May 9th, 2013
Truman Capote‘s typed Breakfast at Tiffany’s manuscript was sold at auction late last month for a whopping $306,000. The 1958 manuscript contains Capote’s handwritten edits, which number up to a dozen changes per page. Perhaps the most significant change is the heroine’s name: originally Connie Gustafson, Capote crossed out every mention of the name and replaced it with Holly Golightly. (Good call, Capote!) More than a hundred different names were used in various drafts before Capote settled on Golightly. The character, of course, was immortalized in popular culture by Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal in the 1961 film adaptation.
The story was originally commissioned for Harper’s Bazaar magazine but was pulled at the last minute because of the sexual nature of Golightly’s lifestyle. It was published in the November 1958 issue of Esquire magazine and shortly thereafter was published by Random House along with three other short stories by Capote.
The manuscript was sold to a Russian billionaire, Igor Sosin, by RR Auction. The auction house reports that Socin plans to display it in Moscow and Monaco.
The movie is great, but if you haven’t read the novella do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. It’s a wonderful story and beautifully written.
Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s manuscript goes to auction [Toronto Star]
Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s manuscript sells for $306K at auction to Russian billionaire [Toronto Star]
May 6th, 2013
Willa Cather was a famously private writer. She destroyed many literary manuscripts, personal papers, and letters, and her will forbade the adaptation of her works into plays or movies and the publication of her personal letters. Cather’s will expired two years ago, however, after the death of her nephew and the will’s executor. This left her remaining personal letters up for grabs, so to speak, and a new book publishes over 500 of Cather’s letters.
Released last month, The Selected Letters of Willa Cather is co-edited by Andrew Jewell, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraires and the editor of the Willa Cather Archive, and Janis Stout, the author of nine scholarly books and editor of two other books on Cather. Jewell and Stout acknowledge that they have gone against Cather’s will and personal wishes, but justify doing so with the best intentions for the public good, so that everyone can “read and interpret her letters” for themselves. Their introduction states that:
“Cather is now a part of our cultural history. Her works belong to something greater than herself. It is time to let the letters speak for themselves.”
Tom Perrotta, who reviewed Read the rest of this entry »
May 2nd, 2013
Exciting news for ABAA member Greg Gibson: his noir crime novel The Old Turk’s Load was just named a Top Crime Fiction Debut by Booklist Online. From Booklist:
Pay attention to our debut winners. You’re going to be hearing their names, reading their books, and seeing them on best lists for years to come.
April 30th, 2013
The Southern Poverty Law Center‘s Intelligence Project, which monitors and reports hate and extremist groups in the U.S., has donated its 30 year collection of extremist materials to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. The 90 boxes of periodicals, pamphlets, flyers, and other documents will be added to the Library’s Human Rights Archive. The mission of the Human Rights Archive is to “identify, collect, and provide access to materials generated by organizations and individuals working within and having significant social impact on the field of human rights.” This donation will be a significant addition to the Library’s already extensive collection of American social movements and its collection on Ku Klux Klan materials that documents the group from the 1860s to the present day.
The SPLC’s collection extends beyond the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, including materials on Read the rest of this entry »
April 24th, 2013
ABAA member Greg Gibson (Ten Pound Island Book Company) recently released his latest book, a noir crime novel called The Old Turk’s Load (you can read more about it here). Greg offered copies for sale at the recent NY Antiquarian Book Fair and kindly donated the proceeds to the ABAA’s Benevolent Fund, a charitable fund that offers assistance to booksellers in need. He sold 117 copies of the novel and raised over $1,000 for the Fund. Many thanks to Greg for his generosity!
The Benevolent Fund provides financial aid to booksellers in need, whether or not they are members of the ABAA. It is administered by three Trustees and chaired by the immediate Past President of the ABAA, and the Benevolent Fund is separate from all other Association funds. All applications and disbursements from this fund are held in strictest confidence. The ABAA actively solicits tax-deductible contributions to help the effort. If you would like to learn more about the Benevolent Fund or make a contribution, please visit the following link.
April 23rd, 2013
The ABAA is delighted to welcome the following members to, or to a new status within, the Association: Alexandre Hime of Biblioctopus, Jeremy Markowitz of Donald A. Heald Rare Books, Ryan J. Parks of Krown & Spellman, Booksellers, Elizabeth Young of RoYoung Bookseller, Inc., and Patricia Ahearn of Quill & Brush. Read a little more about each member below.
Alex Hime, Biblioctopus
Alexandre Hime, Biblioctopus (Century City, CA)
I was born into the antiquarian book trade. My father had been a member of the ABAA for three years by the time I was born. Some of my earliest memories are linked to book fairs around the country, and many of the people I’ve known the longest are other booksellers. I became one of the youngest associate members of the ABAA several years ago, and with the experience that came my interests and knowledge of the trade grew considerably. Biblioctopus has always had a somewhat specialized stock–classics of fiction and pop culture (though it always typically spans hundreds of years), so my basis of knowledge had a good foundation. Ultimately, though, I wanted and needed to know more. With a few good professors providing inspiration a whole new world was opened, and the non-fiction side of Biblioctopus has, recently, started to evolve as a result. The ABAA is continually changing, and I hope that my abilities, insights and interests will will help sustain both Biblioctopus and the ABAA well into the future.
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April 22nd, 2013
The 2013 New York Antiquarian Book Fair was a great success: 200 ABAA and ILAB exhibitors brought the best material they had to offer, attendance was bustling, and everyone enjoyed the post-fair hours with colleagues and friends.
Festivities kicked off Wednesday night at the grand opening of B & B Rare Books, Ltd.’s new gallery. The space, located in a historic building on East 20th Street, was lovely and filled to the brim with excited booksellers, which made for a delightful party. I even managed to take a few moments to look at the books and was especially impressed with the inscribed copies B & B had to offer.
Attendees queued up early for the Thursday night preview and with good reason. There was quite a buzz about the quality of material
Papier-Maiche ape offered byLibrairie Alain Brieux
exhibitors had on display and there were some truly remarkable items, like the life size papier-mâché ape. Not to mention that there were four Kelmscott Chaucers on the floor (!). A rainy and cold day made the Park Avenue Armory the perfect place to be on Friday. Magician and author Ricky Jay visited and examined a deck of cards from the 1700s in Donald Heald‘s booth. I got the chance to take a break from the ABAA booth and walk the floor on Friday, and was seriously impressed by what I saw. I am always a sucker for prints and hand-colored books and illustrations, and there was no shortage of them at this fair. I was especially taken with a number of watercolors of 1920s fashion designs and boldly colored French cover art. After dinner and drinks, Read the rest of this entry »
April 18th, 2013
The ABAA is now accepting entries for the 2013 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. To apply, please visit the following link: apply.abaa.org. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2013.
Please pass along this information to any interested parties!
April 12th, 2013
If you’re in town for the NY Book Fair, ABAA member Jeremy Norman currently has an exhibition on display at the Grolier Club.
“A Count With Taste, and Sticky Fingers” surveys the life and infamous career of Count Guglielmo Libri, “one of the most audacious book thieves in history.” (You can read a NY Times review of the exhibition at the link.) It will be on display until May 25 in the second floor gallery.
April 10th, 2013
Booksellers setting up this morning
We are only a day away from opening night of the NY Antiquarian Book Fair, an event not to be missed by anyone who has a passion. You’re probably thinking: You forgot to finish your sentence; surely you mean a passion for books. No, you read it correctly the first time.
ABAA book fairs offer a chance to purchase a piece of history and every field is represented. Everyone can find something fascinating at the shows, no matter what their passion or interest may be– just take a look at the drop-down list of specializations on our member search page to get an idea of the breadth of fields our sellers deal in. What’s more, it may be called a book fair, but there is much more on the show floor than books– manuscripts, prints, maps, ephemera, sketches, letters, photographs…almost anything you can think of. As I posted last year, ABAA fairs are truly living, breathing museums and they give you the unique opportunity to take home part of the exhibit. (Read last year’s post after the jump.)
Just writing and thinking about the fair has gotten my adrenaline pumping– I can’t wait to get to the Armory! I hope to see you there.
New York Antiquarian Book Fair
Park Avenue Armory @ 67th Street
Thursday preview: 5pm-9pm
Book Collecting 101, Saturday at 1pm
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