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Articles - May - 2012 Issue

Textile Book Bibliography Now Available for Free Online Searching

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The textile database search.

One of the amazing things about the internet is that it offers us access to all sorts of information once virtually impossible to find. Here is an example of such a case for book and paper collectors and researchers in a highly targeted niche – textiles. This is not a field with enormous quantities of written material, like travels and exploration or theology. Nevertheless, much has been written about the manufacture of what we wear, use to cover our windows and floors, use to decorate our homes, and so much more. Where to learn about this material is another question. There have been a few bibliographies over the years, none likely to be found in your average local library.

One such bibliography was the Bibliographica Textilia Historiae, edited by Seth Siegelaub of the Center for Social Research on Old Textiles (CSROT). The Amsterdam-based CSROT (a part of the Stichting Egress Foundation) was formed in France in 1986, although a forerunner library had existed in the United States from the early 1960s to the 1980s. The purpose of the Center was to provide information about textiles, their past and production, and their role in cultural and economic history. It developed a library as well as a collection of historic textiles. Then, in 1997, it published the aforementioned bibliography. It contained 5,000+ entries covering over 10,000 individual texts, including books, pamphlets, serials, offprints, reviews, magazine articles, royal decrees and laws.

Now, the CSROT has moved into the electronic age, and its bibliography is available online. It has been updating its bibliography since 1997, and recently made it available online. Access is provided free (the older, printed bibliography costs $150). It has expanded to 9,000 records, including over 25,000 individual entries. Over 500 titles predate 1800, some going as far back as the 15th century. New entries are being added at a rate more than 500 per year.

Long term, the CSROT is hopeful of establishing a relationship with a European library or other institution. Most of its printed material is “boxed up,” unavailable for research at the moment. The CSROT is a private organization, making it difficult to provide the level of service of a larger, well-funded institution. Such an institution could take the material on a long-term loan, or perhaps as a gift, and could then help expand and maintain the bibliography.

The CSROT textile database search is about as simple to use as it gets. There is just a basic keyword search box. Enter the term or terms you wish to search for matches and click the button. For those who would like to give the textile bibliography search a spin, here is the link: www.egressfoundation.net/bth.php.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Eric Carle, <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar,</i> hand-painted collage. Sold for a record $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Couple passing a giant bird house,</i> watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1948. Sold for $16,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Miriam Troop, <i>Rain on Laundry Day,</i> oil on canvas, cover for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1940. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Rockwell Kent, <i>To All Fascists,</i> ink broadside for The League of American Writers, circa 1937. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Jo Mielziner, <i>Pet Shop Drop,</i> backdrop design for <i>Pal Joey</i> on Broadway, 1940. Sold for a record $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Lee Brown Coye, acrylic cover illustration for the 25th anniversary of <i>Weird Tales,</i> 1944. Sold for $18,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Virgil Finlay, <i>The Outsider & Others,</i> pen & ink dust jacket illustration for H.P. Lovecraft's book, 1939. Sold for $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Al Hirschfeld, <i>Paul Robeson as Othello,</i> illustration for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1942. Sold for $68,750
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Frederic Remington, pen & ink illustration for <i>A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers</i> in <i>The Century</i> magazine, 1889. Sold for $17,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> EARLY AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE. Chronicling 20th century aviation from the earliest Wright Brothers images through commercial and military applications. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> FIRST TELEPHONE CALL TO THE MOON. Partial transcription signed by Apollo 11 astronauts and President Nixon. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL, 1957. Full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, Moscow, [February, 1957]. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> Apollo 11 Beta cloth crew emblem, SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE APOLLO 11 CREW. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> GEMINI 1/8 SCALE MODEL. Rarely seen large-scale contractor's model. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.

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