Auctions | February 14, 2018

16th-Century Books, Sci-Fi & Exploration at National Book Auctions

February17_01_pics.jpgIthaca, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.     

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera. Featured is a private collection of antique volumes dating back to the 16th century. A varied array of signed copies of books from many categories will also be presented alongside a number of modern firsts, including science fiction titles.              

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1583 printing of de Ribadeneira's "Vida del P Ignacio de Loyola," bound in vellum, de Angelis' "Tractatus de Confessionibus tam Iudicialibus quam Extraiudicialibus," produced in 1695, and the 1608 printing of Gerson's "Imitation of Christ," bound in vellum. Additional rare and antique selections relate to travel & exploration, books-on-books, Civil War, theology, Catholicism, mountaineering, polar exploration, Alaska, Arctic, Antarctica, children's, decorative antique sets, Easton Press bindings, art history and beyond.                        

Several interesting collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a fine array of important modern printings such as a first state of Dos Passos' debut novel, "One Man's Initiation," a rare 1928 printing of Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover," and an author-signed, limited first edition of Asimov's "The Roots of Dawn." Other selections feature author-signed copies by writers such as Rudyard Kipling, Maurice Sendak, Louis Auchincloss, Paul Theroux, John Masefield, Jerzy Kosinski, Bob Hope, and more. In addition to signed trade editions are a number of limited and special editions.       

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings and many group lots of desirable titles, including a number of lots featuring antique eastern European books, periodicals and ephemera.   

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 auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email