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
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.Continue reading

David Hockney co-authors uplifting book during spring lockdown

Image courtesy of Thames & Hudson

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 Art historian Willem-Jan Verlinden draws on extensive research and previously unpublished letters and photographs from the family archives to write about Vincent Van Gogh’s sisters, whose stories have been largely neglected.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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Rare photos from punk music era in new coffee table book

Members of the British punk-rock band The Clash — L to R: Nicky “Topper” Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Joe Strummer — pose for a portrait backstage in Boston, Massachusetts on May 05, 1981. Photo by Michael Grecco

LOS ANGELES – In the very non-socially-distanced late 1970s, punk rock music grew and morphed into post-punk and new wave movements that prevailed into the 1990s. Back then, fine art, editorial and celebrity portrait photographer Michael Grecco – based in Los Angeles since 1988 – was a working photojournalist, shooting shows in Boston and New York almost nightly. His was a rare opportunity to embed himself in this revolutionary scene from the beginning, as a chronicler and participant – a self-described “club kid.” This previously unseen body of work comprises Grecco’s new book, Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978–1991 (PPPNW) (Abrams Books, ISBN: 978-1-4197-4854-7).

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Ai Weiwei’s book on refugee crisis to be published Dec. 1

The cover of Ai Weiwei’s book, which will be published Dec. 1. Image courtesy of Princeton University Press

PRINCETON, N.J. – In the course of making Human Flow, artist Ai Weiwei’s feature documentary about the global refugee crisis, he and his collaborators interviewed more than 600 refugees, aid workers, politicians, activists, doctors, and local authorities in 23 countries around the world. Ai Weiwei’s book, Human Flow: Stories from the Global Refugee Crisis, which will be released on Dec. 1, presents 100 of these conversations in their entirety.

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50th anniversary reprint of Overstreet Comic Price Guide #1 set for Feb. 2021  

Cover of the 50th anniversary facsimile edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #1, available Feb. 24, 2021. Image courtesy of Gemstone Publishing

HUNT VALLEY, Md. – As the 50th anniversary of Overstreet continues, 2021 will bring another golden anniversary. The rare blue cover edition, the second printing of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #1, is being reissued as a facsimile edition that will hit comic shops February 24, 2021.

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Newly released: Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2021

Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2021 by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel (Black Dog & Leventhal, ISBN: 9780762497461) contains 592 pages and is priced at $29.99.

NEW YORK – Around this time every year, antiques and collectibles fans look forward to adding the new edition of Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide to their reference libraries. The Kovels are, quite simply, the most trusted source for both the casual and expert collector, and their price guides are considered essential tools toward building or increasing a knowledge base. The 53rd edition (2021) of Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel (Black Dog & Leventhal) is now available, and it’s packed 11,500 descriptions and carefully researched prices, and 3,000 full-color photographs. It also features exceptionally well-organized, wide-ranging, and up-to-the-minute information, and includes more tips, marks, logos, and photographs than any other competitive title.

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Haring-isms is latest in series of books compiling artists’ quotes

Haring-isms, by Keith Haring, edited by Larry Warsh, small-format hardcover, 168 pages. Princeton University Press. $12.95

PRINCETON, N.J. – Set for publication on September 29, Haring-isms is a collection of essential quotations from creative thinker and legendary artist Keith Haring. Gathered from Haring’s journals and interviews, the lively quotes included in the book reveal his influences and thoughts on a variety of topics, including birth and death, possibility and uncertainty, and difference and conformity. They demonstrate Haring’s deep engagement with subjects outside of the art world and his outspoken commitment to activism. Taken together, this selection reflects Haring’s distinctive voice and reminds us why his work continues to resonate with fans around the globe.

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‘Button Power’ explores how pin-back buttons have reflected American culture

Cover of the new book Button Power by Christen Carter and Ted Hake, which goes on sale October 13, 2020

 NEW YORK – With an itinerary that journeys through campaign rallies, rock concerts and pivotal events of our time, Button Power (Princeton Architectural Press; on-sale October 13, 2020; ISBN: 9781616898700) documents a people’s history of American culture as seen through the pin-back button. Lively commentary from two of America’s foremost button experts, Christen Carter and Ted Hake, explores how the small-but-powerful button has inspired, amused, and captured the spirit of events and movements that reflected society and changed history.

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