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The Economist

Austin’s Antiquarian Books

Christian Science Monitor

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College Club Book Sale

Freeman’s Auction

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PBA Galleries rare books, autographs & manuscripts

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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

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Book Fair Calendar

Zurich Antiquarian Book Fair. Zurich, Switzerland. February 27–March 1, 2015.

ABA & PBFA Book Fair. Edinburgh, Scotland. March 6–7, 2015.

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. Arlington, VA. March 6–7, 2015.

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. St. Petersburg, FL. March 13–15, 2015. (See Florida Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

Westmount Book Fair. Westmount, QC (Canada). March 14, 2015.

Vintage Paper Fair. Walnut Creek, CA. March 15, 2015.

Ephemera 35. Old Greenwich, CT. March 20–22, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair. Albuquerque, NM. March 20–21, 2015.

Chicago International Vintage Poster, Print & Photo Show. Chicago, IL. March 27–29, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Long Island Antiquarian Book Fair. Brookville, NY. March 28–29, 2015. (See L.I. Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair. Sacramento, CA. March 28, 2015.

Akron Antiquarian Book & Paper Show. Akron, OH. April 3–4, 2015.

York Book & Paper Fair. York, PA. April 3, 2015.

New York Antiquarian Book Fair. New York, NY. April 9–12, 2015.

Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair & Fine Press Book Fair (The Shadow Show). New York, NY. April 11, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

New York City Book & Ephemera Fair. New York, NY. April 11, 2015.

Vermont Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair. Burlington, VT. April 19, 2015. (See Vermont Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair ad on this page)

PBFA Book Fair. Oxford, England. April 25–26, 2015.

St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Photo Fair. St. Louis, MO. May 1–3, 2015.

Boston Book, Paper & Photography Expo. Wilmington, MA. May 2, 2015.

Westfield Book & Paper Show. Westfield, NY. May 2, 2015.

Vintage Paper Fair. Glendale, CA. May 16–17, 2015.

Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair. Ann Arbor, MI. May 17, 2015.

ABA Antiquarian Book Fair. London, England. May 28–30, 2015.

PBFA Book Fair. London, England. May 29–30, 2015.

Second Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair. Sacramento, CA. June 5–7, 2015.

Granite State Book & Ephemera Fair. Concord, NH. June 7, 2015.

Rose City Book & Paper Fair. Portland, OR. June 12, 2015.

Searles Castle Antiquaran Book Fair. Great Barrington, MA. July 25, 2015.

Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Book Fair. Denver, CO. July 31–August 1, 2015.

Papermania. Hartford, CT. August 22–23, 2015.

Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair. Sacramento, CA. September 12, 2015.

Boxborough Paper Town. Boxborough, MA. September 19, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Montreal Antiquarian Book Fair. Montreal, QC (Canada). September 26–27, 2014.

Vintage Paper Fair. Glendale, CA. September 26–27, 2015.

Dublin Book Fair. Dublin, Ireland. October 3–4, 2015.

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. Seattle, WA. October 10–11, 2015.

Pioneer Valley Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair. Northampton, MA. October 11, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Manhasset Antiques & Decorative Show. Manhasset, NY. October 24–25, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

San Francisco International Vintage Paper, Print & Photo Fair. San Francisco, CA. October 29–November 1, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Book Auction Calendar

Bloomsbury Auctions. London, England. February 26, 2015.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. March 5, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. March 5, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bloomsbury Auctions. Godalming, Surrey (England). March 12, 2015.

Bloomsbury Auctions. London, England. March 19–20, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. March 19, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. London, England. March 19, 2015.

Christie’s. New York, NY. March 21, 2015.

Bloomsbury Auctions. London, England. March 26, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. March 26, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Christie’s. New York, NY. March 27–28, 2015.

Auctionata. New York, NY. March 30, 2015. (See Auctionata ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. April 2, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Christie’s. New York, NY. April 7, 2015.

Bloomsbury Auctions. London, England. April 9, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. April 9, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. April 14, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Doyle. New York, NY. April 14–15, 2015.

Leslie Hindman. Chicago, IL. April 15, 2015.

Bloomsbury Auctions. Godalming, Surrey (England). April 16, 2015.

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, PA. April 23, 2015. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Christie’s. Paris, France. April 27, 2015.

Doyle. New York, NY. April 28, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. April 29, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bloomsbury Auctions. London, England. April 30, 2015.

Sotheby’s. London, England. April 30, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. May 7, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. May 12, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bloomsbury Auctions. Godalming, England. May 14, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. May 19, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. Paris, France. May 20, 2015.

Christie’s. London, England. May 21, 2015.

Bloomsbury Auctions. London, England. May 21, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. May 21, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. London, England. May 28, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. June 4, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. London, England. June 4, 2015.

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, PA. June 7, 2015. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. June 10, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, NY. June 16, 2015. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. June 17, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. London, England. July 7, 2015.

Sotheby’s. London, England. July 14, 2015.

Works by Matisse, Klee, Picasso Highlight March 5th Auction

On Thursday, March 5, Swann Galleries will auction more than 600 works of art by American and European artists working in the 19th and 20th centuries. There are drawings and paintings as well as desirable prints and other multiples.

Henri Matisse’s Tête de jeune fille, brush and black ink on paper from 1950 is the sale’s top lot, with a presale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. This large drawing comes with a detailed provenance. Another impressive unique piece is Paul Klee’s widely exhibited Nächtliche Landschaft, watercolor and color chalk on paper, 1937, once in the collection of the artist's wife Lily Klee ($120,000 to $180,000).  Also estimated in the low six figures is Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Nu endormi au bras levé, ...more

by Michael Pixley (from BSM of January 2011)
Keeping Fear Alive

Sometime in September (the precise date escapes me), I happened to hear a portion of a discussion on NPR discussing the latent emergence of  Islamophobia in the United States and how or if this was a partial manifestation of that fear that had already gripped significant portions of Europe.  Some symptoms of that disease in Europe were blatant: seeking to prevent Muslim women from wearing clothing that hid everything but the eyes (the hijab), or, in Switzerland, voters blocking the construction of minarets (tower from whence the summons to pray is announced) etc.  The learned speaker lamented these actions as unhelpful, unfair and counter-productive.  I found myself agreeing with all his observations.  He then suggested that much of this Islamophobia had roots in Medieval Europe and the exaggerated nature of the threat posed by Islam.  That is when I snapped. ...more

by John Huckans / Robert Kemp
Global Warming and the Greenland Question

Is climate change and global warming really happening?  Robert Kemp thought so in 2005 and points out that change being the only real constant, a better question would be is it a good or bad thing?

The entire subject has become so politically-charged these days that reasonable discussion has become almost impossible.  I think that part of the problem is that people conflate pollution of the air (and water) with global warming and climate change, when they ought to be considered as distinct realities that are not always connected.  ...more

Book News & Notes

Ephemera 35

This year's International Vintage Paper Fair & Conference will be taking place March 20-22, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, CT. This event features vintage paper and ephemera exhibitors from across the United States, Canada and Europe.  Items offered for sale on March 21st and March 22nd will include posters, catalogues, valentines,postcards, pamphlets, broadsides, tickets, invitations, autographs, sheet music, letterheads, manuscripts, trade cards, photographs, playing cards, political propaganda, and more.

This year’s special exhibit, “The Sporting Life,” will highlight a variety of sports, games, pastimes, and entertaining activities as portrayed in early ephemera. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about subjects such as the early days of baseball, the role of African Americans athletes in basketball, and how the changing values of society have had an impact on recreational activities throughout ...more

by Anthony Marshall
P is for Pacifism

I am highly delighted with my 8-volume Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Collier-Macmillan, New York 1967) which, for fifteen euros (about eighteen U.S. dollars) I bought at a market stall in Freiburg some months ago, and which, with aching arms, I lugged back home. Yes, this encyclopedia is now nearly fifty years out of date, but who cares? Plato, Kant, Nietzsche – their ideas surely don't have a use-by date.  All the big names, and all the big ideas, seem to be here: with useful biographies and summaries. You want a quick overview of 'Nonsense', or 'Epistemology' or a potted life of Heidegger? Here it is. ...more

by John Huckans
Catching Up With the News

For some reason newspapers seem to pile up effortlessly around here. We get a Syracuse paper on weekends, the local weekly, and the Financial Times (the pink one, based in the UK).  The FT gets most of my attention because of its solid coverage of world news and columns that include book reviews, the arts, finance, and opinion. The columnists I read most include Robin Lane Fox (recently retired Oxford classicist and gardening expert), David Tang (Agony Uncle), Gillian Tett, Harry Eyres, Lucy Kellaway, John Authers, and so on.  A lot to get through.

Mixed up near the bottom of my reading pile are a few overlooked papers still waiting to be read.  Hang on, here's one ...a Cincinnati daily with some interesting items. In the May 31st issue a correspondent from St. Louis writes: ...more

by John Huckans
The Importance of Nouns

At our Christmas party this past December one of our friends said if we should ever decide to put our house up for sale he’d pay us twenty percent more than the asking price with only one condition – we’d have to move out all our stuff in two weeks. I really can’t imagine there’s much chance of that happening –  any of our friends know perfectly well we could never do it in two months.  ...more

by Anthony Marshall
Reggie's Book Club

You get some strange looks, and some strange responses, when you tell people that the book you are currently reading is Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. It helps when you say that it wasn't actually your choice; it just happens to be this month's selection for Reggie's Book Club.  But even so.  The looks, and sometimes the comments, imply: What are you, an apparently decent retired old gentleman, doing reading such filth? Do you really get off on this stuff? Can we ever again leave you alone in a room with our twelve-year old daughter? Further inquiry teases out the admission that no, your interlocutor has never actually read Lolita, but ...more

by Michael Pixley
The Shia/Sunni Shuffle

Since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Americans may have noticed news articles referring to struggles between Sunni and Shia Iraqi Muslims, an internal clash that sharply escalated after 2007.  Americans can be forgiven for not being terribly interested in these bloody rivalries.

In 2011, however, the Syrian conflict slowly grew, starting first as a peaceful protest but soon escalating into all-out civil war pitting the governing Alawite minority (around 17% of the population) against the Sunni majority (about 70%).  Iran, Russia and the Lebanese group Hizballah (Shia, by the way)  sought to strengthen the regime of Bashar al-Asad whilst the Sunni majority ...more

by Anthony Marshall
A Scottish Play?

Ogilvy, Alexander.  Oor Wully: The Scotsman who wrote William Shakespeare's plays. (Kincardine Press, Edinburgh 2014).

On the Shakespeare bandwagon, which publishers on both side of the Atlantic have trundled out this year to celebrate William's 450th birthday, there are two new books of particular interest to me, and probably to you too, if you love a good yarn, involving secondhand bookdealers hitting paydirt – or possibly not – but certainly doing their best to spin their straw into gold. ...more

by John Howard Huckans
Permanent Ink

The Great Library of Alexandria was the largest and probably the most important library of the ancient world.  Its mandate to gather all of the world’s knowledge in one place was carried out by a vigorous acquisition program involving extensive book-buying trips around the Mediterranean.  Prominent destinations for the curators of the Library were the well-known book fairs of Rhodes and Athens and in addition Egyptian officials were not shy about confiscating books on every ship arriving into port, keeping the originals and giving copies back to the owners.  ...more

by Anthony Marshall
Much Ado about Someone

Standing at the tram stop, I saw a poster advertising Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor. Two performances only, one performer only: his name, Bernd Lafrenz. I'd never heard of him, but I'm a sucker for one-man shows (how on earth will he manage to keep my attention for an hour or more? And play a dozen different characters?) and I’m a sucker for Shakespeare. What's more, I know The Merry Wives of Windsor pretty well: at least in its original English version. I once played the part of Doctor Caius, the mildly lascivious French physician who has set his sights on Anne Page, teenaged daughter of one of the merry wives. She, quite understandably, will have none of him.  ...more

by John Huckans
The Iron Cage, a Review

The literature of the Nakba (expulsion and dispossession of the Palestinian people, starting on or about May 15, 1948) is extensive.  There are many published personal narratives such as Sari Nusseibeh’s Once Upon a Country (NY, Farrar, Straus, 2007) and Karl Sabbagh’s  Palestine, A Personal History (NY, Grove Press, 2007), unsparing historical accounts such as Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oxford, OneWorld, 2006), and countless books and essays focusing on various aspects of the struggle. ...more

by Anthony Marshall
Melbourne Moments

I'm back in Melbourne! In the nine months since I was last here, there have been a few changes.  Lonely Planet, for instance. The world's largest travel-book publishing company, begun in Melbourne in the 1970s and sold to the BBC in 2007, has changed hands yet again. ...more

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