Auctions | February 28, 2017

Civil War History at National Book Auctions  

14487f58-80b2-4b8f-ba86-59e69a0a02d9.jpg[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. We will offer a second session of books from a large estate library concentrated in Civil War history.  Modern first editions will also be sold, along with an array of early American histories.          

Antique and rare books in this catalog include numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are the 1676 first English edition of "The Art of Speaking," the 1701 printing of Heynes' "Treatise of Trigonometry," containing folding plates and charts, and Mahon's "Principles of Electricity," produced in 1779.  Additional rare pieces include the 1831 printing of "A Narrative of Military Actions of Colonel Marinus Willett," the decorative 1897 first edition of Mark Twain's "Following the Equator," and the American history staple, "The Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant," produced in two volumes in 1892.                     

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased.  Highlighted is a substantial array of Civil War history volumes from a large private estate library.  We are offering this collection in multiple session and this group includes desirable writings such as the 1863 printing of "The Regulations for the Army of the Confederate States," "Cavalry Tactics," printed in 1864 with folding plates and tactical diagrams, and the two-volume 1862 printing of Gross' "System of Surgery."  An array of important modern first and early printings includes works by Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and others. Vintage and antique tomes from estate collections also include titles from subject areas such as travel & exploration, history of the American West, colonial and border wars, the American Revolution, Native American Indians, Irish history, slavery, philosophy, music & art, history of New York City & State, and medicine, to name a few.   

Found throughout this catalog are interesting group offerings and ephemera lots. Ephemera offered includes Civil War-related items, antique photographs, maps, antique magazines, rare prints of photogravure works by Yousuf Karsh, and other items.    

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