Auctions | March 14, 2016

Judaica, Magazines, Americana at National Book Auctions March 20

6ea0a331-ab4c-4780-bcc9-c0b84c0aafbe.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 and artwork.  Of particular interest are important antique American history titles and a selection of Jewish history reference including books-on-books.  The ephemera lots are led by a group of antique engraved maps dating back to the 18th century and numerous antique magazines.      

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are the 1748 Knapton edition of the works of Shakespeare, complete in nine volumes, and the 1759 printing of Smith's "Discourses on Several Public Occasions during the War in America."  Other scarce titles include the 1888 printing of Racinet's "Le Costume Historique," produced in six decorative leather folios with color plates, the 1827 folio of Von Bierkowski and Rust's surgical work, "Anatomisch-Chirurgische Abbildungen Nebst Darstellung & Beschreibung," and Kaempfer's "History of Japan Together with a Description of the Kingdom of Siam," published in three volumes in 1906 with folding maps.            

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is a selection of desirable early Americana titles.  Headline pieces from this group include the 1844 "Guide Book to West Point and Vicinity," retaining the hand-colored folding map and housed in the original decorative binding, the 1810 printing of Pike's "Account of Expeditions of the Mississippi and Through the Western Parts of Louisiana."  Additional lots include scarce titles from categories such as history of the Orient (Tibet, etc.), decorative antique bindings, Hebrew printing history, travel and exploration, Native American Indians, opening of the American West, military history, the Chinese Cultural Revolution and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera and collectibles. Prints are highlighted by antique engraved maps, included hand-colored examples, dating back to the 18th century. The lots featuring antique magazines, periodicals and newspapers include loose issues and bound volumes.  Antique ephemera lots include  travel-related, original correspondence, magic, engravings, lithographs, photographs, billheads, and other genres.

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