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Auction Date: January 3, 2016

Thank you for visiting National Book Auctions. We are excited to give you a sneak preview into our January 3rd auction catalog! This auction will feature a fine selection of antiquarian books, cartography, and ephemera. Did you miss the copious assortment of Maurice Sendak signed posters in our December 13th auction? Don’t worry; we have more! Take a peek below at some of the interesting lots coming up on January 3rd!

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Copper Plates by Albert Sterner

This lot includes the group of original two copper plates by Albert Sterner (sample shown). One plate offers an image of a fallen winged male figure, with two other such figures standing in the background, leaning forward, with expressions of concern. The figure sitting on the ground holds his head in his left hand, with an expression of sorrow on his face. The second plate portrays a nude woman embracing and kissing a swan.

Single Copper Plate by Albert Sterner

This lot includes the original copper plate by Albert Sterner. This plate depicts two men boxing, in a clinch.


This handsome antique set has been rebound in later brown cloth, with antique gilt-lettered spine labels attached to the spines. The covers show very light shelfwear The labels display minor chipping. The bindings are firm. These volumes have gilt top edges. A previous owner's name and the date 1928 appear in the upper outside corner of the front flyleaves. The interiors are otherwise clean and bright. This work is illustrated with engraved frontispiece plates, with tissue guards, and additional plates, including numerous maps.

German Art Nouveau / Jugendstil

These are volumes 1-3, 5-20, and 26-32 of a 70-volume run of this German-language decorative arts periodical. The subtitle in the first volume reads "Illustrirte Monatshefte zur Forderung deutscher Kunst und Formensprache in neuzeitlich. Auffassung aus Deutschland, Schweiz, den Deutsch sprechenden Landern Osterreich-Ungarns, den Niederlanden und skandinavischen Landern," the final volume "Illustrierte Monatshefte fur moderne Malerei, Plastik, Architektur, Wohunungs-Kunst und kunstlerische Frauenarbeiten." Each volume is bound in quarter olive green cloth and printed paper-covered boards with cloth-covered corners. The spines have stamped gilt lettering. The books display varying degrees of external wear, with moisture markings at the top of several spines and top edges. The covers display light soiling. Minor loss of material may occur at the outside corners of the boards. The bindings are sound. The interiors are clean and without markings. Each volume is lavishly illustrated with a small number of color plates, photographic plates, and many textual illustrations.


This antique set is bound in half leather and marbled paper-covered boards. The spines have raised bands and gilt-lettered red leather labels. The books show external wear, with rubbing and scuffing to the covers. The spines display chipping, with loss visible at the bottom of the spine. These volumes have marbled edges and endpapers. The pages are clean and without markings. This work is illustrated with 150 steel- and wood-engraved plates, including tissue-guarded frontispieces.

Isaac Asimov FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE 1952 First State

This is a scarce first state of the first edition of this landmark Asimov title. The volume is bound in red cloth, with black lettering to the spine and a pictorial design in black depicting a nebula on the front cover. The book shows light shelfwear. The binding is firm. The interior is clean and without markings. The intact illustrated dust jacket, with the price of $2.75 on the front flap, displays light shelfwear, with a minor closed tear at the tip of the upper right corner of the front panel and very minor loss at the lower right corner of the rear panel. This is a first state jacket with 26 titles listed in rear panel advertisement. The jacket design is by American pulp magazine illustrator Edd Cartier.

Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to the National Book Auctions gift giving guide for the 2015 holiday season! Just in time for Christmas, our December 13th live/online auction will feature a large and well preserved collection of posters, books and artwork by renowned author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak. Each piece has been meticulously cared for and most have original signatures. Please read on to see a sampling of this collection and subscribe to our mailing list for easy access to our online catalogue right from your inbox.

Lot 9245: Love For Three Oranges, 1982

This artist-signed poster measures approximately 19" x 15". The image depicts a commedia-masked man caressing a similarly-masked woman in a large hat and voluminous but revealing dress. At the side of the steps on which they stand appears the legend "Theatre Tiepolo," and on top, two thin dogs stand before several orange trees. The bright colors effectively transmit the mood of joyful ribaldry.

Lot 9279: Where The Wild Things Are, c1963

The dimensions of this artist-signed poster are approximately 24" x 11". The image shows three tired Wild Things leaning against trees while the crowned Max sits inside a small tent facing outward. The background shows a reddish sunset glow.

Lot 9285: Penthisilea, 1998

The dimensions of this poster are approximately 25" x 19". The space is divided into twelve smaller panels, each measuring 3 1/4" x 5 3/4 inches, depicting separate episodes from Heinrich von Kleist's tragedy "Penthisilea." The scenes depicted are often violent or titillating, and each panel is crowded with detail.

Lot 9253: Freedom To Read, 1991 WITH 39 CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPHS

This artist-signed poster measures approximately 22" x 30". This version is approximately 9" x 11". The image depicts Mickey, the protagonist of "In the Night Kitchen" riding an airplane made of dough while reading "Oliver Twist." Below are outsized kitchen containers bearing titles such as "Catcher in the Rye," "Native Son," and "The Grapes of Wrath." Lewis Carroll's Alice reads from a book with a rabbit on the back, presumably her own adventures. Surrounding the image are 39 pencil autographs of many notables, including playwright Beth Henley, feminist Gloria Steinem, author John Rechy, "Doonsbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau, author Malcolm Boyd, "Law and Order" actor S. Epatha Merkerson, author Leo Buscaglia, Grateful Dead drummer Micky Hart, actor Mariette Hartley, and playwright Neil Simon.

Lot 9255: PINCUS AND THE PIG, 2004

The dimensions of this artist-signed limited-number print are approximately 18" x 12". The image depicts various characters from "Pincus and the Pig," Maurice Sendak's 2004 retelling of "Peter and the Wolf" done in collaboration with Glenn Dickson. These include the title character, an anthropomorphized pig named Chozzer, a duck, bird, and cat, and three Cossacks. The colors of the characters are positively luminous against an elegant cream background.


This artist-signed poster measures approximately 24" x 15". The image depicts Max, the protagonist of "Where the Wild Things Are" wearing a crown and a wolf costume, riding the second of five Wild Things in a parade. The Wild Things are in different dancing attitudes, and the mood of the piece is exuberant celebration.


This artist-signed poster measures approximately 24" x 15". The image shows Max, the protagonist of "Where the Wild Things Are," crowned and wearing a wolf costume, swinging from a tree branch, in the company of four of the Wild Things. The piece radiates happiness and whimsy.

Lot 9099: ME AND MICKEY, 1981

This image (Hanrahan C10, marked as "scarce") shows a self-portrait of the artist waving and smiling at a mirror, which displays a full-sized Mickey Mouse waving back. The detail on the artist's face is extraordinary. Under the image at the very bottom appears a long statement on the image's history, Disney's permission to use Mickey Mouse, and other matters. The artist's signature appears at the left under the mirror, and the limiting statement "378/500" appears under the artist's left foot. The image was first used in a 1978 "TV Guide" accompanying an article by the artist celebrating the 1928 birth year of both the artist and Mickey Mouse (in "Steamboat Willie").

Lot 9104: OUTSIDE OVER THERE, 1981

This piece (Hanrahan C9) depicts a woman and child dressed in nineteenth-century clothing gazing out over a rocky shore. The child holds an infant who gazes at the viewer. The arrangement of the ships at sea unmistakably refers to Caspar David Friedrich's 1835 painting "The Stages of Life." Centered under the image appears the large-print text "OUTSIDE OVER THERE / MAURICE SENDAK." In smaller print at the bottom the text

National Book Auctions October Auction Recap

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted a Sunday, October 23rd auction featuring a broad spectrum of rare antique and vintage books, as well as a fine array of artwork and ephemera. Highlights of this auction included several personal libraries of scholarly books relating to literature and philosophy, as well as a large estate collection of art and architecture-related reference books, many in large folio formats. This 428-lot auction also featured manuscript leaves dating back to the 15th century as well as early hand-colored botanical and ichthyological plates.

A complete ten-volume set of “The Works of Cicero” achieved a hammer price of $3120.00 (including buyer’s premium). This extremely rare set was printed during the years 1546 through 1567 by Sebastian Gryphius of Lyon. Gryphius was the most prolific printer in France during the most fertile period of French Renaissance humanism. This set is bound in 17th century French calf with gilt tooling, with labels and raised bands on the spines, and marbled page edges and endpapers. There were no auction records on file of this complete set coming to market previously.

Two original marble sculptures by Masayuki Nagare fetched hammer prices of $1020.00 and $900.00 (including buyer’s premium). Nagare is a celebrated Japanese sculptor whose pieces can be found in focal international settings including an impressive example that stood in the plaza of the World Trade Center buildings before they were destroyed.

Realizing a hammer price of $900.00 (including buyer’s premium) was a group of artwork by Hungarian painter, photographer and Bauhaus professor Laszlo Maholy-Nagy. This lot featured two exhibition posters, one of the 1923 painting "Sur Fond Blanc," held by the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, as well as a reproduction of the 1924 "Composition Axx" from the Musee Pompidou in Paris. Paired with the exhibition posters was a mixed media piece of artwork bearing the artist's stamped name over the signature of Hattula Maholy-Nagy, the artist's daughter and the executor of his estate.

National Book Auctions September Auction Recap

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted a Sunday, September 11th auction featuring a broad assortment of collectible books and ephemera, highlighted by the works of notable authors such as Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton. The 404-lot auction also featured a collection of rare antique atlases, antique Victorian lithographs, and items relating to the Civil War.

A scarce memorial edition of “The Writings of Mark Twain” (1929) fetched a hammer price of $8700 (including buyer’s premium). This 36-volume set features a unique, original handwritten manuscript page from the Estate of Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) in Volume One. This handsome set is decoratively bound in three-quarter crimson leather over light red cloth with five raised spine bands and gilt tooling in the compartments. The set is hand-numbered 56 of 90 sets containing the manuscript material and signed by the publisher.

Realizing a hammer price of $1080 (including buyer’s premium) was the first edition of “The Private Life of Benjamin Franklin” (1793). This antique volume is a scarce autobiographical work, considered to be the greatest autobiography produced in Colonial America.

Another noteworthy item was an original period or early engraving by (or after) Rembrandt, which fetched a hammer price of $1020 (including buyer’s premium). This piece, which features a woman holding a flower, shows a magnificent level of detail.

A vintage first edition of Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat In The Hat” (1957) brought a hammer price of $960.00 (including buyer’s premium). This copy of the landmark children’s book included the first issue dust jacket.

The Plays of William Shakespeare featured in August 14, 2011 Auction

Bound in decorative full leather featuring gilt tooling and raised spine bands, this antique set is a gorgeous work of Shakespeare’s plays in eight volumes, containing the notes of Samuel Johnson and various other commentators.

"The Plays of William Shakespeare" was an 18th-century edition of the dramatic works of William Shakespeare, edited by Samuel Johnson and George Stevens. Johnson announced his intention to edit Shakespeare's plays in his "Miscellaneous Observations on Macbeth" (1745), and a full proposal for the edition was published in 1756. The edition was finally published in 1765.

In the "Preface" to his edition, Johnson justifies trying to determine the original language of the Shakespearean plays. To benefit the reading audience, he added explanatory notes to various passages. Later editors followed Johnson's lead and sought to determine an authoritative text of Shakespeare. (history courtesy of Wikipedia)

The work is illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare in the first volume. Johnson's preface in the first volume is paginated, indicating that this is a later issue of the first edition. Volumes two through eight contain half-title pages, as issued, and all volumes contain a full title page. The volumes contain several plays, each of which is preceded by a half-title page. These volumes are in the original or period bindings. Estimated value: $3,00.

National Book Auctions to Offer Cash Advance

CASH ADVANCE![ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, announced this month their exclusive Cash Advance Program, allowing new consigners to secure funds on their collection of books, ephemera, artwork or stamps in advance of the live auction. This new consigner Cash Advance Program is available on any qualified consignment and gives new consigners security for their material at the time of consignment.

“We are pleased to now offer cash advances to new consigners,” stated David Hall, company owner and Business Manager. “In working with these new consignments — with available cash advances, we are able to create and market more robust catalogs of collectible books and ephemera. Our consigners requested instant access to cash and we responded.”

By partnering with National Book Auctions, consigners will have access to the equity in their collection before the live auction. The exact amount of the advance is based on a percentage of the estimated value of a collection and is left to the discretion of National Book Auctions cataloging and research department. There is more information on the program on the National Book Auctions website, or by calling the gallery.

For more information or to consign collectible material please contact David Hall, Business Manager, at 607-269-0101 or email

Auction house gives rare books a second look
By: Tamara Lindstrom

ITHACA, N.Y. -- For David Hall, it's easy to see why collectors are passionate about his wares.

"The amount of experience that's packed into an inch and a half of leaves of paper is pretty staggering."

It's an experience that some are willing to bid thousands on. Hall started National Book Auctions in Ithaca to help sort through the countless manuscripts cluttering attics or forgotten on shelves. Hall and his team travel the county and even the world in search of books. And like any good adventure, sometimes he finds a buried treasure.

"It happened three times that I bought books that ended up being worth over ten thousand dollars each and I paid less than fifty dollars for any of those books," Hall said.

And sometimes there's more than numbered pages behind the cover.

"One of my staff was handling it and prepared to price it for a couple of dollars in our online database," Hall said. "And I heard this little squeal from across the room. And about four pages from the back of the book, she found a letter from Albert Einstein, with his original signature right on it."

But Hall said the surprise finds show just how much people need advocates when it comes to selling their books.

"Even if you've been working with general antiques for decades, if you walk into a room with two thousand books, you probably have to look up half of them to know what you're dealing with."

So the auction house works on consignment to get book sellers the best deal, and bring book lovers a tangible bit of history.

"It's difficult to own a fifteenth century piece of porcelain," Hall said. "It's not that difficult to own a fifteenth century book."

To some, a piece of art that's worth its weight in gold.

National Book Auctions Hosted May Auction

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY hosted a mid-May auction that featured a wide assortment of presidential material, nautical-themed books and signed firsts. Among the featured items was a 1919 signed three-volume limited edition set of Rudyard Kipling’s “Verse” which sold for $2,091 (including buyer’s premium). Bound in vellum with bright gilt embossing on the boards and spine and in navy blue, this limited edition set is a collection of works by acclaimed author Rudyard Kipling known as the "Inclusive Edition," with the author's signature on the limitation page of each volume. This set was numbered 90 of the small printing run of 100 copies.

A 1938 original charcoal and pencil Nazi-themed cartoon by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rollin Kirby sold for $1,023 (including buyer’s premium) was also offered during the 480-lot auction. The 18” X 14” cartoon had a handwritten title at the top, "Via Dolorosa," and features a Nazi soldier following a Jew down a desolate road. The soldier is holding papers with "political rights", "Jewish property rights", "human rights" and "religious rights" written on them.

Two separate signed copies of “Profiles in Courage” by John F. Kennedy were offered; one edition signed by then-Senator John F. Kennedy and a later Memorial Edition (1964) signed by Rose and Ted Kennedy. The 1956 author-signed copy had a realized hammer price of $1,599 (including buyer’s premium) and featured the former President’s signature on the blank free page in the front of this landmark book.

An author-signed copy of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” sold for $3,567 (including buyer’s premium) and included the original dust jacket, custom slipcase and a tipped-in page signed by Lee.

Dan Cole Wins "Jok of the Year"

Dan Cole (pictured right), Director of Operations at National Book Auctions, won the 2010-2011 "Jok of the Year" Award during the WVBR Banquet held at Rouge's Harbor Restaurant in Lansing, NY. In addition to his regular duties at National Book Auctions, Dan is also a radio disk jockey and hosts the popular "Tuesdays With the Band," featuring local and regional musicians on a weekly basis. You can listen to Dan Cole on 93.5 FM or online at

[PHOTO: Mark Anbinder]

National Book Auctions Hosted April Auction

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY hosted a mid-April auction that featured a second round of early MacKenzie-Childs ceramics alongside a wide assortment of collectible books and ephemera including a 1722 first printing of Daniel Defoe’s “Journal of the Plague Year” which sold to an online high bidder for $2,520 (including buyer’s premium). The second round of MacKenzie-Childs realized an aggregate hammer price in excess of $11,000 and included signature “tuffets,” which are the Aurora, NY-based company’s stuffed stools with decorative ceramic legs.

Among the collectible books sold to the record-sized audience was a 24-volume set of “The Works of George Eliot.” Bound in marbled paper with three-quarter crimson leather, raised spine bands and bright gilt embossing, this antique set is the limited Arbury Edition, numbered 302 of 1,000. These handsome volumes fetched $1,560 (including buyer’s premium).

An impressive assortment of other decorative sets were featured at the five-hour auction including a 12-volume set of Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote De la Mancha (1798) which realized a $1,380 hammer price (including buyer’s premium) and included many engraved illustrations with tissue-paper guard sheets.

A single copy of Publius’ “The Federalist” (1802) sold for $1,700 (including buyer’s premium) and was among numerous other important single books profiled at the gallery.
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“To Kill A Mockingbird” Leads at March Auction

To Kill a Mockingbird[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, held a March 20th auction with over 400 lots of collectible books, ephemera and artwork including numerous signed first editions, Pulitzer prize-winning novels and an eclectic assortment of collectible pottery and dinnerware from Aurora, NY-based MacKenzie-Childs.

Of particular interest was a signed first edition of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (J. B. Lippincott Company, 1960). This rare book, in its original dust jacket, is arguably the most important American modern classic. The authenticated Harper Lee signature appeared on the blank leaf between the front free endpaper and the half-title page. The copy featured the first printing dust jacket identification points including the quote from Truman Capote in green at the top of the front flap, the lack of a printing statement on the lower left of the front flap, and the Truman Capote photograph on the rear. This variant first printing dust jacket shows the Grau/McGinley quotes on the rear flap, features which contributed to it’s $6,500 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium)

Also at the late March auction was a first edition copy of John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy Of Dunces” (1980) which fetched a $1,200 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium) and a rare copy of Upton Sinclair’s “Dragon’s Teeth” (1942). The Author-Published advance copy realized a $325 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium) and featured a crimson cloth binding with bright white lettering on the spine and front board. Other signed first editions and Pulitzer titles were also sold during the five-hour event.

The hammer price across all MacKenzie-Childs material exceeded $11,500 (plus buyer’s premium) and ran the gamut from dinnerware to lamps and from miniature to tables. These early offerings featured many discontinued patterns and products, attributes that contributed to their collectability. National Book Auctions announced this week that they will feature more early MacKenzie-Childs pieces in their upcoming April 17th auction.

National Book Auctions is a targeted auction service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. National Book Auctions is now developing new catalogs for the next year featuring collectible books, art, currency and ephemera and is now seeking new consignments. For more information, please contact David Hall at 607-269-0101 or email

Early MacKenzie-Childs Pieces Offered at Auction

MacKenzie-Childs[Ithaca NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a special collectible book, art and ephemera auction that features a large collection of original MacKenzie-Childs ceramic and glass pieces. Many of the items are rare, discontinued pieces from the earlier of days of the company, when Richard and Victoria were at the helm of the Aurora-based company. The Sunday, March 20th auction will begin at noon with a 10 a.m. preview session.

This eclectic collection ranges from tableware to glassware to glass-top tables and is being sold as part of a local estate belonging to a former MacKenzie-Childs staff member. The group profiles many of the earlier designs created by Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs and a number of the designs, patterns and pieces have long been out of production, adding to their collectable importance.

Since 1983, MacKenzie-Childs has made handcrafted, American-made ceramics, each piece a one-of-a-kind collectible, at its facility in Aurora, New York in the Finger Lakes Region. Founded by Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs, the company continues a tradition of hand-made ceramics to this day, with every piece molded by hand, machine-pressed, or slip cast, fired up to three times, hand-glazed, and decorated. The brand is best known for distinctive designs which combine vibrant colors and pattern-on-pattern surface decoration to create a fresh, original aesthetic best described as "tradition with a twist."

MacKenzie-Childs, located in Aurora, NY, continues to produce their one-of-a-kind pottery, glassware, accessories and furnishings today and this auction features the rare, collectible beginnings of the world-renowned company. Today, relatives of MacKenzie-Childs operate “Home Again Bed and Breakfast / Boutique,” from the family’s estate located on Route 90 outside of Aurora and showcases the unique work for the next generation.

UPDATE: More early MacKenzie-Childs being cataloged for the Sunday, April 17th auction.

National Book Auctions Hosted February Auction

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted an auction on February 27, 2010 at their Finger Lakes Region gallery. The auction featured an assortment of historic Polar/Artic-themed titles, art reference books, first editions and a wide assortment of militaria collectibles.

Among the various war collectible items and uniforms, there was a strong offering of ephemera and photographs from both World Wars. One such collection featured a group of approximately 300 World War I publicity photos depicting a variety of images, including ships, planes, trains, trench scenes, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., Eddie Rickenbacker and a Colt manufacturing plant, among others. The photos were accompanied by a handwritten inventory (modern) and a period handwritten table detailing the photos' distribution. The collection sold for $615 (including buyer’s premium).

Alongside multiple volumes of art reference titles and original artwork, a vintage copy of Lewis Baltz’s “THE NEW INDUSTRIAL PARKS NEAR IRVINE, CALIFORNIA” (1974 first printing, first edition with dust jacket) realized a $676.50 hammer price early on in the four-hour auction.

A first edition of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” fetched a $399 hammer price (including buyer’s premium) and a multi-volume first-edition collection of Little Golden Books sold for $250 (including buyer’s premium).

NEWS: National Book Auctions featured in January 17, 2011 Ithaca Journal

Militaria and Polar Exploration Meet at Auction

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will feature at their Sunday, February 27 auction an assortment of military-related material, scholarly art reference books, polar exploration titles, and a number of other notable books, including several botany-related titles.

Featured in this auctoin is an eclectic collection of militaria, including antique and vintage uniforms, books, ephemera and other memorabilia. Among items in this collection are original WWI and WWII army and air force jackets, pants, helmets, and other gear, as well as authentic patches and insignia. Complementing this collection are several important military-related books, featuring an 1862 first edition of the “History of the United States Naval Academy” and an 1825 report on the court martial of Commodore David Porter, and a variety of antique titles concerning the Civil War. Ephemera in this group includes original correspondence to and from soldiers during World War II and photographs of German Nazi soldiers and Japanese soldiers, among other items.

The art reference titles feature works such as the first printing of the vintage work “The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine, California,” an influential work on landscape photography. Other important works include a six-volume set on the paintings of Rembrandt with over 2,000 plates of the painter’s work, a 1931 first edition German catalog of artwork in the Berlin Museum, and “Les Marques De Collections De Dessins & D'Estampes,” an important 1921 French work identifying collector's marks used by museum and private collectors.

The polar exploration titles in this auction chronicle the history of nineteenth and early twentieth century journeys to the North & South poles. The works in this collection detail the expeditions of A. W. Greely through items such as the 1884 pamphlet “The Greely Arctic Expedition,” by Peary, an 1898 first edition of “Northward Over the ‘Great Ice’,” and Ejnar Mikkelsen’s 1913 first English edition of “Lost in the Arctic”. Also included are numerous books by classic exploration authors, such as Fridtjof Nansen, Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Peter Freuchen.

Other notable books include a fine assortment of gardening and botany titles. Featured is a first edition, gorgeously bound 1877 printing of the “Hand Book of Practical Landscape Gardening,” Thomas Meehan’s 1878-79 work on the “Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States,” and several volumes of U.P. Hedrick’s “Fruits of New York” series in fine condition with the prized color plates.

Let's Go Fishing at National Book Auctions

And John Speede 1610 maps ... the cornerstone of this catalog’s ephemera collection

[ITHACA, NY] This January 23rd auction offers an eclectic mix of books and ephemera, featuring subjects such as angling and New England history, along with a large collection of modern signed volumes.

The angling collection offers titles such as Frederic M. Halford’s “Dry Fly Entomology.” This author-signed, limited edition, deluxe two-volume set from 1897 features many engraved plates along with 100 original, hand-tied fishing flies mounted on custom boards. Additional angling titles include “American Trout Streams” by Henry Andrews Ingraham, another author-signed limited edition, published in 1926 by the Anglers’ Club of New York.

Two maps by cartographer John Speede are the cornerstones of this catalog’s ephemera collection. Both maps were excised from John Speede’s atlas, “Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine,” published in 1610/11. The maps display the “Province of Ulster” and “Caermarden” (present-day Carmarthen, Wales). Each map is hand-colored and was engraved on laid paper.

The volumes in the New England collection feature rare local histories for a large number of small towns in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. These volumes contain detailed statistics and facts in regard to local citizens, churches and historic landmarks.

Other notable works relate to American history. These include titles authored by William Penn, a copy of Gottlob Jungmann’s German-language Bible published in Reading, Pennsylvania (the first of its kind printed in the United States), and Edwin Forbes’ “Life Studies of the Great Army.” Additional offerings include Charles H. Grosvenor’s “The Book of the Presidents,” titles relating to coal mining in Pennsylvania, early titles on the history of Hawaii, and an author-signed copy of Lieut. Alonzo Cooper’s “In and Out of Rebel Prisons.”

Rounding out the catalog is a collection of modern signed material and a number of rare antique and vintage titles. The modern collection includes author-signed books from the likes of John Grisham, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, notable celebrities, politicians and countless other public figures. Representing the antique and vintage selection are titles such as Robert Browning’s “Men and Women,” William Brown’s “Narrative,” an author-signed copy of Esther Forbes’ “A Mirror for Witches,” featuring woodcuts

Teddy Roosevelt meets Ralph Waldo Emerson at Auction

1632 William Shakespeare’s “The Life & Death of King John” also featured Sunday, January 9th

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will feature a number of important vintage and antique first editions and a large collection dedicated to the history of the New England States. A unique collection of handwritten documents from the collection of William Howland highlighted by correspondence from Theodore Roosevelt and Susan B. Anthony, alongside several early volumes on the history of golf and a signed 1930 copy of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” will also be offered during the January 9th auction.

First editions highlighting this auction include: John Wesley Powell’s “Canyons of the Colorado” (1895); Harry Houdini’s “A Magician Among the Spirits” (with rare dust jacket); J. D. Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey” (1945); an author-signed copy of James Patterson’s “The Thomas Berryman Number” (1976); and an author-signed, limited-edition copy of Bertha Corbett’s “The Sun-Bonnet Babies” (1900).

New England- related material includes hundreds of 19th century volumes on the histories of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Featured among this collection are two early works from authors Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. “A Historical Discourse, Delivered Before the Citizens of Concord, 12th September, 1835. On the Second Centennial Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town,” printed in 1835, is Emerson's first separately published substantial publication.

Four pieces of handwritten correspondence from Theodore Roosevelt and one from Susan B. Anthony, are among the featured items from the collection of the Howland family of Central New York. The Howlands, a Quaker family, arrived in Central New York in the late 1790s and became an important influence in the history of Cayuga County, with William serving as a representative in the government and as a judge, among other key roles. Howland’s sister, Emily Howland, was active in the suffrage and the abolitionist movements.

This first-of-the-year catalog includes a number of important antique and vintage volumes on the history of golf. Among the volumes, are a 1960 first edition of Richard Tufts’ “The Principles Behind the Rules of Golf” and an author-signed copy of Charles Blair Macdonald’s “Scotland's Gift - Golf.”

December 5, 2010 - Lewis and Clark, Signed, History, etc.

Among its 450+ lots, this catalog features two important historical volumes. One is the 1814 chronicle of the explorations of Lewis and Clark and the other is a first printing of “Mein Kampf,” inscribed by Adolf Hitler. This catalog also offers an assortment of antique volumes, thousands of author-signed titles and U.S. history-themed books and ephemera (see article below for more information).

The 1814 first English edition of “Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean,” provides a detailed account of Lewis and Clark’s expedition across the unexplored Louisiana Territory, derived from the journals of the explorers. The volume retains the original six engraved maps, including the large fold-out which many credit for launching the modern era of map collecting. This work details various Native American tribes encountered on the expedition to what is now Yellowstone National Park, present-day Texas and beyond.

The 1927 first printing of the second volume of “Mein Kampf,” contains a personal inscription from Adolf Hitler to his close friend and resident German priest from the church he frequented in the Munich area. This second volume of the dictator’s political manifesto, titled “Die Nationalsozialistische Bewegung” (“The National Socialist Movement”), was written after Hitler’s release from prison in December 1924. <p>This catalog contains a variety of original antique and signed volumes, including a two-volume early twentieth century work on dogs edited by Harding Cox and a first edition of Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” We are continuing to work through an inventory of approximately 10,000 author-signed books and this catalog features 200+ lots from this collection.

This auction contains an assortment of history-themed antique books and ephemera, including a collection focused on the Pacific Northwest and Alaska as well as county histories from New York State including Genesee, Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, Schuyler and Steuben counties. Among the ephemera are early newspapers, magazines, advertisements, articles, pamphlets, catalogs, souvenir items and many other categories. Additional offerings include a small collection of stamps, featuring mint U.S. stamps and stamps from Britain, various German colonies and Canada.

This auction will be our finale for 2010. Stay tuned for more catalogs for auctions beginning on January 9th and Happy Holidays!

Lewis and Clarke Travel to Ithaca, New York

Lewis and Clark[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, a public auction service located in Ithaca, NY, is pleased to offer at their Sunday, December 5th auction, the 1814 first printing of "Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean." This volume contains the report of Lewis and Clarke’s landmark exploration.

This first English printing of the report of Lewis and Clarke’s expedition includes the all-important six engraved maps on four plates, complete with the large folding map, in excellent condition. Many credit this folding map with launching the modern era of map collecting and this first English edition is generally considered to be superior to the first American edition, published earlier in 1814 in Philadelphia.

"We are pleased to offer this book," stated David Hall, Business Manager and Owner of National Book Auctions. "Like the exploration reported within its pages, this book is an important discovery. We are excited to make it available to our global community of collectors."

The volume is the “definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent" (Wagner-Camp), led by Lewis and Clark across the unexplored Louisiana Territory, spanning the entire mid-section of North America from present-day Texas and Louisiana up to Montana and North Dakota. Derived from journal entries of the members of the expedition, including both Lewis and Clark, this work details the journey, with descriptions of various Native American tribes, the expedition to what is now Yellowstone National Park, exploration of present-day Texas and more. The estimated auction price for this book is $20,000 to $30,000.

Also featured at the early December auction is a 1927 first printing of the second volume of "Mein Kampf," inscribed at Christmastime in 1926 by Adolf Hitler to his close friend and resident priest at the church he then frequented in Munich. Signed editions of Mein Kampf are very rare and even more scarce with a dedicated inscription.

Mein Kampf was the political manifesto written by Adolf Hitler. It was his only complete book and became the scripture of National Socialism (Nazism) in Germany’s Third Reich. It was published in two volumes in 1925 and 1927, and an abridged edition appeared in 1930. This second volume, titled Die Nationalsozialistische Bewegung (“The National Socialist Movement”), was written after Hitler’s release from prison in December.

November 7th ... New York State, Travel, Signed, Obama, etc.

The antique travel and exploration volumes feature the 1817 printing of "A Narrative of Voyages and Travels, in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres;" a four-volume first edition of Washington Irving's "Life & Voyages of Christopher Columbus," printed in 1828 and containing the original fold-out maps; and a very scarce 1836 printing of the "History of the Lives & Bloody Exploits of Pirates." Additionally included are an 1897 volume on Japan and an 1892 first edition of "A Princess of Fiji." The travel volumes also cover early American history, with an 1872 printing of "Picturesque America," several mid-nineteenth century reports of railroad explorations and surveys, and a 1913 story of homesteading, "The Conquest - The Story of a Negro Pioneer" by Oscar Devereaux Micheaux.

The New York State historical volumes featured in this catalog include genealogical and county histories, historical atlases of counties and much more. Featured in this collection is a very scarce complete collection of the 100 prints from the Fish & Game of New York in 1902, featuring classic prints of fish by S. F. Denton and birds painted by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

Also included in this catalog are a number of limited editions published by small-press houses, including Janus Press and Riverside Press. Most of these are hand-signed by the author or artist, including "A Fable of Bidpai" signed by artist Helen Siegl; Benjamin Franklin's "The Old Mistresses' Apologue" printed in 1975 with engravings by Claire Van Vliet; a 1974 printing of "Brazilian Miniatures" by Axl Leskoschek; and an accordion-style "Alphabeta Concertina" by Ronald King.

This catalog features an outstanding collection of antique books spanning across a variety of topics, including travel and exploration and New York State history. This auction also contains a number of small-press, limited edition books and signed first editions - including a unique copy of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage" signed by President Barack Obama.

This catalog also features several important, scarce volumes such as the 1785 first edition of "The Art of Teaching Sport" by Fenn, a rare early work on teaching children to play. Also, a complete 34-volume "Autograph Edition" of "The Work of Rafael Sabatini," with the author's signature in the first volume. Additionally, this catalog contains first editions of the American classics "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Gone With the Wind."

October 24 ... Children's, Theology, Roycrofters, etc.

This catalog features a collection of children’s books and a selection of theological works. Also included is a fine assortment of antique and vintage books alongside artwork and unique material from inside the Roycroft Company.

Featured in this catalog are antique and vintage children’s books, many of which show beautifully with vivid covers, dust jackets and illustrations. This collection includes a selection of early Uncle Wiggily tales, several early Disney volumes, and a variety of Golden Books, Elf Books from Rand McNally, Dr. Seuss books and much more.

Also included in this catalog is a collection of antique theological works. Featured in this collection is a 1599 printing of the “Geneva Bible,” also known as the “Breeches Bible,” considered to be one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into the English language. Complementing this Bible are several other antique works, including a rare, 1749 printing of a dissertation on the work of Josephus by Dr. Nathaniel Forster and several 18th and 19th century printings on the life of Jesus Christ, among many other scholarly works.

Other antique titles featured in this auction include a 1680 printing of “An Institution of General History, or the History of the World Being a Complete Body Thereof” by William Howel, a two-volume first edition of James Fenimore Cooper’s “History of the Navy of the United States of America,” and an 1840 printing of the two-volume set “American Scenery; or, Land, Lake, and River Illustrations of Transatlantic Nature” by Nathaniel Parker Willis. Also included is a collection of material from the estate of Charles Thomas Beebe, who worked for the Roycroft Shop in East Aurora, New York, from approximately 1905 to circa 1928. Many of the items in the collection are original designs, such as hand-drawn sketches, drafts and blind-stamped proofs.

Also featured in this auction is a collection of antique and vintage artwork, much of which is hand-signed by the artists. Artists in this collection with signed pieces include Winold Reiss, Charles Grant Davidson and Lawrence Beall Smith. Highlighted are several original pieces by Adriaen van Ostade, Frederick Opper (for “Puck Magazine”) and Jean Callot, as well as an assortment of antique engravings.

Sunday, October 2, 2010 ... Massachusetts, Aviation, Signed ...

This auction features a collection of antique history volumes on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, early aviation material and an assortment of signed volumes and classic first editions.

Featured in this catalog is a collection of material providing an in-depth history of the State of Massachusetts, from the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock through the early twentieth century. The volumes in this group include a number of large county histories, providing biographical sketches of important figures within the counties. Also included are volumes outlining the history of large cities, such as Boston, Cambridge, and Gloucester, as well as the small, early towns throughout the state.

The antique aviation material available in this auction includes many pieces from the early days of flight. The collection features many classic magazines with brightly colored covers, original pilot logs from the 1920’s with handwritten notes, photographs, posters, and much more.

Included in this catalog is a collection of signed material from classic and modern authors and political figures. Featured is a two-volume set of “The Alhambra” from 1832, with each volume signed by the author, Washington Irving (Geoffrey Crayon). Also included are signed letters and books by and about Josephine Lazarus, a Jewish American essayist, and sister of poet Emma Lazarus, whose words appear on the Statute of Liberty. Among the other signed material are volumes autographed by Stephen King and Madonna, as well as Vincent Bugliosi’s “Helter Skelter” and Tim O’Brien’s 1973 volume on Vietnam. This collection also includes a number of books signed by political figures, featuring a program signed by John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Also offered are two tomes signed by John Kerry, including his Vietnam protest piece from 1971 “The New Soldier,” and signed volumes by presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, as well as Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

This catalog also features several classic first editions, including three by Charles Dickens – “David Copperfield,” “Dombey and Son” and “Oliver Twist.”

September Auction to feature Music, Art, Stage & Screen

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions will feature a fine collection of stage & screen and music-related items, including a collection of books, photographs and ephemera, much of which is signed by stars of the Golden Age of cinema at their September 19th auction. Also included are a fine selection of antique and vintage books alongside an assortment of artwork.

The stage and screen collection includes signed pieces from Laurel & Hardy, Paul Newman, Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn, Mae West, Dean Martin, Lauren Bacall, Charlie Chaplin and Bob Hope, among others. Featured is a three-panel folding screen from the famous Mama Leone’s restaurant, bearing dozens of autographs by the likes of Montgomery Clift, Carol Channing, Jack Lord, Betty Field, Imogene Coca, Diana Barrymore, and more. Also included is the book “Pictorial History of the American Theatre” signed by many actors and actresses featured in the book, including Helen Hayes, Jackie Gleason, John Caradine, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter, Lee Grant, Robert Preston, Ed Begley, Ralph Bellamy and Barbara Bel Geddes.

The music collection features a handsome, antique Victrola record player, and two scarce engraved antique music volumes, including a mid-18th century private compilation featuring music by Handel, as well as Bononcini, Woodcock and others, and a 1672 printing of the “Musical Companion” published by Playford. Also included is a large assortment of sheet music, with themed groups including African-American, Jazz, Christmas, theater and others.

Collectible books include signed pieces by Robert Frost and Martin Tupper, a collection of Jack London first editions, and signed first edition pieces from “Eloise.” Featured are two antique volumes bearing lengthy inscriptions by the suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Also included are ornithological and botanical works, such as Asa Gray’s collection of plates that were to accompany “The Forest Trees Of North America” and volumes from the “Fruits of New York” series addressing small fruits, apples, plums, cherries and other species.

Artwork in this catalog features two large format Native American-themed limited edition lithographs signed by the renowned artist R.C. Gorman, and a number of signed pieces by artist Kathleen Atkins Wilson, best known for her "Silhouette Expressions of Portraits in Black" fine art collection. The antique art in this catalog also includes several original engravings from John Boydell’s late 18th century series to accompany the works of Shakespeare.

National Book Auctions is planning two Sunday auctions in October.

National Book Auctions Late Summer Auction Held

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, held an August 29th auction with a Civil War-themed catalog that also featured another round of Maurice Sendak signed books, artwork and posters as well as a rare collection of FOC Darley original illustrations.

A collection of letters featuring Reverend William Salt, Catholic priest and renowned figure at Seton Hall University, fetched a hammer price of $3,000 (plus buyer’s premium). These letters spanned a decade that include the Civil War and document communication between Upstate New York and the Vatican. Also included was likely his last letter before he died of consumption. Another lot of American Civil War ephemera reached a hammer price of $1,145 (plus buyer’s premium) and ran alongside over 200 additional lots of Civil War books and ephemera.

A 4-volume collection of Civil War and South Carolina Yankee History sold for $1,300 (plus buyer’s premium) and featured “The History of a Brigade of South Carolinians” by J. F. J. Caldwell published in 1866 by King & Baird.

The auction showcased another array of children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak’s work whose combined offerings totaled nearly $4,000 (plus buyer’s premium) for signed books, illustrations, and posters. An oversized book titled “Mother Goose Collection” that featured Sendak fetched a $1,200 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium) and an illustration from “Chicken Soup with Rice” reached a $900 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium).

FOC Darley (1821-1888), an American illustrator and painter, was also part of the half-day auction with original artwork that reached a combined hammer price of over $2,300 (plus buyer’s premium). One signed and framed illustration at auction was featured in the book “The Scarlet Letter.” This original piece features a pen and sepia ink drawn book illustration from 1870 and prominently displays Darley's signature in the bottom left corner.

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming September auctions will feature a wide assortment of Africana collectibles, sheet music, signed and first edition books. For more information, please contact David Hall at 607-269-0101 or email

Civil War, Children's Books and Artwork, Antique and Collectible Books and Ephemera

This auction features a selection of Civil War-era volumes, antique genealogical titles, a number of rare and antique children’s books (featuring pieces signed by Maurice Sendak) and a selection of items from artists F.O.C. Darley and Louis A. Fuertes.

The Civil War material includes a wide selection of books on the battles, armies and important officers of the War. Featured are approximately 500 letters from the Reverend William Salt and his family members dated 1808-1901, including letters from Arkansas, where Salt experienced the outbreak of the Civil War, and a letter from his sister discussing the Emancipation Proclamation. The letters follow Salt’s life, including his ordination into the Catholic Church and his employment at Seton Hall University. Other Civil War-related volumes include histories of the Confederacy and slavery, including an 1810 volume of “An Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties, and Literature of Negroes,” written in response to Thomas Jefferson’s “Notes on the State of Virginia.”

Several antique volumes on the genealogical and heraldic history of Europe are also featured in this catalog. These eighteenth and nineteenth century pieces describe the history of royalty in England, Ireland and Scotland. Highlights include the “Complete Body of Heraldry” published in 1780 and “Genealogical Tables of the Sovereigns of the World, From the Earliest to the Present Period” published in 1795.

This catalog also contains a variety of material from famed children’s book illustrators and authors, including a number of signed pieces from Maurice Sendak. Featured is the limited edition “Mother Goose Collection” from Serigrafia with six signed prints from Sendak and other illustrators. Additionally, there are numerous children’s classics, with beautiful illustrations by Kate Greenaway, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Maxfield Parrish, Gustaf Tenggren, George Cruikshank and many more.

Also featured in this auction are original drawings and other material related to two well known artists. First is a collection of antique original drawings from the renowned artist Felix Octavius Carr Darley, including drawings used in “Oliver Twist” and the “Scarlet Letter.” Second are several pieces related to the well-known ornithological painter and illustrator, Louis Agassiz Fuertes. These pieces include a signed volume of “The Burgess Bird Book for Children” from 1920 and several original pieces from the Fuertes family.

Save the date for our Sunday, September 19 auction.

Books, Artwork and Ephemera / Automotive, Exploration, Signed, etc.

This auction brings a wide selection of rare antique books and author-signed works, including travel and exploration writings, antique automobile- related material and a variety of items from the estate of celebrated photographer Fernand Fonssagrives.

Important antique books include a two-volume 1660 Latin dictionary of the Bible and a 1785 volume on coats of arm...s with 86 pages of original engravings. Other highlight titles include the 1896 landmark writing “Signaletic Instructions” which became the first scientific system used by police to identify criminals, the complete 15-volume set of “Annals of the New York Stage,” and a gorgeous volume of the 1945 violin history chronicle, “How Many Strads? Our Heritage From the Master.”

This auction contains several travel and exploration- related offerings, including antique Baedeker’s travel books from the late 19th and early 20th century. Additional titles include an 1868 book on Southern Germany & the Austrian Empire and the 1868 “Bords du Rhin,” both retaining all of their original color maps. Also offered will be a scarce 1864 printing of John Speke’s “What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile River,” the more rare of his two works on his expeditions to find the source of the Nile River.

This auction contains several signed books featuring “To Kill A Mockingbird,” signed by Harper Lee and “Winnie the Pooh,” signed by illustrator Ernest Shepard. Other important author-signed books include titles by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, John Irving, H. G. Wells, Henry Miller, James D. Watson and others. Also included are a number of signatures from important political figures, including former presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Gerald Ford, current President Barack Obama, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

A special feature collection includes many antique automobile books and magazines divested from the Henry Ford Museum, including nearly 200 antique issues of the weekly British automobile magazine “Autocar” with striking advertisements.

The auction also includes artwork and ephemera from the estate of Fernand Fonssagrives, a prominent fashion photographer during the 1940s and 1950s, known for his “beauty photography.”

Stay tuned for our August 29th catalog which will feature a large quantity of Civil War-related books and ephemera as well as antique children’s books and artwork by Maurice Sendak.

National Book Auctions Hosts July Auction

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted an active auction on July 18, 2010 at their Finger Lakes Region gallery. The 400+ lot auction featured numerous pieces of Asian artwork, posters and books, collectible first editions as well as a wide assortment of artwork and ephemera.
Of particular interest were eight panels of early hand-illumined vellum that displayed vividly with watercolor painting trimmed in gilt accent areas. The subject matter of the three larger panels were Christian, while the others featured decorative bordering and designs. These items showed beautifully and fetched a $2,800 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium).
Two framed original Wanda Gág lithographs sold for a combined $1,550 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium). One piece featured Gág's "Backyard Corner", signed in the bottom right hand corner and hand-numbered #30. According to auction records, this particular print was limited to 100 impressions. Wanda Hazel Gág was an American author, illustrator and printmaker, whose dynamic visual style imbued the often-commonplace subjects of both her serious art and her illustrated books for children, with an intense vitality.
Among the numerous Asian lots were dozens of Mao-era Chinese propaganda posters, Communist China books as well as unique items from Japan including a 20-foot Shunga scroll. This original Shunga piece, "Three Fishermen on the Island of Happiness" featured a Japanese painted ink and watercolor scroll of 20 scenes on 20 sheets joined together, with gold-flecked end panels and blue paper boarders. The narrative tale relates the sexual odyssey of three fishermen washed ashore on an island of beautiful women. The scroll realized a $600 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium).

Our July 18, 2010 auction features the second session of our art and photography-themed collections, along with many select books and ephemera lots. Included are an assortment of original, antique artwork, large format cameras, Asian books and artwork, and a fine assortment of antique and vintage books.
Featured will be 17th through 20th century artwork, many of which are signed by artists including Chamberlin, Fonce, Van Elten, Schreiber, Slocombe, Meyerowitz, Knaus, Reiss, Revethin, Hartell, and Hutter. Other artists featured in the collection include political cartoonist Charles Nelan, Salvator Rosa, Clinton Loveridge and North Carolina photographer Charles A. Farrell. Included in the auction is a large quantity of gorgeous Victorian lithographs, on Valentines, Christmas, Easter and New Year’s cards, trade cards, and many other pieces.

Also featured are a number of large format antique and vintage cameras. The collection includes a handsome European full plate style, large format camera unlike any American made camera, used in historical photographic processes. Additionally included is a 1964 Zenza Bronica, often considered a workhorse camera used by wedding and portrait photographers. This catalog also features several antique stereoscope viewers and nearly 200 stereoscope cards.

This auction includes a variety of vintage and antique Asian items, including books and artwork. Books feature two first editions of “Quotations from Chairman Mao” and “The May 7 Collection of Terms & Expressions (Chinese-English)”, a scarce volume of China’s “Cultural Revolution Dictionary”, as well as other Mao-era works, many of which contain anti-American propaganda. Additionally, we have a wide selection of Mao-Era propaganda posters. The collection also includes a selection of 17th and 18th century Asian artwork from China and Japan, including many Ukiyo-e style pieces, as well as silk paintings, watercolors, and block prints by renowned artists such as Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Utagawa Hiroshige, Okumura Masanobu, and Katsukawa Shunzan.
Rare books in this catalog include a number of 18th and 19th century volumes, including “The History of the Life of Tamerlane the Great” (1753), “The Gardener's and Botanist's Dictionary” (1807), and “Notatki Mysliwskie Z Afryki, Somali”, an early Polish volume on hunting safaris. Also featured is a collection of works concerning ancient languages and civilizations, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Syriac and Greek.

Lights … Cameras … Action … SOLD!

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will hold a special film, photography and art-related auction on June 27th that features the first session of the auction gallery’s art, film and photography-themed collections along with many select book and ephemera lots. Antique cameras and projection equipment will be offered along with artwork such as original paintings by Thomas Moran and William Merritt Chase. Rare books include a 1649 copy of Mathew Merian’sTodten-Tanz” or “Dance of Death”, “Espiritual Que Trata De Los Malos” printed in 1574 (a book of Spanish mysticism banned during the Inquisition), and a 1677 printing of Hobbes’ translation of “The Illiads and Odysses of Homer” and antique Arabic texts and manuscript leaves.

The antique cameras include brands such as Seneca, Zeninger, Graflex, Seroco and Tektronix, several antique folding bed models and many assorted lenses, film holders, plate holders and more. From the same collection, there will be offered an extensive library of photographic history and reference books. In addition, a selection of Kliegl studio lights and several antique original commercial Simplex film projectors that came to us from a New York theatre will be featured.

Also auctioned will be a sizeable collection of cinematic books and ephemera including antique and vintage movie stills, lobby cards and sheet music. There are items promoting great stars, films and characters such as Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, King Kong, Tarzan, The Marx Brothers, and others. Complementary to these items, we have a copy of “A Lesson in Love” signed twice each by Groucho and Chico Marx and very scarce first editions George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” (1914) and “The English Governess at the Siamese Court” (1870) by Anna Harriett Leonowens, the books that inspired “My Fair Lady” and “The King And I”.

Rare editions and first printings will be offered from literary greats including signed limited editions of “Nocturnes” by Thomas Mann, “The Secret Agent” by Joseph Conrad, “Dynamo” by Eugene O’Neil, “The Red Pony” by John Steinbeck and a unique, elaborately hand-written and signed copy of “Armenian Folk Song – The Partridge” by Eugene Field. Other signed editions include “Naked Lunch” by William S Burroughs, “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller and titles by Aldous Huxley, Larry McMurtry, Douglas Macarthur and others.

Art offerings include two Russian peasant watercolors by Boris Krilov, a group of pristine WWI German propaganda posters, and other choice pieces.

National Book Auctions Goes “To the Lighthouse”

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, held a successful early June auction with a wide assortment of limited first editions, signed books, Connecticut history and book-related antique furnishings.

Of particular interest was a 1927 first-edition of Virginia Woolf’s novel, “To the Lighthouse” which fetched an impressive hammer price of $3,500 (plus 20% BP). Bound in blue cloth with striking original dustjacket, this antique volume is a scarce copy of one of Woolf's early, important works. This book was offered at auction along with two other Woolf novels, which combined, realized a $925 hammer price (plus 20% BP).

Also sold at the well-attended auction was a 1920 first U.S. edition of the landmark work “Relativity: The Special and General Theory” by Albert Einstein. Bound in navy cloth with bright gilt debossing on the front board, this antique volume was a scarce first edition and realized a $600 hammer price (less 20% BP).

An impossible-to-find, delicate spider web pattern tissue dust jacket graced a 1927 copy of James Joyce’s “Pomes Penyeach” which drew a higher-than-estimated hammer price of $850 (plus 20% BP). This antique volume is a rare early edition of James Joyce's collection of poetry and the rare attribute of the dust jacket contributed to its value.

An impressive selection of antique bookcases and bookends sold to a number of bidders and realized a combined hammer price of over $3,000.

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, held an important sale on May 2nd that featured an unprecedented selection of original and signed Maurice Sendak material, over 100 lots, alongside Communist-era China volumes and posters and limited signed first editions including “It's Up to the Women” signed by Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt which earned a hammer price of $475.

“Our May auction featured what was likely the largest single catalog of Maurice Sendak material offered to date,” said David Hall, Business Manager and Auctioneer. Many of the Sendak offerings were part of the personal collection of Dr. Donald Davis Eddy, who held for many years, a joint appointment in the English Department and the Department of Rare Books at Cornell University. “In total, the Sendak material brought $26,205 with a pencil rendering of “The Hungry Birds” fetching a $3,000 hammer price (does not include 23% buyer’s premium).”

Diversity was a theme to the May 2nd catalog. Hall commented, “When you’re taking international bids on lots that range from Sendak pencil sketches to Mao’s Little Red Book, you know you’re drawing from a wide collector audience.” There were a number of Chinese items offered including two first printings of Mao Tse Tung’s “Little Red Book” which combined reached a $1,650 hammer price. A unique poster from the era sold for $800 (plus 23% BP).

The auction also included a single collection of books by, and relating to, Winston Churchill. Those lots realized close to $3,000 in hammer prices, led by a 16-volume grouping of mixed English and American first edition volumes of his biography which reached a hammer price of $700.

[Ithaca, NY] National Book Auctions is pleased to offer at its March 28, 2010, auction a 1907 First Edition Inscribed by Publishers to Judge Frank Irvine volume of “The Cornell Navy: A Review - C. V. P. Young” from Taylor and Carpenter publishers (Ithaca, New York).

Bound in red cloth with embossed chipped white lettering and decorative designs representing two crossed oars, this antique volume is a scarce illustrated history of the Cornell rowing team from the years 1871 thru 1906. This work is inscribed to Judge Frank Irvine (1858 - 1931), a noted jurist who served as dean of the Cornell Law School from 1907 to 1916.

The inscription is on a preliminary page and reads as follows: "Hon. Frank Irvine / Presented by the Publishers / Taylor & Carpenter / April 25th 1907." The work is illustrated with many in-text and full-page photographs. The volume shows light external age/wear. The book is beginning to show signs of cracking at preliminary pages. It is bound with clean pages with red silk endpapers with gelded decoration. The book measures approximately 8" x 10 1/2" and contains 71 pages.

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. For more information, please contact David Hall at 607-269-0101 or email

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions is pleased to offer during their February 28, 2010 auction a broad range of books and ephemera from area estates and consignments. This auction offers a quantity of scarce and rare books from a variety of private collections including a large number of signed and unsigned modern first editions by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors such Michael Shaara, Alice Walker, Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, and John Cheever. There are also first printings of Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea,” Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” (in its original pictorial dust jacket), and a number of rare Mark Twain editions, including “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Present in this group as well are a number of scarce nineteenth-century works including first editions of George Eliot’s “Silas Marner” and Henry James’s “The Bostonians.”

An impressive collection of Maurice Sendak material, including many autographed drawings, posters and books will be offered. One highlight from this collection is a signed original pencil sketch entitled “Really Rosie.” Among the Sendak titles are rare signed editions of “Where the Wild Things Are” and an autographed original edition of the miniature boxed set of the “Nutshell Library.”

There will also be a number of rare antique books dating back to the 16th century. These well-preserved tomes contain works of historical significance and many are in their original bindings. Among the subjects present are ancient philosophy, theology, geography, history and literature. The texts are written in Latin, Greek and/or Arabic, as well as translations into modern European languages. Authors featured in this group include Aristotle, Erasmus, Plotinus, Livy and others.

Of particular note in this auction is a unique collection of research materials that were used for the writing of the 1993 biography of Hunter S. Thompson by E. Jean Carroll. This research archive will be presented intact, as one lot including original interview recordings, books, bibliographic information, notes, reviews and related materials.

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions is pleased to announce that David Hall, Business Manager and Owner, has successfully completed the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) certification. USPAP is considered the quality control standards applicable for real property, personal property, intangibles, and business valuation appraisal analysis and reports in the United States and its territories. USPAP was first developed in the 1980s by a joint committee representing the major U.S. and Canadian appraisal organizations.

"This will allow National Book Auctions to appraise and evaluate much higher-quality material than we have been traditionally handling," Hall noted. "USPAP is a standard that our company will maintain across all collections and single volumes we handle. By being certified, our clients will benefit when insuring or consigning items with us."

National Book Auctions is a targeted service, offering experience and expertise unique to marketing both antique and modern books and ephemeral. A few of the noteworthy items that we have handled include books and ephemera signed by William Faulkner, John Steinbeck and Albert Einstein as well as important first editions such as Walden, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Les Miserables. Our auctions comprise a broad range of interesting volumes and ephemera including scholarly works, antiquarian and collectible pieces, artwork, out-of-print and rare printings, select first editions, limited editions and signed editions. For more information, call 607-268-0101 or

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