Rare Book Monthly Articles - April - 2024 Issue

The 64th New York International Antiquarian Book Fair: Be There!!

The 64th New York International Antiquarian Book Fair:  Be There!!   On April 4th, in New York City, the Park Avenue Armory begins to host the 64th New York International Antiquarian Book Fair that runs through the 7th. One hundred ninety-six exhibitors will be displaying prized materials to seduce the steady crowds that annually make these New York book fairs the premier antiquarian book fair in the world.  To the casual observer it may seem just a book fair but this is a reminder that New York City, once the home of more than 200 bookshops, lost them slowly over the 20th century while o...

The Discovery of America catalogue of works will be offered for sale at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair 2024

R. David Parsons assembled one of the most important collections of early explorations to the Americas and to Asia.  David passed away in 2014, and his collection was recently acquired from the Par...

Bonhams offering an auction about Remarkable Women Closing April 2nd

Bonhams is offering an auction about Remarkable Women.  It’s concentrations of material owned and/or used by women during their lives.  Book collections rarely say much about their collectors.  The...

Criminal Prosecution of Librarians and Withdrawal from the American Library Association is on the Legislative Agenda in Multiple States

American libraries continue to be a focus of the culture wars and debate over what should or should not be allowed on the shelves and who should select it has become increasingly loud and divisive....

Eric Caren: A Consignor who is making his case: Potter and Potter April 18

Eric C. Caren is writing about his 9th Single Owner Auction of "How History Unfolds on Paper" at Potter Potter, April 18th.  Highlights include George Washington's Commission to be Commander in Ch...

Believe It Or Not – A Florida School District Removes 1,600 Books from Its Shelves

Schools in Escambia County, Florida, have removed an astonishing 1,600 books from their schools in response to a law passed last year by the Florida legislature and signed by the Governor. It requi...

UPDATE: The British Library and Toronto Public Library are still recovering from ransomware cyber attacks which caused massive disruption of services and highlighted weaknesses in their IT systems

Two of the world’s largest libraries, The British Library and the Toronto Public Library, were both victims of massive cyber attacks which disabled their computer systems and held them for ransom i...

Document Taken from Peru a Century Ago Returned by the Rosenbach Library

Some time a century or more ago, a document made its way from Peru to the United States. It had once been included in a volume with other documents currently held in the Peruvian archives. Exactly ...

Swann Galleries: Fine Books Offered on April 11th

It’s April and the steady pitter patter of the collectible paper audience walking to and from the Armory, will soon recede.  Meanwhile Swann Galleries on 24th Street will soon hammer down 308 lots ...

Pushkin and the Kremlin Mercenaries

Is the Kremlin sending mercenaries to various libraries over Europe to steal old Russian books?   The Kremlin organizing the theft of old Russian books all over Europe might sound like a hoax—bu...

Your e-Book Reader May Not Be Immune to Hacking

Your e-book reader may be an access point for cybercriminals, hackers who want to enter your electronic devices to either steal valuable personal information or plant malicious software such as adw...

Capital Rare Book Fair to be Held in Washington May 3-5

The Capital Rare Book Fair will take place on Saturday and Sunday May 4-5, plus there will be a special preview on the Friday evening before. Booksellers from Virginia to Maine, and as far west as ...

Four New Catalogues Reviewed

This month we are reviewing four new catalogues from booksellers. The 19th Century Rare Book Photograph Shop presents a catalogue of “Magnificent Books, Manuscripts Photographs.” It lives up to i...

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  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, first hardback edition, 1997. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, July 18: Binding.- Lucian of Samosata Opuscula Erasmo Roterodamo interprete, first Aldine edition, Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and A, 1516. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bacon (Sir Francis). De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum Libri IX, Pierre Gassendi's copy gifted him by Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Paris, Typis Petri Mettayer, 1624. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Shakespeare (William). The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry, Sirnamed Hot-Spurre…, Printed by Isaac Jaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Darwin (Charles). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, third edition, presentation inscription 'From the Author' in a secretary's hand, John Murray, 1861. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Teague (Violet). Geraldine Rede. Night Fall in the Ti-Tree, first edition, Melbourne, Sign of the Rabbit, 1905; and another. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: India.- Primrose (Gen. James Maurice). Collection of 24 original drawings from his time in India with the 43rd Regiment of Foot, circa 1855 to 1864. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum, July 18: Manet (Édouard). Trente Eaux-fortes originales, the complete portfolio, Paris, A. Stroelin, 1905. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bible, English. [The Holy Bible], first edition of the King James Bible, the Great 'He' Bible, [Robert Barker], [1611]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: America.- Mathews (Alfred E.) Pencil Sketches of Montana, first edition, New York, Published by the Author, 1868. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bawden (Edward). Original dust-jacket artwork for 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus, [c.1946]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    Forum, July 18: World.- Fries (Laurent). Tabula Nova Totius Orbis, woodcut map, [c.1541]. £3,000 to £5,000.

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