Auctions | August 18, 2014

Early Printed Books, Rufino Painting 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 and artwork.  The artwork is led by an original painting credited to Rufino Tamayo and a group of Picasso items, including original signatures by the artist.  Highlighted is a fine private collection of early and first printings of Nancy Drew titles in the original dustjackets and an assortment of vintage and antique magazines, including Civil War year issues.

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are the 1545 printing of Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso," Schwenckfeld's "Vom Christlichen Streit und der Ritterschafft Gottes," printed in 1583, and the 1654 Paris imprint of "Aristotelis Opera Omnia Graece et Latine," produced in four volumes.  Other scarce titles include special editions and antique sets such as the 1704 Moscow imprint of Polikarpov's "Dictionarium Trilingue," the 1922 first American edition of Cherry-Garrard's "The Worst Journey in the World Antarctic," produced in two decorative volumes with plates and fold-out maps, and the 1839 edition of Mitchell's "Traveller's Guide through the United States," including a fold-out hand-colored map.

Several pleasing collections will also be featured.  A selection of early medical texts includes examples such as the 1793 printing of Sandifort's "Museum Anatomicum Academiae Lugduno-Bavatae," printed in two volumes with anatomical plates, the 1829 first edition of Fisher's "Description of the Distinct Confluent and Inoculated Small Pox," featuring hand-colored engraved plates, and the first edition of Maclise's "On Dislocations and Fractures," printed in 1859. Additional private collections include antique family Bibles with genealogy, author-signed volumes, original Nancy Drew printings, Civil War history, antique children's titles, and various other topics.

Found throughout this catalog are offerings of artwork, ephemera and other collectibles.  In addition to the original watercolor attributed to Rufino Tamayo are various prints and works including a privately assembled group of items that include multiple signatures by Pablo Picasso.   Ephemera lots include antique lithographs and engravings dating back to the 16th century, antique postcards, vintage baseball cards, and a wide variety of themes such as magazines, chromolithographs, stamps, travel-related, original antique correspondence, antique photographs, and other genres.   The collectibles are led by an original antique teddy bear with articulated limbs. 

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 2014 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