Auctions | August 30, 2010

National Book Auctions August Sale

ITHACA, NY National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, held an August 29th auction with a Civil War-themed catalog that also featured another round of Maurice Sendak signed books, artwork and posters as well as a rare collection of FOC Darley original illustrations.
A collection of letters featuring Reverend William Salt, Catholic priest and renowned figure at Seton Hall University, fetched a hammer price of $3,000 (plus buyer’s premium). These letters spanned a decade that include the Civil War and document communication between Upstate New York and the Vatican. Also included was likely his last letter before he died of consumption. Another lot of American Civil War ephemera reached a hammer price of $1,145 (plus buyer’s premium) and ran alongside over 200 additional lots of Civil War books and ephemera.
A 4-volume collection of Civil War and South Carolina Yankee History sold for $1,300 (plus buyer’s premium) and featured “The History of a Brigade of South Carolinians” by J. F. J. Caldwell published in 1866 by King & Baird.
The auction showcased another array of children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak’s work whose combined offerings totaled nearly $4,000 (plus buyer’s premium) for signed books, illustrations, and posters. An oversized book titled “Mother Goose Collection” that featured Sendak fetched a $1,200 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium) and an illustration from “Chicken Soup with Rice” reached a $900 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium).
FOC Darley (1821-1888), an American illustrator and painter, was also part of the half-day auction with original artwork that reached a combined hammer price of over $2,300 (plus buyer’s premium). One signed and framed illustration at auction was featured in the book “The Scarlet Letter.” This original piece features a pen and sepia ink drawn book illustration from 1870 and prominently displays Darley's signature in the bottom left corner.
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