On March 1, Scribner will release Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America by historian Megan Kate Nelson, which explores how the country’s first national park came to be. Image courtesy of Scribner

‘Saving Yellowstone’ chronicles origins of America’s first national park

On March 1, Scribner will release Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America by historian Megan Kate Nelson, which explores how the country’s first national park came to be. Image courtesy of Scribner

On March 1, Scribner will release Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America by historian Megan Kate Nelson, which explores how the country’s first national park came to be. Image courtesy of Scribner

NEW YORK — Each year, nearly four million people visit Yellowstone National Park — one of the most popular of all national parks — but few know the fascinating and complex historical context in which it was established. Vividly narrated and illuminating, Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America (Scribner; on sale
March 1) by historian Megan Kate Nelson (author of the Pulitzer Prize Finalist The Three-Cornered War) shines a light on the creation of our first national park, and makes clear how frequently the grandest goals of our country precipitate the suffering and subjugation of many who called this land home, and how our most progressive visions can be warped by the reality of the American project.

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In February 2022, Phaidon will publish ‘Nicolas Party,’ a 160-page book on the acclaimed Swiss-born contemporary artist. Image courtesy of Phaidon

Monograph of Swiss artist Nicolas Party set for February 2022 release

In February 2022, Phaidon will publish ‘Nicolas Party,’ a 160-page book on the acclaimed Swiss-born contemporary artist. Image courtesy of Phaidon

In February 2022, Phaidon will publish ‘Nicolas Party,’ a 160-page book on the acclaimed Swiss-born contemporary artist. Image courtesy of Phaidon

NEW YORK – Phaidon is delighted to announce Nicolas Party, the first comprehensive monograph to examine the artist’s career to date, to be published in February 2022. Swiss-born artist Nicolas Party (b. 1980-) is a figurative painter and sculptor whose color-saturated landscapes, portraits, and still lifes simultaneously celebrate and challenge representational conventions in the history of painting. At 41 years old, Party is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful artists working today, with exhibitions at the world’s leading institutions and auction records in excess of one million US dollars.

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A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sold December 9 in Dallas for $471,000 and a new world auction record for the book.

Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone book sets auction record at $471K

A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sold December 9 in Dallas for $471,000 and a new world auction record for the book.

A 1997 British first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in the Harry Potter series, sold December 9 in Dallas for $471,000 and a new world auction record.

DALLAS – A rare first edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sold December 9 at Heritage Auctions for $471,000, the highest price ever paid for the boy wizard’s debut in any form.

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On October 26, Simon & Schuster released ‘David Copperfield’s History of Magic,’ a 272-page hardcover that showcases his peerless collection of magic posters, apparatus, and ephemera. Image courtesy of Simon & Schuster

David Copperfield book offers glimpse of magic craft history

On October 26, Simon & Schuster released ‘David Copperfield’s History of Magic,’ a 272-page hardcover that showcases his peerless collection of magic posters, apparatus, and ephemera. Image courtesy of Simon & Schuster

On October 26, Simon & Schuster released ‘David Copperfield’s History of Magic,’ a 272-page hardcover that showcases his peerless collection of magic posters, apparatus, and ephemera. Image courtesy of Simon & Schuster

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The man who has made the Statue of Liberty vanish and walked through the Great Wall of China, strives to travel through time. Living in the moment won’t suffice for David Copperfield. This is true in his stage show at MGM Grand Theater, which employs black-and-white film clips depicting Copperfield’s father, and a time-worn, handwritten letter written decades ago. The illusionist’s zeal to span generations is celebrated on an even grander scale at his own private museum of magic in Las Vegas.

He’s dubbed it the David Copperfield International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, but passersby won’t find an elaborate sign outside, or any indication at all of what lies inside the 40,000-square-foot, one-time warehouse just a few miles from his eponymous theater where he performs 15 shows a week. While the secret museum has no windows, it offers a sweeping view of the history of magic. And despite its undeniable potential as a ticketed attraction, the museum has never been open to the public. But now Copperfield is offering the world its first glimpse of the vast trove of supernatural artifacts in his new 272-page hardbound book David Copperfield’s History of Magic.

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Cover of ‘A Life of Picasso: The Minotaur Years,’ by John Richardson, which debuts November 16. Image courtesy of Knopf

John Richardson’s final Picasso book arrives in November

Cover of ‘A Life of Picasso: The Minotaur Years,’ by John Richardson, which debuts November 16. Image courtesy of Knopf

Cover of ‘A Life of Picasso: The Minotaur Years,’ by John Richardson, which debuts November 16. Courtesy of Knopf

NEW YORK (AP) – In the fall of 2018, art historian John Richardson fell critically ill and died the following March, at age 95. He left behind a distinguished record as a critic, curator and biographer and questions about the fate of one of the art world’s longest awaited volumes, his fourth and final book on Pablo Picasso. Shelley Wanger, his editor at Alfred A. Knopf, explained during a recent interview that she and Richardson had been working “on a typed manuscript” that they would review together when she came to see him each week. By the time he was hospitalized, they had what she calls “essentially a finished manuscript,” save for end notes, illustrations and some additional research. Richardson’s A Life of Picasso: The Minotaur Years, which comes out Nov. 16, completes a project he began more than 30 years ago with The Prodigy and continued with The Cubist Rebel and The Triumphant Years.

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Kovels releases Antiques & Collectibles 2022 Price Guide

CLEVELAND –The 54th edition of the perennially popular Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel is now available online at Kovels.com and at booksellers nationwide. With more tips, more marks, and more prices than any other price guide on the market, Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2022 gives antiques enthusiasts the information they need to quickly identify and price finds, and to buy and sell more confidently.

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1816 first edition English copy of Ada Lovelace’s 'An Elementary Treatise on the Differential and Integral Calculus.' Image courtesy Manhattan Rare Book Company

1816 book shines light on Ada Lovelace, ‘first computer programmer’

1816 first edition English copy of Ada Lovelace’s 'An Elementary Treatise on the Differential and Integral Calculus.' Image courtesy Manhattan Rare Book Company

1816 first edition English copy of Ada Lovelace’s ‘An Elementary Treatise on the Differential and Integral Calculus.’ Image courtesy Manhattan Rare Book Company

NEW YORK – A historically significant first English edition of a French mathematical text from the personal library of Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), the renowned British scientist and mathematician (and daughter of the renowned poet Lord Byron) has appeared in the marketplace for private purchase. The book is especially significant in the context of Women’s History Month, as many may not realize that Lovelace is regarded as the world’s first computer programmer. Read more

David Hockney co-authors uplifting book during spring lockdown

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LONDON – On turning eighty, David Hockney sought out rustic tranquility for the first time: a place to watch the sunset and the change of the seasons, a place to live a life of simple pleasures, undisturbed and undistracted; a place to keep the madness of the world at bay. So, when COVID-19 and lockdown struck, it made little difference to life at La Grande Cour, the centuries-old Normandy farmhouse where Hockney set up a studio a year earlier, in time to paint the arrival of spring. In fact, he relished the enforced isolation as an opportunity for even greater devotion to his art.

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New book chronicles the lives of Van Gogh’s sisters

‘The Van Gogh Sisters’ by Willem-Jan Verlinden. Image courtesy of Thames & Hudson

NEW YORK – The Van Gogh Sisters, a compulsively readable biography of Vincent van Gogh’s three sisters, will be released April 20, 2021. Art historian Willem-Jan Verlinden draws on extensive research and previously unpublished letters and photographs from the family archives to write about Vincent Van Gogh’s sisters, whose stories have been largely neglected.

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New book chronicles 30 years of Ringo’s All Starrs

Ringo Starr is pictured on the cover of the new book titled ‘Ringo Rocks: 30 Years of the All Starrs.’ Jill Jarrett image

LOS ANGELES – It’s been three decades since Ringo Starr founded his All Starr supergroup and took the stage with some of rock ’n’ roll’s biggest luminaries. In celebration of this milestone, and just in time for the holiday season, a new limited-edition retrospective hardcover book titled Ringo Rocks: 30 Years of the All Starrs, will be sold online exclusively for $39.99 beginning Wednesday, Dec. 16, at juliensauctions.com.

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