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Lithograph on Chine applique with Arches support by Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), titled Pour Versailles (from La Pompadour) (1951), signed and numbered (166/200) (est.  $10,000-$12,000).

Works by Dali, Matisse, Renoir, Burchfield, Benton, Feininger, Whistler, others at Gray's Nov. 14 auction

Released: October 30, 2018

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Gray’s Auctioneers will offer an extensive number of fine works on paper, rare books and illuminated manuscripts at an auction planned for Wednesday, November 14th, online and in the firm’s gallery at 10717 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland, starting at 11 am Eastern time. Featured will be an impressive collection of fine editions from the Print Club of Cleveland, among other rare items.  The catalog is up and online, at Bidding is also available on the two platforms and Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepte...

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...

The solar year, defined by the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.  From Andreas Cellarius.  Harmonia macrocosmica.  Amsterdam, 1661.  Collection: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

The Evolution of Clocks and Timekeeping Rare Books from the 15th century to the present at the Grolier Club

Released: November 03, 2016

From sundials to atomic clocks, the exhibition On Time: The Quest for Precision explores the history of precise timekeeping through rare books that taught readers techniques of timekeeping, announced new inventions, and provided instructions on the construction and use of timekeeping instruments. The exhibition, which is on public view at the Grolier Club through November 19, 2016, is drawn from the comprehensive collections of the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology, Kansas City, Missouri. Curator Bruce Bradley tells a timely story with 86 illustrated books da...

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...

Chagall, Marc (1887-1985), ed.  Jacques Lassaigne.  Le Plafond de l'Opera par Marc Chagall, Signed by Chagall.  Paris: Sauret, [1965] (Estimate $400-$600)

Skinner to Host Fine Books & Manuscripts Online Auction May 27th–June 7th

Released: May 22, 2015

Boston, MA –May  22, 2015 –  This spring’s Fine Books and Manuscripts auction at Skinner, Inc. will remain true to its title, featuring printed and handwritten material spanning six centuries and celebrating cultural, literary, and historical milestones. The online-only sale will begin on May 27th, 2015 at 12 P.M. ET and conclude on June 7th, 2015 at 4 P.M. ET. Live previews will be held at Skinner’s Boston Gallery on Wednesday, June 3rd, from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.; Thursday, June 4th, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; and Friday, June 5th, from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. Mar...

New York City Book & Ephemera Fair Joins Rare Book Week

Released: February 03, 2015

The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair will have its inaugural running on Saturday, April 11th at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Wallace Hall on Park Avenue.  It is the newest fair to join Rare Book Week, the annual spring round-up of auctions and selling exhibitions aimed at book collectors, curators and those fascinated by historical maps, vintage photographs and ephemera, the fair will host more than 50 prominent dealers. Marvin Getman, President of Impact Events Group, a respected New England producer of specialty antiques and book fairs since 1981, positions the one-day...

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...

Lot 345.  Sylva, or a discourse of forest-trees, and the Propagation of Timber in His Majesties Dominions" by John L.  Evelyn.  1664

Rare Book Collection to be Auctioned 9/4/14

Released: September 03, 2014

Aspire Auctions is honored to handle the rare book collection of Charles F. Irish, renowned Arborist of Bratenahl, Ohio. Mr. Irish managed many famous residences such as Mr. William G. Mather’s “Gwinn Estate”, working with famous landscape designers Warren Manning and Ellen Biddle Shipmen. A lifetime collection, passed from generation to generation, go as far back as the 17th century, many retaining the original bindings, artwork and fold-out engravings. Rarely seen at auction, many of these books may only be found in esteemed libraries or private collections. The ...

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 ...

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...

 Emanuel Sweert Florilegium amplissimum et selectissimum, 1612.  Tulips, Plate 10 Collection of The Garden Club of America

Rare Illustrated Garden Books at the Grolier Club

Released: May 30, 2013

The Grolier Club is in bloom with the public exhibition Gardening by the Book: Celebrating 100 Years of the Garden Club of America, on view through July 27, 2013. The show salutes the Garden Club of America which, since its founding in 1913, has maintained for its members a significant library of important garden books. To mark its anniversary, this little-known but remarkable collection of treasures illustrates the activities of the premier American gardening association over the course of a century.  Rich in 400 years of botanical and gardening literature, the exhibition reflects th...

Thomas L.  McKenney and James Hall, "History of the Indian Tribes of North America," Philadelphia, 1836-1844

The Curator’s Eye Features Rare American Books and Manuscripts

Released: April 03, 2013

NEW YORK - As rare book and manuscript collectors and connoisseurs turn their attention to New York for the upcoming succession of antiquarian book shows and sales, The Curator’s Eye is pleased to present, for private sale, an offering of rare books and manuscripts including notable items from the United States. As part of its continuous online exhibition of the finest art and antiques from distinguished dealers across the globe, The Curator’s Eye ( offers a distinctive range of objects, from a rare July 1776 Declaration of Independence to books describing Lewis ...

Dealer Michael DiRuggiero

The Curator’s Eye Partners With Manhattan Rare Book Co.

Released: February 13, 2013

The Curator's Eye, (, the distinctive online platform for the finest art and antiques from distinguished dealers across the globe, recently spoke with Michael DiRuggiero, co-owner of the Manhattan Rare Book Company in New York about technology, marketing strategy, and the value of increased online reach. Of The Curator's Eye, DiRuggiero said, "My expectations were met - and then exceeded - very quickly." In a brief question-and-answer session, DiRuggiero further detailed his experience with the membership-based client development site. The transcript of the convers...

Visitors and dealers at the St.  Louis Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair

Mercantile Library’s 2012 print fair has a few surprises

Released: March 27, 2012

Now in its sixth year, the St. Louis Mercantile Library's annual Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair attracts a throng of enthusiastic patrons and customers interested in viewing and buying an Audubon print, an antique map or historic photo. But fair organizers have added a few surprises this year to appeal to an even wider audience. "We've broadened the range of materials even more," said Julie Dunn-Morton, Curator of Fine Art Collections at the Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  "Some of our returning dealers are bringing works by more contemporary...

K’oen-yu ts’ien t’ou, or Map of the World

Daniel Crouch Rare Books Celebrates Asian Art in London With lunar studies by Jesuit monk at the Chinese Court

Released: September 28, 2011

  Timed to coincide with Asian Art in London, 3rd to 12th November 2011, map dealer Daniel Crouch Rare Books will be exhibiting work by Ferdinand Verbiest completed at the Chinese Court during the start of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), as well as antique Chinese Porcelain, presented by Woolly & Wallis Auctioneers. Daniel Crouch, who recently opened his new gallery at 4 Bury Street in the heart of St James’s ,will have on show the spectacular K’oen-yu ts’ien t’ou, or Map of the World, by Ferdinand Verbiest, 1674, as well as Typus eclipsis lunae, 1682, a description of the lun...

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...

Frida Kahlo's copy of The Works of Edgar Allan Poe will be offered by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on August 9th.


Released: July 19, 2011

A beat-up copy of The Works of Edgar Allan Poe is expected to sell for over $20,000 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on August 9th. It is no ordinary used book – it belonged to the celebrated Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, who covered the book with doodles, inscriptions, paint and collaged leaves. To Frida, the book provided an outlet for her to engage in dialogue with the Poe’s mysterious and macabre poetry, and the result is one of the most intriguing artist’s books to appear on the market. The most interesting inscription appears at the beginning of the book, where Frida has the written f...

John Hill, The vegetable system.  26 volumes.  1759-86.  Estimate: € 80.000.

Ketterer Kunst Auctions Absolute Rarity

Released: May 02, 2011

The complete series of John Hill’s masterpiece ”The Vegetable System,“ one of the 18th century's greatest and most elaborate botanical publications, is of outmost rarity. Carrying an estimate of € 80,000, the book will be called up at Ketterer Kunst in the auction of Rare Books in Hamburg on 23/24 May. Twenty-six volumes with a total of 1544 colored copper plates deliver a comprehensive description of 26,000 different plants. Even the great Carl von Linné, founding father of modern taxonomy, was awestruck, he said: ”In the face of the magnificence of Hill’s work I almost fainted...“ (Hen...

The New York Antiquarian Book Fair is April 8-10, 2011, at the Park Avenue Armory, NY.

'The Best Book Fair in the World' returns to the Park Avenue Armory for the 51st Year - New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Released: April 04, 2011

A few years ago, Andy Rooney of CBS “60 Minutes” attended the New York Antiquarian Book Fair and declared it “The best book fair in the world.” Like the rare treasures in the exhibition, this event only becomes better and more valuable over time. Sponsored by the prestigious Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, the 51st Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair, from April 8 to 10, 2011, promises to be the finest yet. Expert dealers from all over the world will arrive on New York’s upper east side for one weekend to show their rare books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, finely bo...

Lot 812-An American coin silver five-piece tea service, Wm.  Gale & Son, dated 1850 and estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Charlton Hall to Offer the Collection of the late Professor Michael Finefrock

Released: March 24, 2011

  Charlton Hall is pleased to announce the sale of the estate of the late Michael Finefrock which includes nearly 1000 pounds of silver. The massive quantity of silver stretching over 400 lots and numbering well over 6500 individual pieces will account for a third of the sale. It will all be sold consecutively on Sunday afternoon.  The silver collection itself consists of rare and important pieces of 18th through early 20th century American and English sterling and coin silver hollow-ware and flatware. Among the pieces are several rare and previously undocumented early fancy p...

Gabriele Münter (1877 Berlin - 1962 Murnau) Landschaft mit Sonnenblumen, 1910, sold for € 390.000.

Ketterer Kunst achieves its best annual results ever in 2010

Released: December 14, 2010

A total result of € 26 million* is the excellent final figure for Ketterer Kunst‘s 2010 business year.  “This time we even exceeded the top result of 2007, which was the record year in our company’s history,“ said Robert Ketterer, owner of the Munich-based auction firm founded in 1954. "And what is particularly impressive is that this result was achieved with 27 percent less objects than in 2007." Robert Ketterer continues: “It once more comes to show that quality and a certain newness on the market are the decisive criteria. This year we made our selection even more discerning. Ev...

Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio.  Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Praries of America.  London: Geo.  Catlin, 1844.  Sold for $91,000.

Bonhams Sets New Records Totaling Over $4 Million With 100% of Lots Sold At American Experience Sale

Released: December 09, 2010

Bonhams' "American Experience: 1630-1890" auction on Thursday, December 2, 2010, was a huge success totaling over $4 million with 100% of the lots sold; several lots reaching world record prices. This 300-lot sale was comprised of printed and manuscript Americana from a well-known San Francisco-based collector, Bruce E. McKinney. Christina Geiger, Director, Books and Manuscripts, said "We are delighted with the results of today's sale; there were many new buyers, including online bidders. Today's auction was the highest value sale at Bonhams in the U.S. in this category." World...

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...

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