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Sale of Karl Lagerfeld Original Fashion Drawings Attracts Intense Worldwide Bidding

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Waverly Rare Books to Conduct May 2 Judaica Auction

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A Record for Peruvian Photographer MartĂ­n Chambi at Swann Galleries

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Bond Abounds in Literature Auction at Swann on May 14

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Two Hunter S. Thompson Letters to be Auctioned

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Einstein Letter Defending his Jewish Heritage to be Auctioned

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The 2015 Fine Books & Collections Holiday Gift Guide

What to buy for the book and art lovers on your list By Nate Pedersen & Stephen J. Gertz Nate Pedersen is a librarian and journalist in Oregon. His website is natepedersen.com. Stephen J. Gertz is a lifelong lover and collector of rare books who began his career in the trade in 1985 as a rare book scout and dealer. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and various online magazines.

Reading Chair

The writing was on the wall; now it’s on the furniture. The Zoey armchair and ottoman in “Script White” from Home Decorators features vintage examples of stylish penmanship, letterpress, and engraved block and cursive lettering on its upholstery as an eye-catching decorative motif. With a classic French wingback design married to modern comfort, it is relaxing and visually engaging, so much so that you may wonder whether to sit in it or read it. No need to choose. You can do both! You’ll feel as if you fell into an unusually bound and cozy first edition of Louis Rossignol’s 1775 manual, L’art d’écrire. $799

www.homedecorators.com

Courtesy of Home Decorators.

Inspired by Audubon

This lamp from the museum store at the New-York Historical Society will feather your nest as well as pleasingly brighten it. The cylindrical shade features John James Audubon’s watercolor of the blue-winged warbler, vividly printed in high resolution. The N-YHS holds all 474 of Audubon’s known avian watercolors, 433 of which were prepared for The Birds of America, and this product is one of many inspired by that collection. The lamp possesses a harp and finial and stands 21” tall; the base is brushed nickel. $59.95

shop.nyhistory.org

Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society Museum Store.

A Night at the Theatre

The Folger Theatre at the Folger Shakespeare Library is staging a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from January 26–March 6, 2016, perhaps to help us make it through another potential winter of our discontent in Washington, D.C. Directed by the award-winning Aaron Posner, Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy—one of his most popular works—celebrates tangled love, mischief-making fairies, and the follies and foibles of being human. A band of musicians will provide background to the goings-on. Treat your favorite theatre lover to a ticket, available for $35–75.

www.folger.edu

Courtesy of the Folger Theatre.

Great Drinkers

While we will never have the chance to actually raise a glass with W. B. Yeats or Dorothy Parker (that pesky business about death getting in the way), we can at least toast their memory by downing whiskey in glasses graced by their visages. These six glasses from Brooklyn’s Unemployed Philosophers Guild include an illustration of the author on one side and a quote about drinking on the other side. Who can abstain once they’ve unveiled this fine Yeats quote: “The problem with some people is that when they’re not drunk, they’re sober.” $16.95

www.philosophersguild.com

Courtesy of the Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild.

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