Auctions | January 19, 2016

Americana, Sci-Fi, Cultural Revolution at National Book Auctions Jan. 24

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog. 

This catalog presents rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera, artwork and collectibles.  Prominent in this sale is an array of early Americana titles including Native American Indian history.  Collectible modern firsts in this auction feature a number of science fiction titles.  A private collection of original Chinese Cultural Revolution propaganda posters will be offered along with antique ephemera lots including original Civil War documents.        

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are the 1577 printing of Lonicer's "Kreuterbuch Kunstliche Counterfeytunge der Baume Stauden Hecken Kreuter Getreyde Gewurtze," featuring hand-colored woodcuts, "Pas Kart Van de Zee-Kusten Van Guiana Tusschen Cabo Noord en Rio Amano," produced in 1687 and retaining the original copper engraved map, and the 1633 printing of Ferrari's "Florum Cultura Libri IV," with engraved plates.  Other scarce titles include the six-volume 1895-1897 limited edition of Spenser's "Faerie Queene" with Walter Crane illustrations, the 1761-1785 production of Linnaeus / Houttuyn's "Naturlyke Historie," produced in 37 volumes, and the three-volume 1784 printing of Cook's "A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean."           

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased.  Highlighted is a broad selection of desirable early Americana titles such as the 1787 first New York printing of the "Journals of Congress and of the United States," Holley's "Texas," produced in 1836, and the two-volume 1836 first edition of Irving's "Astoria or Anecdotes of an Enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains."  A private selection of science fiction first editions is highlighted by an author-signed copy of the 1953 first printing of Asimov's "Second Foundation" as well as a 1951 first printing of "Foundation."  Additional lots will include scarce titles from categories such as decorative antique bindings, multi-volume sets, modern first edition fiction, military history, railroad, travel & exploration, botany, antique children's, books-on-books, and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera, artwork and collectibles.  Important posters include original Chinese Cultural Revolution propaganda pieces with striking graphics, along with several examples relating to the works of Maurice Sendak and bearing his original signature.  Antique ephemera lots include antique engravings, Civil War documents, Americana, periodicals, cartography, vintage and antique pulp, postcards, railroad, magazines, travel, original correspondence, photographs, billheads, stamps, and other genres.

Auction date: January 24, 2016.

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 2016 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