Rare Book Monthly

Articles - September - 2002 Issue

Using the Americana Exchange Resources to Their Fullest Potential


Let’s go back to our Teddy Roosevelt example. You could begin by searching the database for books with him as the author: this would result in a comprehensive list of all of the titles by Theodore Roosevelt that are seen as list–worthy or canonical by noted Americana bibliographers. You could use this list to cross-check the thoroughness of Great Aunt Harriets collection. Or you could use it as a wants list in case you have decided to keep the collection and add to it as you are able. Or you could use this list to double-check auction offerings and make sure that a described auction lot offers the same edition of the title that you have or wish to acquire. You can find out how many different editions of the same Teddy Roosevelt title exist by executing a title search and paying special attention to the date field. In cases where there are different editions of the same title listed in the AE database, you can look for information about the particular edition that Great Aunt Harriet owned by searching simultaneously both by title and by date. Or you can use the AE database to broaden your collection to include books about as well as by Theodore Roosevelt by executing a search with Roosevelt as a subject rather than as an author. You can also expand your collection in other ways by searching for books by other Roosevelts, such as Franklin D. or Eleanor. Or if you’re really adventurous you can experiment with using the Main Category and Sub Category fields to expand your wants list by topic rather than by a specific title or author. Et cetera.

The more inventive and flexible you are as a searcher, the more information the AE database will yield. Simply put, there is nothing like the AE database in existence within one database in todays Americana world. The AE database is a potent and unprecedented tool whose potential research uses are circumscribed only by the limits of your imagination when it comes to searches. Its net effect is to level the playing field between book owners, buyers, and sellers, and to serve as a conduit and a guide to the at times overwhelming world of Americana collecting.

Let’s turn now to another AE research module, the Americana Exchange Monthly. The Americana Exchange Monthly is AE’s online publication for collectors, dealers, scholars, curators, and anyone generally interested in the topics of American history as represented in the cultures of print and illustration. The Americana Exchange Monthly — which premieres with this, the September 2002 issue includes or will include (amongst other elements) feature articles, opinion pieces, guest columns, reviews of exhibitions, interviews with collectors, reports about auctions, and general news of interest to people who own, seek to own, seek to sell, want to research, or otherwise care about the genre of books that can be widely classified as Americana.

You can use the Americana Exchange Monthly as a research tool in a variety of ways. Most obviously, you can read the feature articles, which are intended to convey information about more general topics within the Americana field to readers of varied backgrounds. You can also peruse the columns, interviews, reviews and opinion pieces, which will offer a more specific slant or focus on Americana–related topics.

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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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