Auctions | May 10, 2016

Maps, Egypt, Paintings, West at National Book Auctions

ee9248cc-c8d8-472e-a763-47514e0a0625.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, artwork and collectibles.  We will offer our second session from the holdings of Archaeologia Books and Prints and will continue with multiple sessions from this fine inventory over the coming months.  Several private collections being sold in this auction include substantial, varied groupings of vintage and antique ephemera, including a fine array of large maps.  This catalog also presents many examples of original antique paintings and other artwork.      

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1683 first edition of Spon's "Recherches Curieuses d'Antiquite," the 1785 printing of Boswell's landmark chronicle, "Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson," and the 1809 first edition of Henry's "Travels and Adventures in Canada and the Indian Territories."  Other scarce titles include the 1896 printing of Longstreet's firsthand Confederate account, "From Manassas to Appomattox," an author-signed copy of the 1929 first edition of Fitch's Chinese exploration record, "Pootoo Itineraries," and Nicolay & Hay's biography of Abraham Lincoln, produced in a limited, ten-volume edition.              

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is this next session from the holdings of Archaeologia which is led by specimens such as Starkey & Tufnell's "Lachish", complete in six volumes with folding plates and maps, a 1931 first edition of Payne's "Necrocorinthia," and many archaeological reports from important individual excavation sites.  We will also offer important early Americana titles such as Chittenden & Richardson's Western work, "Life, Letters and Travels of Father Pierre-Jean de Smet," produced in four volumes and retaining the folding map, and the 1895 limited edition, three-volume printing of Coues' "Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike."

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera, art and collectibles. Original artwork includes antique examples by artists such as Ernest Thompson Seton and William Henry Chandler.  Large original antique wall maps from the mid-19th century period cover regions ranging in breadth from global down to individual New York State counties.  Antique ephemera lots include travel-related, advertising, stereoviews, diaries, Black Americana, magic, sheet music, stage & screen, tobacciana, postcards, photographs, chromolithographs, trade cards, engravings, railroad, lithographs & engravings, magazines, comics and much more.

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