Think of French painter Paul Gauguin, and surely Tahiti will come to mind. He first traveled there in 1891, and though disappointed by the pervasiveness of French colonial culture there, he stayed for two years and tried to immerse himself in island culture. He returned in 1895 and stayed on for another few years. It’s clear from this Tahitian-French dictionary in his hand, which is

Archway-hepburn.jpgIn 1859, the Pennsylvania-born Dr. James Curtis Hepburn
New York—Bonhams December 4 auction of the Dictionary Collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers had strong results from start to finish, realizing sales over $1.1 million. A spring-like day in New York sparked lively bidding that ricocheted between the collectors in the saleroom to bidders on the phone and live online. “The phenomenal success of this auction pays testament to Tom Rodgers’ great vision
On December 4, an incredible collection of rare dictionaries, valued at close to $1 million, goes on the block at Bonhams in New York City. The two hundred lots of lexicography comprised the collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers, Jr., who passed away earlier this year. From sixteenth-century B.C. cuneiform tablet (estimated at $1,500-2,
New York—Thomas Malin Rodgers, Jr. (1943-2012) formed an incredibly extensive collection of dictionaries and other lexicographical works, spanning 3,500 years in date—from a 16th-century B.C. cuneiform tablet to a first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary issued in parts from 1884 to 1933. Bonhams December 4 auction in New York features