• <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, Chicago, 1968). <i>Collection of papers of John M. Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, concerning the convention</i>. Various places, 1968.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (ARMSTRONG, NEIL.) VERNE, JULES. <i>A Trip to the Moon.</i> New York: F. M. Lupton, September 9, 1893. Signed by Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> KEY, FRANCIS SCOTT. <i>A Celebrated Patriotic Song, the Star Spangled Banner.</i> 1814.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> [COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, Amerigo Vespucci ..] Bernardus Albingaunensis .. Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (WATKINS, TABER &c.). <i>An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West Various places</i>, c. 1890s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (BATTLE OF CONCORD.) <i>Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord</i>, April 19, 1775.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (CIVIL WAR.) <i>An Extraordinary Confederate Photograph and Autograph Album of Dr. R. L. C. White</i>, 125 original mounted salt prints. 1859-61.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Announcing the Fall 2016 Auction Season
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b> Autographs
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 18:</b> Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 10:</b> 19th & 20th Century Literature
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 8:</b> Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Colored Plate Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Printed & Manuscript Americana
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 1:</b> Art, Press & Illustrated Books
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 29:</b> Illustration Art
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 3:</b> Old Master Through Modern Prints
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. Sept. 21, 2016</b>
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> WARREN, JOSEPH. Letter Signed ("Jos Warren") as Chairman of the Committee of Safety. Cambridge, MA, June 4, 1775.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, NY: [for the Author], 1855.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> JEFFERSON, THOMAS. Printed Broadside Signed ("Th: Jefferson") as Secretary of State. Philadelphia, February 12, 1793.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> CELLINI, BENVENUTO. 1500-1571. Autograph Letter Signed ("Beto. Cellini"). [Florence, c.1566].
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. Sept. 21, 2016</b>
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> NAPOLEON BONAPARTE. Autograph Manuscript. [c.1795].
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> DICKENS, CHARLES. Great Expectations. London: Chapman and Hall, 1861.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> REED, JOHN. To the Honourable House of Representatives of the Freemen of Pennsylvania this Map of the City and Liberties of Phiadelphia With the Catalog of Purchasers is Humbly Dedicated.... [Philadelphia]: engraved by James Smit
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> ELIOT, THOMAS STEARNS. The Waste Land. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1922.

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - June - 2008 Issue

The Art Of The Book: The Book As Art

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Davidson, Laura. Flora and Fauna. Boston: 2008. $2,750 from Patricia Juvelis

And lest you think that the field stops at this water's edge she mentions the concept of "artists' books" which today extend the very definition of books to include non-traditional forms that may be sculptural [and difficult to shelve] – slips of paper in a bottle, an accordion-fold sandwich with paper ham & cheese tucked in, even a laced corset.

Priscilla Juvelis of Maine, an important dealer in contemporary book arts, explains American collecting interest in the book as art this way. Previous to 1970, legendary American collectors such as J.P. Morgan, Henry Huntington, and Lessing Rosenwald collected European bindings, fine printing, illuminated manuscripts, books illustrated with original graphic art, etc. – all of which can be thought of as book arts. Since 1970 America has steadily developed a distinctive, even exuberant, style that today defines American contemporary book arts as a thing apart from its European roots. In this field, for its collectors, binders, printers and artists, the outcome has been a growing community of hundreds of individuals who today create art expressed as beautiful books often in bindings. The subset, "artists' books," where the author both creates the book as well as its text, has been a particularly vibrant part of the market. Book arts, encompassing the entire range of what may be considered the book as beautiful object is Ms. Juvelis' specialty. Of the field today she recently commented - "The American book arts community is particularly strong at this time. We are living in an era where the sheer volume of artists whose aesthetic expression is combining with a level of craftsmanship not seen before. What was once the purview of kings, queens, cardinals, dukes et al. - books created for one patron to hold and enjoy – is now possible for most collectors." The art of the book is one of the most personal ways to enjoy art – and one of the most satisfying ways as well."

Bill and Vicky Stewart of Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers represent over 250 contemporary fine presses and book artists. "Our concern is with works of art where text (if present) and image/illustration (if present) combine with the physical aspects of the work to trigger the aesthetic experience. What to call these works - fine press books, artists' books, bookworks, sculpture, or simply books - is less important than the experience. In this world books are no longer just a container for information and story. The physicality of the book - the materials, the paper, the structure, how it opens or doesn't open - is an expressive component, just as important as the text and image. In any one book, one or two of these aspects may dominate, but all three contribute in some way.

"We feel that because of the nature of these objects, in order to be appreciated they must not only by seen and read but also handled. You have to play with them in order to appreciate and experience that physical component. No matter how good the catalog, the website, or the exhibition (where the books are usually displayed, for understandable reasons, behind glass with one spread only on view), there is no substitute for actually handling the books. Hence, we spend much of the year taking the works we represent to institutional and private collectors.

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  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Leaves from<br>George Washington's Own Draft <br>of His first Inaugural Address. An Extraordinary Rarity!
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Tyler 1818 - First Print with Facsimile Signatures.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Thomas Jefferson Signed Act of Contress Authorizing Alexander Hamilton to Complete Famous Portland Maine Lighthouse.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Emanuel Leutze. Silk Flag Banner designed by Leutze, created by Tiffany & Co., and presented to Gen. John A. Dix, 1864.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The "greatest of early American maps … a masterpiece" (Corcoran). Thomas Holme.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Summons His Cabinet for a Historic Meeting to Discuss Compensated Emancipation.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph Letter Signed. Einstein Counsels His Son ... Meaning of Life.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Normal Rockwell. Painting/Drawing Signed. Rockwell's "Barbeshop Quartet", 1936.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Frederick Douglass. Autograph Letter Signed to unknown correspondent. Washington, D.C.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Harry Truman. Autograph Manuscript Notebook for Kansas City Law School Night Class.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Robert E. Lee. Autograph Letter Signed, June 11, 1782. Hours after the Battle of Culpeper Court House, Lee Escapes Again.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington. Letter Signed, as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Elias Dayton, Headquarters, [Newburgh, N.Y.], June 11, 1782.

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