Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana and Judaica; New York December 2-3, 2004; Sale Number NO8037 Sotheby's, New York, 2004, Illustrated Wraps, , , Very Good
340 pp. 471 lots. Items of interest include: Aha (Ahai) GAON (Rav Aha of Shabha), 680-752 She'iltot, Manuscript on paper [oriental 12th century]. Shibolei Ha-Leket, a halakhic compendium by Zedekiah ben Abraham ha-Rofe of the Anav family (Rome, thirteenth century). Judah Ha-Hasid ben Samuel of Regensburg Sefer Hasidim (Book of the Pietists), Manuscript on Vellum [Italy, 15th century]. Kalonymus ben Kalonymus Massekheth Purim (Tractate Purim), Manuscript on paper, Amsterdam, 1752. The complete unpublished polemic by the marrano Silveira from the library of the Jews' College, London. Abraham Gomez Silveira (1656-1741). Fillmore, Millard: A remarkably revealing letter about slavery, emancipation, and race relations in the United States, written by a former president on the day of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Whitman, Walt. Democratic Vistas. Washington DC: Printed for the Author by J.S. Redfield, 1871. With a 16-line autograph note in Whitman's hand. Darwin, Dickinson, Ginsberg, Melville, Clement Clarke Moore. 11 lots of generously illustrated, unique Capote material.
Cabinet of American Illustration, Cartoon Drawings: Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Civil War Photographs Civil War Photographs, Drawings (Master),Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs, Fine Prints Fine Prints, Posters: Performing Arts Posters, Stereograph Cards Stereograph Cards, Daguerreotypes, Fenton Crimean War Photographs, Fine Prints: Japanese, pre-1915, Lomax Collection, Panoramic Photographs, Thesaurus For Graphic Materials, Van Vechten Collection, Wright Brothers Negatives, and much more.
"NYU Bobst Library, NYU Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU Real Estate Institute, The New-York Historical Society, New York School of Interior Design, Cooper Union, New School University, Parsons School of Design, Mannes College of Music."
I do not count the hours I spend
In wandering by the sea;
The forest is my loyal friend,
Like God it useth me.
In plains that room for shadows make
Of skirting hills to lie,
Bound in by streams which give and take
Their colors from the sky;
Or on the mountain-crest sublime,
Or down the oaken glade,
O what have I to do with time?
For this the day was made.
Cities of mortals woe-begone
Fantastic care derides,
But in the serious landscape lone
Stern benefit abides.
Sheen will tarnish, honey cloy,
And merry is only a mask of sad,
But, sober on a fund of joy,
The woods at heart are glad.
There the great Planter plants
Of fruitful worlds the grain,
And with a million spells enchants
The souls that walk in pain.
Still on the seeds of all he made
The rose of beauty burns;
Through times that wear and forms that fade,
Immortal youth returns.
The black ducks mounting from the lake,
The pigeon in the pines,
The bittern's boom, a desert make
Which no false art refines.
Down in yon watery nook,
Where bearded mists divide,
The gray old gods whom Chaos knew,
The sires of Nature, hide.
Aloft, in secret veins of air,
Blows the sweet breath of song,
O, few to scale those uplands dare,
Though they to all belong!
See thou bring not to field or stone
The fancies found in books;
Leave authors' eyes, and fetch your own,
To brave the landscape's looks.
Oblivion here thy wisdom is,
Thy thrift, the sleep of cares;
For a proud idleness like this
Crowns all thy mean affairs.