Cuala Press, Zits Comics, Fine Press: Auction Preview

Image: PBA Galleries

Double-page Jean Lurçat lithograph accompanying Tapisseries de Jean Lurçat (1957), No. 7 of 100 copies, offered at PBA Galleries this week.

A quiet start to the new year in the salerooms, but here's what I'll be watching this week:

Ending on Thursday, January 4, PBA Galleries' sale of Books in All Fields with Literature, Americana, Maps, Fine Press, Art & Photography, in 555 lots. This is a no-reserve sale, with bids starting at $10. Some interesting shelf lots here, as well as the acts of the First Session of the Eighth Congress (1803) which include the legislation relating to the Louisiana Purchase; a deluxe copy of the 1954 Golden Cockerel Press edition of Euphormio's Satyricon with wood engravings by Derrick Harris; a presentation copy of LBJ's The Vantage Point (1971) inscribed on a bookplate to his neighbors Bob and Helen Jackson; and a lot of about 80 pieces of ephemera which looks quite interesting.

Also ending on Thursday is the Purcell Auctioneers' 391-lot sale of Antiquarian Books, Irish & World Literature and Poetry, Maps, Fine Bindings, Local Histories, Ephemera, Postage Stamps, Postcards, &c., including the Cuala Press edition of Oliver St. John Gogarty's Wild Apples (1928) inscribed by the author to Lucy (Fitzpatrick) Phillimore (€500–750). A family album of Sybil Roche and her husband Nigel Baring, including photographs of the Limerick Hunt, is estimated at €250–400. Brendon Deacy's wordless novel A Life in Relief is expected to sell for €300–400.

At Heritage Auctions on Thursday, the Zits Comic Art Showcase Auction, in 103 lots. A mix of original art for the daily and Sunday strips of this Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman comic.