Seventy-five years’ worth of ‘Superman’ memorabilia was sent by Mike Curtis in a truck from Arkansas to the Cleveland Public Library, where staff will put together an exhibit honoring the hero’s creators.
The manager of the library’s literature department said that every piece of memorabilia will be categorised and the library will apply for grants so they can preserve and restore the collectibles.
Curtis’ collection includes rare artifacts dating back to as early as 1939. A majority of the items are from the 1970s. The items have varying values depending upon their condition and rarity.
Only portions of the collection will be shown at any one time. The Library are happy to speak to anybody who would like to loan them a similar item for a while to be displayed.
De Libris Revolutionum Eruditissimi Viridoctoris came not from Nicolaus Copernicus, but from his only student, Georg Joachim Rhectus. When it published in 1540 it provided the momentum needed for Copernicus to finally have his landmark De revolutionibus orbium coelestium published in 1543.
Rheticus (1514-1574) published this first book on the subject based on his studies under Copernicus, all the while imploring his master to finally publish the master work which had been finished for 25 years. Copernicus resisted publishing De revolutionibus orbium coelestium for 30 years due to his fear of the Catholic Church. However when Rheticus published this book in 1540, Copernicus finally gave Rheticus the go ahead to publish the major work for him.
The copy of De Libris Revolutionum Eruditissimi Viridoctoris is expected to sell for between £1,200,000 and £1,800,000. It is expected that the work will exceed its estimate as the last time a copy came to auction was at a Sotheby’s New York auction in November, 1989.
The twenty three fairytales was, at the time of its publication only offered to the luxury market. This particular copy was number 43 of 600.
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