Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winter Dog Days

Doggie day care. 4:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  Clear and very cold yesterday in New York with temperatures in the low 20s and high teens. Snow’s gone except for the darkened slush from the parking spaces.
Looking south on East End Avenue, last night at 10 p.m. Notice the red flaring on top of a new building by Robert A.M. Stern still in construction. It looks like flames and the flare moves like flames in the wind. The first time I saw it, I called the NYFD who showed up in less than 5 minutes. When they entered my apartment and stood on my terrace, they informed me that the "red" was from the lights on top of the building and the flaring was a result of the building's steam blowing around in the wind. I felt like an idiot having called them for this, and yet, even last night, it still looks like flames blowing in the wind.
Winter Dog Days. The Humane Society of New York sent me this dog and kitty blanket which is perfect bedcover for my three canine housemates. It looks very smart against my navy blue quilt. It also makes me laugh because it’s so cheerful, reminding me of how I feel about all the canines and felines I’ve known in my life.
I took the photo portrait of the three in residence yesterday afternoon although it is not easy to get them all to sit still and look at me for a millisecond. They are: Tobey – who is about two and a half years old and arrived about two years ago from Bide-a-Wee; Willy (center) and Rosemary joined us last April. Rose, who celebrated her second birthday on December 23rd, is the most difficult to get to sit-up and sit still.
When placed on a sofa or a bed, she tends to instantly lie on her back (wagging her tail) expecting some instant belly rubs. As you can see Tobey is always a little put out by Rose’s lack of posing cooperation. Willy, on the other hand just wishes he could get off the sofa, now.
Today is the last day for Crawford Doyle, the wonderful decades-old bookstore on Madison Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets. The owners, I was told, are retiring.
All books are 40% off.

I went in yesterday to see what I could find. And I found three: “Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir by Truman Capote; With the Lost Photographs of David Attie” (The Little Bookroom, publishers), with a photo of a very young (20s) and slender Truman leaning against a banister on a porch; “Age of Folly; America Abandons Its Democracy” by Lewis H. Lapham (Verso Publishers), and “Vigee Le Brun” by Joseph Baillio, Katharine Baetjer, and  Paul Lang, published by the Metropolitan Museum, about the great artist of the late 18th and early 19th century and one of the most important women artists of all time. Elisabeth Vigee Lebrun’s personal story, told in her “Memoirs of Madame Vigee Lebrun,” which I read long ago, is an exceptional story also. Portraitist of Marie Antoinette among others of the French court, she fled France on the eve of the French Revolution and traveled throughout Europe painting noble sitters in the courts of Naples, Austria, Prussia, and Russia – including Catherine the Great – returning to France twelve years later, under Emperor Napoleon in 1802. This book contains 90 paintings and pastels as well as essays by international scholars “addressing the ease with which this self-taught artist worked with monarchs, the nobility, court officials, and luminaries of arts and letters…”
Today, Tuesday, is the last day to peruse the exhibition of the Nelson Doubleday Jr. Collection at Doyle New York galleries at 175 East 87th Street (between Lex and Third). The auction is tomorrow, Wednesday, January 11th at 10 AM. If you are interested, you can bid online by clicking here.

Frank Nelson Doubleday.
Mr. Doubleday, who died in 2015, was the scion of the great book publishing family, Doubleday Publishing, which was founded by his grandfather Frank Nelson Doubleday in 1897. The publishing house brought many of the living masters of English literature of the late 19th and 20th centuries to the American audience.

Many of those authors became personal friends of the publisher and were frequently guests of the family estate in Oyster Bay. 

These included the World War I poetry of Rudyard Kipling, the novels of Joseph Conrad and W. Somerset Maugham, as well as the writing of T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) in the years between the two world wars. Many of the special presentation copies of the books that his grandfather published are in Mr. Doubleday’s collection for the sale. 
Nelson Doubleday Jr.
The first Mr. Doubleday was succeeded in the family business by Nelson Doubleday Sr. who printed many important post-War works such as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Crusade in Europe,” which had a signed copy of Eisenhower’s D-Day Order inserted in the deluxe edition. Among the treasured items in the sale are first editions, inscribed of Winston Churchill, O. Henry, Conrad, Madame Curie, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, Kipling, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Maugham, William Makepeace Thackeray, Robert Louis Stevenson, Booth Tarkington, Oscar Wilde, as well as a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible consisting of Luke 1:12 to 2.9 (1450-1455), a 1776 letter to the New York Committee of Safety signed by George Washington; three autographed letters signed John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay and Andrew Jackson.
A Noble Fragment being a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible 1450-1455
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Estimate: $600 - $900
CONRAD, JOSEPH Almayer's Folly
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
DICKENS, CHARLES David Copperfield
Bradbury & Evans, 1850. First edition
Estimate: $500 - $800
[AMERICAN REVOLUTION] WASHINGTON, GEORGE. Important 1776 letter signed to the New York Committee of Safety
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
In 1986, Mr. Doubleday sold the publishing house to Bertelsmann and became majority owner of the New York Mets. His family had initially acquired a stake in the team in 1980 from the family of Joan Whitney Payson who was one of the founders. If you’re a baseball fan you may recall that in 1986 the famously last place team won the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Among the auction items are memorabilia including the Gold New York Mets 2000 National League Championship Ring, a large group of Met ephemera including a large quantity of Boston Red Sox 1995 ALCSW tickets in Lucite and engraved: “Oops,” a sterling silver  baseball presented to Doubleday from co-owner Fred Wilpon, and many other items for the baseball fans, as well.
Gold New York Mets 2000 National League Championship Ring
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
New York Mets An interesting group of the owner's memorabilia
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Mr. Doubleday was also an avid yachtsman all his life, and his love of sailing resulted in a large and splendid collection of nautical paintings including Anglo-American  painter James Butterworth and Montague Dawson who is regarded as the finest sea painter of the 20th century, all of which go up for bidding.
James Edward Buttersworth
Yacht Racing Off Sandy Hook, circa 1877
Estimate: $200,000 - $300,000
Montague Dawson
Two Clippers - Nocturne
Estimate: $150,000 - $300,000
Montague Dawson
A Stiff Breeze
Estimate: $100,000 - $250,000
Eugene Boudin
Honfleur, Bateaux Echoues Pres du Rivage, 1873
Estimate: $80,000 - $150,000
All of the above and much more are part of this magnificent collection including many items from the Doubleday house on Long Island which was graciously appointed with Georgian furniture, decorations, silver, china, porcelains, and many other personal items — such as watches — all part of this auction — a fabulous treasure trove.
The Doubleday house on Long Island ...

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