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Joseph B.  Thomas, Hounds and Hunting through the Ages, Derrydale Press: New York, 1928.  First edition.  Estimate: $600-900

Online Sale of Hunting Books from the Collection of Arnold “Jake” Johnson at

Released: August 03, 2018

Following the successful online sale of Angling Books, Doyle is now auctioning a selection of Hunting Books assembled by Arnold “Jake” Johnson (1930-2017) of Bozeman, Montana. The current sale comprising over 200 lots of books is being presented as a timed online-only auction on Bidding will close on Tuesday, August 14 beginning at Noon EDT. All of the books will be on public exhibition at Doyle on Friday, August 10 and Monday, August 13. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan. The auction offers books covering all aspects of hunting around the world: big game...

Sir William Jardine, Baronet, British Salmonidae.  London.  Est.  $150-250

Gone Fishing: Doyle to Auction Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold “Jake” Johnson

Released: July 13, 2018

Doyle will auction an extensive collection of angling books assembled by Arnold “Jake” Johnson (1930-2017) of Bozeman, Montana. Comprising over 350 lots, the current offering of property from this remarkable collection is being presented in a timed online-only auction on The Collection of Arnold “Jake” Johnson offers a wide range of material, from rare works dating to the 18th century to finely produced recent publications. Fishing for trout, salmon and fly-fishing are well represented, as are deep sea and sport-fishing. Featured are copies of important titles with inscriptions...

Lot 193: Ernest Hemingway, Three Stories & Ten Poems, limited first edition, Paris, 1923.  Sold May 15, 2018, for $23,750.  (Pre-sale estimate: $20,000 to $30,000)

Sci-Fi Collection Dominates Swann Literature Auction

Released: May 18, 2018

Science fiction ruled on May 15 at Swann Galleries’ auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature. Selections from the Estate of Stanley Simon, featuring 84 rare and first editions of cornerstones of the genre, boasted a 98% sell-through rate. All of the offered titles by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick and Stephen King sold, with many achieving auction records. Leading the pack was a signed first edition of Dick’s dystopian novel The Man in the High Castle, 1962, which was purchased by a collector for $10,400, above a high estimate of $6,000, a record for the work. Another re...

Lot 169: Gustav Klimt, Das Werk von Gustav Klimt, with 49 plates, Vienna & Leipzig, 1918.  Sold April 26, 2018 for $106,250.  (Pre-sale estimate: $25,000 to $35,000)

$100K Klimt Leads Fine Books & Graphics at Swann

Released: May 01, 2018

Swann Galleries offered an auction of Fine Illustrated Books & Graphics on April 26, with highlights by artists of the twentieth century and scarce volumes from fine presses. Leading the sale was Das Werk von Gustav Klimt, 1918, the only monograph of Gustav Klimt’s work published during his lifetime. With some of the artist’s most famous plates printed in vibrant color and highlighted in gold and silver, the suite tripled its high estimate, selling to a collector for $106,250. The posthumous Eine Nachlese, 1931, with 30 plates by Klimt and text by Max Eisler, sold for $11,250. Fine...

Woodblock poster.  Nottingham, England: Stafford & Co.  (c.  1875).  After the John Gast painting American Progress (1872).  Collection of J.C.McElveen

Mapping the American West at the Grolier Club

Released: April 03, 2018

Exploring and settling the American West can be seen graphically in "Westward the Course of Empire: Exploring and Settling the American West 1803-1869,” an exhibition of maps and books from the collection of J. C. McElveen Jr., on view at the Grolier Club (47 E 60th St, New York, NY) through May 26, 2018.  “I have always loved American history, and maps have been a useful way for me to visualize battles, explorations and demographic changes. Maps also convey a tremendous amount of information in a very compact way,” notes Mr. McElveen. Installed in the second floor gallery, the 50 maps...

Lot 230: Sir Philip Sidney, The Defence of Poesie, unauthorized first edition, London, 1595.  Sold March 8, 2018 for $149,000, a record for the work.

Defence of Poesie Reaches $149K at Swann Galleries

Released: March 14, 2018

On March 8, Swann Galleries held an auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books, coinciding with the opening of Rare Book Week in New York City. With 94% of offered lots sold, the sale exceeded its high estimate by more than $200,000, indicating a healthy market for early printed material. The paramount performance of the auction was due in Large part to an Elizabethan literary critique with a complicated publication history: Sir Philip Sidney’s influential treatise The Defence of Poesie first appeared in 1595 in two editions set from different manuscripts. Two print...

Lot 113: Luis de Lucena, Arte de Ajedres, first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97.  Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

Early Printed Books on Cats, Chess & Erotica Stand Out at Swann Galleries

Released: February 15, 2018

Swann Galleries will offer an auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Thursday, March 8, featuring an extensive selection of early Spanish books on a variety of subjects, as well as important Medieval astronomical treatises dating to a period when studying the stars was as mythical as it was scientific. One of the many “stellar” highlights is the first illustrated edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, 1482, by Caius Julius Hyginus, containing the earliest printed depictions of the constellations. The work boasts 47 woodcuts of zodiac figures and allegorical depict...

Lot 130: Ian Fleming, The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008.  Estimate $25,000 to $30,000.

19th & 20th Century Literature Expected to Reach $500K

Released: October 20, 2017

An outstanding auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature at Swann Galleries on Tuesday, November 14 offers myriad signed first editions of prose and poetical classics, with a special focus on literary sets. The exceptional sale of some 300 lots is expected to reach more than half a million dollars. The top lot of the sale is the deluxe centenary limited edition set of 18 volumes comprising Ian Fleming’s oeuvre, 14 of which recount the antics of Britain’s most famous spy, James Bond. The set shines in vibrant leather bindings, each custom-designed to reflect the contents of the novel:...

Three-Rotor Service Enigma Machine (Engima 1), [Heismoeth & Rinke]: 1940s.  From a Private Minneapolis Collection.  Est.  $80,000-120,000.

World War II Enigma Machine Highlights Doyle’s November 7 Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps

Released: October 23, 2017

On Tuesday, November 7 at 10am, Doyle will hold an auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. The sale offers a wide assortment of material ranging from early illuminated manuscripts to modern literary first editions. Among the highlights are a rare World War II era Enigma Machine, 19th century color plate books of the American West, and a fashion archive of Jacqueline Kennedy as First Lady. Other notable property includes Robert Thornton's folio edition of The Temple of Flora, a leaf from the printer's manuscript of Joyce's Ulysses, and the rare 1767 Montresor map of the City of New Yo...

Lot 260: Galileo Galilei, Galilæus .  .  .  His Systeme of the World, in Thomas Salusbury's Mathematical Collections and Translations, first edition, London, 1661.  Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

Early Printed Books Auction Features Feast of Culinary Tomes at Swann Galleries

Released: September 21, 2017

Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books come to Swann Galleries on Tuesday, October 17. The wide-ranging auction of some 300 lots covers a plethora of topics and periods.             Setting the sale apart is a prodigious selection of early books relating to food and wine, with highlights including L’Humore Dialogo, Milan, 1564, a treatise by Bartolomeo Taegio on viticulture, valued at $4,000 to $6,000, as well as the first edition of Domenico Romoli’s La Singolare Dottrina…dell’Ufficio dello Scalco, Venice, 1560, a guidebook for hoteliers and chefs with a year’s worth of m...

Monumental portrait painting of American inventor Thomas A.  Edison by Ellis M.  Silvette, signed by both men, 47 inches by 96 inches in the frame (est.  $70,000-$80,000).

Larger-than life portrait painting of Thomas Edison, signed by him and the artist, will be auctioned Aug. 29

Released: August 21, 2017

WESTPORT, Conn. – A fantastic selection of autographed documents, manuscripts, books and relics are up for bid in an internet-only auction already online by University Archives, based in Westport. The auction will go live on Tuesday, August 29th, on The catalog may be viewed right now by visiting the University Archives website at   Choice offerings will include a larger-than-life portrait of inventor Thomas A. Edison, signed by Edison and the artist, Ellis M. Silvette; a letter hand-written and signed by Marilyn Monroe when she was just 17 a...

Arthur Szyk, The Szyk Haggadah, first edition, limited edition on vellum, with 14 full-page plates, London, 1939.

Books Become Art at Swann Galleries’ Art, Press & Illustrated Auction

Released: May 22, 2017

Swann Galleries has announced highlights from their June 13 auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books, which will feature premier examples of printing that elevate the humble book to a noble art form. The sale is led by an inscribed limited first edition on vellum of Arthur Szyk’s Haggadah, 1939, with 14 jewel-like full-page color plates by the artist. The work was illustrated by Szyk in Poland in the mid-1930s, and has been called the most celebrated modern Haggadah; it carries an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000. An outstanding selection of press books by Bernhardt Wall from the Na...

From the Pricey to the Peculiar… World’s Largest Book Fair Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Eclectic and Rare Books, Manuscripts, Photographs and Ephemera

Released: January 18, 2017

The California International Antiquarian Book Fair, one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, returns to Northern California to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.  Recognized around the world for its vast collection of rare books and treasures, the 2017 Book Fair offers a variety of notable items for visitors, including the world’s first photographs of the American West; a rare, author’s copy of Wallace Stegner’s first book; and an elaborately illustrated, 25-stanza rhyming paean to sobriety.  The Book Fair will take place at the Oakland Marriott City C...

The Folded Forest by Artist Elizabeth Sanford now in the collection at The Dennis and Leslie Power Library, LCAD

Laguna College of Art and Design Acquires 20,000th Book

Released: May 16, 2016

The Dennis and Leslie Power Library at Laguna College of Art + Design announced the acquisition of its 20,000th book, The Folded Forest, a unique, one of a kind artist’s book by Tennessee-born artist Elizabeth Sanford. Sanford describes herself as “a watercolor painter who was seduced by the book arts.” LCAD Library now has two of Sanford’s works in its collection. The Folded Forest, a hand-cut, double-slotted, accordion structure painted with watercolor and acrylic, explores the allure of what the artist describes as “the three green seasons, beginning with the unfolding of the first wi...

Neale Albert holding 3" book “Julius Caesar” bound by Santiago Brugalla, 2004, one of the volumes of the Knickerbocker set of Shakespeare.  Bound in green goatskin, with gold and red tooling.  Miniature portrait medallions, painted by John Hodgson, on front and back covers in imitation of a Cosway-style binding.

Miniature Books and Artistic Bindings at Grolier Club

Released: May 03, 2016

In honor of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the Grolier Club will present an exhibition “Brush Up Your Shakespeare: Miniature Designer Bindings from the Collection of Neale and Margaret Albert" exploring the works of William Shakespeare from a fresh perspective.  Nearly one hundred exquisitely bound miniature editions of plays, sonnets, and books inspired by Shakespeare are drawn from the remarkable collection of Neale and Margaret Albert.  On view through May 28, 2016 in the second floor gallery, each miniature book measures three inches high or less.  The exhibition focuses on designe...

Lynd Ward frontispiece illustration for Thirteen Such Years by Alec Waugh wood engraving illustration NY: Farrar & Rinehart, 1932 Collection of Robert Dance

Graphic Artist Lynd Ward's "Wordless Novels" at The Grolier Club

Released: December 09, 2015

“Working with a woodblock takes on the aspects of a struggle between antagonists.  The wood is reluctant, the artist determined.” —Lynd Ward The visionary artistry of Lynd Ward, one of America’s foremost book illustrators during the first half of the twentieth century, is on view at the Grolier Club through January 16, 2016.  This is the first one-person exhibition in New York City to present an overview of his remarkable achievements.  The exhibition Illustrated by Lynd Ward, From the collection of Robert Dance includes more than 60 books that reveal the range of Ward’s graphic a...

A unique object created by contemporary French artist Yvon Taillandier by overpainting the pages of a nineteenth century copy of the published score to the opera Lara by Louis-Aimé Maillart (1817-71).

39th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, Nov 13-15

Released: October 28, 2015

The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 13-15, 2015. More than 120 dealers from the United States, Australia, England, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, and The Netherlands will exhibit and sell a vast selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.    Special events at this year’s Fair include the Boston debut of the Typewri...

At the Adirondack Museum’s Antiques Show and Sale, Saturday and Sunday, Sept.  19 and 20, displays will include authentic historic Adirondack pieces, including this century-old bench with unusual “paw feet,” from Appleton Manor Antiques (New Ipswich, N.H.).

Adirondack Museum Antiques Show and Sale Sept. 19-20 showcases vintage rustic items, fine art, more

Released: September 09, 2015

The nation’s top dealers in rustic antiques are loading up their vehicles and preparing for the trek to the annual Adirondack Museum Antiques Show and Sale, where their newest finds and treasures will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, on the museum’s autumn-painted mountain campus, 9097 State Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. The event is included with general museum admission. Their high-quality items – selected with an eye to the Adirondack sensibility – include antique camp, cottage, patio, and Mission furniture; rare books; vintage boats...

A first edition in three volumes of Jane Austen’s EMMA, London: John Murray.  1816, offered by Lucius Books

First Edition of Austen's Emma to Night Club Map of 1930s Harlem Among Highlights of 55th Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Released: April 06, 2015

Over 200 international exhibitors will present a vast array of books, maps, manuscripts, autographs, prints and ephemera from all periods and in every imaginable genre at the 55th Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair opens Thursday, April 9 at the Park Avenue Armory and runs through Sunday, April 12. Highlights of the 2015 fair include: A first edition of Nathanael Wests’ Miss Lonelyhearts, offered by Thomas Goldwasser A first edition in three volumes of Jane Austen’s EMMA, London: John Murray. 1816, offered by Lucius Books Original Invitation to ...

2014 St.  Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair

9th Annual St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair Includes Dealers from Coast to Coast

Released: April 03, 2015

Now in its ninth year, the St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair set for May 1 to 3, 2015, is attracting participants from around the country with its growing reputation for quality dealers, enthusiastic crowds and a wonderful setting. Organizers anticipate up to 1,000 art, rare-book and ephemera collectors at this year’s fair, presented by the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. “We are delighted to welcome back all of the premier dealers who’ve helped build the fair over the past eight years as well as seven new dealers,” said Julie D...

St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair Celebrates its 8th Year

Released: April 10, 2014

Organizers are expecting up to 1,000 art and rare book collectors to pack this year’s St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair presented by the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. The number of dealers has increased to twenty-eigh this year and includes nationally-known dealers from around the country.  “We’ve added four new dealers to the Fair, in addition to welcoming back the those who’ve helped us build the Fair these past seven years” said Julie Dunn-Morton, curator of fine art collections at the Mercantile Library.   “And we’r...

The poster for the 2006 film version of Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig.

Rare "007" Works by Ian Fleming Go Under The Hammer

Released: April 01, 2014

The adventures of secret agent James Bond have a timeless appeal, and a complete collection of writer Ian Fleming's 007 novels comprise lots 48 – 62 of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ April 11th sale of Modern Literature in London.  Although all are in excellent condition, of particular note is a first edition of Casino Royale (1953), the book that introduced the character of James Bond, and made a further 11 Bond novels possible. This iconic book, the dust-jacket of which was designed by Fleming himself, was an instant success with readers with 4,728 copies selling in the UK ...

‘Portrait of a bay hunter in a wooded landscape, a church in the distance’ by Daniel Clowes, 1819

Luxury Antiques Weekend at The Mere

Released: February 03, 2014

The much anticipated Luxury Antiques Weekend at The Mere, held in association with Bentley Manchester and organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, returns to The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Chester Road, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6LJ from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 February 2014. The Mere Golf Resort & Spa is the ideal location for a top class boutique-style antiques fair being one of the most luxurious hotels in Cheshire and within easy reach of Chester, Manchester and Liverpool.  Visitors can either enjoy the fair for a few hours, the whole day or take advantage of the new...

‘Liz Taylor’ by Andy Warhol, lithograph on wove paper poster, 24¾” x 28”, printed in colour 1965,


Released: January 08, 2014

For four days last January, a new and prestigious boutique fine art and antiques fair burst onto the London scene to great acclaim. Organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair takes place again at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP, in association with Mayfair property experts Wetherell, from Thursday 9 until Sunday 12 January 2014.    Director of The Antiques Fair Limited, Ingrid Nilson said, “Visitors travelled from various parts of the world and from around the UK to attend our first London fair.  ...

JFK Rosary Beads

37th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair - Nov 15-17

Released: November 14, 2013

Annual booklovers gathering features record number of new national and international dealers BOSTON, MA – The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 15-17, 2013.  The offerings are wide and diverse from over 120 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and The Netherlands who will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first edition...

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