Auctions | November 9, 2011

Anthony Burgess Collection Leads NBA Auction

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, November 20th auction featuring a broad range of rare antique and vintage books, as well as a fine array of maps and ephemera. Also included are several personal libraries of scholarly books relating to art, theology and a private collection of works by Anthony Burgess.

Featured books include a number of first editions and special edition printings from houses such as Marchbanks Press, Limited Editions Club and others. The private collection of Anthony Burgess writings includes dozensof first editions, highlighted by British and American first printings of “A Clockwork Orange.”  From the same estate which included the Burgess books, we will offer fine, limited edition works by Norman Douglas. Several lots will present selections from a private collection of fancy leather antique bindings, including decorative sets.  There are a number of lots which bear important signatures such as Richard Nixon, Cal Ripken and others.  Antique titles dating back to the 1600’s can be found in the collection of theology while atlases dating from the early 1800’s will also be sold.  Additional important antique works will be offered form the fields of astronomy and American history.

Found throughout this auction will be pleasing groups of ephemera, dating back to the 1600’s. Early items include engravings with architectural content and maps, while other lots offer antique groups of postcards, Victorian chromo-lithographic items, trade cards and valentines.  More recent ephemera groups include items from World War One and World War Two, graphically impressive art deco travel-related material, railroad-related items, magazines and sheet music.  In addition to ephemera lots are a number of pieces of artwork and prints, alongside a collection of Asian art and artifacts.

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, November 20th 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