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 The complete unpublished polemic by the marrano Silveira from the library of the Jews' College, London.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."
HOME THOUGHTS, FROM ABROAD
Oh, to be in England
Now that April's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England - now!
And after April, when May follows
And the white-throat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops - at the bent spray's edge -
That's the wise thrush: he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children's dower
- Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!