Auctions | June 26, 2012

Antique Chinese Stamp Album & Soviet Poster Portfolio at NBA

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY hosted a Sunday, June 24th auction that featured a broad range of rare antique books as well as groups of collectible ephemera. Featured was a large collection of primarily antique works from the fields of geology and paleontology. Also offered was another session from a large nautical library which will be brought to market over a series of auctions this year.

Bringing a hammer price of $861.00 (including buyer’s premium) was an album of antique and vintage Chinese stamps. This collection contained over 800 stamps from inception to 1950, with some regional names and specimens from the early days of the People’s Republic of China.

A lot comprised of twenty-seven volumes of Portia Takakjian’s “The 32-Gun Frigate Essex” brought a hammer price of $399.75 (including buyer’s premium). This is a title in the “Anatomy of the Ship” series, and originates from the large collection of nautical material that will continue to be offered over a series of auctions.

Bringing a hammer price of $369.00 (including buyer’s premium) was a portfolio containing 32 Soviet political posters. The majority of these color posters represent art from the time of the Russian Revolution and World War II. The front panel of the portfolio bears the name of Aurora Art Publishers (Leningrad) in English and Russian. Captions on versos of posters are in Russian, English and French.

A first printing of Leonard Cohen’s publication “Book of Mercy” achieved a hammer price of $307.50 including buyer’s premium). Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. His work often explores religion, isolation, sexuality, and interpersonal relationships.

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. Preview for the upcoming Sunday, July 8th auction is at 10 a.m. and the live auction starts at noon. For more information or to consign collectible material please contact David Hall, Business Manager, at 607-269-0101 or email