Auctions | February 28, 2011

NBA features MacKenzie-Childs to Mockingbird

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY will features a fine assortment of important books, ephemera and collectibles, including a number of important first edition volumes, an impressive gathering of hand-made MacKenzie-Childs pottery and a selection of original artwork at their Sunday, March 20 auction.  Also offered is an assortment of antique and vintage literature and other writings spanning the 19th and 20th centuries.  Of particular note is a sizeable collection of antique titles relating to bee-keeping and an original, antique handwritten letter from Susan B. Anthony, written in 1889 and discussing women's suffrage.
Featured in this auction is the 1814 first English edition of “Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean,” which provides a detailed account of Lewis and Clark’s expedition across the unexplored Louisiana Territory, derived from the journals of the explorers.  The volume retains the original six engraved maps, including the large fold-out which many credit for launching the modern era of map collecting.  This work details various Native American tribes encountered on the expedition to what is now Yellowstone National Park, present-day Texas and beyond.
A selection of first editions will be offered, including an important author-signed first edition of the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird”.  Among the other first edition titles is a number of Pulitzer Prize winners, including the 1923 work "The Able McLaughlins" by Wilson, "Confederate of Dunces" by Toole (1980) and the 1952 classic, "Old Man and the Sea" by Hemingway.
An impressive collection of MacKenzie-Childs hand-painted, American-made ceramics and glassware is included in this catalog.  This fine, collectible group features an assortment of dinnerware, lamps and other ceramic pieces including large serving platters, lamps, vases, plates, bowls and numerous other items.  Each of these gorgeous, hand-designed pieces shows the beautiful distinctive designs and presentation of lively yet subdued colors for which MacKenzie-Childs is celebrated by collectors.
This auction also offers a fine collection of original oil paintings and engravings.  Three original oil paintings by the Dutch artist Thierry Poncelet are highlighted, each portraying his signature ancestral dog portraits.  Here, West Highland White Terriers are featured.  Also included is a large collection of original engravings, many from the pages of late Nineteenth Century "Harper's Weekly" magazines, featuring the work of Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington with Civil War, Native American and other themes.
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