Thursday, July 14, 2016

Antiquarian Book News

Woodbridge Book Fair 17th July

Woodbridge, in Suffolk, is an attractive riverside town, 8 miles from Ipswich, easily accessed by the A12 /A14. There are many lovely old buildings, an historic tide mill, pubs, restaurants and on Sunday 17th, a Book Fair at the Community Hall.

The exhibitors will offer a good supply of art books, local topography, private press books, natural history, antiquarian books, annuals, ephemera, postcards and much more.

The fair is open from 10 to 4. Admission £1.00. Home made refreshments available in the hall. Large car park next to the hall. Railway station a few minutes walk away. Community Hall, Station Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4AU.

For more information and list of exhibitors see or call Chris Missing on 01245 361609

Export Bar on Jewelled Book

Government Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on a rare jewel-encrusted book which once belonged to King Francois 1 of France (1494-1547). In a final bid to keep the Book of Hours in Britain, the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) is hoping to raise 10.5 million U.S. dollars to stop it going abroad.

The bejewelled Book of Hours was made in 1532. Its metal cover is made of enamelled gold, and studded with jewels and precious stones including rubies, turquoises and a tourmaline. Inside the elaborate binding is a parchment Book of Hours, which was a Christian devotional book popular in the Middle Ages. It is painted with twenty religious images and prayers to be said throughout the day.
'The Greatest Musical Manuscript ever to be Offered at Auction'
On 29 November 2016, Sotheby's in London will offer at auction the complete manuscript of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony (the "Resurrection"). This dramatic manuscript, spanning 232 pages and written in the composer's distinctive hand throughout, is the highest-estimated musical manuscript ever to be offered at auction, estimated in excess of £3.5m.
This hugely significant monument of musical history is made all the more noteworthy by its remarkable provenance. It is being offered by the estate of the American economist and businessman, Gilbert Kaplan (1941-2016), who, having become infatuated with Mahler's Symphony No. 2 upon seeing the piece performed at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1965, dedicated his life to realising his dream of conducting the piece with the world’s greatest orchestras.

"No complete symphony by Mahler, written in the composer's own hand, has ever been offered at auction, and probably none will be offered again. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a manuscript of truly outstanding historical importance."
Simon Maguire, Sotheby's Senior Specialist, Books & Manuscripts

The "Resurrection" symphony, which premiered in Berlin in 1895, is a truly monumental work – one of the grandest, longest, and yet most accessible of Mahler's creations. Performed with a 90-piece orchestra, soprano and alto soloists, chorus and organ, the epic symphony extends to 90 minutes. This was the first major work that saw the composer confront the universal themes of life and death, which were so characteristic of his oeuvre.

Written in the composer's own hand, the manuscript remains completely unaltered, untrimmed and unbound – including deletions, alterations and annotations, many in vivid blue crayon. The work retains the form in which Mahler left it, reflecting and revealing the compositional process for the work. This manuscript was given by Alma Mahler, the composer's widow, to Mahler's friend the conductor Willem Mengelberg in 1920 and acquired directly by Gilbert Kaplan from that conductor's estate in 1984. It has never been offered or sold on the open market, and is the most significant music manuscript ever to be offered at auction.
Drawings Found
Some previously unknown drawings by Beatrix Potter have been found during cleaning work at a National Trust property. Four line drawings were found hidden inside books during conservation work at Melford Hall in Suffolk. Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, was a regular visitor to the Long Melford stately home and cousin to the Hyde Parkers who lived there. The images are set to go on display to the public.

Three of the drawings were found by house manager Josephine Waters inside a book and a fourth was discovered by Lady Hyde Parker, who lives at Melford Hall with her husband, Sir Richard, where Potter took regular holidays between 1899 and 1916.

The exhibition – ‘Beatrix Potter's Melford’ opened on 13 July and will run until the last weekend of October.
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