Auctions | March 13, 2012

Natural History Collection On the Block at National Book Auctions

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will host a Sunday, March 18th auction featuring a broad range of rare antique books, as well as pleasing ephemera, coins, currency and artwork. Of particular note are rare first editions of early and modern titles, many of which are signed. Featured are two impressive personal collections, one containing nautical history titles and the other anthropological and archaeological works. Ephemera lots include magazines, advertising and various other genres.

Important books in this auction include first editions, many of which are author-signed.  Noteworthy examples include first editions by Barack Obama, Herman Melville and Cormac McCarthy.  Early works dating back to the 1700’s will also be sold, including the 1761 printing of “He Tou Herodotus Helikarnasseos Historia Herodoti Halicarnassensis Historia,” in nine volumes and the five-volume work by Giovanni Boccacio, “Le Decameron De Jean Boccace,” printed over the years 1757 through 1761, with Gravelot plates.  Modern works include hundreds of signed first editions by prominent writers such as Sue Grafton, Ha Jin, Tess Gerritsen, Ed McBain, John Grisham, Robert B. Parker, Dean Koontz and Dick Francis, to name just a few.

The nautical library includes modern and antique books and magazines, with lots themed ship modeling, history, exploration, military, whaling, etc. Important works such as the 1841 first edition of B. J. Totten “Naval Text-Book” will be offered.  Many of the works in this collection are author-signed.

Works from the fields of anthropology and archaeology span several centuries and include original reports on numerous sites.  Important works include the first edition of Gisela Richter’s “Red-Figured Athenian Vases,” the Bollingen Series “Samothrace Excavations” published in fourteen volumes and the four-volume work, “The Palace Of Nestor At Pylos In Western Messenia.”  Additionally, ancient Greek coins will be sold.

Found throughout this catalog are pleasing groups of ephemera and artwork. Collectible American and international coins and currency dating back to the mid-1800’s will be offered along with autographs from historical figures such as Woodrow Wilson.  Art lots include original work as well as many vintage posters.  Other ephemera lots feature items from genres such as World's Fairs, military, advertising, and antique chromo-lithograph renderings, to name a few.  We will also offer vintage and antique collectible magazines.

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, March 18th 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 [email protected]