William Spratling and William Faulkner,
Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles:
A Gallery of Contemporary New Orleans
@ New Orleans Auction Galleries
801 Magazine St., New Orleans, La.
Fri. April 19
A special copy of a rare and fragile book described by The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans as "one of the great literary curiosities in the city's history." The book comprises Spartling's drawings of himself, Faulkner, and 41 of their acquaintances-artists, musicians, academics, preservationists, and socialites, "artful and crafty ones of French Quarter" with some of their uptown friends and patrons. One was novelist Sherwood Anderson, and Faulkner's introduction parodies Anderson's style. This copy belonged originally to Stella Lengsfield Lazard (Mrs. Henry Calme Lazard), who was herself on the fringes of the circle. It is uniquely valuable because it is signed, often with personal notes to Mrs. Lazard, by 41 of the 43 persons included- all except Faulkner and artist Ronald Hargrave. (We can only speculate about Faulkner's absence, but Hargrave had decamped to Majorca before the book was published). Forty-one signatures is a record unlikely to be surpassed: the highest number I'd encountered before was 31, in a copy now missing. -- John Shelton Reed, author of Dixie Bohemia:
A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s.
William Spratling and William Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles: A Gallery of Contemporary New Orleans, published by Pelican Bookshop Press, New Orleans, 1926, first edition, first issue, number 217 of 250, bound in green boards, with label on front cover, interior of back cover with a label printed "Rebound in L'ATELIER Le Loup" and dated in ink "1986".
Provenance: From the collection of Stephanie Durant, by descent from the collection of Ray Samuel.
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Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art thanks Stephanie Durant and the New Orleans Auction Gallery for their generous support. Thanks to the generosity of the author John Shelton Reed, the highest bidder will receive a signed copy of his book Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s.
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The sale is April 19-April 21, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Friday session starts at 2pm, Saturday and Sunday at 10am.
The book will be auctioned off on Friday, April 19.
Exhibition starts April 6 and runs through April 18. Exhibition hours are 9am-5pm (Excluding Sunday). April 18 is the evening preview from 5pm to 8pm.
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