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Articles - August - 2017 Issue

Summertime Fun & Browsing in the Book Arts

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Our lead image comes from the Smithsonian Museum, one of a hundred cultural organizations offering coloring book pages for adults for free download.

It’s August and in the Northern Hemisphere it’s Summer. Time for a little bookish R&R.

 

With that in mind here are some large and small collections displayed online and brought together for your enjoyment. Just a little Googling reveals that there are subtle and not so subtle differences between the art of the book, book arts, books by artists and altered books. Not to mention art coloring books for grown ups cashing in on the latest publishing craze. Now on line are more than 100 museums and archives offering downloadable pages to color. Also available are video tutorials on how to color and the best art supplies for grown up coloring book efforts.

 

So sharpen your Prisamacolors,  relax and click a few links to see things you probably haven’t thought of for a while or seen before.

 

Whatever your taste from traditional-historical, to modern-experimental the combination of “book” and “artist” is usually enjoyable and sometimes surprising.

 

100 COLORING BOOKS FOR ADULTS WITH DOWNLOADABLE PAGES



My Modern Met is a site that often has book related links mymodernmet.com/

 

Here’s their portal to a hundred different sources of coloring pages for adults: mymodernmet.com/free-coloring-pages-color-our-collections/

 

Our lead image comes from the Smithsonian’s coloring pages

library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/02/Smithsonian-Libraries-Coloring-Pages-v2_Part1.pdf

 

Need art supplies for your new hobby, the Coloring Book Addict can give you some ideas:

coloringbookaddict.com/colored-pencils-adult-coloring-supplies-coloring-book-addicts/

 

Kind of rusty on your coloring skills? Here are a host of coloring tutorial videos:

www.google.com/search?q=coloring+for+adults+tutorial+videos&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiF8KWP4Z3VAhVE6WMKHc7_D9IQsAQIQg&biw=1223&bih=611

 

Also at My Modern Met there is a portal to 200 Belle Epoque posters, all with free downloads.

mymodernmet.com/download-free-posters-belle-epoque-art/

 

Still at My Modern Met, not strictly book related, but gorgeous; check out one of the largest Archives of European Arts. Here’s an introductory article:

mymodernmet.com/free-digital-archives-europeana-collections/

Which takes you to the portal at www.europeana.eu/portal/en

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ARTISTS' BOOKS aka Books by Artists

 

More and more museums, schools, special collections and individual collectors are interested in artists’ books. The Victoria & Albert Museum in London calls itself the world’s leading museum in art and design. Here’s the link to their collection in this field:

www.vam.ac.uk/page/a/artists-books/

 

A more detailed and comprehensive list of libraries and collections of Artists’ Books - mainly American, can be found at this page hosted by Carnegie Mellon University Libraries:

 

www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/md2z/ArtistsBooksDirectory/ArtistsBookIndex.html  

 

Still in the Artist Books genre: The Jaffe Center for Book Arts in Boca Raton, Florida provides a link for the book “as an aesthetic object,” complete with slideshow and many other related links:

www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/collection/books_as_aesthetic_objects/index.php



The  Otis College of Design in Los Angeles has a substantial artists’ book collection. Quite a few individual items are documented by videos::

www.google.com/search?q=otis+college+artist+books&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=otis+college+artist+books&tbm=vid&start=10

 

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Book ARTS

The University of Washington Libraries has a substantial Modern Book Arts collection:

guides.lib.uw.edu/friendly.php?s=research/bookarts.

 

The site says, “The UW holdings include 21,000 historical & modern pieces encompassing all aspects of the physical book: typography, papermaking, letterpress and offset printing, illustration, book design, paper decoration, calligraphy, sculptural & conceptual work & artist's books. Major holdings documenting bookbinding history, especially 19th century publishers' decorated bindings. Substantial supportive reference collection.”

 

This link also displays connections to the UW holdings in Historical Children’s Literature featuring 7,000 titles from the 17th through 20th century. In addition it is the home of an Author’s Collection of 10,000 volumes, and 19th century American Literature including Longfellow letters.

 

Penn Libraries has a video presentation of over an hour titled The Art of the Book: Fine Print in the 21st century. Not very many hits, but lots of visuals and lots of information:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEojbGw_9Zw

 

Minnesota Book Arts celebrates the 30th anniversary of its oral history project with a variety of short videos of local practitioners. www.mnbookarts.org/oralhistory

 

Many other things going on at the Minneapolis based center; click on the link to their home page

www.mnbookarts.org/

 

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HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY in ARCHIVAL IMAGES

 

Interested in maps? Open Culture’s website provides links to one of the most ambitious map archives:

www.openculture.com/2015/09/the-history-of-cartography-the-most-ambitious-overview-of-map-making-ever-now-free-online.html

 

The home page of Open Culture is a good place to browse www.openculture.com/

 

SCI FI PULP IMAGES AMAZING & GALAXY

 

While you’re at Open Culture, Science Fiction fans can find the complete visual record of AMAZING STORIESarchive.org/search.php?query=title%3A%28amazing+stories%29+AND+collection%3A%28pulpmagazinearchive%29&page=3

 

Yearn for even for more lurid pulp? Try Archive.org, with its portal to the GALAXY sci-fi archives:

archive.org/details/galaxymagazine&tab=collection

 

POP UPS, COMICS and ALTERED BOOKS, free ART BOOKS 

 

Here are a few additional links also worth a look:

 

Pop up books not just for kids - article with link to video

www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/008200.shtml

 

www.finebooksmagazine.com/press/events/  events from fine books

 

Comic books at Michigan State said to be America’s largest collection with over 200,000 items

www.lib.msu.edu/spc/collections/comic/

 

200 Free ebook downloads of art books from Met, Guggenheim and Getty

www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/download-200-free-art-books-courtesy-guggenheim-180963266/  

 

Last but not least Altered books pix

www.google.com/search?q=history+of+altered+books&sa=X&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ved=0ahUKEwiV9O_l0p3VAhVILmMKHe4ZDCkQsAQIRg&biw=1223&bih=611

 

What is an altered book? Here's the wiki:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altered_book

 

Have a pleasant August, work on those coloring skills. Frequent coloring is said to calm the feverish anxious adult brain.

 

See you in September

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense and Sensibility: A Novel, By a Lady,</i> 3 volumes, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Kew Gardens,</i> limited edition, signed by Woolf & Bell, London, 1927. $5,000 to $7,500.
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 ALS to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor, anticipating Christie’s sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Emma,</i> first edition, London, 1816. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Hirohito & Nagako, Emperor & Empress of Japan, 2 photographs signed, showing Nagako in kimono & obi bearing the imperial seal. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 autograph letters signed to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor Elizabeth Tilberis, anticipating Christie’s announcement of a sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Sarojini Naidu, complete galley proof of <i>The Broken Wing</i> signed with several holograph pages & an autograph letter signed to writer Edmund Gosse, 1916. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Fernando Pessoa, <i>Mensagem,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, Lisbon, 1934. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Graham Greene, <i>The Basement Room,</i> first edition, Greene’s personal copy, signed with annotations throughout, London, 1935. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Abraham Lincoln, partly-printed document signed, call for troops issued during America’s first national draft just days before the NYC draft riots, 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b><br><i>Les Chansons de Bilitis</i> by Pierre Louÿs, illustrated by George Barbier & F.L. Schmied, Paris, 1922. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Harriet Tubman Cabinet Card by H.S. Squyer, Auburn, NY, 1892. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Scarce <i>Events of the Tulsa Disaster,</i> First Edition, 1922. $4,000 to $6,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Unpublished CDV of Frederick Douglass by Benjamin F. Smith, 1864. $3,000 to $5,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> California Imprint of <i>President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation</i> Broadside, 1864. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> John C.H. Grabill Cabinet Card of Buffalo Soldier Wearing Buffalo Coat, ca 1886. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking,</i> 2nd Cookbook Published by African American. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Frederick Douglass Walking Stick, 1888. $3,000 to $5,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Only Known Slave Narrative Published Independently in California, <i>Life and Adventures of James Williams.</i> $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare First Edition of History of Black Literature, Abbé Grégoire <i>De La Littérature des Nègres</i>. $2,500 to $3,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> African American Soldier and Medal of Honor Winner Christian A. Fleetwood CDV, PLUS. $8,000 to $10,000
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    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Joe Gans Photograph at 1906 Goldfield, Nevada Fight by Percy Dana. $600 to $800

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