Rare Book Monthly Articles - April - 2017 Issue

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The New York Book Fairs: opportunities for the committed

The ABAA New York Book Fair has come and gone and left lingering feelings of excitement and satisfaction in its wake.  It was a very good fair both for exhibitors and guests.  There had been some suspense in the run-up that was reflected in lighter than usual dealer-to-dealer transactions before the show opened.  This year it was a bit quiet, reflecting the uncertainties of March [versus April] dates that were initially viewed as a negative.  But lo and behold the dates proved to be golden.  The institutional and collector audiences attended on opening night [Thursd...

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Lasting Excitement at this Year’s Ephemera Society of America’s annual four-day Fair

This Year’s Ephemera Society of America’s annual four-day fair in Greenwich, Connecticut has come and gone and one expects that many on both sides of the aisle, those who attended to le...

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District Attorney's Investigator Sentenced to Five Years in Prison in Theft of $200,000 Worth of Comic Books

An investigator for the Harris County (Houston), Texas, District Attorney was recently convicted of stealing around $200,000 worth of comic books. Dustin Deutsch was sentenced to five years in pris...

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Converting the Rare and Valuable into Cash

Three or four months ago we received an inquiry from the La Gatta Trust of Reno, Nevada about material they wanted to sell.  We receive such inquiries every week and have a straightforward res...

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What Is the Fine for Returning an Overdue Book 100 Years Late?

The San Francisco Public Library recently had one of their fine forgiveness events for overdue books. They don't have them often, nor on a particular schedule. They seem to come up about once every...

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A Needle in the Hay Stack

 
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Recently we were asked for help to find a record in the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database.  This record was for a piece of manuscript ephemera, a ...

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The “Old” LIFE: Art, Politics & Humor - What a Difference a Century Makes

Most dealers and collectors are well aware of the American magazine LIFE, founded by Henry Luce in 1936. Luce’s LIFE became a long running showcase for photo journalism. But few are familiar ...

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Linguet’s Memoirs - In the Belly of la Bastille...

The prison of la Bastille, which once stood in the middle of Paris, is the ultimate symbol of the French Revolution. When an angry mob captured it on July 14th, 1789, it became a landmark in French...

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American Textile History Museum, Closed Last Year, Will Transfer Its Vast Library to Cornell University

It is an issue today and could be a greater one tomorrow. Libraries and museums, sometimes highly specialized, may no longer be able to raise the necessary funds to stay in operation. It can happen...

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Raptis Rare Books Opens in Palm Beach

While Palm Beach, Florida has been in the news more recently as the new home of the “winter White House”, for serious readers and book collectors the most interesting news has been the ...

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April 27: Cortés, The Book of Mormon, and other Printed & Manuscript Americana at Swann Auction Galleries

The tail end of winter and beginning of Spring have been a busy time for the New York-based Swann Auction Galleries. Having concluded no less than five successful sales in the month of March, this ...

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Dinner, Beer and Wine at a Bookstore? Welcome to Barnes & Noble's Latest Survival Plan

Would you like plancha-cooked salmon with whole grain tabbouleh salad & basil dressing with your books? And some Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne from Reims, France, seems like an approp...

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April 26: A Unique Civil War Archive, Presidential Autographs, and more Rare Books, Autographs & Maps at Doyle New York

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10am, Doyle New York will hold an auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. The auction showcases a diverse range of material from early illuminated manuscripts ...

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74-Year-Old Man Arrested for Destroying Kim Kardashian Books

Carl Puia is not a hero. Many have made him out to be. The 74-year-old Glastonbury, Connecticut, native is clearly frustrated by the direction of society. His frustrations are understandable. I sha...

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A Study of Old Book Smell Is Being Conducted at the Morgan Library

An unusual study of old books and smells is taking place at the Morgan Library in New York, combining the library, students from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservati...

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Nineteen New Catalogues Reviewed This Month

This was a busy month for new catalogues as many booksellers prepared selections for the recent New York Antiquarian Book Fair. John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller offers an extensive collection of ...

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Old Books Still Matter - Maureen E. Mulvihill, Guest Speaker in Sarasota, Florida

Maureen Mulvihill, writer of the guest series on 17th century women writers that appeared last fall on this website, will speak in the Gelbert Auditorium of the Selby Public Library, 1331 First Str...

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  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
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    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.

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