All this week on the blog we’ve been highlighting Rare Book Week West.
Today’s post is about a special benefit auction to be hosted by PBA Galleries.
On Sunday, February 12, at 8:00 a.m. at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel, PBA Galleries will host a two-part auction. The first part, consisting of lots 1-127, will be a general rare books and manuscripts auction, while the second part, lots 128-221 will feature books donated for auction by antiquarian booksellers. Money raised from the donated books will be used to benefit the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Benevolent Fund and the Elisabeth Woodburn Fund, which provides financial support for scholarly research and education relevant to the antiquarian book trade.
Some unusual highlights from the benefit side of the auction include a lot of fruit, vegetable, and fish can labels from the 1920s-1940s (estimate $500-800), 55 Japanese woodblock prints from the 1920s, (estimate $300-500), eight photo albums of a railroad trip through the United States in 1936 (estimate $400-600), and a collection of 132 pieces of illustrated vintage sheet music (estimate $700-1,000). The big ticket item in the benefit auction is a first printing of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (pictured above), estimated at $6,000-9,000.
Online bidding is also available for buyers not attending in person.
[Image from PBA Galleries]