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Book Fair Calendar

Northampton Book & Book Arts Fair.  Northampton, MA.   December 4–5, 2015.

PBFA Antiquarian Book Fair.  Edinburgh, Scotland.   December 5, 2015.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   December 13, 2015.

Papermania Plus.  Hartford, CT.   January 9–10, 2016.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   January 10, 2016.

Austin Book, Paper & Photo Show.  Austin, TX.   January 15–16, 2016.

Papertown.  Boxborough, MA.   January 23, 2016.     (more information)

San Francisco Book, Print & Ephemera Fair.  San Mateo, CA.   February 5–6, 2016.     (more information)

California International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Pasadena, CA.   February 12–14, 2016.     (more information)

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   February 14, 2016.

Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair.  New York, NY.   February 19–21, 2016.     (more information)

PBFA Antiquarian Book Fair.  Cambridge, England.   February 19–20, 2016.

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair.  Arlington, VA.   March 4–5, 2016.

Edinburgh Book Fair.  Edinburgh, Scotland.   March 4–5, 2016.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   March 6, 2016.

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair.  St. Petersburg, FL.   March 11–13, 2016.

Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair.  Albuquerque, NM.   March 18–19, 2016.

Ephemera 36.  Old Greenwich, CT.   March 18–20, 2016.

Akron Antiquarian Book & Paper Show.  Akron, OH.   March 25–26, 2016.

Long Island Antiquarian Book Fair.  Brookville, NY.   April 2–3, 2016.     (more information)

New York Antiquarian Book Fair.  New York, NY.   April 7–10, 2016.

New York City Book Fair.  New York, NY.   April 9, 2016.

Manhattan Vintage Book, Ephemera & Fine Press Book Fair.  New York, NY .   April 9, 2016.     (more information)

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   April 10, 2016.

PBFA Antiquarian Book Fair.  Oxford, England.   April 23–24, 2016.

Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair.  Richmond, VA.   April 29–30, 2016.

St. Louis Fine Press & Rare Book Fair.  St. Louis, MO.   May 7–8, 2016.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   May 8, 2016.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   May 22, 2016.

London International Antiquarian Book Fair.  London, England.   May 26–28, 2016.

PBFA Antiquarian Book Fair.  London, England.   May 27–28, 2016.

Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair.  Cooperstown, NY.   June 25, 2016.

PBFA Antiquarian Book Fair.  Bristol, England.   July 8–9, 2016.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   July 10, 2016.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   August 14, 2016.

Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair.  Rochester, NY.   September 10, 2016.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   September 11, 2016.

PBFA Antiquarian Book Fair.  York, England.   September 16–17, 2016.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   October 9, 2016.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   November 13, 2016.

Bloomsbury Book Fair.  London, England.   December 11, 2016.

Book Auction Calendar

National Book Auctions.  Ithaca, NY.   November 22, 2015.

Doyle.  New York, NY.   November 23, 2015.

Bonhams.  Oxford, England.   November 24, 2015.

Sotheby’s.  London, England.   November 24, 2015.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   November 24, 2015.     (more information)

Christie’s.  London, England.   December 1, 2015.

Christie’s.  Paris, France.   December 2, 2015.

Sotheby’s.  New York, NY.   December 2, 2015.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   December 3, 2015.     (more information)

Freeman’s.  Philadelphia, PA.   December 6, 2015.     (more information)

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

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

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   December 8, 2015.     (more information)

Bonham’s.  New York, NY.   December 9, 2015.

Sotheby’s.  Paris, France.   December 11, 2015.

National Book Auctions.  Ithaca, NY.   December 13, 2015.

Sotheby’s.  New York, NY.   December 14, 2015.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   December 15, 2015.     (more information)

Sotheby’s.  London, England.   December 15, 2015.

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

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   December 17, 2015.     (more information)

Sotheby’s.  Paris, France.   December 17, 2015.

Sotheby’s.  New York, NY.   December 22, 2015.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   January 14, 2016.     (more information)

Skinner, Inc.  Boston, MA.   January 22, 2016.

Freeman’s.  Philadelphia, PA.   January 25, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   January 26, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   January 28, 2016.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   January 28, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   February 4, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   February 11, 2016.     (more information)

Bonham’s.  Los Angeles, CA.   February 14, 2016.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   February 14, 2016.     (more information)

Bonham’s.  London, England.   February 17, 2016.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   February 25, 2016.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   March 3, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   March 8, 2016.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   March 10, 2016.     (more information)

Bonham’s.  London, England.   March 16, 2016.

Sotheby’s.  London, England.   March 22, 2016.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   March 31, 2016.     (more information)

Christie’s.  New York, NY.   April 4, 2016.

Phillips.  New York, NY.   April 4, 2016.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   April 7, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   April 12, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   April 19, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   April 28, 2016.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   May 5, 2016.     (more information)

Phillips.  London, England.   May 19, 2016.

by John Huckans
Some Thoughts on the Morgan's Hemingway Exhibit

Not long after returning from Scotland, we attended the Morgan's Hemingway exhibition that remains on view until the end of January 2016.  The Morgan Library and Museum, on Madison Avenue at 36th Street in mid-town Manhattan, has put on many important events over the years and I have to think this is one of the most instructive on many levels.

I've read a lot by and about Hemingway (one of the best biographies is the major one by Carlos Baker that was published in 1969), learned a lot at the exhibition, and came away with the sense that scholars of the future will find much less in the way of a paper trail to add to their understanding of the creative process of writers working today.  The Morgan has displayed a substantial sampling of the working drafts of many of Hemingway's novels and short stories (The Sun Also Rises, the Nick Adam ...more

News & Notes

Boxborough Paper Town Returns January 23, 2016

Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the popular Boxborough Paper Town – The vintage paper, books & advertising event that emphasizes all things paper – from classic ephemera to books, board games, postcards, advertising, classic vinyl, and more. A favorite of both dealers and customers, it continues to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success.

Scheduled for Saturday January 23, 2016 at the well-known Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA, exhibitors from across the Northeast and Canada will be offering an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and more. Plus there will be appraisals by John Bruno, of the PBS series Market Warriors, and guest appraisers from 12 noon to 2pm.

Exhibitor Specialties include: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, ...more

Prices Achieved at Recent Auctions

Photojournalism, portraiture and works by women performed well in Swann Galleries’ October 15 auction of Icons & Images: Fine & Vernacular Photographs which brought over $1.4 million and saw particular success for female photographers and documentary photographers.
The highlight of the sale was Sally Mann’s silver print Candy Cigarette, 1989, which sold for $215,000. The iconic image of Mann’s daughter Jesse wasn’t the only work by a female photographer to perform well in the sale: Morroccan photographer Lalla Essaydi’s oversized chromogenic print Converging Territories #10, 2003, realized $22,500; while Dorothea Lange’s emotional 1936 silver print Migrant Mother, printed 1970s, brought $20,000. ...more

Planes, Trains and Ocean Liners

On Thursday, November 19, Swann Galleries will offer Rare & Important Travel Posters, featuring classic images advertising ocean liner, rail, and plane travel, as well as scenic and exotic destinations.
The top lot of the sale is Roger Broders chic and stylish Dunkerque, circa 1930 (estimate $12,000 to $18,000).  Broders’s clean, simple lines heighten the art deco sensibility of this poster, which features a couple pulling into the port city on their yacht though it is, in fact, an advertisement for travel by rail.  Another Broders work highlighting a destination to encourage travel by rail is Chamonix Mt. Blanc, 1930 ($8,000 to $12,000), ...more

From Poe to Pulp: Mystery, Detective & Science-Fiction Literature

On Tuesday, November 10, Swann Galleries’ Books & Manuscripts department will offer a two-part sale of 19th & 20th century literature featuring the Lawrence M. Solomon Collection.  The sale will open with the Solomon Collection.  Dr. Solomon, a dermatologist who lived and worked in Chicago, fell in love with books at an early age.  He began collecting in earnest at age 12, and by the time of his death last year at the age of 83, Dr. Solomon had amassed a collection of 6,000 books, ranging from the macabre works of Edgar Allen Poe to the most dramatic pulp hits, including many first editions and a few very special and scarce items that trace back to the roots of the genres he loved.  Dr. Solomon’s collection is headlined by three novels by Dashiell Hammett, progenitor of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction: ...more

by John Huckans
The Oregon Tragedy

In Another Publication Goes Digital & Narcissism's Darker Side (March 2013) I commented on the then recent mass murder of school children by a celebrity-seeking, criminal narcissist whose name I've forgotten – but if you happen to remember who it was, please don't bother telling me. I have a hard enough time remembering important things.

At any rate, the latest, at a community college in Oregon, happened on a gun-free campus making it a bit safer for the shooter to go about his business.  But this time, according to several witnesses, the tragedy has all the hallmarks of a religious hate crime. ...more

The Morgan Presents First Major Museum Exhibition on Life and Writings of Hemingway

In July 1918, Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961) was serving as a volunteer with the Red Cross on the Italian Front during World War I when he was seriously wounded by mortar fire.  He was just eighteen.  Later he would write, “When you go to war as a boy you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed; not you . . . Then when you are badly wounded the first time you lose that illusion and you know it can happen.”  Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars is the first museum exhibition devoted to one of the most celebrated writers of the twentieth century.  His direct, spare style influenced successive generations of authors around the world.  And tens of millions would read his books and never forget the stories and characters in ...more

by Michael Pixley
Death of a Book Store

It was probably during the summer of 1998 that I made two important decisions. First, I would retire from the Foreign Service in July 1999 (when I turned fifty years old).  Secondly, I would start my own book business. After all, I had held on to my quite considerable academic library (accumulated in the 1970s) and that would constitute the ‘seeds’ of my yet to be realized venture. The only critical question was… what next? ...more

by Anthony Marshall
A Body in a Library

There are twelve of us in total, gathered here in the library. The usual suspects? Not exactly. But many of the faces are familiar to me, and probably also to my friend, Steve Brazil, who has a secondhand bookshop in Melbourne. I've invited him to accompany me on this investigation. His role is to play Dr. Watson, while I play Sherlock Holmes. With his military background – five years spent as a volunteer in the Australian Defence Force, as a means of dodging the Vietnam war draft – he should be handy with a revolver. Or perhaps not. Steve is frankly a weedy-looking individual, with pacifist instincts. Still, it's good to have someone along, however puny, to mind my back. This crowd looks mean, someone is dead, and things could turn ugly.

Just kidding. We're not here to investigate a murder. But there is a body. It's a body of people called the Book Collectors' Society of Australia (BCSA). And there is a library: the State Library of Victoria, smack in the middle of Melbourne, and that's where we are ...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

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 occuring?  Robert Kemp thought so in 2005 and correctly points out that since change is the only real constant, a better question would be is it a good or bad thing?

The entire subject has become so politically-charged nowadays that calm and rational discussion has become nearly impossible, with name-calling the usual response to those who question the accepted political orthodoxy.  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

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