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New York City Book & Ephemera Fair Joins Rare Book Week

Source: New York, NY (PRWEB) April 07, 2015

The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair brings more than 50 dealers of rare and contemporary volumes, manuscripts, maps, and unusual ephemera to Wallace Hall on Saturday, April 11.

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The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair joins Rare Book Week with a selling exhibition slated for Saturday, April 11th. The fair takes place at Wallace Hall at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue at 84th Street. Rare Book Week is the annual spring round-up of auctions and selling exhibitions aimed at book collectors, curators and those fascinated by historical maps, vintage photographs and ephemera.

Marvin Getman, President of Impact Events Group, a New England producer of specialty antiques and book fairs since 1981, stated the event is "an affordable complement to the venerable ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory". More than 50 dealers will be present.

The fair promises items for both seasoned collectors and new audiences. Given the range of material, it could be said the New York City Rare Book and Ephemera Fair at Wallace Hall is for music lovers, art lovers, photography collectors, educators, historians and readers.

For instance, book highlights include a signed 24-volume set of Arthur Conon Doyle’s complete works; #26 of 50 copies of “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There,” with illustrations by Barry Moser, including two un-bound artist’s prints; Gertrude Stein’s “Portraits and Prayers,” with inscription; a 1932 volume of Edward Weston photographs, inscribed and signed by the photographer; a mid-century, bi-lingual printing of Rimbaud’s “Season in Hell,” with photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Outstanding ephemera - those bits of popular culture that were not made to last but did - include a signed Dmitri Shostakovich photograph; a 1966 Grateful Dead-Lightening Hopkins-Loading Zone poster from the Fillmore; as well as 19th and 20th century handcolored prints.

Maps and Manuscript highlights include a rare Tyler-Giles facsimile of the Declaration of Independence; and early Manhattan Sanitary and Topographical map; and one of the few remaining original manuscripts of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral march, by Army Bvt. Major General J. C. (G.) Barnard and played by the U.S. Marine Band at the Washington, DC ceremony.

Tickets to the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair are $15 or $10 if purchased online in advance at The fair runs 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A free shuttle bus will take collectors to the ABAA Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory.

A complete list of dealers appearing at the first New York City Rare Book and Ephemera Fair at Wallace Hall is available at


9th Annual St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair
Now in its ninth year, the St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair set for May 1 to 3, 2015, is attracting participants from around the country with its growing reputation for quality dealers, enthusiastic crowds and a wonderful setting.

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Organizers anticipate up to 1,000 art, rare-book and ephemera collectors at this year’s fair, presented by the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

“We are delighted to welcome back all of the premier dealers who’ve helped build the fair over the past eight years as well as seven new dealers,” said Julie Dunn-Morton, curator of fine art collections at the Mercantile Library. “The expanding roster insures that the fair is new and exciting for all our visitors each year.”

Among the returning national dealers are New York’s Susan Teller Gallery featuring American art of the 1930s and ’40s, and The Old Print Shop specializing in 19th-century prints and maps. Kiechel Fine Art from Nebraska features 20th-century regional art, especially the work of Thomas Hart Benton; Stevens Fine Art from Arizona offers 19th- and 20th-century American art; and the Philadelphia Print Shop’s two locations in Pennsylvania and Colorado include 18th- and 19th-century prints and maps among their offerings.

Prominent local dealers are regulars at the fair, including Anthony Garnett with his antiquarian, first-edition and international book titles; Judith Haudrich Antique Prints specializing in 17th- to 19th-century botanical and historical subjects; Kodner Gallery featuring 19th- and 20th-century paintings and prints; and McCaughen & Burr specializing in paintings and prints by regional and Missouri artists.

Barbara Martin Smith Watercolors of St. Louis and Murray Hudson Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Globes from Tennessee will be returning for a second year, while new dealers include Two Ponds Press, a fine press located in Maine, and Aaron Galleries, featuring the work of 19th- and 20th-century regional and Ste. Genevieve, Mo., artists.

Among this year’s highlights is a two-hour appraisal event on May 2 for prints, paintings and maps. Sponsored by Leslie-Hindman Auctioneers, the appraisal is free with fair admission, but visitors are required to pre-register (314-516-7248) to secure a timeslot.

Proceeds from the fair benefit the Mercantile Library collections acquisition and conservation funds. Visit or call 314-516-6740 for tickets and more information.

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About St. Louis Mercantile Library at UMSL

The St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri St. Louis is the oldest cultural institution in Missouri and the oldest library in continuous existence west of the Mississippi River. Founded by philanthropic businessmen in the 1840s as a subscription library, the Mercantile is a library of American history and culture whose collections include manuscripts, books, maps, and art. It contains the largest research collection in North America on railroad history and inland waterways heritage, as well as one of the largest collections of rare and documentary photographs, historic newspapers and archives in the state of Missouri.

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College's decision to auction part of rare book collection upsets donor's descendants, faculty

Published February 27, 2015 Associated Press
Information from: The Boston Globe,

WENHAM, Mass. – A decision by a Christian college to auction a portion of its rare collection of Bibles and Shakespeare folios donated nearly a century ago by the family of a railroad executive isn't sitting well with his descendants and some faculty members.

The family of Edward Payson Vining donated the 7,000-volume collection to Gordon College, outside Boston, in 1922 with the condition that it remain intact and with the college.

Gordon, which was thrust into the national spotlight last year when its president joined other religious leaders in calling for an exemption to federal workplace protections for gay and transgender workers, wants to sell about 10 percent of the collection, saying it could generate as much as $2.5 million to help preserve the remainder.

"Simply put, the college believes the best way to honor the larger intent of this collection ... is applying the proceeds of the sale of the 10 percent of the collection to preserve and maintain the larger 90 percent," Gordon spokesman Rick Sweeney said.

The sale has the support of the college's trustees, he said. It originally was scheduled for April but has been postponed indefinitely for an unspecified reason.

Vining's great-granddaughter, 76-year-old Sandra Webber, told The Boston Globe ( ) she was "shocked" when she was told of the sale by a reporter.

"I know his collection would not want to be broken up," she said.

Faculty members say they were left out of the decision-making process.

"The Vining collection is an example of the larger issue of a breakdown between the faculty and the administration," said James Trent, a professor of sociology and social work.

The sale also has disappointed donor Dale E. Fowler, who told the Globe he was considering withdrawing a $60 million bequest. He blamed college president D. Michael Lindsay, who spearheaded the auction.

Officials at Gordon College later insisted Fowler wasn't considering withdrawing his bequest. Fowler didn't return messages from The Associated Press seeking comment or clarification on Thursday.

The collection includes a Ximenes Greek Bible, a first-edition Martin Luther German Bible and "Up-Biblum God," a 1663 Bible translated by the Puritan missionary John Eliot into Algonquin.

Some volumes date to the 1400s and are written in ancient languages from Australia, Southeast Asia and Mexico, said professor K. David Goss, who doesn't want to see the collection broken up.


Princeton Receives Its Biggest Gift, A $300M Rare-Volume Collection

February 17, 2015
By Susan Snyder
The Philadelphia Inquirer via The Viewpoint
Princeton University on Monday announced its largest gift in history: a rare book and manuscript collection — including the first six printed editions of the Bible — valued at nearly $300 million.
The 2,500-volume collection, which includes an original printing of the Declaration of Independence and Beethoven’s autographed music sketchbook, has been housed at Princeton’s Firestone Library since 1959. That’s when alum and Philadelphia native William H. Scheide moved it there from Titusville in Western Pennsylvania, the town where he was reared.

William H. Scheide, in 2002 at Princeton with the first four printed editions of the Bible. Credit Laura Pedrick

William H. Scheide, in 2002 at Princeton with the first four printed editions of the Bible. Credit Laura Pedrick

Scheide, a musician, musicologist, bibliophile, and philanthropist who graduated from the New Jersey university in 1936, died in November at age 100 and left ownership of the collection to Princeton. The vast trove was started by Scheide’s great-grandfather, William Taylor Scheide, who made his fortune in the oil industry in Western Pennsylvania and retired early to pursue his passion of book-collecting. The collection was embellished by his father, John Hinsdale Scheide, and then Scheide himself. “There were three generations of Scheides responsible for building this wonderful collection,” said Karin Trainer, university librarian, “and all of them were very generous about sharing the collection.” William Taylor Scheide and his wife used to allow neighbors in Titusville to borrow the books and take them home, she said.

The collection is the only one outside of Europe to include all four of the first Bibles, according to the university: The 1455 Gutenberg Bible, the 1460 Bible (or Mentelin Bible), the 36-line 1461 Bible, and the 1462 Bible.

Other notable items in the collection, according to the university, are: “Shakespeare’s first, second, third and fourth folios; significant autograph music manuscripts of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Wagner; a lengthy autograph speech by Abraham Lincoln from 1856 on the problems of slavery; and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s original letter and telegram copy books from the last weeks of the Civil War.” An early 14th-century manuscript of the Magna Carta and Emily Dickinson’s recipe for chocolate pudding also are included.

Scheide, who began playing piano at 6 and later took up the organ and oboe, was a Bach scholar, who in 1946 founded and directed the Bach Aria Group, which performed for more than three decades. He majored in history at Princeton — there was no music department at that time — and later earned his master’s in music at Columbia University.

Committed to social justice and a supporter of the NAACP, Scheide also helped pay for the litigation of Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, the case that desegregated U.S. public schools, Trainer noted.

After his mother died, Scheide moved the collection to Princeton and housed it in an addition that replicated the original room his father built.

The collection will continue to be accessible to students, scholars, and the public upon request, Trainer said. The library has begun digitizing the collection to make it even more accessible. The Gutenberg Bible already is online.

Princeton president Christopher L. Eisgruber called the gift “one of the greatest collections of rare books and manuscripts in the world today.”

“I cannot imagine a more marvelous collection to serve as the heart of our library,” he said in a statement. “We are grateful for Bill Scheide’s everlasting dedication to Princeton and his commitment to sharing his breathtaking collection with scholars and students for generations to come.”


Impressive Dürer Art Exhibit Opens at USF

Source: San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 21, 2015

The University of San Francisco’s (USF) Donohue Rare Book Room and Thacher Gallery will partner with USF’s Masters in Museum Studies Program to present, Reformations: Dürer & the New Age of Print, an historically important grouping of early European books and prints from the University’s permanent collection. The exhibition opens Monday, Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 22.


San Francisco’s (USF) Donohue Rare Book Room and Thacher Gallery will partner with USF’s Masters in Museum Studies Program to present, Reformations: Dürer & the New Age of Print, an historically important grouping of early European books and prints from the University’s permanent collection. The exhibition opens Monday, Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 22.

A collaborative, student-curated exhibit, Reformations: Dürer & the New Age of Print, focuses on the earliest moments of print and printed book culture in Europe, particularly concentrating on the impact of new print technologies and their uses in and around Nuremberg, Germany in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

This exhibition highlights how the new production and circulation of early prints and printed books, including devotional woodcuts, humanist texts, pamphlets, and fine, collectible prints, reflects and contributed to religious and cultural change during a transformative period in Western history.
At its core, the Reformations exhibit highlights the distinctive character of early sixteenth-century engravings and woodcut prints executed by German-born artist Albrecht Dürer (1472-1528). The exhibition includes Dürer’s complete Life of the Virgin woodcut series (20 prints), the Engraved Passion series (16 prints), the Small Passion woodcut series (36 prints), and a selection of other single Dürer prints: all executed around 1510. These reproductive woodcuts and engravings, donated to Gleeson Library by early 20th-century, German collector and businessman, Reinhard F. Timken-Zinkann, shed light on how Dürer used the new print medium to produce and circulate inventive imagery that appealed to Reformation-era devotees, and helped spread Dürer’s own artistic renown throughout Europe.

In addition to the prints, Reformations also features more than 40 early printed books, most from Germany and northern Italy, c. 1465 - 1525. Highlights include a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, an early printed Book of Hours, a complete copy of the Nuremberg Chronicles, Dürer’s illustrated geometry treatise, and the first, printed edition of Vitruvius’s On Architecture. Rare printings of early humanist texts by Dante, Machiavelli, Desiderius Erasmus, Thomas More, Luca Pacioli, and Virgil are also on display.

Master’s degree students in the USF Museum Studies Program had the opportunity to collaborate and curate this exhibition of 117 historically important objects. As part of the semester-long Curatorial Studies Practicum, the students were significant in the development and execution of Reformations. Student curators developed the exhibition theme, assisted in the final selection of objects, researched and wrote interpretative object labels and didactic panels, designed exhibition layout and displays in both Thacher Gallery and Rare Book Room. The students also wrote and produced online, self-guided tours, and assisted with the installation. In promoting Reformations, students developed the design vision for the exhibition banners, as well as create content and plans for outreach, including social media and the Thacher website.

Dürer & the New Age of Print Events:
Tuesday, Jan. 27: An insider’s introduction and roundtable will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. in USF’s McLaren Conference Center 250, followed by an opening reception from 3-4 p.m. in Thacher Gallery and the Donohue Rare Book Room. The roundtable will feature Susan B. Dackerman (Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University), Elizabeth A. Honig (Professor of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley), Katrina B. Olds (Associate Professor of History, University of San Francisco), two Museum Studies student curators, Sabrina Oliveras and Melissa Zabel, and will be moderated by Kate Lusheck (Assistant Professor, Art History & Museum Studies, University of San Francisco).

Thursday, Jan. 29 at 12 p.m., Thacher Gallery: A special chamber music performance by USF Performing Arts faculty.

There will also be a series of gallery talks focused on specialized topics to accompany the exhibit by USF faculty members. Each of these events begin in the Thacher Gallery.
o Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 1-2 p.m.: Focus on Renaissance Book Culture by Professor Katrina Olds (History)
o Thursday, Feb. 5 from 1-2 p.m.: Focus on Dürer by Professor Kate Lusheck (Art History, Museum Studies, Art& Architecture)
o Thursday, Feb. 12 from 1-2 p.m.: Focus on Printmaking demonstration by Professor Arturo Araujo (Fine Art, Art & Architecture)
o Thursday, Feb. 19 from 1-2 p.m.: Focus on Renaissance Typography by Professor Stuart McKee (Design, Art & Architecture)

All of these events are free and open to the public.

Located in Gleeson Library—Geschke Center, the Thacher Gallery at USF is free and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. daily The Donohue Rare Book Room is located on the third floor of Gleeson Library and is free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The newest satellite show for New York City Rare Book Week

The newest satellite show for New York City Rare Book Week will feature 60 fine book and ephemera dealers with fresh material. Located less than a mile from the NY Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Ave, Armory.

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Free Shuttle bus drop-off service from this fair to the armory running continuously from 8:15 am - noon.

April 11, 2015
Saturday 8am-4pm
Wallace Hall at St. Ignatius Loyola Church
980 Park AVe. (between 83-84 sts)
New York, New York

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Get ready for the California Book Fair!

The 48th annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair kicks off in Oakland, CA on February 6, 2015.

The event runs for three days (Feb 6-8) and is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair with more than 200 booksellers from the United States and around the globe offering a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials.

There are several special events planned, including a lecture on Jack London's work as a photographer by London expert Sara Hodson; seminars on book collecting; a lecture by Daniel De Simone, the Eric Weinmann Librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library; and an exhibition on the special collections at the F.W. Olin Library at Mills College.

This year, the fair moves to historic Oakland, CA -- which the New York Times recently named as one of the top five world destinations to visit! The venue is the Marriott Oakland City Center, easily accessible via the 12th Street BART station. More information about the fair can be found at

Learn more about the CA Book Fair....