• <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History<br>Auction London 12 November<br>On view 8 – 11 November</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, Nov. 12:</b> Dinner plate from the British Antarctic Expedition (Terra Nova), 1910-1913, Dunn Bennett Patent. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s London, Nov. 12:</b> Hermann Schlegel, and A.H. Verster van Wulverhorst. <i>Traité de Fauconnerie.</i> Leiden and Dusseldorf, 1844-1853. £30,000 to £40,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s London, Nov. 12:</b> Pierre Joseph Redouté. Album de Redouté. Paris, [1824]. £50,000 to £60,000.
    <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History<br>Auction London 12 November<br>On view 8 – 11 November</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, Nov. 12:</b> Jakob Christoph Trew. <i>Hortus nitidissimis omnen per annum superbiens floribus.</i> Nuremberg, 1750 [-1786]. £70,000 to £90,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s London, Nov. 12:</b> Samuel de Champlain. <i>Les voyages de la Novvelle France occidentale, dite Canada</i>. Paris, 1640. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s London, Nov. 12:</b> Levinus Vincent. <i>Wondertooneel der Nature.</i> Amsterdam, 1706-1715, two volumes bound in one. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History<br>Auction London 12 November<br>On view 8 – 11 November</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, Nov. 12:</b> Louis Dupré. <i>Voyage a Athénes et à Constantinople.</i> Paris, 1825. £40,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s London, Nov. 12:</b> Abraham Ortelius. <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum... The Theatre of the Whole World.</i> London, 1606 (colophon: 1608). £70,000 to £100,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s London, Nov. 12:</b> <i>Description de l'Égypte.</i> Paris, 1809-1828, FIRST EDITION, 35 volumes, housed in custom mahogany cabinet. £250,000 to £350,000.
    <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History<br>Auction London 12 November<br>On view 8 – 11 November</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, Nov. 12:</b> Giovanni Battista Belzoni. Plates illustrative of the researches and operations of G. Belzoni in Egypt and Nubia. London, 1822. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s London, Nov. 12:</b> United Arab Emirates. A collection of 218 historic photographs. [c.1901 to early 1960s.]. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s London, Nov. 12:</b> Tingqua (Guan Lianchang). A boxed set of ten albums containing 123 Chinese paintings. [Canton, c.1830]. £30,000 to £40,000.
  • <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b> Fust-Schöffer-Bibel from Gutenberg-Press, 1462. Est: € 1,000,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>J. W. Weinmann, <i>Phytanthoza-Iconographia,</i> 1735-45. Est: € 60,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>O. Kokoschka, <i>Die träumenden Knaben,</i> 1917. Est: € 10,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>Z. Lilius, <i>Orbis breviarium,</i> 1493. <br>Est: € 10,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b> <i>Gazette du Bon Ton,</i> 1912-22.<br>Est: € 14,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>M. Chagall, <i>Daphnis & Chloé,</i> 1961. Est: € 100,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>C. Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographie,</i> 1513.<br>Est: € 100,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>E. L. Kirchner, <i>Umbra vitae,</i> 1924.<br>Est: € 6,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>J. Miró, <i>Midi le trèfle blanc,</i> 1968. Est: € 2,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b> Clemens V., <i>Constitutiones,</i> 1471.<br>Est: € 14,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>C. Gesner, <i>Tierbuch, Vogelbuch, Fischbuch,</i> 1563-81. Est: € 5,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>M. Beckmann, <i>Fanferlieschen Schönefüßchen,</i> 1924. Est: € 10,000
  • <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.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DE CORDOBA, JACOB. <i>Map of the State of Texas.</i> New York, 1866. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ARNOLD, BENEDICT. Autograph bookseller's receipt for Dr. John Dickinson, Signed ("B. Arnold"), February 1767. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 4 Typed Letters Signed ("A Einstein") to Cleveland E. Dodge offering early reports on the meetings of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> EISENHOWER, DWIGHT D. Typed Letter Signed ("Dwight D. Eisenhower") to General Henri Giraud written from a secret bunker in Gibraltar on the eve of Operation Torch, November 4 [but 6], 1942. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> Early Broadside Printing of the GADSDEN PURCHASE, Puebla, August 16, 1854. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ALLEN, ETHAN. Autograph Letter Signed to Crevecouer during the Constitutional Debates in Congress, 2 pp, August 29, 1787. $30,000 to $50,000.
  • <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper,<br>to include Travel, Sciences, <br>Sport & Illustrated Art<br>November 20, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Nov. 20:</b> [Herberstein, Sigismund von, & al.] <i>Rerum Moscoviticarum…,</i> 4 plates, illustrations, folio, Andreas Wevhelius, Frankfurt, 1600. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Nov. 20:</b> Bowen (Emmanuel) & Owen (John). <i>Britannia Depicta…,</i> fourth edition, engraved title and 273 maps, 4to, Thomas Bowles, 1753. £700 to £900
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Nov. 20:</b> Geographical Game.- Jefferys (Thomas). <i>The Royal Geographical Pastime or the Tour of Europe,</i> FIRST EDITION, engraving of Europe, map c. 507 x 665 mm, Thomas Jefferys, 1768. £600 to £800
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper,<br>to include Travel, Sciences, <br>Sport & Illustrated Art<br>November 20, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Nov. 20:</b> Germany.- Homann (Johann Baptist). <i>Atlas Novus Terrarum Orbis Imperia... Atlas von Deutschland,</i> engraved half title, 87 maps only, folio, Erben, Nuremberg, 1753. £8,000 to £10,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Nov. 20:</b> Iceland [Løvenørns (Poul)]. <i>Beskrivelse over den Iislandske…,</i> 10 engraved maps and plates, vignettes, 4to, Copenhagen, F. W. Thiele, 1788. £600 to £800
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Nov. 20:</b> Lewis (John Frederick). <i>Illustrations of Constantinople…,</i> FIRST EDITION, frontispiece and 26 views folio, T. McLean, D.& P. Colnaghi & John F. Lewis, [1838]. £2,000 to £3,000
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper,<br>to include Travel, Sciences, <br>Sport & Illustrated Art<br>November 20, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Nov. 20:</b> Lilford (Lord, Thomas Littleton Powys, 4th Baron). <i>Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands,</i> 7 vol., second edition, [one of 450 sets], 421 plates, large 8vo, 1891-97. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Nov. 20:</b> Londres [panorama], engraving, 350 x 520mm, chez Baltazar Moncornet, Paris, c.1666-68. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Nov. 20:</b> Van Keulen (Joannes). <i> Niewe Pas Caarte Strekkende van Pta Cataon tot Pta Lamtaon…,</i> copper engraved map, hand coloured, 510 x 585mm, Amsterdam, [1753]. £1,200 to £1,500
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper,<br>to include Travel, Sciences, <br>Sport & Illustrated Art<br>November 20, 2019</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Nov. 20:</b> Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von). <i> Prologue dans le ciel, Traduction de Gerard de Nerval…,</i> 11 double sheets with calligraphic handwriting, 33 fine gouaches, Philippe Gonin, [Paris, c. 1932]. £400 to £600
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Nov. 20:</b> Murphy (Jill, author and illustrator) ARR. <i> Peace at Last & The Large Family: All in One Piece,</i> 10 pieces of original artwork from the two books, 1980 & 1987 (12). £1,800 to £2,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Nov. 20:</b> Rembrandt (Harmensz. van Rijn). Christ at Emmaus: the larger plate, etching and drypoint, 212 x 161mm, sheet 225 x 170mm, 1654. £1,000 to £1,500

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>Old World Auctions (Nov 13):</b> Lot 4. First printed world map to depict western Australia, 1680. Est. $7500 - $9000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 13):</b> Lot 31. One of the finest celestial charts ever produced, 1708. Est. $2500 - $3250
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 13):</b> Lot 35. Stunning French armillary sphere, 1805. Est. $4000 - $5000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 13):</b> Lot 47. Speed's popular carte-a-figures map of the Americas, 1626. Est. $4750 - $6000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 13):</b> Lot 110. 1960 election map of the United States, 1960. Est. $250 - $325
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 13):</b> Lot 115.<br>Arrowsmith's large-format map used by Lewis & Clark, 1802. Est. $8000 - $10000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 13):</b> Lot 359. German WWI propaganda map showing a "European brawl", 1914. Est. $1400 - $1700
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 13):</b> Lot 380. The "Beetle" map of northern Europe, 1746. Est. $240 - $300
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 13):</b> Lot 476. Braun & Hogenberg's first plan of Moscow, 1575. Est. $2400 - $3000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 13):</b> Lot 582. The first European-printed map of China, 1584. Est. $5500 - $6500
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 13):</b> Lot 673. Complete French atlas with 62 maps in contemporary color, 1787. Est. $2750 - $3500
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 13):</b> Lot 676. Finley's early and important American atlas, 1828. Est. $4500 - $5500
  • <center><b>Skinner Auctions <br>Fine Books & Manuscripts <i>online</i><br> November 11-17
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  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works<br>on Paper including Books from The Collection of The Garden Ltd<br>November 21, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Bohr (Niels). <i>On the Constitution of Atoms and Molecules,</i> first edition, presentation copy, offprint 1913. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Shakespeare's Falstaff.- Henry V & Sir John Fastolf. Indenture agreement appointing Fastolf as Keeper of the Bastille of St Anthony at Paris, manuscript in French, 1421. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> World.- Purchas (Samuel). <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes. In Five Books...,</i> 5 vol., first edition, 7 folding engraved maps, contemporary calf, by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625-26. £20,000 to £30,000
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works<br>on Paper including Books from The Collection of The Garden Ltd<br>November 21, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Book of Hours.- Use of Rouen, manuscript on vellum, in Latin and French, illuminated with 14 full-page miniatures by the workshop or follower of the Maitre de l'Echevinage, Rouen, 1480s. £20,000 t0 £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Giese (Raban, ?scholar and medical doctor). Album Amicorum of drawing on his travels and acquaintances in Europe 1618-21, 134 watercolour illustrations including c. 60 professional miniatures, 1618-39. £30,000 to £40,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Jones (David). 14 Autograph Letters signed, 1952-68; and a small quantity of ephemera (sm. qty). £6,000 to £8,000
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works<br>on Paper including Books from The Collection of The Garden Ltd<br>November 21, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Constable (John). Various Subjects of Landscape, Characteristic of English Scenery, signed presentation inscription from Constable, 1833. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate, etching and engraving, 1633. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Salvin (Francis Henry) and William Brodrick. <i>Falconry in the British Isles,</i> second edition, William Brodrick's copy with 3 original watercolours by him, 1873. £8,000 to £12,000
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works<br>on Paper including Books from The Collection of The Garden Ltd<br>November 21, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> China.- Helman (Isidore Stanislas Henri). <i>Suite des seize estampes representant les conquetes de l'Empereur de la Chine,</i> 1783-88. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Pratt (Edward Roger, 1789-1863). Album of 28 watercolours and other works on paper from a journey to ancient sites and monuments in the Mediterranean, [c.1830 and later]. £3,000 to £5,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William P. Welsh, <i>Vacation Lands Are Calling / Go in Pullman,</i> 1936. $1,500 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Paul Proehl, <i>Chicago for the Tourist / Illinois Central,</i> 1925. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> James Northfield, <i>Wattle Time / Travel By Train,</i> circa 1925. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> John O. Brubaker, <i>California / America’s Vacation Land / New York Central Lines,</i> 1925. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> <i>Montauk Beach,</i> designer unknown, circa 1929. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Otto Brennemann, <i>Football / Notre Dame by South Shore Line,</i> 1926. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Guy Arnoux, <i>Air France / Amérique du Nord,</i> 1946. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Joseph Feher, <i>Yosemite / United Air Lines.</i> $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Roger Broders, <i>Le Tour du Mt. Blanc,</i> 1927. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Leslie Ragan, <i>The Transportation Parade of the Years / Great Lakes Exposition,</i> 1936. $3,000 to $4,000.

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