Rare Book Monthly Articles - June - 2022 Issue


The Sale of The Private Collection of William S. Reese: Success!!

Bringing a major sale successfully into the rooms is an accomplishment in every era and during the Covid years, unusually risky.  Christie’s pursued the Reese sales and it seemed likely they would handle it but still had to get the commitment, and then deliver.  On May 25-26 the consignors and Christies achieved all that was possible.  Many higher echelon collectors and dealer-collectors ultimately exit at auction and, no doubt, many will be studying the Reese model.  We’ll see it again.  It was perfect.
What made Bill’s sales so interesti...


NFTs – A Cautionary Tale

NFTs (non-fungible tokens) have become the rage in collecting over the past year. NFTs are essentially a digital version of something with an electronic “token” attached which makes it ...


John Reznikoff: one of the old men at 62

University Archives was a new and interesting idea when John Reznikoff enrolled at Fordham in 1978 for a Jesuit education that accentuated context, experience, reflection and evaluation.  ...


Some Marketing & Tech Tips for Older Book Sellers

I’ve written in this space before about dropping eBay as a selling platform after more than 20 years. Today I’m writing about rebuilding my book and ephemera business using a mixture of...


Announcing the Inaugural Kenneth W. Rendell Endowed Lecture at Rare Book School

Rare Book School is pleased to announce that Kenneth W. Rendell and Shirley McNerney have generously endowed an annual lecture on the importance of original manuscripts and rare books to human unde...


The New Wild West – New York City Repeals All Auction Regulations

New York City has repealed its regulations that applied to book and art auctions. It apparently came as a surprise even to the auction houses. City officials justified the move as streamlining law ...


Collecting Memories

Recently I saw an item that looked interesting to me:  a handmade bookmark related to New Paltz.  For $125 I immediately committed and a little gem soon arrived in a small package protect...


The True Colours of Tavernier’s travels!

Exploring the relation of the Middle East explorer Jean Baptiste Tavernier through an unusual copy that was published in 1810 by Lepetit’s widow.
In the early part of the year 1631, ...


A Bill Has Been Filed to Greatly Reduce the Length of Copyrights. Why Now?

After years of extending the length of copyrights, legislation has been introduced in the United States Congress to roll back the term of those protections. If enacted, it will be quite a turnabout...


Reimagining Winnie the Pooh - Like You Never Saw Him Before

The subject of copyrights is back in the news as a bill has been proposed to Congress to reduce the length of copyright protection. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley's legislation has little to do with ...


12 Million is just a number but it’s a big one

Recently Transactions+ reached twelve million full text records.
Or said another way, it’s now the equivalent of 1,142 copies of Howes’ Usiana’s 10,501 records, the first...


Macon Brothers Rare Books, Maps & Ephemera Sale Features a Unique, Colored Copy of Chaperon's 1649 Raphael Frescoes

Macon Brothers Auctioneers is holding a sale of Rare Books, Maps, Atlases & Ephemera. The sale is online and will be running from now until 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on June 11. The items come fr...


Bloomsday June 16

2022 marks the 100th birthday of the publication of Joyce's Ulysses in 1922 by Paris bookseller, Sylvia Beach, an American from Baltimore. Libraries, campuses, and bookstores are planning live read...


Morgan Library & Museum, NY, Launches Major U.S. James Joyce Exhibition

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, presents a major U.S. exhibition on James Joyce, nicely timed for 'Bloomsday", June 16th -- One Hundred Years of James Joyce's Ulysses. June 3 through Oct...


The Rose City Book & Paper Fair Returns June 17-18

The annual Rose City Book & Paper Fair will be returning to its normal time and place after a two-year absence. Its normal time is in June and its normal place is in the physical world, not the...


Nine New Booksellers' Catalogues Reviewed This Month

This month we review nine new booksellers' catalogues. Librairie Métamorphoses has a collection of rare books and valuable documents. Garrett Scott Bookseller has his first printed catalogue...

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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Scott Joplin, <i>Treemonisha: Opera in Three Acts,</i> New York, 1911. Sold March 24 — $40,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Louisa May Alcott, autograph letter signed, 1868. Sold June 2 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Anne Bradstreet, <i>Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, full of Delight,</i> Boston, 1758. Sold June 2 — $21,250.
    <b>Swann:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression,</i> London, 1632. Sold May 5 — $161,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> John Bachmann, <i>Panorama of the Seat of War,</i> New York, 1861-62. Sold June 23 — $35,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Bronte, <i>Jane Eyre,</i> first edition, London, 1847. Sold June 16 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Elihu Vedder, <i>Simple Simon, His Book,</i> 1913. Sold June 9 — $12,350.
    <b>Swann:</b> Frederick Catherwood, <i>Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan,</i> London, 1844. Sold April 7 — $37,500.

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