September 12, 1986 |
Private collectors and representatives of institutions here and abroad will gather at 10 this morning in the William Penn Gallery at the Franklin Institute to bid on a historic collection, the contents of the rare book room of the institute's library. The items include a rare 16th-century book by Copernicus, volumes from the collection of the chief naval engineer for Union forces in the Civil War and works on such diverse subjects as 19th-century gas lighting and metallurgy. They should provoke especially competitive bidding from Philadelphia institutions, where the feeling has been that they should have been given a chance to buy the books before they were offered at auction.
May 23, 2008 |
Freeman's auctions of rare books, manuscripts, prints and maps always offer names and nostalgia. The sale scheduled for Thursday brings a dose of naturalism, too. The names are, of course, the autographs that constitute a large number of the documents in any book sale. Among those to be offered Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m. at the gallery at 1808 Chestnut St., are two signed by Abraham Lincoln - or, in the case of one, just "A. Lincoln. " According to David Bloom, who cataloged the 660-lot sale with Joe Huenke, Lincoln used his full name when signing such documents as the military commission to be offered next week, which has a presale estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.
August 31, 2002 |
Several post-Labor Day sales will mark the start of the fall auction season. At 5 p.m. Thursday, Barry S. Slosberg will offer more than 175 lots of old, rare and valuable books at the Slosberg gallery in Port Richmond. Until now, Slosberg has not been known for its book sales, but Thursday's has some important publications, including catalogs from the bookstores run by the Rosenbach brothers (out of which the Rosenbach Museum and Library arose) and some documents of local historical significance.
February 6, 1991 |
The only known copy of the first edition of Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack resides at the Rosenbach Museum and Library - a secret shared only by bookworms and bibliophiles. "It doesn't do any good to have the only known copy if no one knows you have it," said Rosenbach director Ellen S. Dunlop. Now, in a five-year, $4.1-million project, descriptions of the Almanack and other rare books and manuscripts in 16 Philadelphia-area libraries will be entered into two nationwide computerized catalogue systems.
March 28, 1991 |
The shadings in the calligraphy are so clearly defined, you can tell where the scribe dipped his pen back into the well to replenish the ink. The paper is creamy white and handmade. The pages are bound into a book covered with white pigskin with the papal coat of arms etched in gold, red and blue across the front. It is titled The Order of Mass. The book was commissioned in 1979 for Pope John Paul II's visit to Philadelphia and was retired after he used it to say two public Masses.
April 10, 1988 |
Bow-tied and fiercely whiskered, Edwin Wolf 2d is bombastic, hyperbolic, charming, irascible and razor-witted. His friends and colleagues, of whom there are many, say he can be the most generous, patient scholar and teacher imaginable - and occasionally the most cantankerous. "He's fun to work with, and there were times I wanted to strangle him," recalls Marie Korey, head of the rare-book department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, who worked with Wolf at the Library Company for 11 years and co- edited several major projects with him. The "Legacies of Genius" exhibition of rare books was conceived by Wolf, 76, and he served both as guest curator and as editor of the lush 266-page catalogue.
May 22, 2009 |
Freeman's will be busy next week with two catalog sales: one devoted to rare books, maps, prints, and autographs; the next for a private collection that will partly benefit the Fox Chase Cancer Center. More than 600 lots of books will be sold beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at the gallery at 1808 Chestnut St. The most unusual of the rare books is a signed typescript of Pat Conroy's first novel, The Great Santini, bound in crushed morocco with stylized silver and leather onlay representations of fighter jets, signifying the occupation of the title figure, a military pilot.
September 23, 1989 |
Two rare books with historical connections to Benjamin Franklin have been stolen from the Van Pelt Library on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, police said last night. The books, housed in the sixth-floor repository for rare documents at the library at 34th and Walnut Streets, have a combined value of $35,000 to $60,000, library officials told police. One of the books actually is two documents bound as one, police said. "A Sermon on Education," written by Richard Peters and printed in 1751 by Franklin, was bound with a Franklin pamphlet titled "An Idea of an English School.
November 11, 2014 |
The executors of Maurice Sendak's will have not complied with his wishes to bequeath his multimillion-dollar rare-book collection to the Rosenbach Museum and Library and for the revered author and illustrator's work to continue to be displayed at the Rosenbach. So claims a lawsuit filed last week in northern Fairfield County, Conn., in which the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia asks the state's probate court to compel individuals who overlap as executors of the estate and officers of the Maurice Sendak Foundation to carry out Sendak's wishes.
January 20, 1990 |
Antiques have gotten the man accused of stealing two valuable Ben Franklin tomes into trouble before. According to the curator of Mission Santa Ines in Solvang, Calif., William March Witherell was acquitted by reason of insanity in 1977 after he was caught red-handed with a rare book of Gregorian chants and a small painting titled "Madonna in Prayer. " A federal magistrate yesterday ordered psychiatric tests for Witherell, 39, of San Gabriel, Calif., charged in the theft of $60,000 worth of Frankliniana from the University of Pennsylvania last summer.