A treasure was recently found in a strange hiding place – a linen closet in Kansas City. While the relatives of Margaret Davis sorted her estate, they came across the handwritten journal of one of their ancestors: Christopher Hawkins. His journal was penned in 1834 when he was 70 years old, and it recounts his tales as a young privateer during the Revolutionary War. At the tender age of 13 years old, apprentice Christopher Hawkins turned privateer to help … Continued
We are excited to announce that we are again offering a scholarship to the 2018 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS).
Are you a bookseller, or a serious book collector who wants to increase their knowledge about the identification, valuation, restoration, and selling of rare and antiquarian books? CABS is the educational conference of your dreams! Our scholarship is now open to you. Here’s what we cover:
- the full cost of tuition for the seminar ($1250)
- $250 towards accommodations at the facilities provided by the seminar
- $250 to be donated to a literacy or education-based non-profit of your choice
To apply for the scholarship, you must provide an essay of around 500 words that introduces your chosen field of expertise or specialization in your book collection. We may publish this article on its websites will full attribution, of course! Please also provide a brief description of your preferred literary charity and why they are your choice.
The deadline for applications/articles is May 7, 2018. Please send all applications to email@example.com. A drawing is held among qualified entrants to find the winner. The scholarship winner will be notified within 7 days of the application deadline.
The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, now in its 41st year, provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise and experience with booksellers, librarians, and collectors in a comprehensive survey of the rare book market, both antiquarian and modern.
Agatha Christie wrote out her brainstorming and inspiration in handwritten notebooks, and now James Hallgate of Lucius Books has one of those notebooks up for auction.
Lucius Books, who sells on Biblio, has the manuscript notebook listed for sale. You can browse the listing on Biblio here.
From their description: “Manuscript notebook, written entirely in the hand of Agatha Christie containing 175 pages of notes relating in depth to the Miss Marple novel “A Murder Is Announced” (here with the working title “A Murder Has Been Arranged”) and the play “Spider’s Web”. With further notes relating to the novel “They Do It With Mirrors”, a page regarding the play “Miss Perry”, an alternative plot for “A Pale Horse”, notes for a Mary Westmacott novel, jottings of autobiography, a room sketch to illustrate the layout for a murder and much more.”
The auction will take place at the “China in Print” fair, whih features rare books, manuscripts, maps, and photographs. The fair runs through November 17-19 at the Maritime Museum in Hong Kong.
Lucius Books (ABA, ILAB) is located in York. They carry a high quality stock of first editions, signed copies, bound sets and childrens & illustrated books with some original art. Browse their full inventory on Biblio.
If you are a fan of Dame Agatha Christie, you can browse her rare and collectible titles here.
Reprinted with permission from Fine Books & Collections
J.T. Palmatary’s rare birds-eye view of pre-fire Chicago sold just shy of $200,000 in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ September 13 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction conducted in Chicago. It was printed in 1857 by Braunhold & Sonne and is one of four known copies. The three other copies are held by the Library of Congress, the Newberry Library and the Chicago History Museum.
by Barbara Basbanes Richter, reprinted with permission from Fine Books & Collections The house that inspired E.B. White’s classic children’s book Charlotte’s Web is for sale. Including a circa 1795 farmhouse and 40+ acres of farmland nestled on Allen Cove in Blue Hill Bay with views of Acadia National Park, the property is listed with Downeast Properties for $3.7 million. White’s story of how a spider named Charlotte convinced a farmer to save the Wilbur the pig from the dinner … Continued
Biblio.com and Rare Book Hub today announced a new integration between their two sites, allowing easier listing and purchase of rare and collectible books on RareBookHub.com. The Rare Book Hub website is a comprehensive resource for information relating to rare, antiquarian, and collectible books and ephemera. The new partnership with Biblio allows subscribers of Rare Book Hub to offer books for sale directly through the site for immediate purchase through a secure cart, powered by Biblio.com’s search engine and e-commerce … Continued
At auction earlier in June in New York was a bound volume containing two early nineteenth-century ship’s logbooks, “Journal of a Voyage, from Bristol to the Mediterranean, Anno Domini 1819” and “Log-Book Kept on board the Astraea On a Voyage from London to the Mediterranean, Anno-Domini 1821.” Unlike many logbooks of their kind, these two displayed exceptional artistic merit, containing 28 leaves of ink calligraphy (page headers) and 35 fine watercolor drawings. Their creator, Captain William Hodgson, drew not only his own ships but other trading vessels traveling through the Mediterranean at the time.
Interest in the nautical manuscripts was strong. Multiple bidders took the volume well past its $3,000-5,000 estimate; ultimately, a dealer won it for $20,800. Swann Galleries specialist Caleb Kiffer noted, “The log book is one of those unusual items that rarely comes to market and that gets people really excited.”
Read more about this lot on Swann’s blog.
Images courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries
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By Barbara Basbanes Richter The Beatrix Potter Society hosted a three-day symposium this past weekend at Connecticut College dedicated to discussing various Potter archives and biographies in an overall appreciation of the creator of beloved classics like The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. Connecticut College’s Betsy Bray and Kathy Cole coordinated the event, which was two years in the making. Most participants hailed from libraries and institutions across the United States and Great Britain, though … Continued
By Barbara Basbanes Richter The 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop recently announced the sale of a massive 750-piece collection dedicated to the life and works of the father of modern psychology and psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. The collection includes a comprehensive representation of Freud’s published works from the 1880s to the 1940s. Freud was is one of the field’s most prolific authors, and many of the books in this collection are in their original printed wrappers. A run … Continued