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24th Vermont Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair

Swann Galleries


R & A Petrilla


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Austin’s Antiquarian Books

The Economist

Christian Science Monitor

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair


Addison & Sarova, the Rare Book Auctioneers

Freeman’s Auction

PBA Galleries

Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair


WestMount Book Fair

Hobart Book Village

Flamingo Eventz

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Book Fair Calendar

Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair.  New York, NY.   February 18–19, 2017.

New York International Antiquarian Book Fair.  New York, NY.   March 9–12, 2017.

New York City Book & Ephemera Fair.  New York, NY.   March 10, 2017.

Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair.  New York, NY.   March 11, 2017.     (more information)

Westmount Antiquarian Book Fair.  Montreal, QC (Canada).   March 11, 2017.     (more information)

Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair.  Albuquerque, NM.   March 17–18, 2017.

Ephemera 37.  Old Greenwich, CT.   March 17–19, 2017.

Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair.  Sacramento, CA.   March 25, 2017.

Papertown.  Boxborough, MA.   March 25, 2017.     (more information)

Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair.  Richmond, VA.   April 7–8, 2017.

Vermont Spring Book & Ephemera Show.  Burlington, VT.   April 8, 2017.     (more information)

Boston Book & Ephemera Fair.  Lexington, MA.   April 15, 2017.

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair.  St. Petersburg, FL.   April 21–23, 2017.     (more information)

Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show.  Lansing, MI.   April 23, 2017.

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair.  Washington, DC.   April 28–29, 2017.

Allentown Book & Paper Show.  Allentown, PA.   April 29–30, 2017.

St. Louis Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair.  St. Louis, MO.   May 5–7, 2017.

Westfield Book & Paper Show.  Westfield, NY.   May 6, 2017.

St. Louis Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair.  St. Louis, MO.   May 6–7, 2017.

Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair.  Ann Arbor, MI.   May 21, 2017.

London International Antiquarian Book Fair.  London, England.   June 1–3, 2017.

PBFA Antiquarian Book Fair.  London, England.   June 2–3, 2017.

Granite State Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair.  Concord, NH.   June 4, 2017.

Vintage Paper Fair.  Glendale, CA.   June 10–11, 2017.

Chicago Book & Paper Fair.  Chicago, IL.   June 17, 2017.

Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair.  Cooperstown, NY.   June 24, 2017.     (more information)

PulpFest.  Pittsburgh, PA.   June 27–30, 2017.

Twin Cities Antiquarian Book Fair.  St. Paul, MN.   June 30–July 1, 2017.

Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair.  Franklin, TN.   July 21–23, 2017.

Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Book Fair.  Denver, CO.   August 4–5, 2017.

Arkansas Book & Paper Show.  Jacksonville, AR.   August 5–6, 2017.

Papermania.  Hartford, CT.   August 26–27, 2017.

Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair.  Brooklyn, NY.   September 8–10, 2017.

Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair.  Rochester, NY.   September 9, 2017.

Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair.  Sacramento, CA.   September 9, 2017.

Papertown.  Boxborough, MA.   September 16, 2017.     (more information)

North Texas Book & Map Show.  Fort Worth, TX.   October 7–8, 2017.

Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Show.  Pasadena, CA.   October 7–8, 2017.

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair.  Seattle, WA.   October 14–15, 2017.

Pioneer Valley Antiquarian Book Fair.  Northampton, MA.   October 15, 2017.     (more information)

Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Toronto, ON (Canada).   November 3–5, 2017.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Boston, MA.   November 10–12, 2017.

San Francisco Book & Paper Show.  San Francisco, CA.   February 2–3, 2018.

Book Auction Calendar

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   February 15, 2017.

Freeman’s.  Philadelphia, PA.   February 17, 2017.     (more information)

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   February 22, 2017.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   February 23, 2017.     (more information)

Bonhams.  London, England.   March 1, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   March 2, 2017.     (more information)

Heritage Auctions.  New York, NY.   March 8–9, 2017.

Bonhams.  New York, NY.   March 9, 2017.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   March 9, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   March 9, 2017.     (more information)

Lyon & Turnbull.  Edinburgh, Scotland.   March 15, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   March 16, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   March 21, 2017.     (more information)

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   March 22, 2017.

Christie’s.  Paris, France.   March 23, 2017.

Sotheby’s.  London, England.   March 28, 2017.

Christie’s.  London, England.   March 29, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   March 30, 2017.     (more information)

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   March 30, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   April 6, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   April 20, 2017.     (more information)

Bonhams.  New York, NY.   April 25, 2017.

Christie’s.  London, England.   April 26, 2017.

Doyle.  New York, NY.   April 26, 2017.

Freeman’s.  Philadelphia, PA.   April 26, 2017.     (more information)

Lyon & Turnbull.  Edinburgh, Scotland.   April 26, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   April 27, 2017.     (more information)

Doyle.  New York, NY.   May 1, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   May 2, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   May 4, 2017.     (more information)

Heritage Auctions.  Dallas, TX.   May 10–11, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   May 11, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   May 16, 2017.     (more information)

Lyon & Turnbull.  Edinburgh, Scotland.   May 17, 2017.

Christie’s.  London, England.   May 18, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   May 25, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   June 7, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   June 13, 2017.     (more information)

Bonhams.  London, England.   June 14, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   June 15, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   August 2, 2017.     (more information)

Heritage Auctions.  Dallas, TX.   September 14, 2017.

Bonhams.  London, England.   November 22, 2017.

First Printed Laws Governing California Highlight PBA Galleries Americana Sale

On February 23rd, 2017, PBA Galleries will offer a rare first edition of the first printed laws governing Upper California, Reglamento para el Gobierno de la Provincia de Californias. These series of regulations dealt with reform within California presidios and issues of defense as well as local governments, agricultural regulation, land titles, anti-corruption measures, the reduction of missionaries, etc. from the late 18th century until California became a state in 1850. (estimate: $200,000-$300,000).

Three additional California lots are among the highlights.  A San Francisco Directory for the Years 1852-53 complete with the rare double page map. Called by Bancroft “The first really excellent directory” of the city, it has about 9,000 names and an appendix of general information and statistics. (estimate: $5,000-$8,000).  A pair of ůmore

Rare Portfolios Lead March Sale

On Thursday, March 2, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, offering rare portfolios by masters of the last two centuries.

The sale is led by two vibrant lithograph sets, each with additional and complementary works. The publisher’s own set of the rare deluxe edition of Marc Chagall’s Arabian Nights, 1948, boasts an additional thirteenth lithograph showing the King and Scheherazade under the guardianship of a glowing bird; it is expected to sell between $250,000 and $350,000. ůmore

News & Notes

2018 San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair  (submitted by Nancy Johnson)

Nancy Johnson Events Management LLC is delighted to announce the venue and dates for our 2018 San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print & Paper Fair.  The event will be a two-day Friday & Saturday Fair on February 2-3, 2018.   We have chosen a superb location, the  South San Francisco Conference Center, and are making plans  to have this location for many years to come. 

The largest independent Book & Paper Fair in the country, the San Francisco Fair has been a fixture on the bay scene for over three decades.  We acquired the fair from Walter Larsen & Associates in 2011, and our first event was 2012.   Antiquarian booksellers as well as events producers, we assisted Walter Larsen in his 2008 and 2010 Fairs.  No association or organization affiliation is required to participate in the event. ůmore

Art of the Symbolist Book Opens at the Morgan on January 20th

Delirium: The Art of the Symbolist Book, opening January 20 at the Morgan Library & Museum, explores creative encounters between Symbolist authors and the artists in their circles. The movement coalesced during the second half of the nineteenth century as writers in France and Belgium sought a new form of art—one that referenced the visible world as symbols that correlate to ideas and states of mind. The Symbolists celebrated subjectivity, expressed through a nuanced language of reverie, delirium, mysticism, and ecstasy. For these writers, literature suggests meaning rather than defines it. The Symbolist movement was a revolt against naturalism, ůmore

Exhibition of 75 Masterpieces from Sweden's National Museum opens at the Morgan on February 3rd

The Nationalmuseum, Sweden’s largest and most distinguished art institution, is collaborating with the Morgan Library & Museum to bring more than seventy-five masterpieces from its renowned collections to New York in an extraordinary new exhibition opening February 3. The show features work by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn, Antoine Watteau, and François Boucher, and is the first collaboration between the two institutions in almost fifty years.  Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin runs through May 14.   The Nationalmuseum’s core holdings were assembled by Count Carl Gustaf Tessin (1696–1770), a diplomat and one of the great art collectors of his day.  The son and grandson of architects, Tessin held posts in Vienna, Berlin, and Paris, where he came into contact with the leading Parisian artists of the time and commissioned many works from them.  By the time he left the city in 1742, he amassed an impressive collection of paintings and drawings.  

Among the fourteen paintings in the exhibition are three commissioned by Count Tessin and exhibited at the 1740 Parisian Salon.  Chief among these is Boucher’s Triumph of Venus, which is making its first journey to North America. Other paintings include Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s Dachshund Pehr with Dead Game and Rifle, and a Portrait of Count Tessin by Jacques-André-Joseph Aved, in which the collector is shown among his art, books, and medals.  Six works by Jean-Siméon Chardin, notably the Morning Toilette, complete the group. The drawings in the exhibition include works by Italian masters such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Raphael, Giulio Romano, and Annibale Carracci. Northern European artists are represented by Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, and Anthony van Dyck, among others.  The French drawings begin with Primaticcio and practitioners of the Fontainebleau school and include works by Jacques Callot and Nicholas Poussin, as well as Count Tessin’s French contemporaries, Watteau, Boucher, and Chardin. ůmore

by John Huckans
The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (Or, A Plea for a Renewed Red Scare)

Remember Peanutgate?  Didn't think so, because I just made it up.  At any rate, back in 2012 the grandson of a former president and one-time peanut farmer caused a bit of a ruckus by tracking down the source of a secretly recorded video of a meeting between Mitt Romney with some Florida campaign contributors in which Romney made some candid remarks about the 47% who were unlikely to support him in any case.  James Carter arranged to have the 'hacked' video leaked to Mother Jones magazine and according to CNN on February 21, 2013 . . . ůmore

March Auction Features Early Printed Works

On Thursday, March 9, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books, featuring a premier selection of early English material.  The top lot of the sale is a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, Mainz, 1455, with the text of Ecclesiasticus 16:14-18:29, estimated at $40,000 to $60,000.  Further doctrinal material includes the fourth edition of the first volume of Petrus Berchorius's Liber Bibliae moralis, Cologne, 1477, a thirteenth century encyclopedia of the Bible and the natural world ($10,000 to $15,000) and the first edition in English of Hans Holbein’s The Images of the Old Testament, 1549, featuring 94 woodcuts by the artist and valued at $10,000 to $15,000.  A 1560 first edition of the Geneva Bible, the predominant bible in Elizabethan England, is expected to bring $10,000 to $15,000.  ůmore

by Anthony B. Marshall
Getting to Know the Doctor

As far as I know, I am one of only two members of the Johnson Society of Australia who are booksellers.  I strongly suspect that I am the only one who has ever felt ambivalent, even fraudulent, about his membership.  Although I am not, I think, an unclubable man, when I attended my first (and only) meeting of the society, held in the elegant upstairs chambers of Bell's Hotel in South Melbourne, I skulked in the background, feeling like an interloper, an impostor. I was the Great Sham of Literature. Why?  For one thing, at the time I had not read more than odd fragments of Dr. Johnson's writings.  For another, a lot of what I had read fairly made my blood boil.  And yet, and yet.  Something about the man, while it repelled me, also attracted me, fascinated me, sucked me in.  Enough, clearly, to make me want to join the club, pay my dues and turn up at the meeting.  Not as a saboteur or as a heckler but in good faith.  Even so, at that Johnson Society meeting ůmore

Prices Achieved at Recent Auctions

Largest Collection of Mucha at Auction Sells 93% at Swann's First 2017 Sale

On Thursday, January 26, Swann Galleries opened their 2017 season with a landmark sale of Alphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection, the largest private collection of works by the artist and his circle ever to come to auction. Of the over 200 posters, sketches and ephemera, more than half of which were by Mucha; many of the pieces were unique, previously unrecorded, or had never before appeared at auction.

Swann President and Principal Auctioneer Nicholas D. Lowry, who is also the director of the Vintage Posters department, sold works to a packed room, with all bidding phones occupied.  All but one of 136 offered works by Mucha found new homes, leading to a 93% sell-through rate for the entire sale. Mr. Lowry noted, “By all metrics the auction was a huge success.  It was the highest sell-through rate of any major posters sale anywhere in the world since ůmore

by John Huckans
The Long National Nightmare

Laugh about it, shout about it
When you've got to choose
Every way you look at this you lose...

I think our presidential elections have become perpetual reality television for all sorts of reasons – for one thing it gives steady jobs to political reporters and a lot of advertising dollars for people in the television news business.  We might hope it will be over and done with come November 8th, but I fear this is the nightmare that won't go away.  My pretty safe prediction is that barely six months into 2017 some television 'news reporters' with nothing better to do will be stirring up speculation about likely candidates for 2020 and start the cycle all over again.  I placed 'news reporters' in single quotes because by now it must be fairly obvious that journalists have all but given up their traditional role of being disinterested professionals and have become enthusiastic and unashamed curators ůmore

by John C. Huckans
Trumped, Part II (or is this 1856 all over again?)

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

Uncommon Books Offered by Various Booksellers

(Scarce Photo of Baldwin in His Airship - 1909)  Original 10x8" b&w press photo of Thomas Scott Baldwin in his airship over the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Sep 25 - Oct 9, 1909.  Numerous pencil identifications and news service rubber stamps on the reverse.  Baldwin is a very famous aviator who is not widely known.  He held Balloon Pilot License #1, Airship Pilot License #9 and Airplane Pilot License #7.  Good condition, some small chips around the edges not affecting the image.  $55.00  (more on this and other books available from Early Aeronautica)

Roosevelt, Theodore.  A Book-Lover's Holidays In The Open.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1916.  First Edition.  Hardcover.  Octavo; pp. x,(vi), 373, (ii), appendices, ad leaf for Life Histories; Illustrated; color frontispiece by Ted Pitman, and two additional black and white illustrations; blue cloth, gilt device, top edge gilt.  A collection of varied pieces from hunting cougars to Hopi...  $125.00   (more on this and other books available from Theodore Roosevelt Books)

Frost, Robert. North of Boston.   New York: Henry Holt and Co. 1915.  First American edition to be printed in America. Denoted the "third edition" on copyright page but actually the second edition, as the first Holt edition from the British sheets was labeled "second edition." Inscribed  "To Walter King Stone -- 1932." Above his inscription Frost has transcribed the complete poem "The Pasture," the first poem in this book, which made its first appearance in this title; and, at Frost's direction, the first poem in all later selections or collections of his poetry. . . $6,000.00  (more on this and other books available from Quill & Brush)

Strickland, Agnes. Lives of the Queens of England, from the Norman Conquest; with Anecdotes of their Courts, Now First Published from Official Records and other Authentic Documents, Private as well as Public. New Edition, with Corrections and Additions. Philadelphia: Blanchard & Lea, 1855. Revised & Enlarged Edition. 12 volumes bound as six. Bound in half brown morocco and marbled boards, marbled endpapers.  $200.00   (more on this and other books available from R & A Petrilla)

Solis [y Ribadeneyra], Antonio de.  The History of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards. Translated from the Original Spanish of Don Antonio de Solis [y Ribadeneyra], Secretary and Historiographer to His Catholick Majesty, by Thomas Townsend, Esq; The whole Translation Revised and Corrected by Nathanael [sic] Hooke, Esq;… The Third Edition. London: Printed for H. Lintot; J. Whiston and B. White, at Mr. Boyle’s Head, and L. Davis, at Lord Bacon’s Head, both in Fleet-street; and D. Wilson, at Plato’s Head, in the Strand, MDCCLIII [1753].  12mo., xvi, 384, folding frontispiece, 2 folding maps, 4 folding plates; x, 386pp., 2 folding plates.  Bound in contemporary full calf, double-ruled gilt borders, raised bands, red leather labels intact.  SABIN 86491.  According to Sabin copies held by the Library of Congress, Library Company of Philadelphia, New York Public Library et al. have only two plates in volume 2.   External hinges of volume 1 tender and beginning to crack, o/w a very nice set with plates in brilliant condition.  $750.00   (more on this and other books available from John C. Huckans Books)

(Sugar Castles & Fruit Fantasias - early Spanish dessert recipes)  Mata, Juan de la.  Arte de reposteria, en que se contiene todo gènero de hacer dulces secos, y en lìquido, vizcochos, turrones, natas: Bebidas heladas de todos generos, rosolis, mistelas, &c. con una breve instruccion para conocer las frutas, y servirlas crudas.  Madrid: Josef Herrera, 1786. 4to. [2] ff., 208 pp. $2750.00   (more on this and other books available from Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts) ůmore

Martin Luther at the Morgan

Five hundred years ago a monk in a backwater town at the edge of Germany took on the most powerful men in Europe—the Holy Roman Emperor and the Pope—and he won.  Martin Luther’s Reformation ranks among the most successful religious movements in history, altering western society and culture forever, and was a testament to his creative use of communications, notably rapidly evolving print technology, to promote his views. ůmore

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. ůmore

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