Press Releases tagged with manuscripts

Huge black and white photo of Muhammed Ali, shown glowering over Sonny Liston, signed by Ali using a blue Sharpie and double matted in a 35 inch by 29 ½ inch frame (est.  $800-$1,000).

Items pertaining to history's greatest figures are in University Archives' Dec. 5th online auction

Released: November 21, 2018

WESTPORT, Conn. – Items pertaining to Napoleon Bonaparte, Albert Einstein, JFK, George Patton, Abraham Lincoln and dozens of other luminaries throughout world history and popular culture can be purchased in time for holiday delivery during University Archives’ internet-only auction already up and online. Live bidding will begin Wednesday, Dec. 5th at 10:30 am Eastern.   As with all University Archives auctions, this one is packed with rare and highly collectible autographed documents, manuscripts, books, photos and relics. The full catalog showing all 284 lots can be viewed now, at www...

Large photographic image of Alexander Graham Bell, on a mount of 32 inches by 24 inches, signed in fountain pen, “Washington, D.C., May 18, 1921, Alexander Graham Bell.”

Large, boldly signed photographic image of Alexander Graham Bell is in One of a Kind's Nov. 15 auction

Released: November 02, 2018

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – An original copy of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution “extending the right of suffrage to women,” an Act of the Second Congress relating to trade with Indians issued by George Washington and signed by Thomas Jefferson, and a Thomas Edison patent pertaining to the light bulb are part of an auction online now and ending November 15th. It’s David Gindy’s One of a Kind Collectibles Rare Autographs & Manuscripts Auction, which went online Thursday, October 25th, at People can register and bid there now. The online-only sale features 228 ...

Superb John Hancock signed manuscript from 1783 in remarkable condition, with a bold version of one of the most recognizable and famous signatures in history (est.  $4,000-$5,000).

Superb John Hancock signed manuscript from 1783 will be in University Archives' Sept. 26 online auction

Released: September 12, 2018

WESTPORT, Conn. – A superb John Hancock signed manuscript from 1783 in remarkable condition, plus items pertaining to other signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Judaica, JFK and family, Rev War, U.S. presidents, Napoleon and other foreign leaders, Bruce Lee and more will be in University Archives’ online-only auction, slated for Wednesday, September 26th.   Live bidding will begin at 10:30 am Eastern time. In all, 288 lots will be offered in a sale packed with rare and highly collectible autographed documents, manuscripts, books and relics. The full catalog ...

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...

Pages out of a ship's log from June 1846 describing California's famous "Bear Flag Revolt" that led to the state's breakaway from Mexico and eventual statehood.

Pages out of a ship's log from June 1846 describing California's "Bear Flag Revolt" will be sold Nov. 7th

Released: October 31, 2017

WESTPORT, Conn. – Pages from a ship’s log from June 1846 describing California’s famous “Bear Flag Revolt” that led to the state’s breakaway from Mexico and eventual statehood, and a set of Thomas Bowles 1720 South Sea Bubble playing cards that chronicled the original stock market crash in England, are expected highlights in University Archives’ November 7th auction.   The “Bear Flag Revolt” lot, with an estimate of $30,000-$40,000, is a critical piece of California state history. It’s a first-hand account, upfront and personal, likely written by a bi-lingual ship’s mate, describing Am...

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...

First page of a six-page complete musical manuscript, autographed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and titled Le Bataille (K.535, a contredanse for orchestra).

Items pertaining to Einstein, Mozart and the nature of genius will be exhibited in Manhattan, Oct. 7th

Released: October 03, 2017

NEW YORK CITY – Hand-signed letters and manuscripts, and even the building blocks of legendary theoretical physicist Albert Einstein’s mind will be at the center of a flash exhibit to accompany a lecture titled The Nature of Genius: From Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci to Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs, on Saturday, October 7th at the New York Institute of Technology Theater on Broadway, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern time. The event is being offered by One Day University, as part of a series of thought-provoking lectures by renowned historians, scholars and authors. More than 60,00...

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...

Portrait of Poe by Antonio Frasconi from"The Face of Edgar Allan Poe" Collection of Susan Jaffe Tane

EVERMORE: The Persistence of Poe at the Grolier Club

Released: October 29, 2014

Lo! ’t is a gala night  Within the lonesome latter years — A mystic throng, bewinged, bedight In veils and drowned in tears, Sit in a theatre to see A play of hopes and fears, While the orchestra breathes fitfully The music of the spheres. --Edgar Allan Poe, “The Conqueror Worm” The Fall season at the Grolier Club opened with the public exhibition Evermore: The Persistence of Poe devoted to one of the most influential authors of the nineteenth century and the chilling master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. On view through November 22, 2014, Evermore showcas...

Livingston, Robert R.  (1746–1813), and Richard Henry Lee (1732–1794) as Delegates to the Second Continental Congress, Manuscript document unsigned, Draft of “The Twelve Colonies by their Delegates in Congress to the Inhabitants of Great Britain” – July 1775Philadelphia, PA July 1775.  Opening words “FRIENDS, COUNTRYMEN & BRETHEREN,” Draft written by Livingston with edits by Lee (1732–1794).  12 pages on 6 leaves (with writing on both sides of the paper), 24.5 x 31 cm.


Released: January 26, 2014

  On January 26th, Keno Auctions of New York City sold a highly important and historically significant document entitled Letter fromthe Twelve United States Colonies, by their delegates in Congress to the Inhabitants of GreatBritain.  After heated competition between several phone bidders, the gavel dropped at $912,500 (including Buyer’s Premium), well above its presale auction estimate of $100,000 to $400,000.  This document was long thought to be lost, but in July 2013 archivist Emilie Gruchow discovered it in the attic of the Morris-Jumel Mansion inside a folder of ...

A hand-written page from "The Twelve United Colonies, by their Delegates in Congress, to the Inhabitants of Great Britain"


Released: January 02, 2014

Keno Auctions is honored to announce the upcoming sale of a long-missing manuscript related to America's independence. Discovered in the archives of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, a New York City museum, the manuscript is a final, urgent plea for reconciliation by the Continental Congress directly to the people of Great Britain. The intention was for the manuscript to be printed and disseminated in Britain in the hopes of gaining popular support, thus persuading the King and his Ministry to redress Colonial grievances.  When the final version was published in Philadelphia in the summer of ...

A selection of items from Allington Antiquarian Books, Winston-Salem, NC

Allington Antiquarian Books Expands Client List With The Curator's Eye

Released: October 29, 2013

The Curator’s Eye recently sat down with dealer Stephen Johnson of Allington Antiquarian Books in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During the interview, the discussion covered Johnson’s path to becoming a rare book dealer and his strategic addition of The Curator’s Eye ( to his business practice. From Student to Lawyer to Full-time Bookseller Johnson says, “I have been buying and selling rare books since 1978 when, as a student at the University of Virginia, I wandered into a local bookshop and discovered shelf after shelf of rare and collectable books.” Eve...

Henry Popple's Georgian Map of the British Empire in America, 1746

Mapping Empire and Exploration in America, London Dealer Daniel Crouch Rare Books brings rare American maps to the International Art and Antique Dealer’s Fair, New York

Released: October 22, 2013

Daniel Crouch Rare Books will present Henry Popple’s Georgian ‘Map of the British Empire in America’ (1746) as well as a rare set of four manuscript maps of Texas (1829-30) by scientist Jean Louis Berlandier, at the 25th edition of the International Art and Antique Dealers Show, the seven day arts fair that opens on October 25 at The Park Avenue Armory, New York. Henry Popple’s ‘A Map of the British Empire in America’ from 1746 is a striking depiction of the country, as well as a snapshot of history. Popple produced the map under the auspices of the Lord Commissioners of Trade and Plant...

Jeff Koons, Monkey Train (Blue), 2007


Released: December 14, 2012

  The Art Fair Company is pleased to announce that the METRO Show has formed an alliance with the Editions | Artists' Book Fair. This new cooperative venture will enable the group to mount the 15th edition of the E|AB Fair which, scheduled to take place November 1-4, was cancelled due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Editions | Artists' Books runs concurrently in the Altman Building next door to the Metropolitan Pavilion, where the METRO Show will be held from January 23-27. "Understanding that Susan Inglett's Editions | Artists' Book Fair was a casualty of the devastating effec...

Progressive Proofs of Beethoven, 1870, Produced by L.  Prang & Co., Lithographs on paper, 23.5” x 19”,

Rare and Storied Objects Unveiled at Peabody Essex Museum

Released: September 12, 2011

  This fall, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents over 30 rare and storied objects from the museum’s renowned Phillips Library, including a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, original transcripts from the Salem witchcraft trials, and the first example of paper currency in the Western world. Boasting 400,000 books collected over three centuries, PEM’s Phillips Library is one of the largest and oldest museum libraries in the country. Through a selection of books, manuscripts, sketchbooks, maps and ephemera, Unbound, Highlights from the Phillips Library at PEM offers a glimpse into his...

Schedel, H., Das Buch der Chroniken und Geschichten (1493), sold for 264,000 EUR at Ketterer Kunst.

An old book sells for € 264,000 at Ketterer Kunst in Germany

Released: November 28, 2010

With an overall result of € 1,9* million, the two day auction of Rare Books at Ketterer Kunst made for the best result in this section for the last twenty years. The evening auction alone realized a stunning 74 percent sold lots and a quota of 128 percent*. The reason for this tremendous success is in “the very innovative catalog concept,“ said Robert Ketterer. The introduction of the evening auction made for a jump start. A catalog was developed just for this particular event, with the objective to make the world of books, a world that usually requires a lot of expert knowledge, access...

Mark Twain

Mark Twain Manuscript among Top Lots of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ November 18th Sale

Released: November 19, 2010

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ November 18th Fine Books and Manuscripts auction was an outstanding success with 90% of all lots selling. The highlight of the sale was a hand-written draft chapter from Mark Twain’s A Tramp Abroad, which sold for $79,300 against a presale estimate of $30,000-50,000; an original hand-written high school essay by Ernest Hemingway sold for $7,320. Another item of note was a George Washington document signed as the President of the Potomac Company, which sold for $9,760. Autographed documents from Leo Tolstoy, Boris Pasternak, Auguste Rodin and Henri Matisse als...

Melanie M.  Halloran, Director of Books & Manuscripts


Released: May 18, 2010

Under the direction of Melanie Halloran, Gray’s new Director of Books and Manuscripts, Gray’s are proud to announce the results of their inaugural Fine Printed Books auction which took place May 6, 2010.  Auctioneer & President Deborah J. Gray declares that over 80% of lots sold by value, with several lots selling above their estimates. Among the highlights of the auction were: Lot 44: Diderot's 3 volume Suite de Recueil des Planches from his Encylopedie published circa 1779.  A fine series of engraved plates illustrating a variety of topics including...

Estimated at € 40.000, Fleurs du Printemps et de L'Este (section) Manuscript-Florilegium.  Early 17th century.

Ketterer Kunst to auction off a rare Florilegium

Released: April 29, 2010

They had to be pretty and rare, the flowers that were accepted into the baroque florilegium "Fleurs du Printemps et de L'Este", which will be sold in the auction of Rare Books - Manuscripts - Autographs - Decorative Prints and Maritime and North German Art at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg on 17/18 May. Besides sketches of domestic and exotic flowers, the florilegium also contains 19 illustrations of tulips, which were the most valuable flowers by far in those days. The sense for an esthetic perception of plants and not only the question regarding their mere medical usage was growing in the...

FBI recovered antiquarian book collection to be sold by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on March 16th.


Released: March 09, 2010

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers announces an auction featuring over 75 lots of early Italian and Latin literature from the antiquarian book library of John Sisto of Berwyn, Illinois. The books, maps and engravings comprise what remains of the over 3,500 items seized by the Chicago division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2007, of which 1,600 items were repatriated to Italy after being deemed unlawfully imported. The collection had been brought to the attention of the FBI by Mr. Sisto's heirs, following his death in 2007. After an extensive review of the materials by the FBI A...

Dr.  Stephen J.A.  Bury, newly appointed Andrew W.  Mellon Chief Librarian.


Released: February 24, 2010

  The Frick Collection is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Stephen J. Bury to the post of Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library. For the past ten years, he has been at the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom, and one of the world’s greatest research institutions, where he is a Deputy Director and Head of European and American Collections, as well as Maps, Music, and Philatelic Collections. Previously, Dr. Bury was Head of Learning Resources at the Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. Comments Anne L. Poule...

Ketterer Kunst, Munich

Ketterer auctions continue to brave the crisis

Released: December 20, 2009

Overall proceeds of € 19,3 million* are the excellent result of Ketterer Kunst’s business year 2009. Thus the company once more reached the same heights as it did for the last four years.   The 2009 Top 10 Results   € 780.000* calling price: 500.000 Otto Mueller - Artistenpaar   € 355.000* calling price: 140.000 Franz Radziwill - Gespräch über einen Paragraphen   € 290.000* calling price: 80.000 Emil Nolde - Tänzerin   € 240.000* calling price: 70.000 Günther Uecker - Field (Feld)   € 220.000* calling price: ...

Robert Burns' Auld Lang Syne original manuscript and lyrics at Bonhams' auction in Edinburgh

Bonhams to sell sponsorship to the soundtrack of New Year

Released: July 27, 2009

Patronage of Robert Burns’s original manuscript and lyrics to Auld Lang Syne go under the hammer at 10th Made in Scotland Sale A bidder at Bonhams annual Made in Scotland Sale, held in conjunction with the National Trust for Scotland (18-21 August), will have the unique opportunity to ‘sponsor’ one of the world’s most popular songs: Auld Lang Syne. The work of Scotland’s favourite son, Robert Burns, the sale is expected to attract the attention of Scots around the world, with the fragment of the manuscript and lyrics expected to reach £50,000. This unusual lot has become available as p...

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