An exceptional week is ahead for book lovers, art collectors, and auction goers with rare and first editions, thousands of original paintings, and affordable antiques from museum collections being offered for sale.
Among the rare and first editions being offered at the 36th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center Friday through Sunday are works by Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, William Faulkner, Edith Wharton, and H.G. Wells.
The more than 100 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, France, Hungary, The Netherlands, and Argentina also will be showing collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, modern first editions, and fine prints as well as such unusual items as President Kennedy’s personalized humidor and the wiretapping equipment used by the FBI to capture James “Whitey” Bulger.
Weekend events include on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. free appraisals of books brought to the fair. Hours and admission are 5-9 p.m. on Friday ($15), noon-7 on Saturday ($8), and noon-5 on Sunday ($8).
The Book Fair is sponsored by the New England chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association with a portion of the ticket sales benefiting the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society.
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More than 3,000 original works of art will be shown by galleries from the United States and Europe at the 16th annual Boston International Fine Art Show opening Thursday at The Cyclorama with a gala preview from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to benefit Friends of the Children — Boston. Tickets are $100 and $250.
The show will continue through Sunday. Tickets are $15 and hours are 1-8 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday.
Special programs include a talk on Saturday at 2 p.m. on “Art of the White Mountains” by Karen Quinn, curator of paintings, Art of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts. It will be followed at 3 p.m. by a panel discussion on “What Is It Worth? Establishing Fine Art Values.” Sunday’s 2 p.m. talk will be on “Saving Venice: Art Restoration in the World’s Most Fragile City.”
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An 1837 letter from congressman John Quincy Adams, the former president (1825-29), and a rare first edition by Johannes Hevelius (1611-87), one of the leading 17th-century astronomers, are highlights of Skinner’s Fine Books and Manuscripts Auction next Sunday at 11 a.m. at its Boston gallery.
The Adams letter, consigned by an anonymous Massachusetts institution, has an $80,000-$120,000 estimate, “Prodromus Astronomiae” (Danzig, 1690) an $80,000-$100,000 estimate.
Among the modern first editions are Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms” ($1,000-$1,500), an inscribed copy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Stride Toward Freedom” ($3,500-$4,500), Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” ($600-$800), and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five” ($500-$700).
The auction also includes nearly four dozen prints and more than two dozen maps as well as a 60-lot collection of material related to the international acting profession amassed over 60 years by Michael Howard, the New York actor, director, and educator.
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Northeast Auctions’ Fall Weekend Auction Saturday and Sunday noon at Treadwell Mansion, 93 Pleasant St., Portsmouth, N.H., includes property deaccessioned by the Museum of Fine Arts and three other museums, with the majority of the lots having estimates under $1,000.
The 18 lots from the MFA’s M. and M. Karolik Collection include five drawings of Native American scenes by Seth Eastman (1808-75), the Brunswick, Maine, West Point graduate often called “the soldier artist.” Estimates are in the $500 to $1,200 range.
Property from the Toledo Museum of Art includes 18 lots of Chinese export porcelain with estimates ranging from $200-$300 for a circa 1790 armorial sauceboat and stand to $800-$1,200 for a number of pieces from a circa 1805-15 dinner service.
Estimates for the more than three dozen lots from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation range from $300-$500 for three 1768-72 Worcester plates to $1,500-$2,500 for a set of five English Chippendale side chairs.
The highest estimate for the museum property being sold is $6,000-
$9,000 for a circa 1750 carved mahogany dressing table from the George Washington Foundation in Fredericksburg, Va.
The auction also features a selection of furniture and silver that descended or was originally owned by Portsmouth families, including the Abraham Wendell family’s Hepplewhite inlaid mahogany card table ($5,000-
$8,000) and the 1845 coin silver christening cup ($500-$800) that descended in the Wentworth family.
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“Four Boats,” a woodcut by the Provincetown artist Blanche Lazzell (1878-1956), has the starring role in Eldred’s Americana, Decorative Art, and Paintings Auction Friday and Saturday at
10 a.m. at its East Dennis gallery. The estimate is $50,000-$70,000.
The 1925 white-line woodblock on paper was consigned after Eldred’s sale last summer of Lazzell’s woodcut “Sail Boat” that brought $106,200.
The more than 275 works of art in the sale include a set of 10 paintings of hotel scenes by the Cape Cod artist Ralph Cahoon Jr. (1910-72) depicting people dancing, dining, and drinking. The paintings, which have a $20,000-
$30,000 estimate, hung in the Royal Victoria Hotel in the Bahamas, which was razed in the 1970s.
A collection of eight life-size birds carved by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) of East Harwich and two Cape Cod collections of 28 teddy bears are among other offerings. Estimates for the birds range from $12,000-$16,000 for a preening curlew to $3,000-$5,000 for a blue jay. Estimates for the bears range from $800-$1,200 for a 13-inch Steiff bear (circa 1904-05) to $100-$200 for a 12-inch English bear (circa 1950).
Other offerings are as varied as an 1876 US parade flag with 38 stars ($3,000-$5,000), a “Kennedy for President, Leadership for the ’60s” poster ($700-$1,000), two early Louis Vuitton suitcases ($4,000-$6,000 each), and a 1967 Fender Telecaster guitar ($4,500-
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