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 The complete unpublished polemic by the marrano Silveira from the library of the Jews' College, London.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."
Oh, days of beauty standing veiled apart,
With dreamy skies and tender, tremulous air,
In this rich Indian summer of the heart
Well may the earth her jewelled halo wear.
The long brown fields - no longer drear and dull -
Burn with the glow of these deep-hearted hours.
Until the dry weeds seem more beautiful,
More spiritlike than even summer's flowers.
But yesterday the world was stricken bare,
Left old and dead in gray, enshrouding gloom;
To-day what vivid wonder of the air
Awakes the soul of vanished light and bloom?
Sharp with the clean, fine ecstasy of death,
A mightier wind shall strike the shrinking earth,
An exhalation of creative breath
Wake the white wonder of the winter's birth.
In her wide Pantheon - her temple place -
Wrapped in strange beauty and new comforting,
We shall not miss the Summer's full-blown grace,
Nor hunger for the swift, exquisite Spring.