• <center><b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autograph & Documents<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> John Adams Signed Ship's Passport, partly printed DS as president, signed “John Adams.”
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Extremely Rare James Garfield DS as President Appointing Revenue Service Agent.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Babe Ruth 1939 Cooperstown cover boldly signed — with photo.
    <center><b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autograph & Documents<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Incredible Harry S. Truman Kansas City Auto Club sales ledger maintained by Truman!
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Important Herbert Hoover 4 pg ALS about Chinese Gold Mining.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Rare Calvin Coolidge ALS as President.
    <center><b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autograph & Documents<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Abraham Lincoln Signed Appointment.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Ironic John Kennedy Jr. Handwritten report on why he is accident report form when he attended Collegiate School in 1975.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Katherine Bates Signed -“America! America! God shed his grace on thee.”
    <center><b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autograph & Documents<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Apollo 11 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Amassed Over Four Decades, an impressive 1100+ piece collection of entertainment and notables.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens Signed Letter and Card.

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Articles - September - 2022 Issue

Book Events Coming Soon


The artwork of Will Bradley.

Bookish Briefs:

Black Bibliography Virtual Salon Sept. 22nd

Digital Humanities & Book History Conference Sept. 22-24

Big Sendak Exhibit coming to Columbus, Ohio in October

Will Bradley and other online exhibits at U of Delaware



Virtual Salon to discuss Black Bibliography on Sept 22nd


Black Bibliography is the topic for discussion at a Virtual Salon hosted by The Bibliographical Society of America on Sept. 22, 2022 from 7-8:30 pm, Eastern Time.


The discussion focuses on material covered in the June 2022 issue of the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA) devoted to the traditions and futures of Black Bibliography. Guest editors Jacqueline Goldsby and Meredith McGill are on hand, together with authors and contributors including:

  • Laura Helton, Assistant Professor of English and History at the University of Delaware

  • Samantha Sommers, Assistant Professor in Residence in the English Department at University of Connecticut

  • Derrick Spires, Associate Professor of Literatures in English and affiliate faculty in American Studies, Visual Studies, and Media Studies at Cornell University

  • Michael Winship, Iris Howard Regents Professor of English II (emeritus) at the University of Texas at Austin


Join them in a conversation led by Professors Goldsby and McGill to discuss and exchange ideas, and to share new developments and directions raised by the provocative essays and book reviews included in this volume.


Registration is free and open to all; closed captioning in English and ASL interpretation will be provided.


Read the Full Announcement: https://mailchi.mp/bibsocamer/bbp-salon-invite

Register: https://bit.ly/bsa-bbp-salon


The Bibliographical Society of America erin.mcguirl@bibsocamer.org


Click here to join or renew your BSA membership



DH+BH: Digital Humanities & Book History Hosts Conference Sept. 22-24

Digital Humanities and Book History is the inaugural conference of the Digital Cultural Studies Cooperative (DCSC). This hybrid and distributed event takes place September 22-24, 2022, collaboratively presented by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Southern Methodist University, the University of California Los Angeles, the Ohio State University, and Texas A&M University.

The Digital Cultural Studies Cooperative seeks to explore, celebrate, question, and disrupt intersections where disciplines, technologies, and communities converge. DCSC aims to advance a wide ranging dialogue that spans boundaries and highlights unlikely connections in the field of digital humanities.

History of the book, grounded in the discipline of bibliography, is a rich field that is particularly suitable to the digital context. Bibliographic data includes temporal, spatial, and named entity information that can be analyzed at scale. Longue durée analyses of textual data can offer insights on topics, audiences, and patterns of language use over time. This event offers an opportunity for these communities to converge.

DCSC charges no membership fees. However, registration is required to participate. Registration is pay-what-you-are-able, with a minimum suggested contribution of $45.

The conference schedule and registration are available online.


Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Cait Coker cait@illinois.edu

or Dr. Spencer Keralis skeralis@smu.edu.




Big Maurice Sendak Retrospective Opens Oct. 21st in Columbus, Ohio.

Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak opens at the Columbus Museum of Art on Oct 21, 2022. It is the first major retrospective of Sendak’s work since his death in 2012. The exhibit is composed of more than 150 sketches, storyboards, and paintings by Sendak drawn from the collection of The Maurice Sendak Foundation. Highlights include original work for Sendak’s most famous books: Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Outside Over There.

Sendak was influenced by writers ranging from William Shakespeare to Herman Melville. Alongside landmark pictures for Sendak’s own books are examples of artwork he created for such celebrated publications as The Bat-Poet by Randall Jarrell, A Hole is to Dig by Ruth Krauss, The Little Bear Series by Else Holmelund Minarik, and Zlateh the Goat by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Designs for many of Sendak’s theater, film, and television productions are also featured. The exhibition highlights Sendak’s love of Mozart and the way the composer’s life and work influenced not only Sendak’s designs for Mozart’s operas, such as The Magic Flute, but also key books including Outside Over There and Dear Mili. As Sendak stated, “I love opera beyond anything, and Mozart beyond anything.”

The show runs through March 5, 2023 before heading on an international tour.

The exhibition is guest-curated by Jonathan Weinberg, artist, and curator of The Maurice Sendak Foundation. Weinberg also edited the profusely illustrated catalog that brings together a diversity of perspectives, including Sendak’s own words about his career and a major essay by distinguished art historian Thomas Crow.

Both the book and the exhibition are notable for their scope, their focus on Sendak’s emulation of other artists, and the role played by art history in his creative process. As Sendak himself said, “if there must be more to life, then it is surely what art provides.” In this spirit the retrospective highlights the relationship of Sendak’s pictures to the art that he collected and loved including works by William Blake, Walt Disney, Winsor McCay, George Stubbs, Beatrix Potter, and Philipp Otto Runge.

“So many of us grew up with Maurice Sendak’s illustrated books,”observed Nannette Maciejunes, CMA executive director and CEO. “This exhibition not only gives you the chance to see original drawings, but to discover Sendak’s range as an artist and the true depth of his creativity.”


Will Bradley and other online exhibits shine at University of Delaware


The University of Delaware Special Collections presents an interesting and diverse selection of online exhibitions on permanent display . The shows feature many different book genres as well as graphic arts, pop-ups, mineralogy, Black and Women’s studies, photography, and many other contemporary and historical topics. A host of earlier shows are also archived and linked at the site.


Two that may be of particular interest to RBH readers are a wide ranging display and discussion of prolific and influential artist, printer and graphic designer Will Bradley (1868-1962), who was one of the most prominent and popular artists of his day.


Also of special interest is Things Aren’t What They Seem, Forgeries and Deceptions from the UD Collection which covers a variety of ingenious fakes from antiquity to the present, accompanied by often wry comments on the motivation of those who sought to decieve. Some were done for profit, some for fun, and others just to invent works by noted authors that never actually existed.


Alex Johnson, 36, Associate Librarian played a curatorial role along with his colleagues in both exhibitions. He commented that generous donations from widely divergent sources made both shows possible.


The Bradley exhibit is drawn from a gift from Gordon A. Pfeiffer, a UD graduate and book enthusiast, who assembled one of the world’s premier collections of the work by this artist. It contains a great variety of books, periodicals, prints, ephemera, and artifacts, spanning the whole of Will H. Bradley’s long and productive career. The size and scope is so vast that the items on display can only represent a fraction of the great wealth of materials found in Pfeiffer’s collection.


What became the the Things Aren’t What They Seem show, started when Frank W. Tober donated his collection of historic and literary forgeries to the UD library. Tober, a former DuPont chemist, was interested in the science behind creating and detecting forgeries, and his collection presented the library with an extensive array of materials. Since then, UD has continued to add to the forgery collection.


Most of these items would once have been seen as worthless frauds, and many of them were originally sold under illicit pretenses. Now, though, they serve as valuable artifacts in their own right. As a group they explore the many ways that people have tried to deceive each other, whether through outright forgeries, practical jokes, or cases of mistaken identity.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on paper<br>Thursday 29th September 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> South America.- Conquest of Peru.- Cieza De León (Pedro de). <i>Parte primera de la chronica del Peru,</i> first edition, Seville, Martín de Montesdoca, 1553. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Asia.- Mandeville (Sir John). <i>Tractato bellissimo delle piu maravigliose cose & piu motabile che sitrovino nelle parte delmondo,</i> Florence, [Lorenzo Morgiani], 1496-99. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Bible leaf, Latin. Single leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, [Mainz], [Johann Gutenberg & Johann Fust], [c.1454/55]. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on paper<br>Thursday 29th September 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Publicius (Jacobus). <i>Ars oratoria. Ars epistolandi. Ars memorativa,</i> first edition, Venice, Erhard Ratdolt, 1482. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Biblia Pauperum.- Single leaf from a blockbook Biblia Pauperum in Latin, from the Wiblingen copy of Schreiber's edition III, Netherlands, 1465. £25,000 to £35,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> South America.- Brazil.- Steinmann (Johan Jacob). <i>Souvenirs de Rio de Janeiro,</i> Paris, chez Rittner & Goupil, 1837. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on paper<br>Thursday 29th September 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Asia.- Polo (Marco). <i>In cui si tratta le meravigliose cose del mondo per lui vedute,</i> Venice, Matteo Pagano, 1555. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Sir Joshua Reynolds' copy.- Donne (John). <i>Poems, by J.D. With elegies on the authors death,</i> the Joshua Reynolds-Philip Bliss copy of the first edition, Printed by M[iles]. F[lesher]. for Iohn Marriot, 1633. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Gilbert (William). <i>De Magnete,</i> first edition, Peter Short, 1600. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on paper<br>Thursday 29th September 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Audubon (John James). <i>The Birds of America,</i> 8 vol., New York, George R. Lockwood, [c.1889]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Pratchett (Terry). <i>The Colour of Magic,</i> first edition, signed by the author, 1983. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Flaubert (Gustave). <i>Trois Contes,</i> first edition, one of 100 copies on papier de Hollande, Paris, Charpentier, 1877. £5,000 to £7,000.
  • <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> JOYCE, James. <i>Ulysses.</i> London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1937. PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION PRINTED IN ENGLAND. $50,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [SHACKLETON, Ernest]. –– BROWNING, Robert. <i>Poetical Works of…</i> London: Smith and Elder, 1906. PRESENTED TO SHACKLETON AND THE OFFICERS OF THE NIMROD BY A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York: George R. Lockwood, [1870]. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> ARISTOTLE. Opera, in Greek, parts one and two only: Organon and Natural Philosophy I. Edited by Aldus and others. Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1 November 1495–February 1498. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> COOK, James, Capt. [Collected Voyages]. First and Second Voyages: London: W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777; Third Voyage: London: H. Hughes for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne (“Mark Twain”). <i>The Writings of…</i> Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1899–1900. $12,000 to $16,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>The Poems of…</i> Edited by Frederick S. Ellis. Hammersmith: William Morris for the Kelmscott Press, 1893. $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> LONDON, Jack. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY LONDON. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CROWLEY, Aleister (1875–1947). <i>The Winged Beetle.</i> London: privately printed, 1910. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> WILDE, Oscar (“C.3.3.”). <i>The Ballad of Reading Gaol.</i> London: Leonard Smithers, January 1898. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> DRYDEN, John. <i>Fables Ancient and Modern; translated into verse from Homer, Ovid, Boccace, & Chaucer: with original poems.</i> London: John Tonson, 1700. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [MAP]. LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. <i>Delineatio Orarum Maritimarum…</i> London: John Wolfe, 1598. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Printed & Manuscript Americana<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Extensive archive of papers of Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> George Catlin, <i>North American Indian Portfolio,</i> 1844. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> The Twenty-Four Books of the Holy Scriptures, Carefully Translated…after the Best Jewish Authorities, Philadelphia, 1853-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Printed & Manuscript Americana<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Wedding book of Eleanor Roosevelt’s bodyguard, Earl Miller, signed by the Roosevelts, 1932. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Textile titled <i>The Resignation of Pres’t Washington,</i> Scotland, circa 1800. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Gideon Welles, Pass for President Lincoln’s White House funeral, 1865. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Confirmation of arms and nobility in favor of the Diez y Mora family, Madrid, 1710. $2,500 to $3,500.

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