On Tuesday, October 18, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books, featuring works of major theoretical and historical importance with a focus on mathematics and exploration. The top lot of the sale is a copy of Euclid’s Elementa geometriae, printed in Venice in 1482. This first edition of the foundational text of geometry and the first major mathematical work to appear in print is a Latin translation by Adelard of Bath from an Arabic version of the original Greek. The present volume, printed by Erhard Ratdolt, is notable for its innovative printing of extensive and often complex geometrical diagrams, which influenced the design of subsequent editions and similar works into the sixteenth century. This copy is estimated at $60,000 to $80,000. Another highlight of the sale is ůmore
Freeman's September 30 auction of Books, Maps & Manuscripts offers a rare view into the worlds of the statesmen, explorers, and visionaries that have shaped the policies and imaginations of Americans since the founding of our nation. From first editions of The Federalist,Twelve Years a Slave, and The Colossus, to the intimate letters of Teddy Roosevelt to his friend John Burroughs, and the captivating images of Robert Edwin Peary's final expedition to the North Pole, these books, letters and photographs tell our story.
This sale boasts a number of extraordinary first editions, foremost of which is The Federalist (later known as The Federalist Papers), a collection of essays written by founding fathers Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution. This series of writings (written under the pseudonym Publius) were published in various newspapers from October 1787 to April 1788, and lead to such public demand that the essays ůmore
On Thursday, September 29, Swann Galleries will hold its first fall auction of Illustration Art, offering work by beloved illustrators and artists, including rare and previously unknown works by Charles Addams, Aubrey Beardsley, Erté, Arthur Getz, Maurice Sendak and Garth Williams. Debuting at auction is an original rediscovered 1950 watercolor by Dr. Seuss for Tadd and Todd, first published in Redbook Magazine. The sketch, which appears in the 2011 book The Bippolo Seed, is estimated at $12,000 to $18,000. Other works by beloved children’s book illustrators include Garth Williams’s 1953 pencil drawing of Pet and Bunny for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie; the pencil study and finished drawing for the cover of Frog and Toad All Year (1976) by Arnold Lobel; and a circa 1950s culinary-inspired watercolor by Ludwig Bemelmans titled Does Chef Find the Pheasant Pleasant?, all estimate ůmore
Addison & Sarova's August 20 Summer Rare Book Sale saw mixed results with many of the 400 lots fetching more than the pre-sale estimates. The Journals of Congress: containing their proceedings from September 5, 1774… [to January 1, 1780] Philadelphia: Folwell's Press, 1800, volumes 1 through 6 only, brought $800 (est. $200-400). [Seabury, Samuel]: An Alarm to the Legislature of the Province of New-York, Occasioned by the Present Political Disturbance, in North-America: Addressed to the Honourable Representatives in General Assembly Convened. New York: Printed for James Rivington, 1775, split the $1000 - $2000 estimate at a respectable $1,300. For complete results continue to their website….
Swann Galleries Poster Sale Sets Several Auction Records
Swann's August 3 sale of Vintage Posters brought more than $450,000, finishing the 2015-2016 season for the house with three record lots. With almost 600 offerings, the day was a panoply of genres, ostensibly 8 or 9 sales in one, with large sections of Russian and World War I and II propaganda, Art Nouveau works, travel and resort advertisements, circus bills, minstrel and black images in marketing, work incentive posters and more. ůmore
Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will, an important upcoming exhibition, opens at the Morgan Library & Museum (New York) on September 9, 2016, and will remain on view through January 2, 2017. From the time Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre was first published in 1847, readers have been drawn to the orphan protagonist who declared herself “a free human being with an independent will.” Like her famous fictional creation, Brontë herself took bold steps throughout her life to pursue personal and professional fulfillment. ůmore
The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, returns to Northern California to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.
Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and featuring the collections and treasures of nearly 200 booksellers from over 20 countries around the world, the three-day Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, graphics, photographs, fine bindings; children's and illustrated books, and ephemera from many centuries and countries.
This year’s Book Fair will include a special exhibit from The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, which has a long history of collecting literary fiction of California. In more recent years, that scope has expanded to include mystery and detective, fantasy and science, and western fiction. This special exhibit will highlight California authors’ notable contributions in genre fiction and will emphasize ůmore
A century ago, Albert Einstein published the general theory of relativity, the crowning achievement of the great physicist’s career. In celebration of this landmark achievement, the Morgan Library & Museum is presenting a pop-up exhibition that will run through October 16, featuring three Einstein items.
The general theory of relativity, published in 1916, expanded on Einstein’s earlier 1905 special theory of relativity and its famous equation E=mc². The exhibition features a letter written by Einstein to the noted astronomer Erwin Finlay Freundlich, who was attempting to confirm the general theory through astronomical observations. One of twenty-five such letters in the Morgan’s collection, Einstein questions Freundlich’s methods ůmore
Events of late have made me wonder if Darwin got it only half right. I don't quarrel with the theory, as proposed in On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871), that modern man evolved from earlier primates and the earlier primates from mammals, that in all probability, evolved from even more primitive life forms. Even though I don't pretend to be anything close to a biologist, it all just seems to make a lot of sense. Some of us agree with Darwin's theories, some not. Some people argue the subject heatedly, while others simply agree to disagree. That is what civilized people do. What uncivilized people do is kill others who do not believe as they do. ůmore
The day after the California primary the television news organizations lost little time analyzing the results. My personal bias, shared by many others, is of someone who being unable to support either major party candidate, will be going the third party route for the fourth consecutive election cycle. My respect for Bernie Sanders, even though I disagreed with him on several issues, is now moot. So it might well be 1856 all over again, but more on that later.
Honest television news coverage is hard to come by, but I find the PBS News Hour the least objectionable of the lot – no pharmaceutical ads or breathless celebration of pop culture personalities is a pretty good competitive advantage. Having said that, I was quite surprised (well, not really) by the list of guest analysts Judy Woodruff had on the News Hour the day after the primary. The three she invited to analyze Mrs. Clinton's big win in California and consequent locking up of the Democrat nomination, took turns gushing, giggling and swooning over the prospect of a ůmore
An extremely rare and highly important album of Albertypes from photographs by William Henry Jackson, containing the first photographic views of the Yellowstone, which were instrumental in its establishment as the first U.S. national park, will be auctioned at PBA Galleries in San Francisco on October 20, 2016. The bound volume of 76 proof images, produced in 1874, was made from Jackson’s glass plate negatives using the Albertype process, a then-new German technique to reproduce photographs. Only a handful of the albums survived, and none as complete as the present copy, the scarcity caused by a fire in the studio of the photographer and engraver Edward Bierstadt in early 1875 that destroyed most of the Albertypes he had printed, as well as virtually all of the original glass negatives. The discovery of the album by collector Robert Enteen in the summer of 2015 sent shock waves through the tight-knit community of photographic scholars and collectors, as the first views of the wonders of the Yellowstone came to light. ůmore
Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” has been called the nation’s unofficial anthem. In honor of the Independence Day holiday, the Morgan Library & Museum is exhibiting an inscribed first edition of Berlin’s famous song, which was published in 1939.
The song resonates for its expression of emotion and love for a nation that promotes peace and affords opportunity. Berlin’s own life story is nothing short of an American Dream. Born into a Jewish family in Siberia, he came to the United States at the age of five. His father – a cantor in a synagogue in Siberia – moved the family to America in 1893, ůmore
City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics, a new exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum, opens June 17 and runs through September 11, 2016. During the one hundred year period from 1770 to 1870, often called the Romantic Era, hosts of artists traveled to Rome and witnessed the most dramatic transformation of the Eternal City since ancient times — from papal state to the capital of a unified, modern nation. Painters such as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and J. M. W. Turner, writers such as John Keats and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and a coterie of early photographers were among those who documented the city’s historical sights and monuments amidst what amounted to a massive project of urban renewal. ůmore
A friend in Germany has been a bit dazed and confused by the American presidential campaign and wondered if I, as an American, might be able to explain the Trump phenomenon. I can't, but here goes anyway...
The front-runners of the two major political parties would head my short list for a Who's Who of weird participants in the 2016 Flying Political Circus. Mr. Trump has no trouble coming up with endlessly reported soundbites that make a lot of people cringe, seems hell-bent on establishing himself as the Andrew Dice Clay of American politics, and then compounds the felony by having a lousy interior decorator. ůmore
(1937 St. Louis Air Race Program) Large 9"x12" program for the May 29-31,1937 Saint Louis Air Races and International Aerobatic Competition. 39pp, illus. Contents include biographies of contestants Joe Mackey, Louise Thaden, Tex Rankin, Roscoe Turner, etc. Full-page schedules of events such as International Aerobatics Competition, five races, parachute jumping contest, Feminine Record Trial ... $85.00 (more on this and other books available from Early Aeronautica)
(Theodore Roosevelt Speech) Typescript Of Speech Delivered November 13, 1913 At The Plaza Hotel, Buenos Aires. Speech At Dinner For Father Zahm, Golden Rule Roosevelt, Theodore Np: 1913. Typescript. Typescript; Two pages; Pages measure 8.5” x 11”; ;. Overall very good with edge wear and chipping. This copy matches exactly the copy retained at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, New York. That copy is digitized and accessible on line at the Dickinson State University, Theodore Roosevelt Center website. The same typos and line conformation appear in that copy as well. In pencil at top right, “Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires” in TR’s hand. Originally sold by Remember When Auctions 9/1/1993 as Lot #649. Catalogue states that these words are in TR’s hand...($950.00) (more on this and other books available from Theodore Roosevelt Books)
Conrad, Joseph. Youth: A Narrative: and Two Other Stories.Edinburgh: Blackwood and Sons, 1902. First edition, with ads dated "10/02." Although Cagle doesn't assign priority, one might assume copies such as this one, with ads dated October, precede those... $2,500.00(more on this and other books available from Quill & Brush)
(Early Atlantic City Photographs) Two albums of vernacular photographs by an affluent American family who frequented Atlantic City & Ocean Grove, New Jersey, circa 1911 [probably spanning two or three years]. 1911. Original photograph albums. Leather / Cloth. These albums contain 396 fine, original images depicting members of the DuHamel family who built themselves a large stone mansion and spent their summers at Atlantic City and Ocean Grove, NJ beaches in the decade before World War I. Numerous views taken in A.C. include local landmarks, especially around the Virginia Avenue area, including the Sothern Hotel, The Majestic Inn, The Hotel Morton, Adams Baths, &c. as well as scenes taken on the beaches and boardwalks. No picture captions, although one has “Christmas 1911” written on the verso. The photographs are generally in fine condition, housed in two large-quarto photo- albums, one leatherbound, one clothbound ... $350.00 (more on this and other books available from R & A Petrilla)
Harris, Thomas Lake. God’s Breath in Man and in Humane Society. Santa Rosa, Fountaingrove, Published by the Author, 1891. 8vo., 314pp., ads. Tipped-in and signed albumin photograph of Harris, poet-mystic-utopian, and founder of the Brotherhood of the New Life. Very good copy in green cloth with 1" wrinkle at bottom of front cover; 2-½” inch split along top of rear inner hinge. Inscribed “To Miss Annie Anderson with the compliments of the Author. Given by her to Sunshine.” Two 3-½” x 5" advertisements for Brotherhood of the New Life publications laid in. Includes four original paper-covered lead or tin corner protectors and the worn brown shipping wrapper with Thomas Lake Harris’s return label affixed and which states “If not delivered, the postmaster will please notify T.L. Harris, Publisher, Santa Rosa, Cal., and stamps will be sent for return postage.” A unique association copy of a very scarce book by one of the early practitioners of California dreamin’... $1000.00 (more on this and other books available from John C. Huckans Books)