• <b>Chiswick Auctions: Modern First Editions, Illustrated Books & Limited Editions. May 30, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Hammett (Dashiell). <i>The Maltese Falcon,</i> FIRST EDITION. A very good copy of this most influential detective fiction novel. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Hemingway (Ernest). <i>In Our Time,</i> FIRST EDITION, NUMBER 137 OF 170 COPIES on Rives handmade paper. £15,000 to £18,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Hemingway (Ernest). <i>A Farewell to Arms,</i> FIRST EDITION, inscribed by the author to Mike Murphy, a Hemingway biographer and scholar. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Modern First Editions, Illustrated Books & Limited Editions. May 30, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Kerouac (Jack). <i>On the Road,</i> FIRST EDITION, New York, Viking, 1957. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Ransome (Arthur). <i>Swallows and Amazons,</i> FIRST EDITION, ownership inscription to half title. Only 2,000 copies of the first edition printed. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Sewell (Anna). <i>Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions. The Autobiography of a Horse. Translated from the original Equine,</i> FIRST EDITION, engraved frontispiece. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Modern First Editions, Illustrated Books & Limited Editions. May 30, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Capa (Robert). <i>Omaha Beach D-Day, June 6th, 1944,</i> gelatine silver print, printed under the direct supervision of Cornell Capa, 40 x 50.5 cm. £3,000 to £5,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Cartier-Bresson (Henri). 'Loudres – Pilgrims Assemble', silver print, stamps and annotations on verso, very slight scratch, 170 x 240 mm, 1950. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Carroll, Lewis [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge]. <i>The Nursery Alice,</i> FIRST EDITION, a very rare inscribed, dedication copy. £8,000 to £10,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Modern First Editions, Illustrated Books & Limited Editions. May 30, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Potter (Beatrix). <i>The Tale of Peter Rabbit,</i> FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, limited to 250 copies [with] the FIRST PUBLISHED EDITION. £12,000 to £15,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Wells (H. G.). <i>War of the Worlds,</i> original Danish manuscript, the text written out in block script ink, with over 620 original drawings in ink and watercolour. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, May 30:</b> Toulouse-Lautrec (Henri de).- Clemenceau (Georges). <i>Au Pied de Sinai,</i> NUMBER 104 OF 355 COPIES, with the suite of 10 lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in 2 states. £1,500 to £2,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Penguin Convention,</i> watercolor, cover for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1977. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Ludwig Bemelmans, <i>Agreed! No whiskey anywhere is more deluxe than Walker's DeLuxe,</i> pen, ink & watercolor, 1957. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Charles Schulz, <i>Do you like Beethoven?,</i> pen & ink, 9-panel <i>Peanuts</i> comic, 1970. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Russell Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor & gouache, cover for <i>Nancy Drew,</i> 1944. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Arthur Rackham, <i>Danaë & the Infant Perseus,</i> watercolor, ink & wash, for Hawthorne's <i>A Wonder Book,</i> 1922. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Tom Lovell, <i>I believe in magic too,</i> oil on canvas, published in <i>Woman's Home Companion,</i> 1947. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Enoch Bolles, <i>With Love...,</i> watercolor & gouache, cover for <i>Wow!</i> magazine, 1931. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b><br>Rick Meyerowitz & Maira Kalman, <i>New Yorkistan,</i> pen, ink & watercolor sketch for a <i>New Yorker cover,</i> 2001. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Jessie Willcox Smith, <i>Touching,</i> watercolor for <i>The Five Senses</i> by Angela M. Keyes, 1911. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Edward Gorey, <i>ABA 75,</i> watercolor & ink, cover for <i>Publisher's Weekly,</i> 1975. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Aubrey Beardsley, <i>Shelter,</i> pen & ink, for <i>Bon-Mots,</i> 1892. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 5:</b> Tedd Arnold, <i>I think it was three days ago...,</i> colored pencil & watercolor, for <i>Parts,</i> 1996. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Arenberg Auctions: May 25 and<br>May 26, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, May 25 & 26:</b> VAN ORLEY, Richard. "Les avantures de Telemaque fils d'Ulÿsse &c." Set of 86 superb ink drawings. 45,000 to 60,000 €
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, May 25 & 26:</b> Gojôraku Tôkaidô [or] Tôkaidô meisho fukei. Processional Tôkaido drawn by Prof. Moro, coloured prints in one set of 100 sheets]. 15,000 to 18,000 €
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, May 25 & 26:</b> DURAS, Marguerite. <i>Moderato cantabile.</i> Original lithographs by André Minaux. 22 lithographs. 4,000 to 4,500 €
    <b>Arenberg Auctions: May 25 and<br>May 26, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, May 25 & 26:</b> ADAMS, Georges. A pair of 18-inch English globes. [London], s.n., [1766]. ORIGINAL GLOBES by Georges Adams dedicated to King George III. 9,000 to 12,000 €
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, May 25 & 26:</b> BLAEU, Joan. <i>[Atlas maior, sive cosmographia blaviana, qua solum, salum, coelum, accuratissime describuntur]. Geographia, quae est cosmographiae Blaviana pars prima [...].</i> 250,000 to 350,000 €
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, May 25 & 26:</b> VAN DER MEULEN, Adam Frans. <i>[Vues, marches, entrées, passages et autres sujets servant à l'histoire de Louis XIV].</i> 35,000 to 50,000 €
    <b>Arenberg Auctions: May 25 and<br>May 26, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, May 25 & 26:</b> GALILEI, Galileo. <i>Galileo a Madama Cristina di Lorena</i> (1615). Precious copy of one of the most famous and popular miniature books. 2,500 to 3,000 €
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, May 25 & 26:</b> Biblia Vulgata. Latin. [France, last quarter 13th c.] 8,000 to 12,000 €
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, May 25 & 26:</b> Horae. Use of Rome. Latin (and a few French rubrics). [Hainaut (Mons or Valenciennes), c. 1490]. 40,000 to 50,000 €
    <b>Arenberg Auctions: May 25 and<br>May 26, 2018</b>
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, May 25 & 26:</b> GARSIAS, Paulus. <i>[Determinationes magistrales contra conclusions Joannis Pici Mirandulae].</i> (Rome, E. Silber, 15 October 1489). 12,000 to 15,000 €
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, May 25 & 26:</b> LORRIS, Guillaume de; MEUNG, Jean de. <i>Le rommant de la Rose nouuellement reueu et corrige oultre les precedentes impressions</i> [ed. Guillaume Michel]. 3,000 to 4,000 €
    <b>Arenberg Auctions, May 25 & 26:</b> LA FONTAINE, Jean de. <i>Fables choisies, mises en vers.</i> Paris, Desaint & Saillant, Durand. De l'imprimerie de Charles-Antoine Jombert, 1755<br> [- 1759]. 10,000 to 12,000 €
  • <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg: Rare Books Auction on May 28th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> Book of Hours. Workshop Vrelant, around 1460-70. Est: € 30,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> J. J. Marinoni, <i>De Astronomica specula,</i> 1745. Est: € 12,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> C. S. Lewis, <i>The Chronicles of Narnia,</i> 1950-56. Est: € 7,500
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg: Rare Books Auction on May 28th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> G. W. Knorr, <i>Regnum florae,</i> 1750. Est:<br>€ 15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> A. M. S. Boethius, <i>De philosophico consolatu,</i> 1501. Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> J. Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> 1922. Est: € 5,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg: Rare Books Auction on May 28th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> Ornaments by H. Vogeler, 1900. Est:<br>€ 4,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> <i>Biblia Germanica,</i> 1490. Est: € 15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> F. M. Regenfuss, <i>Auserlesne Schnecken und Muscheln,</i> 1758. Est: € 18,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg: Rare Books Auction on May 28th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> Einband Henry van de Velde, 1929. Est: € 4,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> <i>Hortus Sanitatis,</i> 1517. Est: € 12,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 28:</b> R. Crevel and J. Miró, 1957. Est: € 3,500

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - April - 2016 Issue

South Chicago’s Woodson Library scheduled for long needed structural repairs; Regional Library & Afro-American Harsh Collection will close while improvements made

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An architect's rendering of multi-million dollar improvements to the exterior of the Woodson Regional Library in Chicago slated to go out to bid soon. (Photo Chicago Public Library)

The Woodson Library is one of two major regional libraries in the Chicago Public Library system. It is located on the South Side of the city at 95th and Halsted. The Woodson is also home to one of the nation’s largest and most important archives of Afro-American materials which is housed in an annex attached to the Woodson.

 

The Woodson Library and the Harsh collection first came to the attention of Rare Book Hub through an article that ran in Feb. 2016 in the Non-Profit Quarterly, a Boston based magazine and digital site. This publication ran an article  headlined “Library with Priceless Collection Of Black Literature Crumbling in Chicago.”  It began with a first paragraph stating, “The Midwest’s largest collection of Black literature is in jeopardy and Chicago city officials do not exactly appear to be on the case. The Carter G. Woodson Library in the Southside Chicago neighborhood of Washington Heights, which is primarily African American, is in danger of being destroyed as the building housing it crumbles. The city does not seem to have a timely solution to save it.”

 

Link: nonprofitquarterly.org/2016/02/24/library-with-priceless-collection-of-black-literature-crumbling-in-chicago

 

Also reporting somewhat earlier on the situation at the Woodson was Andrea Watson, for the Chicago website DNAinfo. She titled her January 29, 2016 article - Angry residents lash out at Chicago Public Library over Woodson conditions.

 

Link: www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160129/washington-heights/angry-residents-lash-out-at-chicago-public-library-over-woodson-condition

 

And from WGN TV - wgntv.com/2016/02/18/chicago-library-housing-historic-collection-of-black-literature-in-jeopardy

 

The good news is that since these stories ran more current information has been received indicating that as much as $10 million will soon be spent to remedy deficiencies to the exterior of the Woodson structure. The improvements will be paid for by grant funds from the State of Illinois. The project is now in the bid phase which should be complete by the end of Spring.

 

The less happy news is that both the Woodson and the Harsh collection will be closed during construction - estimated to take eight months to a year from the time a contractor is selected. During the closure patrons will be redirected to other area libraries. Portions of the Harsh Collection, especially those in digital format, will still be available to researchers, students and others interested in its substantial holdings.

 

The Vivian G. Harsh Collection of Afro-American History and Literature is described in a recent Society of American Archivist announcement - www2.archivists.org/node/14417 -as, “the oldest and largest African American studies repository in the Midwest. Founded in 1932 by Vivian G. Harsh, the first black librarian to head a branch of the Chicago Public Library system, the 'Special Negro Collection,' became a community focus of the surrounding 'Bronzeville' neighborhood and one of engines of the Chicago Renaissance of the 1930s and 1940s.

 

"While developing this collection as a research and programming center for Chicago’s community of black scholars and activists, Harsh won the support and assistance of such leaders and writers as Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, Arna Bontemps, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes and Horace Cayton.

 

"Assisted by the pioneering black children’s librarian Charlemae Hill Rollins, the collection became an extraordinary meeting place that helped develop the work of many black thinkers. The 'Special Negro Collection' was moved to Carter G. Woodson Regional Library in 1975, and re-named in honor of Vivian G. Harsh. Today it holds more than 200 archival and manuscript collections, totaling nearly 4,000 linear feet."

 

A recent query to the Chicago Area Archivists (CAA) list serv yielded the following response from a staffer at the Harsh Collection who wrote to the CAA  list (but did not respond to Rare Book Hub) with the following information which was forwarded to RBH by a third party.

 

“There have been a number of stories in the media and on the internet about the Harsh Collection and the Woodson Regional Library that have contained factual errors and misinformation,” the correspondent wrote.

 

“We take great pride in the seminal body of work established by Ms. Harsh, the first African American branch manager in the Chicago Public Library system, and have seen it grow exponentially in both size and stature in the 80+ years it has been in existence.

 

“Let me assure everyone that the collection is safe both physically and intellectually. It is housed in a climate-controlled environment in archival storage containers and sound housing in an expansion built specifically for the archive that opened in 1999. It has been staffed by curators who are specialists in the field of African American Studies and Chicago history and archivists knowledgeable and experienced in the processing of archival materials. In addition to our curator and archivists, we have librarians and a preservationist who also are assigned to the collection, and have received a number of grants in recent years for project archivists which have greatly assisted the library in making these unique and significant collections accessible for future generations.

 

“The collection is used throughout the year at Woodson by students of all ages for Metro History Fair, Science Fair, and African American History Month projects. It is also consistently used by scholarly researchers. 

 

"In 2015, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Yale University, the University of Chicago, Princeton, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Kent State University used the collection to assist in writing dissertations, scholarly papers, and for other research purposes. The Harsh Collection also regularly plans and conducts a full retinue of exhibits and programs, including the Harsh Reader’s Circle Book Club, regular lectures on the African American experience in Chicago, and visits from research and genealogy groups. Our current exhibit celebrates the 100  year anniversary of the Chicago Defender newspaper.

 

“Woodson Regional Library is not crumbling;" the writer continued, “however there have been serious issues with the building’s masonry. We will be undergoing a major renovation of the 1975 building envelope, windows and roof which will begin later this year. The work being done to the façade of the library will not affect the Harsh wing.

 

“If you have additional questions about the Harsh Collection or the Woodson renovation project, please feel free to contact Rodney Freeman, Regional Director, or Andrea Telli, Assistant Commissioner of Neighborhood Services. (See their  contact information at end of article.)

 

RBH was encouraged by this response, but it proved impossible to speak directly with either Andrea Telli or Rodney Freeman, despite repeated inquiries. 

 

However Freeman did respond to written questions and his answers are in red. There are also comments in green from Mevin R. Thompson, Executive Director - Endeleo Institute, a community organization affiliated with the Trinity Church (United Church of Christ) long a part of this South Side neighborhood.

 

(Contact information for Thompson, Trinity and Endeleo is given at the end of this article.)

 

THE BUILDING - Woodson Library

Please provide current and correct information regarding the status of repairs to this structure and when they are scheduled to be completed.

 

Answer: Librarian Freeman

"The project to replace Woodson Regional Library’s complete building envelope with additional interior improvements is underway. The bid package for the project is currently being advertised on the City’s Department of Procurement Services website and the project is being led by the City of Chicago’s Department of Fleet & Facility Management. Despite the report(s) that the building has been neglected, the city has made significant improvements to the building, such as the build out of a Computer Commons in 2010, a new YOUmedia digital lab for teens in 2015, improved lighting and ceiling replacement throughout, and an upgrade of the building’s fire alarm system (in progress).

 

"The Woodson Regional Library Complete Envelope Replacement and Interior Improvement Project includes the following scope. The project is going through a competitive bid process which should be complete this spring (2016).

 

"Construction is expected to begin later this year and continue through the 3rd quarter of 2017."

 

· Complete envelope replacement including new roof, exterior walls and windows (due to thermal breaks in the masonry)

· Upgrades to flooring, lighting and paint in lobby and other public areas

· Updated guardrails and handrails on monumental stairway

· Construction of two new, glazed study rooms on the second floor

· Addition of 2 parking spots for the disabled in parking lot

 

The following are also planned, pending funding from the State of Illinois:

· Upgrade and renovation of auditorium

· Upgrade to parking lot

 

Additional comment in green by Mel Thompson of the Trinity Church sponsored community organization - advocating for Woodson improvements:

 

"Structurally, the building is unsafe, which explains why the scaffolding remains in place. The only improvements made in 2015 that I can confirm for sure is the YOUmedia space, which was one of the things sought by us initially.

 

"Any other work mentioned may have indeed occurred, but the city's poor job of communicating information to the community is to blame.  

 

"Upgrading the parking lot is new to me." (And indeed the city PR personnel later clarified that the parking lot may be improved at some future unspecified date, but that presently what is actually included in the parking portion of the upgrade is two handicapped parking spaces - RBH)

 

"We pleaded with the city to include it in this renovation because we find it untenable that they would do a project of this magnitude and not include the parking lot.  

 

"The City of Chicago has literally hundreds of millions of dollars in TIF (tax increment financing) money that could easily be used to supplement the $10M Library State Grant. In other libraries in the city, they are doing these LEED-Certified parking lots that are replete with new low voltage lighting, greenery, iron fencing and high tech drainage systems that eliminate flooding and standing water during heavy rains. Our parking lot is four times the size and we get nothing but statements about future plans. Ridiculous!

 

ROLE OF CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM 

The local news coverage also indicated that no representative from the Chicago Public Library System attended a recent meeting to address the concerns of the South Side public. Please explain how this happened and what has been done since to correct the communication with the public who live in the area served by the Woodson Library?

 

Librarian Freeman’s answer:

"Three community meetings have been held since December 2015, and representatives from all agencies involved in the project were present to answer questions related to their areas of responsibility: Chicago Public Library for library programs and services, Fleet & Facility Management for the scope and management of the construction project, Procurement Services for the contracting and hiring process, as well as the Law Department."

 

Community representative Thompson's comment:

"There was a meeting scheduled where key city officials did not show. That is a fact. Since then, another took place and those officials did in fact attend, but it doesn't negate the fact that they blew off the previous meeting."

 

RACIAL OVERTONES

There is definitely a racial overtone to the prior media coverage which would seem to imply that since this library is in a less affluent and largely black area of Chicago its needs have been ignored by the Chicago Public Library system. Please respond to these allegations.

 

Librarian Freeman’s  answer:

"Chicago has two regional libraries serving the North and South Sides of Chicago that draw visitors not only from their local communities but from patrons all around the city.

 

"The Woodson Regional Library is located in the Washington Heights Community on the South Side of Chicago and holds important historic collections valuable to Chicago's history and the community. Woodson is an extremely valuable asset to the community and the library system in Chicago.

 

"Chicago Public Library works closely with our Department Fleet and Facilities Management, which manages the upkeep and construction of all city facilities, to ensure all libraries across the city are operational. Over the years, Woodson has experienced upgrades and we are now in the process of initiating the largest overall construction project to Woodson and look forward to its completion."

 

Community representative Thompson’s comment:

"The facts speak for themselves. For scaffolding to be erected as a safety measure for nearly two decades in a regional public facility on the South Side in the third largest city in America says a great deal about how the city feels about our community. Remember, since 1989 they've been improving or building new libraries here. Yet the city could not show us any remote plans for Woodson when we first approached them."

 

BUREAUCRACY - It took the writer of this article multiple phone calls to get past the switchboard at the Woodson Library. It took another day to reach the PR people at the Chicago Public Library. RBH is sure that others in the field of rare book and special collections  are interested in following up on this situation. Who is the authorized spokesperson?

 

Librarian Freeman replied:

"For Harsh Collection inquiries or Chicago Public Library related inquiries, please contact our Press and Marketing department at 312-747-4050.

 

"For inquiries related to the status of the Woodson project, please contact the City of Chicago's Department of Procurement: Catherine.Kwiatkowski@cityofchicago.org or The Department of Fleet and Facility Management, who are managing the construction project."

 

RODNEY FREEMAN - Librarian Freeman who heads the Woodson Library is an Indiana University graduate from a library program that stressed diversity, could he please tell us more about this program and where to find more information about it? Please also provide additional information on his career and current responsibilities?

 

Freeman replied:

"As Regional Library Director, I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility including programs, services, collections, and personnel.

 

"I began at Woodson in December 2014; before obtaining this position, I worked as a branch manager in the Indianapolis Public Library and in the St. Louis Public Library system. Information about the graduate program I attended at Indiana University can found here: soic.iupui.edu/lis.

 

"Woodson is a vibrant and well-used community resource averaging 26,000 visitors per month. Currently we offer weekly preschool story times and after school drop-in programs for children and families; free homework help through the Teacher in the Library program and online through Brainfuse.

 

"For teens, we offer financial literacy programs and “Social Saturdays” for DIY projects in YOUmedia. We also offer free AARP tax assistance through April; serve as an Early Voting location; host a monthly Harsh Readers Circle Book Discussion, among many other programs and events, many of which can be found on our events page:

chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/search/fq=branch_location_id:(98).

 

HARSH COLLECTION - Can you tell our readers more about the Harsh collection? Who is the person in charge of this special collection and what is its present status?

 

"The best place to experience the holdings of the Harsh Collection is at its page on the CPL website: www.chipublib.org/vivian-g-harsh-research-collection.

 

"Robert Miller is our Curator of the Harsh Collection, which is staffed by librarians and archivists who are specialists in the field of African American Studies, Chicago History, and archival process and description. We also have a preservationist assigned to the collection. 

 

"As a department within the Chicago Public Library, the Harsh Collection is fully funded through the library’s larger operating budget. 

 

"Our 80 (Chicago Public Library) locations serve every neighborhood in Chicago. They contribute to the vitality of our communities and provide safe and welcoming environments for our residents. The collection is housed in the heart of the African American community and is heavily used, as stated above, by scholars, students, historians and researchers."

 

In response to a number of additional questions, the following information was furnished by Patrick Molloy, Director of Government & Public Affairs, Chicago Public Library. (His contact information appears at the end of this article.)

 

"The construction project is being bid between $5-10 million. Bid amounts will be available online after the bid opening date. You can reference Spec. # 133292 from the Bid Tabulation section of the Citywide Vendor, Contract and Payment Search site:  webapps1.cityofchicago.org/VCSearchWeb/org/cityofchicago/vcsearch/controller/agencySelection/begin.do?agencyId=city.

 

"The library did receive a $10 million grant through the Illinois Public Library Construction Act Grant, of which Woodson is the priority project. Information on the grant program can be found here: www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/publib_construction.html

 

"It is anticipated that the construction will take approximately 10-12 months but we will not know this until a contractor is selected. 

 

"The Harsh Collection Reading Room will be closed, as (will be) the rest of the building, however, Harsh staff will be taking research requests by appointment and we will be working with the staff to see if there are heavily used collections that can be temporarily relocated.

 

"The timeline for closing and reopening is not known at this time, but construction likely will not begin before the 4th quarter of 2016 at the earliest.

 

We will maintain a security presence at Woodson throughout the closure."

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. May 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Simcoe (John Graves). Plan of the Province of Upper Canada with part of the Adjacent Countries, manuscript map… with numerous contemporary annotations. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Ramusio (Giovanni Battista). <i>Delle Navigationi et Viaggi,</i> 3 vol., mixed edition, 3 double-page engraved maps and 7 folding woodcut maps, Venice, Giunti, 1613. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>A Christmas Carol,</i> first edition, first issue, Chapman & Hall, 1843. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. May 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Book of Hours. Hours of the Virgin [Use of Rome] in Latin, miniature illuminated manuscript on vellum with 6 full-page miniatures and 6 large initials with borders, Flanders, [2nd quarter of 15th century]. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> G.K. Chesterton archive. Collection of poems, drawings, letters and cards sent to Enid Simon, 1920s. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Pasternak (Boris). <i>Doktor Zhivago</i> original typescript, 2 vol., with manuscript corrections and insertions by the author, the George Katkov copy, c.1956. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. May 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Tolkien (J.R.R.). <i>The Hobbit,</i> first edition, first impression, 1937. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Milton (John). <i>Paradise Lost & Paradise Regain'd,</i> 2 vol., one of 10 copies printed on vellum, Cresset Press, 1931. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> Electricity and the vacuum.- Guericke (Otto von). <i>Experimenta nova (ut vocantur) Magdeburgica de Vacuo Spatio,</i> first edition; bound with <i>Philosophia Universa de Microcosmo</i>. £12,000 to £16,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 31:</b> [The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia ...], vignette title and 42 plates from the deluxe subscriber's edition, 1842-1849 (43). £7,000 to £10,000
  • <b>ALDE: May 30, 2018. Books by painters, original bindings, photography, prints and drawings, illustrated books.</b>
    <b>ALDE, May 30:</b> BRETON (André). <i>Arcane 17.</i> New York, Brentano's, 1944. One of the 25 first copies with the original etching signed by Roberto Matta. 6000 to 8000 €
    <b>ALDE, May 30:</b> HÉRON DE VILLEFOSSE (René). <i>La Rivière enchantée.</i> Paris, Bernard Klein, 1951. One of the 25 first copies on japon with an original watercolored drawing signed by Léonard Foujita. 60,000 to 80,000 €
    <b>ALDE, May 30:</b> ILIAZD. <i>Pirosmanachvili 1914.</i> Paris, Le Degré quarante et un, 1972. Dry point signed by Pablo Picasso. 5,000 to 6,000 €
    <b>ALDE: May 30, 2018. Books by painters, original bindings, photography, prints and drawings, illustrated books.</b>
    <b>ALDE, May 30:</b> JARRY (Alfred). <i>Ubu Roi.</i> Paris, Tériade, 1966. 13 lithographs by Joan Miró. 6,000 to 8,000 €
    <b>ALDE, May 30:</b> LEIRIS (Michel). <i>Vivantes cendres, innommées.</i> Paris, Jean Hugues, 1961. 13 original etchings by Alberto Giacometti. 12,000 to 15,000 €
    <b>ALDE, May 30:</b> MATISSE (Henri). <i>Jazz.</i> Paris, Tériade, 1947. 20 original pochoirs by Henri Matisse. 100,000 to 120,000 €
    <b>ALDE: May 30, 2018. Books by painters, original bindings, photography, prints and drawings, illustrated books.</b>
    <b>ALDE, May 30:</b> PAULHAN (Jean). <i>De Mauvais sujets.</i> Paris, Les Bibliophiles de l’Union Française, 1958. 10 etchings by Marc Chagall. 5,000 to 6,000 €
    <b>ALDE, May 30:</b> RONSARD (Pierre de). Layout for the book <i>Florilège des Amours.</i> Paris, Albert Skira, 1948. 128 lithographs, with many corrections by hand by Henri Matisse. 80,000 to 100,000 €
    <b>ALDE, May 30:</b> TING (Walasse). <i>1¢ life.</i> Bern, E.W. Kornfeld, 1964. One of the 100 deluxe copies with the 62 lithographs signed by the 28 artists. 15,000 to 20,000 €
    <b>ALDE: May 30, 2018. Books by painters, original bindings, photography, prints and drawings, illustrated books.</b>
    <b>ALDE, May 30:</b> SUGIMOTO (Hiroshi). <i>Time exposed.</i> Kyoto, Kyoto Shoin Co. Ltd., 1991. 51 offset lithographs. 10,000 to 12,000 €
    <b>ALDE, May 30:</b> SZAFRAN (Sam). Black and brown ink original drawing. 550 x 410 mm. 5,000 to 6,000 €
    <b>ALDE, May 30:</b> KIPLING (Rudyard). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris, Javal et Bourdeaux, 1930. 115 colored woodcuts by Paul Jouve. 5,000 to 6,000 €
  • <b>Christie’s 29 May:</b> MARE-BONNARD. Les Pastorales de Longus, or Daphnis et Chloé. Paris, 1902. Exceptional copy with a magnificent binding by André Mare. €50,000 to €70,000
    <b>Christie’s 29 May:</b> REDOUTE – L’HERITIER. Stirpes novae, illustratae iconibus. Paris [1784-1791]. Great paper copy with additional color touches on several plates. €10,000 to €15,000
    <b>Christie’s 29 May:</b> TOULOUSE-LAUTREC – IBELS – MONTORGUEIL. Le Café -Concert. Paris, [1893]. Famous Belle Epoque illustrations by Toulouse-Lautrec and Ibels. €5,000 to €7,000
    <b>Christie’s 29 May:</b> MANET – MALLARME – POE. Le Corbeau. The Raven. Paris, 1875. First edition of Mallarmé’s translation. Inscribed by Manet and Mallarmé to Gambetta. €60,000 to €80,000
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. June 12, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Ortelius. Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antwerp, 1570. FIRST EDITION. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Shakespeare, William. The Tragedie of Julius Caesar. London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. $50,000 to $70,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Ernst, Max. Mr. Knife and Miss Fork. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. June 12, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. June 12, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Large Photograph, inscribed by Hemingway. Madrid, 1959. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. June 12, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of Winnie-the-Pooh books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. $6,000 to $9,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. $7,000 to $10,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts<br>Marcel Proust – Collection Marie-Claude Mante<br>Auction Paris 24 May 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Marc Chagall. <i>Daphnis & Chloé</i>. Paris, Tériade, 1961. 42 original lithographs. One of the 10 copies for the collaborators. 80,000-120,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> [Marcel Proust] — Gaston Gallimard. Very important letters to Marcel Proust. 1912-1922. 100,000-150,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> JESUITS. <i>Relation de ce qui s’est passé en la Nouvelle France en 1635</i> […] 1672. Period calf binding. Very rare set of letters about life in the French territories among warring Indian tribes. 12,000-18,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts<br>Marcel Proust – Collection Marie-Claude Mante<br>Auction Paris 24 May 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Gustave Flaubert. <i>Madame Bovary</i>. Paris, Michel Lévy Frères, 1857. One of the few deluxe copies, with inscription to Adolphe Gaïffe and a letter. 30,000-50,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> A. von Humboldt. <i>Essai politique sur le Royaume de la Nouvelle Espagne.</i> Paris, 1811. Period binding. Complete with the large California/Mexico map. 10,000-15,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> [Affaire Dreyfus] — Georges Clemenceau. <i>Démosthène</i>. Paris, Plon-Nourrit et Cie, 1926. Exceptional copy with an inscription to Mathieu Dreyfus, Alfred Dreyfus’ brother. 8,000-<br>12,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts<br>Marcel Proust – Collection Marie-Claude Mante<br>Auction Paris 24 May 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Guillaume Apollinaire. <i>Les trois Don Juan</i>. 1914. Unpublished inscription to Madeleine Pagès and 2 original drawings. 25,000-35,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Marcel Duchamp. <i>L.H.O.O.Q. shaved</i>. [New York, 1965]. One of the 100 deluxe signed copies. With an autographed envelope. 15,000-20,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Francis Bacon — Michel Leiris. <i>Miroir de la tauromachie</i>. [Paris], Daniel Lelong, [1990]. With 4 signed lithographs. 40,000-60,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts<br>Marcel Proust – Collection Marie-Claude Mante<br>Auction Paris 24 May 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Gilbert & George. <i>The Red Sculpture Album</i>. [Londres, Gilbert & George], 1975. One of the 100 existing copies, signed by both of the artists, comprised of 11 original photographs. 10,000-15,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Pablo Picasso — Honoré de Balzac. <i>Chef-d’œuvre inconnu</i>. Paris, Ambroise Vollard, 1931. One of the 65 deluxe copies on Japan paper, with an extra suite of the etchings. 35,000-<br>45,000 €
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, May 24:</b> Marcel Proust. <i>Les Sources sur Loir</i>. Ca 1907-1908. Handwritten manuscript. Rough draft of one of the more beautiful passages of Swann’s Way. 30,000-50,000 €

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