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Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

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54th California International Antiquarian Book Fair

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Addison & Sarova, the Rare Book Auctioneers

Leslie Hindman Auctineers

San Francisco Book and Paper Fair 2022


PRB&M/SessaBks at The Arsenal

Back of Beyond Books

D & D Galleries

Hobart Book Village

Fulton County Historical Society & Museum

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Austin’s Antiquarian Books

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San Francisco Book and Paper Fair 2022

Leslie Hindman Auctineers

Addison & Sarova, the Rare Book Auctioneers

PRB&M/SessaBks at The Arsenal


Book Fair Calendar

Virtual Antiquarian Book Fair & Antiques Show.  .   January 21–23, 2022.     (more information)

Denver Postcard & Paper Show.  Denver, CO.   January 21–22, 2022.

Stratford-upon Avon Book Fair.  Stratford-upon-Avon, England.   January 29, 2022.

Rare Books LA.  Pasadena, CA.   February 4–6, 2022.

San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair.  South San Francisco, CA.   February 4–5, 2022.     (more information)

California International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Oakland, CA.   February 11–13, 2022.     (more information)

Ephemera 42.  Old Greenwich, CT.   March 17–20, 2022.

Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair.  Albuquerque, NM.   March 18–19, 2022.

Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair.  Sacramento, CA.   March 26, 2022.

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair.  St. Petersburg, FL.   April 1–3, 2022.     (more information)

New York International Antiquarian Book Fair.  New York, NY.   April 21–24, 2022.

Denver Postcard & Paper Show.  Denver, CO.   May 27–28, 2022.

Northern New England Book Fair.  Concord, NH.   June 3–4, 2022.

Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair.  Cooperstown, NY.   June 25, 2022.

Denver Postcard & Paper Show.  Denver, CO.   July 8–9, 2022.

Twin Cities Antiquarian Book Fair.  St. Paul, MN.   July 8–9, 2022.

Vermont Summer Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair.  Bennington, VT.   August 7, 2022.

Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Book Fair.  Castle Rock, CO.   September 9–10, 2022.

Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair.  London, England.   November 4–5, 2022.

Book Auction Calendar

Hindman Auctions.  Palm Beach, FL.   January 19–20, 2022.     (more information)

Lyon & Turnbull.  Edinburgh, Scotland.   January 19, 2022.

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   January 20, 2022.

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   January 26–27, 2022.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   January 27, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   January 27, 2022.     (more information)

Hindman Auctions.  Cincinnati, OH.   January 27–28, 2022.     (more information)

Potter & Potter Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   January 29, 2022.     (more information)

Hindman Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   February 1, 2022.     (more information)

Hindman Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   February 2–3, 2022.     (more information)

Lyon & Turnbull.  Edinburgh, Scotland.   February 2, 2022.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   February 3, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   February 10, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   February 10, 2022.     (more information)

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   February 10, 2022.

Hindman Auctions.  Denver, CO.   February 11, 2022.     (more information)

Bonham’s.  London, England.   February 15–16, 2022.

Freeman’s Auctions.  Philadephia, PA.   February 17, 2022.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   February 17, 2022.     (more information)

Auktionshaus Kiefer.  Pforzheim, Germany.   February 17–19, 2022.

Freeman’s Auctions.  Philadephia, PA.   February 22, 2022.

Hindman Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   February 23, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   February 24, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   February 24, 2022.     (more information)

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   February 24, 2022.

Potter & Potter Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   February 26, 2022.     (more information)

Bonham’s.  London, England.   March 2, 2022.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   March 3, 2022.     (more information)

Hindman Auctions.  Cincinnati, OH.   March 8, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   March 10, 2022.     (more information)

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   March 10, 2022.

Hindman Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   March 23, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   March 24, 2022.     (more information)

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   March 24, 2022.

Hindman Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   March 25, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   March 31, 2022.     (more information)

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   March 31, 2022.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   April 7, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   April 14, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   April 28, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   May 5, 2022.     (more information)

Freeman’s Auctions.  Philadelphia, PA.   May 11, 2022.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   May 12, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   May 19, 2022.     (more information)

Freeman’s Auctions.  Philadelphia, PA.   May 19, 2022.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   May 26, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   June 2, 2022.     (more information)

Freeman’s Auctions.  Philadelphia, PA.   June 5, 2022.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   June 9, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   June 16, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   June 23, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   June 30, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   August 4, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   August 18, 2022.     (more information)

Artists of the WPA Opens Winter 2022 Season at Swann

Continuing a tradition of offering specialized auctions, Swann Galleries will offer its second edition of The Artists of the WPA on Thursday, January 27 which aims to call attention to the generation of artists that contributed to the Federal Arts Project and the varying “alphabet agencies” and helped form a new American identityDorothea Lange, Matriarch, South Dakota, silver print, 1939, printed 1950s. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000. in the twentieth century.
Leading the sale is People’s Follies #2, tempera on board, 1938, by one of the leading elders of American art during the New Deal, Reginald Marsh (est. $30,000–50,000). Further works that embody the social realism movement of the era include Daniel Celentano’s Pelham Bay, oil on canvas (est. $8,000-12,000), and Aaron Bohrod’s Getting Ready for Auction, oil on masonite, 1942 (est. $5,000–7,000).
Additional artworks of note include Blanche Lazzell’s Cape Cod Cottage; The Coffee Pot, an original, double-sided carved color woodblock, 1936, painted in color inks (est. $20,000–30,000); and John Steuart Curry’s Heart Ranch, Barber County Kansas, a 1929 oil-on-canvas plein air painting of a rural field (est. $10,000–15,000); as well as exceptional prints by Marsh, Louis Lozowick, Grant Wood, Milton Avery, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Sloan, among others.   

Murals were among a core part of the Federal Arts Projects; featured in the sale are a number of studies and maquettes for these efforts. Most notable is James Daugherty’s 1936 maquette for the social room of Fairfield Court Housing Project in Stamford, Connecticut (est. $5,000–7,000); as well as two additional studies for additional projects throughout the 1930s— …more

by Michael Rectenwald
What Is the Great Reset?

(Michael Rectenwald is the chief academic officer for American Scholars. He has a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. from Case Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. He has taught at New York University, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of numerous books, including Nineteenth-Century British Secularism: Science, Religion, and Literature; Google Archipelago; Beyond Woke; and Thought Criminal.)

Is the Great Reset a conspiracy theory imagining a vast left-wing plot to establish a totalitarian one-world government? No. Despite the fact that some people may have spun conspiracy theories based on it—with some reason, as we will see—the Great Reset is real. Indeed, just last year, Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF)—a famous organization made up of the world’s political, economic, and cultural elites that meets annually in Davos, Switzerland—and Thierry Malleret, co-founder and main author of the Monthly Barometer, published a book called COVID-19: The Great Reset. In the book, they define the Great Reset as a means of addressing the “weaknesses of capitalism” that were purportedly exposed by the COVID pandemic.

But the idea of the Great Reset goes back much further. It can be traced at least as far back as the inception of the WEF, originally founded as the European Management Forum, in 1971. In that same year, Schwab, an engineer and economist by training, published his first book, Modern Enterprise Management in Mechanical Engineering. It was in this book that Schwab first introduced the concept he would later call “stakeholder capitalism,” arguing “that the management of a modern enterprise must serve not only …more

The Year at Hindman

2021 was a year of records at Hindman Auctions. The auction firm reported $87 million in total sales for the year, its highest total by far in the company’s 39-year history, setting over 30 individual auction records along the way. The year demonstrated not only the strength of the current auction market, but the success of Hindman’s investment in technology and its client-focused approach.

“Over the five years I have been lucky to be with Hindman, our business has more than doubled in size,” said Jay Frederick Krehbiel, Hindman’s CEO. “Building on the extraordinary legacy of our founders, Leslie Hindman and Wes Cowan, we have redoubled our efforts to be the most client-centric firm possible and I was thrilled to see our clients respond so enthusiastically this year.”

Hindman began 2021 by launching its Digital Bid Room, a proprietary online and mobile live bidding platform that allows clients to livestream and bid in auctions from anywhere in the world. Clients immediately took to the platform. Throughout the year, the Digital Bid Room accounted for $35.6 million in sales, nearly 41% of the yearly total.

In a year that Hindman set its firm record for sales total, it also set over 30 individual auction records. The Fine Art department set the pace for the company with records across several categories, including American & European, Post War & Contemporary, and Western art. The most notable achievement …more

Morgan Hosts Holbein the Younger Exhibition

The Morgan Library & Museum proudly presents Holbein: Capturing Character, opening February 11, 2022, and running through May 15, 2022.  Co-organized with the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, this marks the first major U.S. exhibition dedicated to the art of Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98–1543).  The Morgan’s display will feature around sixty objects from over twenty lenders across the globe, including thirty-one paintings and drawings by Holbein himself. Holbein’s Simon George (ca. 1535–40). In this vibrant painting, Simon George of Cornwall is portrayed in profile, in a manner modeled on antique coins and portrait medals. Nothing but the sitter’s name and place of origin is known today. Hans Holbein the Younger was among the most skilled, versatile, and inventive European artists of the sixteenth century.  He created captivating portraits of courtiers, merchants, scholars, and statesmen in Basel, Switzerland, and later in England, and served as a court painter to King Henry VIII (1491–1547).  Enriched by inscriptions, insignia, and evocative attributes, his portraits not only conveyed truthful likenesses but also celebrated the individuals’ identities, values, aspirations, and achievements.

Spanning the artist’s entire career, Holbein: Capturing Character begins with the artist’s early years in Basel, where he was active in the book trade and created iconic portraits of the great humanist scholar Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466–1536). Holbein stayed in England from 1526 to 1528 and moved there permanently in 1532, quickly becoming the most sought-after artist among nobles, courtiers, and the German merchants of the Hanseatic League. In addition to displaying superb examples of Holbein’s drawn and painted likenesses of his sitters, the exhibition also explores the artist’s activities as a designer of prints, book illustrations, …more

November Sales at Swann Bring $6.7M, with a Record for David Hockney

November at Swann Galleries featured a marathon of fine art auctions including a two-day sale of Old Master Through Modern Prints and Master Drawings, a private collection of Contemporary Artists’ Books, as well as Contemporary art, and travel posters. Combined the auctions earned $6.7 million and Michael Rudolf Wening, Siam / Beautiful Bangkok / The Jewel City of Asia, circa 1920s. $16,250established an exceptional 30 records for the market.
The month opened with Old Master Through Modern Prints and Master Drawings, featuring a private collection of Italian Old Masters. Held over two days, on November 2 and 3, the sales brought a combined total of $2.9 million.
There was a strong demand for Old Master Through Modern Prints. Three of the top 10 highest selling lots were Rembrandt etchings, an equal number for works by modern masters Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró also sold well; world records were achieved for American prints by Winslow Homer, Blanche Lazzell and Gustave Baumann, and the top lot of the sale was Vincent Van Gogh's ultra-scarce 1890 etching Homme à la Pipe: Portrait du Docteur Gachet (one of fewer than 65 impressions known), at $161,000, well above the $120,000 pre-sale high estimate.
Master Drawings was led by two drawings of machinery by fourteenth-century Sienese artist Francesco di Giorgio Martini. The drawings were won by an institution for $61,250, a record for a drawing by the artist. Also of note from Italian schools were works by Giorgio Vasari and Il Guercino. Preparatory drawings and studies by French artists included Jean-François Millet’s 1871–72 charcoal-on-canvas study for the oil painting La Famille du Paysan, at $17,500, and Eugène Delacroix’s Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, a brush-and-ink reminiscent of his mural of the same name in Church of Saint-Sulpice, at $16,250.
On November 9, the house offered Contemporary Artists’ Books: The Property of a Texas Collector—an exceptional single-owner sale that featured rarely seen works by leading artists and imprints. …more

by John R. Lott, Jr.
Is Ensuring Election Integrity Anti-Democratic?

Sixteen years ago, in 2005, the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform issued a report that proposed a uniform system of requiring a photo ID in order to vote in U.S. elections. The report also pointed out that widespread absentee voting makes vote fraud more likely. Voter files contain ineligible, duplicate, fictional, and deceased voters, a fact easily exploited using absentee ballots to commit fraud. Citizens who vote absentee are more susceptible to pressure and intimidation. And vote-buying schemes are far easier when citizens vote by mail.

Who was behind the Carter-Baker Commission? Donald Trump? No. The Commission’s two ranking members were former President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, and former Secretary of State James Baker III, a Republican. Other Democrats on the Commission were former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton. It was a truly bipartisan commission that made what seemed at the time to be …more

AntiqueShowsCanada Virtual Event to Change Emphasis

According to fair organizer and manager Jeff Gadsden – “AntiqueshowsCanada’s Virtual Book fair held November 5 - 7, 2021 was well-attended with 21 booksellers and a handful of antique dealers participating.  It was a very strong show, particularly for the booksellers.  The total number of sales doubled the previous show and the total dollar volume was by far the best to date.  Average sales per booth exceeded $2100.  Only two participants of 25 failed to sell, a new record for AntiqueshowsCanada”. 

The next event, retitled Virtual Antiquarian Book Fair & Antiques Show, reflecting the shift in emphasis, is scheduled for January 21 - 23, 2022. For more information call (647) 236-3277.

Results of Hindman's Antiquities & Ethnographic Art Auction

On November 18th, Hindman Auctions achieved $1,121,063 in its Antiquities and Ethnographic Art auction, which included  ancient Egyptian sculpture. Figural stone sculptures and portrait heads also attracted  strong bidding activity. The auction offered rare objects from the fifth millennium B.C. to the 20th century A.D.

Emerging as the top lot of the auction was an Egyptian granodiorite falcon, which shattered its presale estimate of $7,000-9,000 to sell for $93,750. The falcon is seen as a powerful and fierce bird in ancient culture. Bidders recognized value in the fine craftmanship and overall remarkable condition.

An Egyptian alabaster canopic jar soared well above the estimate of $30,000 - $50,0000 to achieve $87,500. The jar, from the reign of Tuthmosis III, remains impressively intact with much of its original pigment. The inscription is for …more

Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Auction Nearly Doubles Presale Estimate

Hindman Auctions set a house record on November 9 and 10 when its “Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts, including Americana” auction achieved a sales total of $1.5 million, the most ever for a various owner Fine Books & Manuscript auction in the company’s 39 year history. The 686 lot auction saw competitive bidding from around the globe that resulted in lots consistently soaring past their presales estimates on both days. “I am proud of this department and everyone who helped us achieve this tremendous result,” said Gretchen Hause, Hindman’s Director and Senior Specialist of Books & Manuscripts. “The results of the past two days demonstrate not only the strength of the market, but the breadth and diversity of interests of collectors today.”
The strongest category of the sale was Printed and Manuscript Americana, which accounted for 8 of the 15 highest prices of the auction, including the top two lots. A first edition of the Federalist Papers (lot 281) published in 1788 took the top honor selling for $175,000 against a presale estimate of $40,000 - $60,000. Written under the pseudonym "Publius" by Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, the collection of 85 essays is widely considered to be instrumental in garnering public support for the framework that would become the United States Constitution. …more

by John Huckans
Reflections on the 2020 Election (Part 4)

By many accounts there is a human disaster unfolding in Afghanistan. According to one report back on August 26, a distraught Afghan father shot his daughters to prevent their being taken to be given as “comfort women” to Taliban soldiers. Some have predicted that the human rights abuses that will be occuring in the weeks and months to come will rival or surpass those of Benghazi (2012) or the fall of Saigon in 1975.  Whatever happens, there will be efforts by the administration and their allies in the press to shield those responsible.

And what is seen by many as a crisis at the southern border may be viewed as political opportunity by the administration that helped to bring it about. Apart from the grave health risks of a “super-spreader event” posed by an indeterminate number of …more

The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures

The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures opened on September 24, 2021. This permanent exhibition at the iconic 42nd Street library showcases over 250 rare items from the Library’s renowned research collections, giving visitors a unique opportunity to see and explore objects and stories that have helped shape our world.
The objects—spanning 4,000 years of history—represent moments, movements, and stories that have helped shape the world. They continue to inspire curiosity, conversation, and a stronger understanding of the past to inform a better future. The exhibition draws exclusively from the Library’s research collections, which contain over 45 million objects including rare books, manuscripts, photographs, prints, maps, ephemera, audio and moving image, and more, collected over the institution’s 126 years and accessible at the Library’s research centers: the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Library for the Performing Arts, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Timed tickets are available at

In its inaugural iteration, The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures is organized into nine sections: Beginnings, Performance, Explorations, Fortitude, The Written Word, The Visual World, Childhood, Belief, and New York City. Each section highlights …more

Full Measure News (October 3)

Full Measure's investigative news program for October 3rd, 2021 leads off with a behind the scenes look at the debate over the teaching of critical race theory in Loudon County Viginia. Also video coverage of protest demonstrations occuring in Habana over the summer, and finally an upsurge in domestic medical tourism caused by widespread inequities in the pricing of surgical procedures in various parts of the United States. Watch here.

Fine Books & Manuscripts Sale Achieves Record Results

Potter and Potter's recent Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale was the company's highest grossing auction to date. After a day of spirited bidding, 107 lots realized between $1,000-4,999; 22 lots realized between $5,000-9,999; and 16 lots broke the five digit mark. Prices noted include the company's 20% buyer's premium.

Collections of writings from Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain, 1835–1910) and Charles Dickens (1812–1870) were high spots in this sale, with two generating world-record prices. A 38 volume set of Twain's works, was estimated at $4,000-6,000 and sold for $33,600 - a new world's record. Published in New York by Gabriel Wells in 1923–1925, this example, number 499 of 1024 copies of the “Definitive Edition,” was signed (in advance) by Twain on the front flyleaf of volume I with the attestation on the facing page signed by Clemens' biographer and executor, Albert Bigelow Paine.  Another 22 volume set of Twain's work, was estimated at $600-800 and brought $8,400. It was published in Hartford, CT by the American Publishing Company in 1901. This set retained the original dust jackets, was number 583 of 625 copies printed, and was the first uniform edition of all Twain’s works.  
A collection of five Christmas books by Dickens, was estimated at $6,000-8,000 and fetched $28,000 - another world's record. All were first editions and published in London in the 1843–1848 period. Titles included A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man. Each volume was finely bound , with their upper covers featuring various color morocco inlays depicting a Dickens character from its corresponding work.

Materials related to Herman Melville (1819–1891) caught the eye of enthusiasts worldwide. A first American edition, first binding of Melville's Moby–Dick; or, The Whale, brought …more

by John C. Huckans
Family Letters (reprinted from October 2020)

Before my maternal grandfather arrived in the United States to seek a new life and job opportunities that weren't available to many young men from the moors of rural Devon (the Hatherleigh and Torrington areas weren't as trendy in the late 1880s as they are now), he shipped out to Argentina which until then had one of the fastest growing economies in the world. His timing couldn't have been worse.

About the time of his arrival or shortly afterwards, there was a major wheat crop failure, a collapse of many of the major banks and all of it leading to the panic of 1893 and widespread …more

Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire

A new exhibition entitled Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire (ca. 800–1500)  will be on view at the Morgan Library and Museum from October 15, 2021 through January 23, 2022
Imperial Splendor offers a sweeping overview of manuscript production in the Holy Roman Empire – a complex of territories in Western, Central and Southern Europe – which represents one of the most impressive chapters in the history of medieval art.

While little known and rarely seen by the general public, these illuminated manuscripts count among the most luxurious works of art from the Middle Ages. Designed to edify, to entertain, and above all to embody the sacred, these manuscripts and their spectacular illuminations retain the ability to dazzle and inspire modern audiences just as they did those of the Middle Ages.

Bringing together some seventy manuscripts from collections across the country, the exhibition begins with the reforms initiated in the early ninth century by Charlemagne the first emperor following the fall of Rome. It ends with the flurry of artistic innovation coinciding with the invention of the printing press and the onset of humanism in the fifteenth century. As the first major presentation of this subject in the English-speaking world, Imperial Splendor introduces visitors to fundamental aspects of this history, including how artists developed a visual rhetoric of power, the role of the aristocratic elite in the production and patronage of manuscripts, and the impact of Albrecht Dürer and humanism on the arts of the book.

The exhibition will remain on view through January 23, 2022. For more information call (212) 590-0310 or (212) 590-0311.

by John Huckans
Reflections on the 2020 Election (Part 3)

The  election of 2016 was in many ways about class struggle, with shifting alliances and a strange new cast of players. Wealth and economic power, built largely through the skills and hard work of the American working and middle class, had became increasingly concentrated in the hands of the super rich – CEOs of major corporations, international banks, money managers, hedge fund operators, “non-proft” foundations and the entertainment industry.  For the purpose of this discussion, I would define the entertainment industry as including movies, network news, televised spectator sports, and much of reality television – 21st century purveyors of bread and circuses or opioids for the masses. Orchestrated attempts to divert people from thinking about …more

Important Americana & Rare Cartography at PBA's July 8th Sale

Seventy-five choice lots of rare and valuable Americana and cartography drew strong interest in PBA Galleries’ July 8th auction. The sale was highlighted by an amazing record price of $361,500 (including the buyer’s premium) for the first book printed in California, José Figueroa’s Manifiesto a la Republica Mejicana, 1835, the then-governor of California’s defense of his policies and actions in connection with the Hijar and Padrés colonization scheme. Though the scheme and its relation to the secularization of the California mission properties is of great importance to historians and scholars, that is overshadowed today by its significance as the first substantial book printed in California, and undoubtedly the most important book produced in California during the Mexican period, printed by California's first printer, Agustin V. Zamorano.  For this, the book is rewarded with a prime position in the Zamorano 80, a list of the eighty most important and influential books on California and its history compiled by members of the Los Angeles-based bibliophilic organization, the Zamorano Club, with the list published in 1945. Of the estimated 19 copies of the book extant, only five are believed to be in private hands.

The price achieved at PBA Galleries shattered the previous auction record of $40,250, set by the Plath-Robbins copy sold at PBA in 1996, with two copies selling in 1994 and 2003 for $34,500 each, both at auctions conducted by the late Dorothy Sloan. Indeed, the book also bested itself by a considerable margin – the Estelle Doheny copy, previously sold at Christie’s in 1988 for $15,400. The book also set another milestone by a wide mark – the highest price brought at auction for a book on the Zamorano 80 list., previously held by Lansford Hastings’ The Emigrants' Guide, to Oregon and California, 1845, at $194,500, was nearly doubled by the Figueroa.

Other highlights from the auction include a striking lithograph of Sacramento in 1857.  A Birds-Eye View of Sacramento, "The City of the Plain", by George H. Baker, 1857, considered the greatest of gold rush-era lithographs of the city, the central image surrounded by pictorial vignettes sold for …more

by John Huckans
Reflections on the 2020 Election (Part 2)

The post-war exportation of jobs began in the 1950s in places like Gloversville and Johnstown (Fulton County, NY) when glove factories discovered it was much cheaper to ship unfinished leather goods out of the country for completion.  The perfect storm of post-war strikes for higher wages accompanied by a shrinking market for leather gloves accelerated the change as manufacturers and their suppliers struggled, and often failed, to survive.  The surge in unemployment and economic decline that began in Fulton County was already well-established long before the term “rust belt” had even been thought of.  And to give readers an idea of the importance of this “canary in a coal mine” case, consider that while growing up in Gloversville some people we knew looked with condescension on their “poor cousins” who lived in the small city of Saratoga Springs a few miles to the east.

Years later as industries throughout the country began closing in response to cheaper goods being imported from Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and elsewhere,  factory workers were losing their livelihoods at an accelerated but manageable rate.  It really wasn't until the 1990s that the flood of imported products from China, often under international trade terms lacking in reciprocity, that the accelerated industrial decline turned into a rout. Far from being an old Russian-style, Marxist economy based on state ownership of the means of production (with all of its inefficiencies and uniformly low standard of living), China has more in common with the 1930s German national socialist partnership with private businesses operating under close governmental scrutiny and control.

A few of the companies that prospered (often using enforced or slave labor) under German national socialism included Hugo Boss (made snappy uniforms for the Brown Shirts, the SS and other government agencies), Volkswagen, BMW, Siemens, I.G. Farben (manufacturers of Zyklon-B), and others. Also, American companies operating in Germany that …more

Results of Hindman's May 12 Auction

On May 12, Hindman Auctions realized over $883,000 in 367 lots in its Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Americana sale. Active and competitive bidding led to the highest sold total for a Books and Manuscripts various owner sale in Hindman’s history and a robust 96 percent sell through rate. Outstanding bidder engagement was seen throughout the entire auction, but particularly with fine collections of Bibles and Currier and Ives prints. Since March, the Books & Manuscripts Department’s auctions have realized over $1.32 million.
The auction began with strong response to a selection of Bibles, which led to a 98 percent sell through rate for the session, highlighted by a copy of Robert Barker’s “He” Bible, the first edition of the King James Bible, published in 1611 (lot 7), which sold for $52,500 against a presale estimate of $8,000-12,000. A very fine tall copy of the Rheims New Testament (lot 4), the first edition of the Roman Catholic version of the New Testament in English, reached $17,500 thanks to competitive bidding.  A copy of Richard Jugge’s Bible, the third quarto edition of Tyndale’s version and the last of Tyndale's New Testament (lot 3) realized $23,750, nearly four times its presale estimate.
The American Prints session, highlighted by a fine selection of Currier and Ives prints from a private collection, saw competitive bidding across all channels and ultimately achieved a 100 percent sell through rate. Leading the session was Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way (lot 298) which sold for $22,500 against a presale estimate of $7,000-10,000. A Currier and Ives’ print of Yosemite Valley (lot 311) achieved a top price of $21,250, more than five times its presale estimate. Another highlight from the session was …more

Hindman's Fine Art Sales Week

Hindman Auctions presented its spring Fine Art sales this week, realizing more than $7.4 million across three days of sales, beating presale estimates, and setting global auction records. A renowned selection and competitive international bidding along with strong engagement with works by artists such as Alphonse Mucha, Woman with Flowering Branches, 1920. Alphonse Mucha. (Czech, 1860–1939). Price Realized: $456,500Edward Willis Redfield, Jim Nutt, Bernard Frize, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly, and Frank Stella fueled high prices ensuring the success of the series of auctions. Property from the Collection of Noel and Kathryn Dickinson Wadsworth (Atlanta, Georgia), the Estate of Avis Hope Truska (Scottsdale, Arizona), the Miriam B. Swanson Trust (Chicago, Illinois), and the Collection of Ms. Mavis Staples (Chicago, Illinois), among others, contributed to the success.
The May 3 American and European Art auction fetched over $3.2 million in 136 lots, and featured a significant selection of Impressionist landscapes, and Modernist and Ashcan works. Leading the auction was Alphonse Mucha’s painting Woman with Flowering Branches (lot 136), which shattered its presale estimate of $60,000-80,000, ultimately achieving $456,500. Top performers also included Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita’s Les Deux Amies (lot 72), which realized $384,500 against a presale estimate of $150,000-$250,000. Strong engagement with Pennsylvania Impressionist works was demonstrated, including with Edward Willis Redfield’s The Peaceful Stream in Winter and Daniel Garber’s Near Solebury (lot 51 and 50), both of which realized $150,000, well above their presale estimates. George William Sotter’s Winter Night (lot 52) also saw competitive bidding and realized $118,500, more than double its presale estimate of $50,000-70,000.  
Other standouts included Jean Dufy’s Vue de Balcon (lot 74) from 1926, which soared past its estimate of $40,000-60,000 to realize $81,250. Orville Bulman’s In the Jungle (lot 9) and Lê Phổ’s Fleurs (lot 68) also beat expectations, realizing $75,000 and $65,625, respectively. A new record was set by Mary Nicholena’s Looking Toward the Sea (lot 57), which realized more than double its presale estimate, selling for $17,500.
The May 4 Post War and Contemporary Art auction, set new records and realized over $2 million. Leading the auction was …more

by John Huckans
Reflections on the 2020 Election

It will be a long time before a full and accurate account of the 2020 U.S. presidential election will be published. Passions remain high, wounds are fresh, friendships have been damaged and lost, and one person's facts are another person's unverified anecdotal evidence – both sides claiming ownership of the real truth. And in case you haven't noticed there are few, if any, reliable fact-checkers to check the fact checkers.

Election fraud is nearly as old as the Republic – the origins of Tammany Hall predate the adoption of the U.S. Constitution by about a year, and in all that time we've never looked back. In modern times the Daley Machine, long a fixture in Chicago politics since its founding in the 1930s by Anton Cermak, became world famous in 1960 when late on election night it delivered Illinois' electoral vote to John Kennedy, thus ensuring his election as the 35th president. The process was simplicity itself.  Chicago would traditionally hold its vote tally back until the downstate returns were in – then enough newly discovered votes would often be produced to ensure a Democrat victory. By some accounts the Nixon people were well aware of the fraud but in the interest of national tranquility, didn't challenge the results. On a smaller scale Frank Hague (Democrat) and “Nucky” Johnson (Republican) ran dueling election fraud operations in northern and southern New Jersey, according to the late American historian, Thomas Fleming.

Overshadowing everything in 2020 was the Trump factor.  Even before the 2016 election he had become a favorite target of hatred and derision mainly because of his unfiltered and bombastic approach to addressing the very real problems facing the nation, along with people he didn't like very  much.

As a one time Democrat turned populist with street smarts, Trump understood that the ruling elites of today have moved beyond Wall Street. Today they also occupy K Street, where money and political power have combined to …more

Architecture, Theater, and Fantasy: Bibiena Drawings from the Jules Fisher Collection

The Morgan Library & Museum proudly presents Architecture, Theater, and Fantasy: Bibiena Drawings from the Jules Fisher Collection, on view May 28 through September 12, 2021. The exhibition explores the elaborate stage design drawings produced by the Bibiena family and collected by the internationally acclaimed lighting designer With representations of imagined palace interiors and lavish illusionistic architecture, this group of drawings highlights the visual splendor of the Baroque stage. Many demonstrate the family’s signature invention: the scena per angolo, or “scene viewed at an angle.” Replacing the static symmetry of earlier theater designs, the scena per angolo used multiple vanishing points to imagine sets of unprecedented monumentality, with a complexity of space never previously seen on the stage. Jules Fisher. It marks the first exhibition dedicated to Bibiena drawings in the United States in more than thirty years. For nearly a century, members of three generations of the Bibiena family were the most highly sought theater designers in Europe. Their revolutionary stage designs were used for operas, festivals, and courtly performances across Europe: from their native Italy to cities as far afield as Vienna, Prague, Stockholm, Saint Petersburg, and Lisbon. While some of these productions are recorded in engravings, the Bibiena style survives above all in the family’s extraordinary drawings, which demonstrate the range of their output—from energetic sketches to highly finished watercolors.

With representations of imagined palace interiors and lavish illusionistic architecture, this group of drawings highlights the visual splendor of the Baroque stage. Many demonstrate the family’s signature invention: the scena per angolo, or “scene viewed at an angle.” Replacing the static symmetry of earlier theater designs, the scena per angolo used multiple vanishing points to imagine sets of unprecedented monumentality, with a complexity of space never previously seen on the stage. The Bibiena family of artists traces its origins to Giovanni Maria Galli (1618–1665), who was born in the Tuscan town of Bibbiena but moved to Bologna, where he worked under the painter Francesco Albani. Following a common practice of the time, he came to be known in his adopted city by a toponymic surname, Galli da Bibiena (with “Bibbiena” shortened to “Bibiena”). His children and descendants, though born in Bologna and elsewhere, continued to use “Galli Bibiena,” or simply “Bibiena,” as the family name. …more

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Austin's Books (Wilmington, VT ).  American History, Teddy Roosevelt, Fly Fishing, Travel, Maps, Prints & Ephemera. Tel: (802) 464-8438.  (Browse Inventory)

Back of Beyond Books  (83 North Main St., Moab, UT). Rare Books, Americana, Books on the American West. Tel: (435) 259-5154; (800) 700-2859. (Rare Book Catalogue, vol. XXII, Summer 2020)

Booked Up  (Archer City, TX).  We are a large general bookstore dealing mainly in the humanities. Tel: (940) 574-2511.  (New Arrivals)

D & D Galleries  (P.O. Box 8413, Somerville, NJ).  Founded in 1985, with specialties in British and American literature.  Eclectic inventory (mostly English language) ranges from the 15th through the 20th centuries with sub-specialties in Fine Bindings, S.T.C. and Wing books, Lewis Carroll (C. L. Dodgson), Charles Dickens, presentation and association material as well as 17th and 18th century British history.  Members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and the Provincial Bookfair Association of Great Britain.  Tel: (908)  904-1314.  (Featured Selections)

Early Aeronautica  (Midland, MI).  Vintage books, documents & ephemera relating to early aviation. Tel: (989) 835-3908; (520) 373-2622  (Newest Arrivals)

Gibson's Books (3137 Old Highway 431,  Owens Cross Roads, AL).  Large stock, specializing in local and southern history, including Civil War, Southern fiction, cookery & ephemera.  Also, back issues of Book Source Monthly/Book Source Magazine from 1985-2013.  Tel: (256) 316-0054.  (Newest Arrivals)

Old Editions (954 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, NY).  Rare & Antiquarian Books, Paper & Ephemera/Prints, Posters & Original Art Works. One of the largest antiquarian bookstores in New York State. Tel: (716) 842-1734. (Featured Selections)

Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Company (PRB&M/SessaBks)  (Philadelphia, PA.).  Early Books of Europe & the Americas, varia such as may catch our fancy.  PRB&M's extensive, highly illustrated website offers scores of catalogues and lists browsable by topic, language, or century; correspondence is welcome in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, & French. Members ABAA/ILAB since 1984.  Books unite us! or Tel: (215) 744-6734.   (Survey a Selection)

Quill & Brush  (Middletown, MD).  Specialists in first edition literature, mysteries, poetry & collectible books in all fields.  Authors of well-known books on book collecting & compilers of over 200 individual Author Price Guides. Visit us on the web, or in person by appointment. Tel: (301) 874-3200. (Newest Arrivals)

R & A Petrilla, Booksellers. (P.O. Box 306, Roosevelt, NJ).    Established 1970.  Online since 1995.  Trading in unusual books, documents, and manuscripts in various fields of interest, including farm life.  (New Arrivals)

W.H. Adams, Antiquarian Books  (Hobart, NY).  General antiquarian with emphasis on England and early classics.  Located in the Book Village of Hobart in the Catskills. Tel: (607) 538-9080.   (Newest Arrivals or...)

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Results of Potter & Potter's March 13 Fine Books & Manuscripts Sale

Potter & Potter Auctions' March 13, 2021 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction fetched more than $510,000 with a 96% sell-through rate. This exciting, 600 lot sale event featured extraordinary selections of antiquarian to modern titles, including first editions and important letters.

Potter and Potter's early spring literature event was a success by every measure. After a long day of energized bidding, 107 lots realized between $750-1,999; 50 lots realized between $2,000-9,999; and 6 lots broke the five digit mark. Prices noted include the company's 20% buyer's premium.

Lot #275, a typed signed letter from Albert Einstein to  Mr. Sol Stein, estimated at $4,000-6,000 sold for $28,800. Dated March 10, 1954 and sent from Princeton, NJ, this one page note, written in English on embossed personal stationery, addressed the question, “What do you think about the nature of Communism and what are the best methods of combatting its influence?” 

Lot #529, a typed signed letter from novelist James Baldwin including an unpublished essay and literary critique, was estimated at $2,000-3,000 and brought $14,400. This letter, dated March 1956, was postmarked from Paris and included its original envelope. It addressed many facets of the cultural and socio-economic hardships and realties faced by African Americans in early postwar America.

19th century books also did extremely well at this early spring event. Lot #127, J.J. Audubon's three volume The Quadrupeds of North America from 1854 was estimated at $3,500-5,000 and sold for $10,800. Published by V.G. Audubon in New York in 1854, this early octavo edition of Audubon’s final work contained 150 hand colored lithographed plates from the 1845–48 folio edition of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of America, and five of the plates from the rare …more

WPA Artists at Swann

The Artists of the WPA were on exhibit at Swann Galleries’ Thursday, February 4 auction. The multi-departmental sale was headed by Harold Porcher, the house’s director of Modern and Post-War Art, and featured paintings, prints, photographs, posters and related ephemera by artists whose careers were sustained by the Works Progress Administration and other agencies of the New Deal.
The sale was led by a selection of 38 vintage silver prints spanning 1932-42 by John Vachon, a record for the grouping, that sold for $37,500. Vachon began his work for the Farm Security Administration as an assistant messenger. As his interest in photography grew, he began to make his own photographs and accompanied Arthur Rothstein on one of his assignments; in 1938 Vachon would have his first solo assignment for the FSA in Nebraska.  Other photography highlights included Dorothea Lange, with Hoe Culture, Alabama Tenant Farmer near Anniston, silver print, 1936 ($8,125), and Migrant Mother, silver print, 1936, printed circa 1970 ($7,000); Berenice Abbott with Manhattan Bridge (Looking Up), silver contact print, 1936 ($7,000); and Peter Sekaer with Old Fashioned Kitchen on Virginia Farm, silver print, 1936, which was acquired by an institution ($5,250).
Norman Lewis, who worked sporadically with several entities within the WPA, produced one of the highlights among the prints on offer, with his 1943 lithograph Comrades selling for $9,375.  Other lithographs that captured collector attention included Benton Spruance’s The 30’s-Windshield, 1939, which brought a record for the print at …more

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