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Book Fair Calendar

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.

Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair. Cooperstown, NY. June 27, 2015.

Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair. Sewanee, TN. July 18–19, 2015. (See Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

Searles Castle Antiquaran Book Fair. Great Barrington, MA. July 25, 2015. (See Searles Castle Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

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

Vintage Paper Fair. San Francisco, CA. August 1–2, 2015.

PulpFest 2015. Columbus, OH. August 14–16, 2015.

Baltimore Antiquarian Book Fair. Baltimore, MD. August 20–23, 2015.

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

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

Brooklyn Book, Art, Photo & Design Expo. Brooklyn, NY. September 19–20, 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.

Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print, Photo & Paper Fair. Pasadena, CA. 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 Marino Postcard & Paper Fair. San Marino, CA. November 7–8, 2015.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. Boston, MA. November 13–15, 2015.

Book Auction Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chcago, IL. May 21, 2015.

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

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. May 28, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Skinner. Boston, MA. May 29, 2015.

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

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

Skinner. Boston, MA. June 6, 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)

Bonhams. New York, NY. June 16, 2015.

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

Bonhams. London, England. June 24, 2015.

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

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

Bonhams. Oxford, England. July 29, 2015.

Heritage Auctions. Dallas, TX. August 5, 2015.

Bonhams. Los Angeles, CA. September 22, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. October 19, 2015.

Heritage Auctions. New York, NY. November 4–5, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. November 9, 2015.

Bonhams. London, England. November 11, 2015.

Bonhams. Oxford, England. November 24, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. December 16, 2015.

Original Paintings and Drawings by Paul Cadmus & His Circle to be Sold on June 4th

Swann Galleries’ auction of American Art on Thursday, June 4 features important works by Paul Cadmus and the artists in his circle, including Jared and Margaret French, Cadmus’s sister Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein and his father Egbert Cadmus, Pavel Tchelitchew, George Platt Lynes and George Tooker.
Headlining the group of works by Paul Cadmus is his 1936 painting Venus and Adonis, egg tempera and oil on canvas, property of the esteemed Forbes Collection in New York. Loosely based on the composition of Peter Paul Rubens’ 17th-century oil painting of the same subject, Cadmus’s Venus and Adonis are seemingly torn apart by the prospect of a tennis match: Adonis rushes off to play, clutching a racket in his right hand and two balls in his left while fending off his Venus. The painting, a satirical look at suburban life in the 1930s, is estimated at $200,000 to $300,000. ...more

Prices Achieved at Recent Auctions

Highlights from Freeman's April 23rd Auction

Freeman’s 23 April auction of Books, Maps & Manuscripts including Photographs presented clients with a wide range of works on paper, including first editions, presidential ephemera, early views of the American West and notable autograph material.  The sale featured an assortment of important works of early travel literature, early color plate books, ballet handbills, prints, photographs, autographs, and other ephemera from the private collection of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clifford.  Highlights of the Photography portion of the 574 lot sale were two rare salted paper prints by 19th century photographer Charles Leander Weed, and a portfolio of seventy prints that established good results for an influential, but little-known American photographer Hazel Kingsbury Strand.  Some of the results are as follows: ...more

Swann to Offer Curtis's The North American Indian and Other Photographic Material on May 21st

Swann Galleries’ auction of Images & Objects: Fine & Vernacular Photographs on Thursday, May 21 features a range of works, from very early daguerreotypes to striking large-scale contemporary photographs. Headlining the sale is a full set of the 20 bound volumes of Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian.  Printed on Japan vellum and with the signatures of both Curtis and Theodore Roosevelt in volume one, the present set is number 63 of an intended 500 copies, printed from 1907-30, of which only approximately 275 were bound. Swann’s Photographs Department notes “Curtis’s masterwork represents a unique conversion of the emerging art of fine art photography, the documentary idiom and the sophistication of artisanal bookmaking.”  The pre-sale estimate for this set of 20 volumes is $250,000 to $350,000. ...more

Important Works and Manuscripts by Audubon, Early American Views and Redoute Watercolors Highlight May 19 Auction

On Tuesday, May 19 Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books with works by John James Audubon, rare views, maps and atlases, as well as a number of original watercolors and drawings.  Featured in the run of works related to Audubon are two manuscripts: an 1827 Autograph Letter Signed to his wife Lucy, in which he discusses plans to send a copy of Birds of America to soon-to-be President Andrew Jackson, and his intentions for his family’s set (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000). ...more

by John Huckans
The True Believer (a new appreciation of Eric Hoffer's classic book)

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. ...more

Book News & Notes

Newly Discovered Works by Oscar Wilde to be Displayed at the Rosenbach

The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia is thrilled to announce the upcoming display of newly discovered works by Oscar Wilde (1854‐1900), one of the world’s most influential and prominent cultural personalities.  The materials include a notebook from around 1880, with unrecorded versions of early poems and with drawings by the inimitable Irish-born writer; a hand-corrected typescript of the play Salome; and a draft of part of his poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), with previously unknown variations. These will be displayed for the first time in the exhibition Everything is Going On Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia, opening at the Rosenbach on January 23.

Housed in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department, the materials were catalogued and available to the public, however they were unpublished and their sign ...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 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

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

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