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 The complete unpublished polemic by the marrano Silveira from the library of the Jews' College, London.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."
RAIN IN THE WOODS
WHEN on the leaves the rain insists,
And every gust brings showers down;
When all the woodland smokes with mists,
I take the old road out of town
Into the hills through which it twists.
I find the vale where catnip grows,
Where boneset blooms, with wetness bowed;
The vale, through which the red creek flows,
Turbid with hill-washed clay, and loud
As some wild horn a woodsman blows.
Around the root the beetle glides,
A living beryl; and the ant,
Large, agate-red, a garnet, slides
Beneath the rock; and every plant
Is roof for some frail thing that hides.
Knotlike upon the gray-barked trees
The lichen-colored moths are pressed;
And, wedged in hollow blooms, the bees
Seem clotted pollen; in its nest
The hornet creeps and lies at ease.
The locust, too, that harshly saws
The silence of the summer noon;
And katydid, that thinly draws
Its fine file o’er the bars of moon;
And grasshopper that drills each pause:
The mantis, long-clawed, furtive, lean, —
Fierce feline of the insect hordes, —
And dragon fly, gauze-winged and green,
Beneath the grape leaves and the gourds
Have housed themselves, and rest unseen.
The butterfly and forest bird
Are huddled on the same gnarled bough,
From which, like some rain-voweled word
That dampness hoarsely utters now,
The tree toad’s voice is vaguely heard.
I crouch and listen; and again
The woods are filled for me with forms.
Weird, elfin shapes in train on train
Arise; and now I feel the arms
Around me of the wraiths of rain.