Auctions | December 4, 2017

Children's Books, Antique Books at National Book Auctions

Ithaca, 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 second session of selections from a substantial private library that belonged to a leader in the Knights of Malta fraternal order. A varied array of desirable antique and vintage children's books will also be offered, along with a fine private collection of early off-prints and articles.            

Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1663 printing of Bohart's "Hierozoicon Sive Bipertitum Opus de Animalibu," with engraved plates, Godwyn's "Moses and Aaron," produced c1650, and the 1760 printing of Hutchinson's "The History of the Colony of Massachusett's Bay." Author-signed works in this auction include names such as H. A. Rey, Shel Silverstein, Saul Bellow, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Additional rare and antique selections include titles relating to Native American Indians, cinema, books-on-books, Civil War, travel & exploration, Russia, the American West, archaeological excavations, Quakers, decorative antique sets, art history and beyond.                         

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is our second session from a singular private collection that was owned by a high-ranking member of the Knights of St. John of Malta, also known as the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem or the Order of Hospitallers, and linked to the Masonic fraternal order. In addition to titles specifically relating to the Knights of Malta, books in the collection relate to other fraternal movements, Russia, mysticism, New Thought, communism, race, eugenics, Jewish history, conspiracy theories and more. Another collection presents vintage and antique children's books including author-signed copies, Victorian chromolithographs, modern classics, illustrated, Victorian gilt bindings, Christmas-themed, and more.    

Found throughout this catalog are interesting ephemera offerings. Of particular note is an impressive collection of antique pamphlets and articles dating back to the early 1800's and covering areas such as Americana, American colleges, medical history, travel, Puerto Rico, the Mexican War, missionaries, the American West and others. Another collection includes stamps, first-day covers and other ephemera relating to suffrage and female leaders in history, including African-American women. Other ephemera lots include items such as an English manuscript note dated c1570.   

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