Auctions | June 21, 2016

Archaeologia, Vampires, Horror Collection at National Book Auctions

dcbe9a23-850a-4d64-9226-60aa32f1c5f2.jpg[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog. 

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork. We will offer another session from the holdings of Archaeologia Books and Prints and will continue with multiple sessions from this fine inventory over the coming months.  Also of note is our first session from a substantial horror collection from a private library and original artwork from the estate of Robert Moore Kulicke.      

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1513 printing of "Aristotelis de Natura Animalium"' in a vellum binding, George Vancouver's "Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World," produced in 1798 with engraved plates, and an author-signed copy of the 1879 printing of Jevons' "Principles of Science."  Other scarce titles include the 1923 first printing of Lefevre's "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator," a pair of author-signed copies of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," both of which are accompanied by personal handwritten notes from Lee, and a 1751 hand-illuminated Koran.                 

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is this next session from the holdings of Archaeologia which is led by specimens such as an author-signed copy of two first edition volumes from Howard Carter's seminal work, "The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen," and Layard's "Nineveh and Its Remains / Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon," produced in three volumes in 1849 and 1853 and accompanied by a laid-in autographed letter from the author.  We will also conduct our first session from an impressive horror collection, concentrated in vampire and werewolf-related titles.  Important examples from this group include the 1897 first edition of Bram Stoker "Dracula," a 1906 first edition of Powell's "The Wolf-Men," and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of art and ephemera. Included among the artwork are several desirable pieces by Robert Kulicke alongside works by known artists which were owned and framed by Kulicke.  A fine selection of antique maps, engravings and lithographs will be offered along with ephemera lots including travel-related, original correspondence, tobacciana, magazines, Victorian chromolithographs, photographs, and other genres.

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. The upcoming 2014 auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email