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Friday, August 22, 2008

The First-Ever Seattle Art Museum Book Sale

posted by on August 22 at 10:32 AM

An ancestor of Stephen Colbert (see the resemblance?): a bust of Jean-Baptiste Colbert by Antoine Coysevox, 1677

Most people don’t even know that museums have libraries, and they contain treasures. Seattle Art Museum is no exception, and this Saturday from noon to 5, it’s hosting its first-ever book sale—on the lower level of the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

I was curious about what’s going to be for sale, so I called SAM librarian Traci Timmons, and she gave me the scoop.

Among the gems:
• The three-volume set “French Sculptors of the 17th and 18th Centuries,” by Francois Souchal, published in 1987. Retails for $400; SAM price: $200.
• The rare “New Works by Claes Oldenburg” catalog from a show at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York in 1970. SAM price: $10.
• A Sam Durant catalog with an essay by SAM curator Michael Darling from 2002. SAM price: $15.
• Asian material galore, including “The Book of Snuff and Snuff Boxes” by Matton Curtis, a rare book from 1935. SAM price: $10.

In addition to art books from every period and style that SAM collects, exhibition posters and K-12 art education materials will be for sale.

SAM will take cash, check, and credit cards. Full details here.

I’ll fight you for some of this stuff.

Mmm… snuff boxes.

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You would have think SAM would have informed their member of the sale! That's gratitude!

Posted by Lloyd Cooney | August 22, 2008 10:38 AM

Oh my god! This is awesome. Thanks for the heads up!

Posted by JM | August 22, 2008 10:40 AM

You don't need to fight with us for the books. You need to fight with the book scouts who will scoop up an entire table and look up the values of the books while you get nothing.

Posted by stinkbug | August 22, 2008 10:57 AM

It's true. They have gizmos now that scan and instantly value books (see If you're old-fashioned you can look them up on Abebooks with your iPhone, too.

Posted by Fnarf | August 22, 2008 11:30 AM

Oh my god! I want to be there, but I'm ... way across the country. In another country.

Posted by Gloria | August 22, 2008 12:06 PM

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