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Book Fair Calendar

Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair.  Ann Arbor, MI.   May 21, 2017.     (more information)

London International Antiquarian Book Fair.  London, England.   June 1–3, 2017.

PBFA Antiquarian Book Fair.  London, England.   June 2–3, 2017.

Granite State Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair.  Concord, NH.   June 4, 2017.

Printers’ Row Lit Fest.  Chicago, IL.   June 10–11, 2017.

Vintage Paper Fair.  Glendale, CA.   June 10–11, 2017.

Rose City Used Book Fair.  Portland, OR.   June 16–17, 2017.     (more information)

Chicago Book & Paper Fair.  Chicago, IL.   June 17, 2017.

Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair.  Cooperstown, NY.   June 24, 2017.     (more information)

Twin Cities Antiquarian Book Fair.  St. Paul, MN.   June 30–July 1, 2017.

Melbourne Antiquarian Book Fair.  Melbourne, Australia.   July 7–9, 2017.

Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair.  Franklin, TN.   July 21–23, 2017.

PulpFest.  Pittsburgh, PA.   July 27–30, 2017.

Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair.  Denver, CO.   August 4–5, 2017.     (more information)

Arkansas Book & Paper Show.  Jacksonville, AR.   August 5–6, 2017.

Vermont Summer Book & Ephemera Fair.  Bennington, VT.   August 13, 2017.

Baltimore Summer Antique Show & Book Fair.  Baltimore, MD.   August 24–27, 2017.

Papermania.  Hartford, CT.   August 26–27, 2017.

Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair.  Brooklyn, NY.   September 8–10, 2017.

Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair.  Rochester, NY.   September 9, 2017.

Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair.  Sacramento, CA.   September 9, 2017.

York National Premium Antiquarian Book Fair.  York, England.   September 15–16, 2017.

Papertown.  Boxborough, MA.   September 16, 2017.

Brooklyn Book Festival.  Brooklyn, NY.   September 17, 2017.

North Texas Book & Map Show.  Fort Worth, TX.   October 7–8, 2017.

Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Show.  Pasadena, CA.   October 7–8, 2017.

Frankfort Antiquarian Book Fair.  Frankfort, Germany.   October 11–15, 2017.

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair.  Seattle, WA.   October 14–15, 2017.

Pioneer Valley Antiquarian Book Fair.  Northampton, MA.   October 15, 2017.     (more information)

Ottawa Antiquarian Book Fair.  Ottawa, ON (Canada).   October 22, 2017.

Gadsden’s Wychwood Book & Paper Show.  Toronto, ON (Canada).   October 29, 2017.

Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair.  London, England.   November 3–4, 2017.

Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Toronto, ON (Canada).   November 3–5, 2017.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Boston, MA.   November 10–12, 2017.

Boston Book, Print, & Ephemera Show.  Boston, MA.   November 11, 2017.

Book Auction Calendar

Dominic Winter Auctioneers.  South Cerney, England.   May 14, 2017.

Freeman’s.  Philadelphia, PA.   May 16, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   May 16, 2017.     (more information)

Lyon & Turnbull.  Edinburgh, Scotland.   May 17, 2017.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   May 18, 2017.     (more information)

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury.  London, England.   May 18, 2017.

Christie’s.  London, England.   May 18, 2017.

Phillips Auctions.  London, England.   May 18, 2017.

Skinner, Inc..  Boston, MA.   May 19, 2017.

Sotheby’s.  London, England.   May 19, 2017.

National Book Auctions.  Freeville, NY.   May 20, 2017.

Sotheby’s.  London, England.   May 23, 2017.

Skinner, Inc..  Boston, MA.   May 23, 2017.

Leslie Hindman.  Chicago, IL.   May 23, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   May 25, 2017.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   June 1, 2017.     (more information)

Sotheby’s.  London, England.   June 7, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   June 7, 2017.     (more information)

Bonham’s.  New York, NY.   June 7, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   June 13, 2017.     (more information)

Sotheby’s.  New York, NY.   June 13, 2017.

Bonhams.  London, England.   June 14, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   June 15, 2017.

Christie’s.  New York, NY.   June 15, 2017.

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury.  London, England.   June 15, 2017.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   June 15, 2017.     (more information)

Freeman’s.  Philadelphia, PA.   June 16, 2017.     (more information)

Sotheby’s.  Paris, France.   June 28, 2017.

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury.  London, England.   June 29, 2017.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   June 29, 2017.     (more information)

Bonham’s.  London, England.   July 5, 2017.

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury.  London, England.   July 6, 2017.

Sotheby’s.  London, England.   July 11, 2017.

Christie’s.  London, England.   July 12, 2017.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   July 13, 2017.     (more information)

Dominic Winter Auctioneers.  South Cerney, England.   July 19, 2017.

Bonham’s.  New York, NY.   July 19, 2017.

Dominic Winter Auctioneers.  South Cerney, England.   July 20, 2017.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   July 27, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   August 2, 2017.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   August 10, 2017.     (more information)

Dominic Winter Auctioneers.  South Cerney, England.   August 16, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   August 23, 2017.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   August 24, 2017.     (more information)

Dominic Winter Auctioneers.  South Cerney, England.   September 6, 2017.

Lyon & Turnbull.  Edinburgh, Scotland.   September 6, 2017.

Heritage Auctions.  Dallas, TX.   September 14, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   September 19, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   September 28, 2017.     (more information)

Dominic Winter Auctioneers.  South Cerney, England.   October 4–5, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   October 5, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   October 17, 2017.     (more information)

Heritage Auctions.  Dallas, TX.   October 19, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   October 19, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   October 26, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   November 2, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   November 7, 2017.     (more information)

Dominic Winter Auctioneers.  South Cerney, England.   November 7–9, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   November 14, 2017.     (more information)

Bonhams.  London, England.   November 15, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   November 16, 2017.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   December 5, 2017.     (more information)

Dominic Winter Auctioneers.  South Cerney, England.   December 13–14, 2017.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   December 14, 2017.     (more information)

May 25th Auction of Graphic Design Including Modern Posters

On Thursday, May 25, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Graphic Design, featuring a premier selection of posters, books and magazines by outstanding designers from around the world, including mid-century activism and American pop culture.  Early twentieth-century French posters lead the sale, with highlights ranging from A.M. Cassandre’s SS. “Côte d’Azur”, 1911, to Leonetto Cappiello’s Le Petit Dauphinois, 1933, an advertisement for one of the largest periodicals in the Alps at the time ($15,000 to $20,000 and $30,000 to $40,000, respectively). Also featured is Paul Colin’s complete portfolio Le Tumulte Noir, 1927, a tribute to Jazz-Age Paris and the craze for the Charleston, introduced by the actress Josephine Baker (who was also Colin’s lover). Two of the 42 original pochoir lithographs specifically depict Baker: one in a grass skirt, and one in her infamous banana skirt. The present copy, from the original edition of 500, includes the double cover and the rare insert bearing the French advisory “there is no advertising page in this album” ($25,000 to $35,000).  Col van Heusen, 1928, by Charles Loupot, one of the artist’s most elegant Cubist designs, which has only appeared once previously at auction, and his verdant Voisin Automobiles, 1923, are each expected to bring between $20,000 and $30,000.

Outstanding works from the Vienna Secession begin with Richardsquelle, 1899, an alluring banner by Koloman Moser promoting mineral water, estimated at $12,000 to $18,000. Two scarce publications on the period will be available: the only comprehensive book on the Golden Age of Austrian posters, Österreichische Plakatkunst, circa 1914, with 24 color plates, and the complete 12-volume set of Die Fläche, the design magazine by the Wiener Werkstätte, 1903-04 ($6,000 to $9,000 and $12,000 to $18,000, respectively). ůmore

Important Literature & Fine Books at PBA Galleries

On Thursday, May 18th, PBA Galleries will host a sale of over 400 lots of fine literature and rare books from the 16th to 21st centuries, classic novels of the 19th century, beat poetry of the 20th, experimental literature and early medical texts, with illustrated books, Roman philosophers, historical annals, and much more. A first edition Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird highlights the sale. This copy of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize winner that takes place during the Great Depression is inscribed and signed by the author and is offered in its unrestored dust jacket (est. $12-$18,000).

The Return of the Rivers is Richard Brautigan’s first poetry book publication and most assuredly the rarest piece of Brautigan ephemera in existence. This copy from the collection of Anna Savoca, a student at San Francisco State whom he courted briefly, is signed by the author. Only 15 of the original 100 copies printed by Inferno Press are thought to be extant (est. $10-$15,000). A scarce deluxe edition of Charles Bukowski’s second novel, Factotum, includes an original oil painting by Buk inserted at the front. Published by Black Sparrow Press in 1975, it is No. 60 of only 75 copies (est. $8-$12,000).

Other featured fiction lots include first editions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, ůmore

by Charles E. Gould, Jr.
The Shops

In Dickens’s Martin Chuzzlewit, Tom Pinch goes to Salisbury to meet Mr. Pecksniff’s new pupil, and with time to spare he roams the streets:

But what were even gold and silver to the bookshops, whence a pleasant smell of paper freshly pressed came issuing forth….That whiff of Russian leather, too, and rows and rows of volumes, neatly ranged within: what happiness did they suggest!  And in the window were the spic-and-span new works from London…. What a heart-breaking shop it was.

Mr. Meador in these pages has already taken up my theme with poignant elegance – nay, eloquence; but here I offer just a few nostalgic notes. When I was young and twenty – like A.E. Housman – there was a used/rare/books and china shop here in Kennebunkport – The Old Eagle Bookshop— under the hand of Copelin Day, whose vintage 1770’s house has alas been re-vintaged.  Mr. Day had a prodigious limp and was a curmudgeon of magnitude, but each day, weather notwithstanding, ůmore

by John Huckans
In Praise of Follies

The Victorian period, especially in England, was a hotbed for architectural follies. In an article on Victorian follies in the July 2003 issue of The Antiquer, Adele Kenny notes several definitions, including the Oxford English Dictionary’s kindly and understated — “a popular name for any costly structure considered to have shown folly in the builder.” Chambers goes a bit further with “a great useless structure, or one left unfinished, having begun without a reckoning of the cost” and the Oxford Companion to Gardens, in case we still don’t get it, says architectural follies are “characterized by a certain excess in terms of eccentricity, cost or conspicuous inutility.” I think the two words “conspicuous inutility” sum it up best, but say what you will a lot of us love them all the same.

Architectural follies began to appear in England during the 18th century but it wasn’t until the early industrial period of the 19th century that wealthy new owners of landed estates were able to indulge their fantasies on a grand scale. ůmore

News & Notes

Albany Book Fair Revived   (submitted by Garry Austin)

Dear Friends & Colleagues:

It is my great pleasure to announce that the Albany Book Fair is back after a two year hiatus!  The Albany Institute of History & Art is once again our sponsor and this year’s fair will be held November 26, 2017 at the Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Avenue Ext. Albany NY. The PCC is a well known destination and is home to a number of events, the DAR Antique Show; the Albany Stamp & Coin Show, the Train Show and a number of other well established and well attended fairs and shows. You'll find their exhibition space more akin to a hotel ballroom – carpeted, well-lit and without stairs or other impediments to hinder easy access. ůmore

by John C. Huckans
On Political Realignment (or Fear and Loathing inside the Beltway)

The U.S. Election of 2016 was a game-changer for all sorts of reasons.  To say the populist revolt came as a surprise to party regulars across the political spectrum is an obvious understatement, but the resulting emotional meltdown by people still in shock over the shifting loyalty and unexpected response of traditional working class voters (many of whom had supported Democrats since the Great Depression of the 1930s), only shows that it pays to do your homework. People who follow this column will recall that in July of 2016 we explained some of the reasons why Trump would perform bigly¹ in the 2016 general election. What follows is some observation and analysis that may contribute towards an understanding of recent trends.  Or maybe not. ůmore

Art of the Symbolist Book Opens at the Morgan on January 20th

Delirium: The Art of the Symbolist Book, opening January 20 at the Morgan Library & Museum, explores creative encounters between Symbolist authors and the artists in their circles. The movement coalesced during the second half of the nineteenth century as writers in France and Belgium sought a new form of art—one that referenced the visible world as symbols that correlate to ideas and states of mind. The Symbolists celebrated subjectivity, expressed through a nuanced language of reverie, delirium, mysticism, and ecstasy. For these writers, literature suggests meaning rather than defines it. The Symbolist movement was a revolt against naturalism, ůmore

Exhibition of 75 Masterpieces from Sweden's National Museum opens at the Morgan on February 3rd

The Nationalmuseum, Sweden’s largest and most distinguished art institution, is collaborating with the Morgan Library & Museum to bring more than seventy-five masterpieces from its renowned collections to New York in an extraordinary new exhibition opening February 3. The show features work by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn, Antoine Watteau, and François Boucher, and is the first collaboration between the two institutions in almost fifty years.  Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin runs through May 14.   The Nationalmuseum’s core holdings were assembled by Count Carl Gustaf Tessin (1696–1770), a diplomat and one of the great art collectors of his day.  The son and grandson of architects, Tessin held posts in Vienna, Berlin, and Paris, where he came into contact with the leading Parisian artists of the time and commissioned many works from them.  By the time he left the city in 1742, he amassed an impressive collection of paintings and drawings.  

Among the fourteen paintings in the exhibition are three commissioned by Count Tessin and exhibited at the 1740 Parisian Salon.  Chief among these is Boucher’s Triumph of Venus, which is making its first journey to North America. Other paintings include Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s Dachshund Pehr with Dead Game and Rifle, and a Portrait of Count Tessin by Jacques-André-Joseph Aved, in which the collector is shown among his art, books, and medals.  Six works by Jean-Siméon Chardin, notably the Morning Toilette, complete the group. The drawings in the exhibition include works by Italian masters such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Raphael, Giulio Romano, and Annibale Carracci. Northern European artists are represented by Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, and Anthony van Dyck, among others.  The French drawings begin with Primaticcio and practitioners of the Fontainebleau school and include works by Jacques Callot and Nicholas Poussin, as well as Count Tessin’s French contemporaries, Watteau, Boucher, and Chardin. ůmore

by John Huckans
The Iron Cage, a Review

The literature of the Nakba (expulsion and dispossession of the Palestinian people, starting on or about May 15, 1948) is vast.  There are many published personal narratives such as Sari Nusseibeh’s Once Upon a Country (NY, Farrar, Straus, 2007) and Karl Sabbagh’s  Palestine, A Personal History (NY, Grove Press, 2007), unsparing historical accounts such as Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oxford, OneWorld, 2006), and countless books and essays focusing on various aspects of the struggle. There is even a significant sub-genre of literature ůmore

by John Huckans
The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (Or, A Plea for a Renewed Red Scare)

Remember Peanutgate?  Didn't think so, because I just made it up.  At any rate, back in 2012 the grandson of a former president and one-time peanut farmer caused a bit of a ruckus by tracking down the source of a secretly recorded video of a meeting between Mitt Romney with some Florida campaign contributors in which Romney made some candid remarks about the 47% who were unlikely to support him in any case.  James Carter arranged to have the 'hacked' video leaked to Mother Jones magazine and according to CNN on February 21, 2013 . . . ůmore

by Anthony B. Marshall
Getting to Know the Doctor

As far as I know, I am one of only two members of the Johnson Society of Australia who are booksellers.  I strongly suspect that I am the only one who has ever felt ambivalent, even fraudulent, about his membership.  Although I am not, I think, an unclubable man, when I attended my first (and only) meeting of the society, held in the elegant upstairs chambers of Bell's Hotel in South Melbourne, I skulked in the background, feeling like an interloper, an impostor. I was the Great Sham of Literature. Why?  For one thing, at the time I had not read more than odd fragments of Dr. Johnson's writings.  For another, a lot of what I had read fairly made my blood boil.  And yet, and yet.  Something about the man, while it repelled me, also attracted me, fascinated me, sucked me in.  Enough, clearly, to make me want to join the club, pay my dues and turn up at the meeting.  Not as a saboteur or as a heckler but in good faith.  Even so, at that Johnson Society meeting ůmore

Prices Achieved at Recent Auctions

Strong Showing for Edward S. Curtis Photographs at Swann

On Thursday, April 20, Swann Galleries offered Images & Objects: Photographs & Photobooks, setting records for early and modern works alike. The sale performed well overall, with 71% of works offered finding buyers.

Swann Galleries consistently offers a varied selection of rare and iconic works by Edward S. Curtis, with nearly all of the offered lots selling above or within the estimate in this sale. Highlights included a striking portrait of Red Cloud, Oglala, 1905, which sold for $32,500, a record for the work, above a high estimate of $9,000.  The Scout, Apache, 1906, a dramatic orotone in the original frame depicting a Native American silhouetted on a horse, more than doubled its high estimate of $12,000 to sell for $27,500, a record for an orotone of the image; another orotone in its original frame, An Oasis in the Badlands, 1905, was purchased by a collector for $21,250, above a high estimate of $15,000.

Bastions of the art of photography performed well, with the highest price in the sale going to a group of 60 plates from Eadweard Muybridge’s seminal Animal Locomotion, 1887, at $45,000.   Ansel Adams’s iconic Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941, printed circa 1976, went for $42,500.  Five of the six works offered by New York-based vernacular photographer Weegee (née Arthur Fellig) found buyers, led by Coney Island, 1940, at $13,750.

The cover lot for the sale was an unusual version of Toni Frissell’s breathtaking A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1957—the image was printed in reverse, with the notation “This is backwards” on the verso ($12,500).

Works from the last 50 years performed exceptionally well, with high prices going to Robert Frank’s Sick of Goodby’s, Mabou, 1978, and Zuma #9, 1978, by John Divola ($32,500 and $10,000, respectively). Both offered works by Peter Hujar far surpassed their high estimates: a trio of portraits of Robert Wilson, Ann Wilson and Sheryl Sutton, 1975, reached $27,500, above a high estimate of $12,000, while the striking 1985 Shack, Queens, more than doubled its high estimate of $6,000 to sell to a collector for $13,750. A suite of five photographs by Duane Michals, titled Narcissus, 1985, soared past its high estimate of $9,000 to sell after rapid bidding for $26,000, a record for the work.

Daile Kaplan, Director of Photographs & Photobooks at Swann Galleries, said of the sale ůmore

by John Huckans
The Long National Nightmare

Laugh about it, shout about it
When you've got to choose
Every way you look at this you lose...

I think our presidential elections have become perpetual reality television for all sorts of reasons – for one thing it gives steady jobs to political reporters and a lot of advertising dollars for people in the television news business.  We might hope it will be over and done with come November 8th, but I suspect this is the nightmare that won't go away.  My pretty safe prediction is that barely six months into 2017  t.v. 'news reporters' with little else to do will be stirring up speculation about likely candidates for 2020 and start the cycle all over again.  I placed 'news reporters' in single quotes because by now it must be fairly obvious that journalists have all but given up their traditional role of being disinterested professionals and have become enthusiastic and unashamed curators of the news. ůmore

Uncommon Books Offered by Various Booksellers

(Scarce Photo of Baldwin in His Airship - 1909)  Original 10x8" b&w press photo of Thomas Scott Baldwin in his airship over the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Sep 25 - Oct 9, 1909.  Numerous pencil identifications and news service rubber stamps on the reverse.  Baldwin is a very famous aviator who is not widely known.  He held Balloon Pilot License #1, Airship Pilot License #9 and Airplane Pilot License #7.  Good condition, some small chips around the edges not affecting the image.  $55.00  (more on this and other books available from Early Aeronautica)

Roosevelt, Theodore.  A Book-Lover's Holidays In The Open.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1916.  First Edition.  Hardcover.  Octavo; pp. x,(vi), 373, (ii), appendices, ad leaf for Life Histories; Illustrated; color frontispiece by Ted Pitman, and two additional black and white illustrations; blue cloth, gilt device, top edge gilt.  A collection of varied pieces from hunting cougars to Hopi...  $125.00   (more on this and other books available from Theodore Roosevelt Books)

Frost, Robert. North of Boston.   New York: Henry Holt and Co. 1915.  First American edition to be printed in America. Denoted the "third edition" on copyright page but actually the second edition, as the first Holt edition from the British sheets was labeled "second edition." Inscribed  "To Walter King Stone -- 1932." Above his inscription Frost has transcribed the complete poem "The Pasture," the first poem in this book, which made its first appearance in this title; and, at Frost's direction, the first poem in all later selections or collections of his poetry. . . $6,000.00  (more on this and other books available from Quill & Brush)

Strickland, Agnes. Lives of the Queens of England, from the Norman Conquest; with Anecdotes of their Courts, Now First Published from Official Records and other Authentic Documents, Private as well as Public. New Edition, with Corrections and Additions. Philadelphia: Blanchard & Lea, 1855. Revised & Enlarged Edition. 12 volumes bound as six. Bound in half brown morocco and marbled boards, marbled endpapers.  $200.00   (more on this and other books available from R & A Petrilla)

Solis [y Ribadeneyra], Antonio de.  The History of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards. Translated from the Original Spanish of Don Antonio de Solis [y Ribadeneyra], Secretary and Historiographer to His Catholick Majesty, by Thomas Townsend, Esq; The whole Translation Revised and Corrected by Nathanael [sic] Hooke, Esq;… The Third Edition. London: Printed for H. Lintot; J. Whiston and B. White, at Mr. Boyle’s Head, and L. Davis, at Lord Bacon’s Head, both in Fleet-street; and D. Wilson, at Plato’s Head, in the Strand, MDCCLIII [1753].  12mo., xvi, 384, folding frontispiece, 2 folding maps, 4 folding plates; x, 386pp., 2 folding plates.  Bound in contemporary full calf, double-ruled gilt borders, raised bands, red leather labels intact.  SABIN 86491.  According to Sabin copies held by the Library of Congress, Library Company of Philadelphia, New York Public Library et al. have only two plates in volume 2.   External hinges of volume 1 tender and beginning to crack, o/w a very nice set with plates in brilliant condition.  $750.00   (more on this and other books available from John C. Huckans Books)

(Sugar Castles & Fruit Fantasias - early Spanish dessert recipes)  Mata, Juan de la.  Arte de reposteria, en que se contiene todo gènero de hacer dulces secos, y en lìquido, vizcochos, turrones, natas: Bebidas heladas de todos generos, rosolis, mistelas, &c. con una breve instruccion para conocer las frutas, y servirlas crudas.  Madrid: Josef Herrera, 1786. 4to. [2] ff., 208 pp. $2750.00   (more on this and other books available from Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts) ůmore

by John Huckans
The True Believer (a new appreciation of Eric Hoffer's classic book)

Events of late have made me wonder if Darwin got it only half right.  I don't quarrel with the theory, as proposed in On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871), that modern man evolved from earlier primates and the earlier primates from mammals, that in all probability, evolved from even more primitive life forms.  Even though I don't pretend to be anything close to a biologist, it all just seems to make a lot of sense.  Some of us agree with Darwin's theories, some not.  Some people argue the subject heatedly, while others simply agree to disagree. That is what civilized people (those who have evolved intellectually and morally) do.  What uncivilized people do is kill others who do not believe as they do. ůmore

by John C. Huckans
Trumped, Part II (or is this 1856 all over again?)

The day after the California primary the television news organizations lost little time analyzing the results.  My personal bias, shared by many others, is of someone who being unable to support either major party candidate, will be going the third party route for the fourth consecutive election cycle.  My respect for Bernie Sanders, even though I disagreed with him on several issues, is now moot.  So it might well be 1856 all over again, but more on that later.

Honest television news coverage is hard to come by, but I find the PBS News Hour the least objectionable of the lot – no pharmaceutical ads or breathless celebration of pop culture personalities is a pretty good competitive advantage.  Having said that, I was quite surprised (well, not really) by the list of guest analysts Judy Woodruff had on the News Hour the day after the primary.  The three she invited to analyze Mrs. Clinton's big win in California and consequent locking up of the Democrat nomination, took turns gushing, giggling and swooning over the prospect of a ůmore

by John C. Huckans
Trumped!

A friend in Germany has been a bit dazed and confused by the American presidential campaign and wondered if I, as an American, might be able to explain the Trump phenomenon.  I can't, but here goes anyway...

The front-runners of the two major political parties would head my short list for a Who's Who of weird participants in the 2016 Flying Political Circus.  Mr. Trump has no trouble coming up with endlessly reported soundbites that make a lot of people cringe, seems hell-bent on establishing himself as the Andrew Dice Clay of American politics, and then compounds the felony by having a lousy interior decorator. ůmore

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