Auctions | December 30, 2011

Limited Editions Club & More at NBA's January Auction

National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, January 8th auction featuring a broad range of rare antique and vintage books, as well as a fine collection of deluxe, limited bindings and an array of ephemera lots. Of particular note are substantial collections of printings by The Limited Editions Club, Easton Press and The Franklin Library including hundreds of signed first editions and signed limited editions, most of which are housed in handsome, deluxe leather bindings. The books in these collections are impressive both for their quality and condition.

Important antique books in this auction include atlases and other early works. Featured is Vincenzo Corrado’s landmark cookbook entitled “Il Cuoco Galante,” printed in 1778 and Paulinus Bartholomaeo’s Orientalist compilation printed from 1790 through 1793, offering seminal works on Sanskrit Indian culture.  Atlases include Jeremiah Greenleaf’s 1842 “New Universal Atlas” and Mitchell’s 1853 printing by the same title.  A number of these early titles feature important illustrations and plates such as those found in our offering of Johann Joachim Winckelmann’s 1821 “Monumenti Antichi Inediti.”

Modern works offered during this auction include first editions and a great quantity of author-signed titles by prominent writers.  Offered are first editions of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” and “The Old Man and the Sea,” along with a first American printing of Anthony Burgess’ “A Clockwork Orange.”  Signed books include landmark titles such as H. L. Mencken’s “Treatise on Right and Wrong” and “Newspaper Days.”  Other signed titles featuring major writers include those of Mario Puzo, Anne Rice, John le Carre, Michael Crichton, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury and Umberto Eco, to name just a few.

Found throughout this auction are pleasing groups of ephemera.  Offered are single items and groups of material such as decorative antique and vintage magazines, artwork, antique ephemera, advertising-related items and photographs.

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, January 8th 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