Rare Book Monthly

Articles - December - 2015 Issue

Thirty-five eCatalogues posted

The world of rare books reflects the complex ways that information, sellers and buyers interact today.  Twenty years ago the printed catalogue dominated the trade.  Today electronic commerce determines.  Listing sites provide enormous aggregated searches and individual houses, through their sites, windows into their personality, style and listings.  Throughout this period as the paper catalogue has declined in importance eCatalogues have increased theirs. 

 

This holiday season RBH members have posted almost 20 traditional catalogues and forty eCatalogues.  Such documents continue to play an important role because concentration and intensity help readers better understand the subject and the dealer.

 

It’s fair to say that what was once a very defined field is now one very much in flux.  Shops close and shows soar, listings surge and printed catalogues decline.  No one knows what the field will look like in a decade but it is certain that these dealers who issue catalogues will contribute to the emerging outcome.

 

And as contributors they deserve our support.  They are of course focused on selling works on paper but they are also helping us define the catalogue/collector relationship for the next generation.

 

If among these catalogues you find some material of interest we encourage you to contact these dealers directly.  Most offer on their websites links to join their email and regular mailing lists.

 

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. $400 to $600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. $8,000 to $12,000.

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