The Enduring Relevance of Dr. Seuss’s Political Cartoons and Illustrations

“And the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones…But those were Foreign Children and it really didn’t matter” An early Dr. Seuss cartoon has gone viral for the second time in recent years. First used as a condemnation against international inaction regarding the crimes against humanity in Syria in 2015, the cartoon has more recently been used to oppose the detention camps on the US-Mexico border, where children are being separated from parents seeking asylum in the … Continued

Recap of International Symposium on Beatrix Potter

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

Scarfe’s Satires at Auction

By Rebecca Rego Barry For more than five decades, 80-year-old English cartoonist Gerald Scarfe has been at the ready with his pen to comment on the political and cultural scene. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and the Sunday Times, as well as in theatre and film. On April 5, 130 of his originals go to auction at Sotheby’s London for the first major sale of his drawings. From Winston Churchill to Donald Trump, Scarfe has taken a … Continued

Personal Archive of P. G. Wodehouse Now Available at The British Library

By Nate Pedersen Sir Edward Cazalet, the step-grandson of prolific British author P. G. Wodehouse, has loaned Wodehouse’s personal archive to the British Library. For the first time ever, the Wodehouse archive is now available for public viewing. Cazalet actively collected the Wodehouse material ever since PGW died in 1975. The archive spans over a century of material, from 1900 until 2005, and includes manuscript drafts and notebooks related to Wodehouse’s fiction and nonfiction. Also included are material related to … Continued

Sneaky John Wilkes Booth Letter at Auction

Listed by William Reese Company – Americana

by Rebecca Rego Barry

Five months before John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, he penned a letter to J. D. Burch, the son of a Maryland innkeeper, regarding something he left behind with a stagecoach driver. Booth is cryptic about what exactly the item is, writing, “You know what I had to take from my carpet-bag. It’s not worth more than $15, but I will give him $20 rather than lose it, as it has saved my life two or three times.” (more…)

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A New Chapter for First Edition of “Alice in Wonderland”

Last year, the world celebrated 150 consecutive years of Alice in Wonderland in print with seminars, conferences, readings and film screenings. 2016 has another tantalizing event on the horizon: At high noon on June 16, in a stand-alone sale at Christie’s New York, an extremely rare first edition copy of Lewis Carroll’s landmark publication will be on the auction block, still in its original red cloth binding and with unparalleled provenance. Sometimes referred to as the “Suppressed Alice,” the first … Continued

A Map of Harlem’s Speakeasies and Nightclubs at Auction

This 1932 Night-Club Map showing Harlem’s entertainment hotspots (the Savoy Ballroom, the Cotton Club) appeared as a centerfold illustration in volume 1, number 1 of the 1932 Manhattan Magazine, and again nine months later in Esquire. It was created by E. Simms Campbell (1906-1971), one of first commercially successful African-American cartoonists. He steadily produced artwork for Esquire upon its launch in 1933, and his work was also published in Cosmopolitan, The New Yorker, and Playboy. According to the New York … Continued

Gathering Wilde-Flowers

Lady Windemere's Fan by Oscar Wilde, Tauchnitz edition.
listed by Pickford’s Books.

March. Saint Patrick’s Day. Irish authors.

Is it possible to think of Irish authors without pausing for just a moment on one Mr. Oscar Wilde, the brilliant mind behind Salome, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Lady Windermere’s Fan?

My introduction to Wilde didn’t come via high school English class, or even through one of his works. I fell into an immediate heart-eyed crush with Wilde through a movie that had very little to do with him personally– Velvet Goldmine. It’s a ridiculous, pretentious, early-00s indie-film about a 70s glam-rocker whose goal was to essentially be the Oscar Wilde of the Brit-pop scene. That is, a decadent, outrageous, flagrantly bisexual artist bent on challenging social taboos while creating something brilliant whose depth and true merit probably wouldn’t be appreciated until much later. It’s basically the cinematic equivalent to the entire Aesthetic movement, of which Wilde was the crown prince. (more…)

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Elvis Memorabilia Rocks Graceland Auction

Elvis Memorabilia: 1957 cropped photograph of Elvis from a publicity still for Jailhouse Rock. Source: The Library of Congress.
A 1957 cropped photograph of Elvis from a publicity still for Jailhouse Rock. Source: The Library of Congress.

In 1956, Elvis Presley hip-thrust his way onto American record charts and television sets, making his silver-screen debut in Love Me Tender and appearing on programs like The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Show no less than 11 times. Perhaps the most thrilling place to catch a glimpse of the King that year was live in concert: Presley enthralled crowds in nearly 80 cities across the country, securing the sexy baritone’s place in the hearts of fans forever.

To celebrate Presley’s arrival on the entertainment scene 60 years ago, the Graceland Mansion hosted a series of events including an auction and birthday party that will extend through this weekend. (The singer would have been 81 today, January 8). (more…)

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Literatura de Cordel with Juan Felipe Herrera

Lampiões by Alexandre José Felipe Cavalcanti d’Albuquerque Sabaó Saboia

The man who graces the front cover of our winter issue is US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. The Library of Congress honored the California-born poet with that title in June of last year, and since that time, Herrera has been active on the LOC’s website, editing the many submissions to his web-based epic poem, La Familia (The Family), but also showcasing some of the library’s resources in El Jardin (The Garden). (more…)

Rare Finds are a special feature from Biblio and the wonderful writers at Fine Books & Collections. Visit their site to see more about the rare book trade.