New York—The inaugural History of Science sale at Bonhams New York is set to be a resounding success. With rare books, manuscripts, scientific and technological instruments, photographs, prints and more ranging from the 16th-20th centuries, the sale features a wide range of exciting material slated to hit the auction block on October 22, including an exceptional Apple-1 computer in working condition; an original viewing window from the Manhattan Project's Hanford Site in Southern Oregon, employed in the production of plutonium for the atomic bomb known as Fat Man; an example of the first electric keyboard, and much more.

The Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries are pleased to announce the opening of Fakes, Lies, and Forgeries, a new rare book exhibition at the George Peabody Library. The exhibition features highlights from the Arthur and Janet Freeman Bibliotheca Fictiva Collection, the world’s most comprehensive collection of rare books and manuscripts on the history of forgery in the West.

With more than 1,700 items, the collection touches on some of the greatest theological disputes in Western history, including preposterous claims of universal papal authority, audacious medieval land grabs, and efforts to rewrite the history of the world back to Noah and the Flood. The 70 items on display explore the phenomenon of forgery as a creative, as well as destructive literary form, and illustrate the tricks of the forger’s trade—and some of its most disastrous consequences—through materials that range from biblical and Greco-Roman antiquity up to the early decades of the 20th century.

DALLAS—Patrick Nagel’s sultry 1980s acrylic on canvas Posing with Panther is expected to sell for $60,000+ in Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 17 Illustration Art Signature® Auction in New York. This pin-up is one of six artworks by Nagel in the sale along with Nude With Gloves, 1983, (est. $50,000+) and The Tigress, 1985, (est. $30,000+).

In addition to an incredible selection of pin-up from all eras, the Oct. 17 Illustration auction—bookended by Signature® Auctions of Photographs, Oct. 16, and Texas Art, Oct. 18—holds two important collections that couldn’t come to market at a better time.


New York—Bonhams is pleased to present the Gemini Collection of Modern Prints & Illustrated Books, at auction on October 28 in New York. The sale comprises 166 lots and is anticipated to fetch $1-1.5 million.

Gemini Fine Books & Arts was founded by the late Alexander “Arik” Verezhensky. Mr Verezhensky was a Russian emigré and cybernetics PhD. In the U.S. he became a passionate collector and dealer of fine prints and illustrated books by the major artists of the 20th century. He joined both the ABAA and ILAB, the two foremost trade organizations for fine books. Christina Geiger, Director of the Books Department at Bonhams New York, states, “Mr. Verezhensky was widely respected by his colleagues and by auctioneers. He had exceptional discipline in acquiring books and prints in only the best possible condition.”


Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination opens at the British Library exploring Gothic culture’s roots in British literature and celebrating 250 years since the publication of the first Gothic novel.

Alongside the manuscripts of classic novels such as Frankenstein, Dracula and Jane Eyre, the exhibition brings the dark and macabre to life with artefacts, old and new. Highlights of the exhibition include a vampire slaying kit and 18th and 19th century Gothic fashions, as well as one of Alexander McQueen’s iconic catwalk creations. Also on display is a model of the Wallace and Gromit Were-Rabbit, showing how Gothic literature has inspired varied and colourful aspects of popular culture in exciting ways over centuries.


BEVERLY HILLS—A remarkable and frank correspondence archive between Cormac McCarthy and John Fergus Ryan—touching on everything from their fellow authors to the state of the publishing industry—is expected to sell for $50,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 8 Rare Books Signature® Auction in Beverly Hills. The auction features several fresh-to-market private collections of rare finds ranging from antiquarian books to first edition copies of 20th century masterpieces including a first edition, first printing copy of The Great Gatsby signed on an inserted leaf by author F. Scott Fitzgerald (est. $20,000+).


BOSTON, MA—(September 30, 14) A collection of 13 original and most likely unpublished negatives from the wedding of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy will be auctioned by Boston, MA based RR Auction in October.

“The images were taken by a freelance photographer, Arthur Burges, of Fall River, MA who had been asked to be a ‘back-up’ photographer for the wedding,” says Bobby Livingston, Exec VP at RR Auction. “They were discovered by family members in his darkroom after his passing in 1993.”

By David Bloom—General Robert E. Lee’s order of surrender to the Army of Northern Virginia was written and issued on April 10, 1865, the day after his meeting at Wilmer McLean’s house in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, with General Ulysses S. Grant. It was where the terms of surrender had been agreed upon to effectively end the American Civil War. In this brief and eloquent farewell, Lee addressed the men who fought under his command and wrote, “I need not tell the survivors of so many hard fought battles, who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to this result from no distrust of them. But feeling that valor and devotion could accomplish nothing that would compensate for the loss that must have attended the continuation of the contest, I determined to avoid the useless sacrifice.”

Today we know Mark Twain as the author of American classics such as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and its sequel, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." But in his time, Twain was a controversial satirist and popular public figure who traveled the world and helped heal post-Civil War America with his pithy wisdom, tall tales and humor.

A new work published by Little, Brown and Company in association with the Library of Congress reveals why Twain remains as relevant today as he was in his own time. With a lively narrative and 300 visual gems discovered in the Library’s collections, "Mark Twain’s America: A Celebration in Words and Images" by Harry L. Katz reveals the lasting impact that the author made on American culture—and vice versa.

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MIAMI (September 29, 2014)—The Miami International Map Fair, the longest continuously running map fair in the world, will return to HistoryMiami February 6-8, 2015. Visitors are invited to peruse and purchase antique maps from some of the finest map dealers in the world and discover the history and future trends of cartography.

“HistoryMiami is proud to host one of the largest and enduring map fairs in the world, highlighting an ever-growing admiration for international and rare maps,” Ramiro Ortiz, President/Chief Executive Officer for HistoryMiami. “Each year, the Map Fair showcases maps, lithographs and land plans that depict the world in a unique way, and gives collectors and map enthusiasts the opportunity to come together and peruse the items that are available at the fair.”

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