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Next Auction: Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Previous Auction: Sunday, January 13th, 2019 - Books-on-Books, Folio Society, Easton, Decorative Antique, Sets, etc. CLICK TO VIEW FULL CATALOG

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This catalog presents a select arrangement of rare, antique and decorative books. Featured is our first session from a large private library of bibliographies and other books-on-books. Deluxe antique bindings will be offered along with an array of special printings from more recent publishers such as Folio Society and the Easton Press.

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are Arnold’s “Unparteyische Kirchen-und Ketzer-Historie,” produced in two volumes in 1700, a private binding of important Anglican works including the 1735 printing of Hoadly’s “Plain Account of the Nature and End of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper,” bound with Richard Warren’s 1736 answer, and “Sermons de M. Massillon, Eveque de Clermont,” published in 1768. Additional interesting selections include Bertoldi’s scarce “Memoirs of the Secret Societies of the South of Italy - Particularly the Carbonari,” produced in 1821 with folding plates, Thompson’s pair of elephant folios entitled “Catalogue of Ancient Manuscripts in the British Museum,” printed in 1881 and divided between Latin and Greek examples, and the extremely rare signed 1861 first printing of Pacifici’s “Tavole di Ragguaglio o Riduzione della Moneta Napoletana,” which provided guidance for the introduction of Italy’s then-new currency, the lira.

Several desirable collections will also be showcased. The library of books-on-books includes bibliographic works, histories of printing and private presses, and niche publishing topics such as Jewish books. A quantity of antique multi-volume sets includes deluxe fancy bindings and limited edition examples of works by notables such as Victor Hugo, Sir Walter Scott, O. Henry, and others. Special printings by publishers such as the Folio Society and the Easton Press include titles relating to history, fiction, philosophy, politics and beyond.

Found throughout this catalog are other compelling selections from categories such as limited editions, signed copies, special illustrated editions, early American history, travel & exploration, poetry, literature, military history, art history and more. Several lots also offer rare decorative and deluxe antique bindings and printings with striking Victorian gilt covers and housing special plates such as chromolithographs and original engravings.

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