National Book Auctions


Whether you’re new to the world of book and ephemera collecting, or a seasoned veteran, you will find opportunity at National Book Auctions. We realized some time ago that books and collectible paper are not only rewarding materials to study and acquire, they are also excellent investment vehicles.

Early Book AuctionThe arrival of the internet radically changed the world of used, rare and collectible books, to a degree unparalleled in any other collecting category. Already, staggering appreciation has been realized in many genres of books and the growth continues, gaining steam in many sectors. Investing in books and ephemera is gaining in popularity because they carry very low holding costs, are very durable relative to other collectibles, are economically resilient, and their content is compelling both from aesthetic and scholarly perspectives.

Ways in which you can bid (Absentee Bid form will launch PDF file):


National Book Auctions is first and foremost, a live auction gallery (located in Freeville, NY) and all our events are open to the public. Many bidders also choose to bid over the internet (via, by telephone (toll-free/minimum bid required) and by placing absentee bids directly with the gallery. We provide a safe, reliable bidding environment where all client information is secure and all items are guaranteed to be as described. We have shipped hundreds of thousands of books over the years and we take care to pack our items well, using the same proven methods whether we’re mailing to Massachusetts or Mozambique.

Our auctions are engaging opportunities to invest in long-sought items, and you’ll find intriguing items that you didn’t even know existed. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about exploring the world of collecting books and ephemera, contact us. This pursuit is fun, rewarding (both personally and financially) and presents rare opportunity for you to own pieces of history. Before long, most of these items will be under glass or secured in private collections, don’t be left behind!


Several methods are available for bidding at National Book Auctions. Naturally, we hope you will attend our live auction in Freeville, but for those who cannot, we offer alternative (absentee) bidding methods. Absentee bids may be registered via email, phone or fax, and through

If you prefer not to use online bidding, email or call us directly to register your bids. Phone bids open at a minimum of $200.00. Remember to allow enough time for registration and receipt of your bids before auction start. We request a credit card number for absentee bid registration, and will authorize it for an amount equal to half the total of your bids, on the morning of the auction. If you like, we can also bill that same card at the end of the auction for your successful bids. To bid online, visit our homepage on Invaluable and view our auction catalogs as they become available for bidding. There is a 2.5% additional buyer’s premium for absentee bids (total 20%), 5% additional premium for bidding through Invaluable (total 25%).


Credit Cards AcceptedPayment for won items is due within ten days of auction close. Money orders, certified check, bank transfer and cash are accepted, and Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit cards are processed directly through our gallery by calling us at 607-269-0101. If we do not receive payment arrangements within ten days of the auction close, we reserve the right to bill the credit card placed on file when you registered for our auction. Paypal is welcome, please use the email address for Paypal payments. Checks are accepted, we reserve the right to hold shipment until check funds have cleared (time frames vary).

Please mail checks or money orders to: National Book Auctions, 2085 Dryden Road (Route 13) Freeville, NY 13068.

Note to international buyers: payments must be in the form of a money order or bank transfer in U.S. funds, or by Paypal. Checks with international routing numbers are not accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: Invoices not paid within 10 days of the auction date will be subject to a 3% late charge, plus 3% per week thereafter for as long as complete invoice payment has not been received.



At National Book Auctions, shipping is the final step of our complete solution.

After each auction, lots are organized by buyer and once payment is received, they are safely packed and promptly shipped out. In most cases, we ship through the United States Postal Service. Media Mail is a great way to move small or large quantities of books throughout the country; it is efficient, reliable, and comes at a minimum cost to the buyer.

However, only bound material can be shipped using Media Mail, we usually use USPS Priority Mail for other items. For international buyers, USPS Priority Mail International is our preferred method.

We are proud to offer in-house shipping as part of our auction process and we take that responsibility very seriously. We pack all shipments to a high standard of protection, ensuring that when received by the high bidder, all items are in the same condition as when offered at the auction. We also strive to recycle shipping materials when possible. At National Book Auctions, we love books and collectible paper as much as you do.

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