Auctions | July 26, 2017

Americana, Exploration, Civil War at National Book Auctions

July29_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. American history figures prominently across the catalog, include titles relating to the opening of the American West. A private estate library being presented includes volumes dating back to the 17th century.             

Antique and rare books in this catalog include numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1609 printing of Lugduni's "Pavli Comitoli Perusini Societatis lasu Theologi," bound in vellum, Grose's "Antiquities of England and Wales," produced in eight volumes in 1784 and featuring folding hand-colored maps, and the two-volume 1749 printing of de Puysegur's "Art de la Guerre," ("Art of War") with folding maps, charts and diagrams. Additional rare selections include the 1868 printing of Baird's "Cabinet Maker's Album of Furniture," the three-volume 1794 printing of Payne's "Universal Geography," with hand-colored engravings and folding maps, and Ludlow's "The Hasheesh Eater," produced in 1857.                     

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a sizable group of antique volumes relating to American history, including the opening of the West, and featuring such examples as 1845 printing of Fremont's "Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains," retaining the original folding map, and the decorative "Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant," produced in two volumes in 1885. Other vintage and antique pieces also include decorative bindings, books-on-books, book binding, military history, theology, travel & exploration, history, Civil War, children's, multi-volume sets, and much more.   

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. These lots include bound compilations of Civil War issues of "Harper's Weekly," the 1951 Picasso issue of "Verve" magazine, and Frederik de Wit's hand-colored engraved map of "Brabantiae," produced c1680. Additional ephemera categories include rare photogravures, postcards, black Americana, antique autograph albums and others.   

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