 Russian campaign, where he suppressed a coup against the emperor.

In addition to Napoleon and Josephine’s signatures, the contract is signed by a remarkable cast including six of Napoleon’s original 18 marshals: John Baptiste Bessiers (1786-1813), Louis Nicholas Davout (1770-1823), Andre Massena (1758-1817), Edouard Adolphe Casimire Mortier (1768-1835), Joachim Murat (1767-1815; Napoleon’s brother-in-law and future King of Naples), and Catherine-Dominique de Perignon (1754-1818); two queens: Bonaparte’s step-daughter Hortense Eugenie Cecile Bonaparte (1783-1837) and his sister Marie Annonciade De Caroline Bonaparte Murat (1782-1839); two kings: Murat and Napoleon’s brother Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte (1778-1846) and father to Napoleon’s heir; the three former consuls of France, and many others including Maurice-Jean Raguideau De La Fosse (1759-1805) the Paris notary who presided over Napoleon and Josephine’s own marriage. Just twelve days prior to signing this document, the French Senate proclaimed Napoleon Emperor of France, making this marriage contract one of the earliest documents signed by the Emperor and his wife.

“I am thrilled to share the evocative nature of this historical document on Valentine’s Day. It is assuredly the finest marriage contract signed by Emperor Napoleon and his Empress Josephine available in the world,” said David Lowenherz, founder & owner of Lion Heart Autographs in New York, noting, “Napoleon and Josephine’s own marriage contract is preserved in National Archives of France.” Lowenherz adds, “I don’t think there is a person anywhere who isn’t fascinated by Napoleon and Josephine’s love story - a truly romantic couple joined together during a remarkable period in history. This contract, signed not just by them, but by family members and important military officers as well, all of whom gathered to celebrate the marriage of the man whose actions sparked the French Revolution, offers a rare glimpse into the splendid affairs of the royal household. I am thrilled at the opportunity to offer this precious document first at the Palm Beach Show during the week of Valentine’s Day. What could be more fitting?”                   

Other highlights to be featured by Lion Heart Autographs at The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show include a letter by Albert Einstein on how intellectuals and the working class should work together; doodles by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on White House stationery; a decorative proclamation signed by President Harry Truman declaring the end of WWII;  a very moving letter by Louisa May Alcott about her ailing father and the care she is providing him; a land grant for a revolutionary soldier signed by Benjamin Franklin; an impressive document signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State about U.S. fishing rights; a very fine art related letter by Henri Matisse; an unpublished handwritten letter by Charles Darwin sending his photograph to a former shipmate aboard the “Beagle;” a charming letter by Mark Twain in which he offers his autograph to a young collector, and much more.

ABOUT LION HEART AUTOGRAPHS

Lion Heart Autographs is an internationally recognized dealer of autographs and manuscripts specializing in art, history, literature, music and science.  Founded in 1978, Lion Heart Autographs has earned an unmatched global reputation for acquiring and placing the most rare, interesting and unique autographs and manuscripts, while carefully authenticating and describing each piece’s historical significance. Clients range from Harvard, Yale and the U.S. Library of Congress to private collectors, investors and corporations around the globe. Lion Heart Autographs is located at 216 East 45th Street in New York City and is operated by David Lowenherz, its founder and president. For more information, please visit www.lionheartautographs.com.    

The Library of Congress has launched a new online presentation of 130 items documenting the life and career of virtuoso violinist and revered teacher Roman Totenberg (1911-2012).

The presentation—drawn from his personal papers, which were a gift to the Library from the Totenberg family—includes photographs, correspondence, video interviews, concert programs, publicity material and solo violin parts from core repertoire with Totenberg’s personal performance annotations. There is also a separate presentation of 61 woodblock prints, drawings and watercolors drawn from the Totenberg Papers that were created by his friend, Russian-born artist Ilka Kolsky.

"Roman Totenberg’s career as an orchestral soloist and chamber musician as well as a renowned teacher was remarkable for its variety—the music he performed, the venues where he appeared, the musicians with whom he collaborated, the students he taught—and for its phenomenal longevity," said Susan Vita, chief of the Library’s Music Division. "The online presentation samples the treasures in the Roman Totenberg Collection, giving a fascinating view of the distinguished Polish-American violinist. The Totenberg Papers are part of the Library’s important violin-related collections which also include the papers of Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Josef Gingold and Isaac Stern, among others. The Music Division plans to expand its online violin presence in the coming years to draw attention to the wealth of potential research material in our collections."

Totenberg, who was born on Jan. 1, 1911 in Łódź, Poland, enjoyed an extraordinarily long and varied career, spanning nine decades and four continents. He made his debut as a soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic at age 11 and performed his last concert when he was in his mid-90s. He was still teaching at age 101, shortly before his death in May 2012.

He moved as a child with his family to Moscow, where he first studied the violin and witnessed firsthand the Russian Revolution. He continued his studies in Warsaw as a teenager, followed by study with Carl Flesch in Berlin and Georges Enescu in Paris. In 1935, he made his U.S. debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Having established himself internationally, in 1938 he chose to immigrate to the United States under the distinguished artist visa program. Soon after, he went to extraordinary lengths to aid family and friends trapped in Poland during World War II and the Holocaust.

Totenberg served as the director of chamber music at the radio station WQXR in New York and as first violinist of the WQXR Quartet from 1940 to 1942. Later, he performed as the founding violinist of the Alma Trio, collaborating with the group from 1948 to 1951. While continuing to perform as a soloist internationally, Totenberg established a distinguished legacy as a pedagogue, teaching at the Peabody Conservatory, the Mannes College of Music, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Boston University, Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall and the Longy School of Music. He maintained an extensive repertoire and championed many compositions of his contemporaries, including works by Karol Szymanowski, Darius Milhaud, Paul Hindemith, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Arnold Schoenberg and William Schuman.

After Totenberg died, his family donated his papers to the Library of Congress. He is survived by his daughters Nina Totenberg, the NPR legal affairs correspondent; Jill Totenberg, CEO of The Totenberg Group, a corporate communications firm; and federal Judge Amy Totenberg. His wife of 56 years, Melanie (née Shroder) Totenberg, died in 1996.

Future additions to the online presentation will include audio recordings of Totenberg in concert, featured articles and a special release of vital materials related to the Totenberg family during the Holocaust.

The Music Division at the Library of Congress contains an unparalleled collection of manuscripts, scores, sound recordings, books, libretti, music-related periodicals and microforms, copyright deposits and musical instruments. Manuscripts of note include those of European masters such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, and those of American masters such as Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein and Charles Mingus. For more information about the division’s holdings, visit loc.gov.


BOSTON, MA, January 13, 2016--ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS's most-watched ongoing series, is headed to six iconic cities for its summer 2016 tour: Orlando, Florida; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Indianapolis, Indiana; Fort Worth, Texas; Palm Springs, California and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Episodes recorded in those cities will be included in the 13-time Emmy® Award nominated production's 21st broadcast season, to air in 2017.

"ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is thrilled to be on the road again in search of America's hidden treasures," said ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko. "This year we are excited for first-time visits to Fort Worth and Virginia Beach, and a return to Indianapolis for the first time in 15 years. We can't wait to see what local finds are waiting for us in each of the six cities!"

Admission to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Fans can apply now for a chance to receive one pair of free tickets per household. 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 18, 2016 at 11:59pm PST.

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/faq.

From each of the six events, three episodes of television per city will be created for inclusion in ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's 21st Season, airing in 2017.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW 2016 summer tour dates:

Orlando, Florida                                      June 18

Virginia Beach, Virginia                           June 25

Indianapolis, Indiana                               July 9

Fort Worth, Texas                                   July 23

Palm Springs, California                          August 6

Salt Lake City, Utah                                August 13

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is produced by WGBH Boston for PBS, and is seen by an average of 8.5 million viewers each week. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's 20th broadcast season is currently airing Mondays at 8/7c PM onPBS.

JANUARY 2016--The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) today announced that member library Lehigh University has been awarded a $499,086 grant on PACSCL’s behalf from the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives initiative of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,  for its project Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis: Toward a Comprehensive Online Library of Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts in PACSCL Libraries in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The project, led by PACSCL members Lehigh University, Free Library of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and involving a total of 15 partner institutions, will complete the digitization and online presentation of virtually all of the region’s medieval manuscripts - a total of almost 160,000 pages from more than 400 individual volumes. The  images, together with descriptive metadata, will be released into the public domain and easily downloadable at high resolution.

More information here: http://pacscl.org/BibliothecaPhiladelphiensis

AUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, announces the appointment of Jim Kuhn as associate director and Hobby Foundation Librarian.

Kuhn, who begins April 1, 2016, has a diverse and extensive background in academic and special collections librarianship.

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AUSTIN, Texas—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has granted the Harry Ransom Center a 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award to digitize more than 24,000 pages from the Gabriel García Márquez archive.

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CLIR award ensures that digitized content is made available to the public as easily and completely as possible. The $126,730 grant enables the Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, to make available online thousands of images from the García Márquez archive.

NEW YORK, December 2015—Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded Columbia University Libraries $2.2 million to develop an online portal to the Corporation’s institutional records, from 1886 to the present. The philanthropic foundation’s records span all manner of formats from paper ledger books to audio and videotaped oral  histories and born-digital grant files. This project will extend Columbia’s capacity to provide online access to the Corporation’s materials while at the same time develop a set of open source tools that can be shared with other research libraries and cultural institutions. 

Carnegie Corporation donated its records to Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 1990 and continues to transfer archival materials to the library on a regular basis. The files take the form of correspondences, financial records, memoranda, and reports—more than 180,000 documents in total. The earliest materials document Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropic efforts, including the construction of more than 2,500 libraries between 1883 and 1929. Among the later materials are files related to the Carnegie Corporation’s sponsorship of Gunnar Myrdal’s landmark 1944 study An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced Tuesday that the Center for Book Arts is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Center for Book Arts is recommended for a $15,000 grant to support its 2016 series of exhibitions on contemporary book arts and related media. Featuring a number of guest curators, each exhibition will emphasize diverse artistic practices while examining the curatorial influence that the Center has had in the development of book arts. The exhibitions will include a wide range of book arts formats, from handmade book arts objects to site-specific installations with mixed media components. 

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The arts are part of our everyday lives - no matter who you are or where you live - they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the exhibitions program at the Center for Book Arts offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day." Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The Center's award is one of more than $27.6 million in NEA's first funding round of fiscal year 2016.

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BOSTON—Today, the Boston Public Library (BPL) announced that a map believed stolen from the library more than a decade ago, has been located at a New York City antiques dealer, and has been returned. The map, Carte Geographique de Nouvelle France, compiled in 1612 by explorer Samuel de Champlain, was found for sale with an antiques dealer for $285,000. The map, which has prominent identifying marks, was discovered by Norman B. Leventhal Map Center curator, Ronald Grim, and a third party expert has confirmed its ownership. The map will be on display in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Central Library in Copley Square from December 4, 2015 through February 29, 2016.

“I want to recognize Ronald Grim for his attention to detail and passion for his work at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library,” said Mayor Walsh. “The library has one of the nation’s premier map collections, and I’m pleased we have restored this centuries old historic map to the collection.”

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