Auctions | April 9, 2012

National Book Auctions April Sale

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, April 15th auction featuring a broad range of rare antique books, as well as a quantity of ephemera, a Civil War musket and Native American artifacts. Books offered include rare first editions of early and modern titles, a number of which are signed. We will also offer our second session from a very large nautical history collection. We will continue to offer individual books and groups from this collection over the coming months. Ephemera lots include magazines, advertising and various other genres.

Important books in this auction include first editions, many of which are antique. In addition to individual volumes, this auction offers a number of decorative antique sets, including fancy and leather bindings. A small collection of Kate Greenaway books will be sold across multiple lots. Modern works include landmark writings from fields including art and archaeology, such as Siren’s “A History of Early Chinese Art,” published in four volumes, and Gordon’s “Examples of Maya Pottery.” Additionally offered are dozens of signed first editions by prominent writers such as Sue Grafton, Ed McBain, John Grisham, Robert B. Parker, Michael Connelly and Dick Francis, to name a few.

The nautical collection includes modern, antique and signed books, with lots themed as ship modeling, history, exploration, military, whaling, etc.. Important works such as the 1861 two-volume printing of Schokker’s “Handboek Voor de Kennis Van Den Scheepsbow” and Boudriot’s four-volume “Le Vaisseau de 74 Canons,” will be offered.

An impressive collection of original Native American artifacts will be sold. These include arrowheads, drill heads, an axe or tomahawk stone head and various other implements hewn from quartz and other stones.  The items come from digs in Connecticut including the important Rye Hill site near Woodbury.

Found throughout this auction are pleasing groups of ephemera, artwork, antique furniture and other items. Of particular note is an original Civil War musket stamped “E. Whitney” of New Haven, in working order.  Ephemera lots feature genres such as World's Fairs, military, advertising, magazines and antique chromo-lithograph renderings, to name a few. The antique furniture to be sold is comprised chiefly of numerous stacking, oak barrister bookcases from celebrated manufacturers such as Globe-Wernicke. Additional offerings include china closets, a desk and other choice pieces.

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. Preview for the upcoming Sunday, April 15th auction is at 10 a.m. and the live auction starts at noon. For more information or to consign collectible material please contact David Hall, Business Manager, at 607-269-0101 or email