russian literature

Pre-Pub <i>Wizard of Oz</i> Leads Bonhams Fine Books Sale in NY

NEW YORK—Bonhams Fine Books & Manuscripts auction on December 11 saw notable prices achieved in a diversity of categories. 

A Book of Cats illustrated by Tsuguharu Foujita in 1930 more than doubled its pre-sale estimate to achieve $68,750. The remarkable book contained 20 full-page etched plates, splendidly showcasing Foujita's application of Japanese ink techniques to Western-style painting.

Avant-Garde Legend Aleksei Remizov Tops Russian Literature Auction at Bonhams

NEW YORK — Aleksei Mikhailovich Remizov’s “U Lisy Bal,” (“At the Fox’s Ball”) from 1939 sold for $62,500 at Bonhams June 26 auction of Russian Literature and Works on Paper. The exquisite calligraphic poem, written in Russian, French and German, was accompanied by four eccentric ink drawings. An avant-garde take on the fables of Reynard the Fox, “U Lisy Bal” makes it easy to see why Remizov was such a polarizing figure in European literary circles.

Rare Russian Literature on Offer at Bonhams New York

NEW YORK — Bonhams will present a fascinating auction of Russian Literature & Works on Paper at the Madison Avenue salesroom on June 26.  Building on the success of the inaugural Russian Literature auction in December 2012, Bonhams will offer Russian books, manuscripts, periodicals, posters, artwork and photography ranging from the early 19th to the mid 20th century. Movements from the intellectualism of Silver Age literature to the groundbreaking aesthetics of Constructivism will be represented.  

Russian Literature at Bonhams

New York—Henrietta Leon Girshman’s carnets de salon reveal the storied life of an early 20th-century doyenne of society and culture. Her two-volume set of autograph albums abound with more than 100 inscriptions, sketches, musical passages, literary quotations and autographs penned by the celebrated guests who gathered at her “Red Gates” mansion in Moscow. The Girshman salons drew creative and cultural luminaries who staged performances and shared ideas, and her guest books capture the spirit of the events and period.

Russian Literature and Art Hot at Bonhams

NEW YORK—Bonhams offered for the first time this week an auction session dedicated to the sale of Russian Literature and Works on Paper. Among the 135 lots were Imperial Russian color-plate books and maps, original Constructivist designs, memorabilia of the Ballets Russe, avant-garde children’s books, samizdat publications, and high-spots in Russian literature including rare editions of Chekhov and Dostoevsky, Babel and Brodsky. This offering certainly met a hunger in the marketplace and saw spirited bidding from around the globe.