Rare Book Monthly

Articles - April - 2012 Issue

To Helen Back

Warm reading

The world changes

These past ten years no name has so often crossed my lips,

The cheery solitude of certainty, she

And reality the darker hand maiden

Together have traversed the printed landscape

Kept me company, praised and caterwauled

Celebrated and despised,  now mocking and sincere

Her agents long grown weary

Lamenting the cascade of details inconvenient

They that daily paint a picture clear and unsettling

A story built on facts that send baloney to the butcher

To be cut down or overlooked, the one worse than the other

Both unacceptable.

We are in a hard time

And if we were once hard people

Today we stand together or fall apart

The few who hold back I wish them the best

But know with certain stillness that resistance is for naught.

To those who hold out, slaves to the past,

Fearful of the future I offer you this toast

To Helen Back

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Adam Smith, <i>Wealth of Nations,</i> first edition, descended from William Alexander, London, 1776. $70,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> George Gershwin, photograph signed & inscribed with autograph musical quotation, <i>An American in Paris,</i> 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Friedrich Engels, <i>The Condition of the Working Class in England,</i> first edition, NY, 1887. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> <i>Bury St. Edmunds Witch Trials,</i> first edition, London, 1682. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Robert Rey, <i>Estampes,</i> complete portfolio of 12 wood engravings, Paris, 1950. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Archive of 47 letters by Enrico Caruso to a lady friend, 1906-20. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Books of Hours in Flemish, Netherlands, 15th century. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Doctor Sax,</i> deluxe limited edition, signed, NY, 1959. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Walt Disney, signature on title-page of Ward Greene’s <i>Lady and the Tramp,</i> first edition, first printing. $3,000 to $4,000.

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