Auctions | October 31, 2016

Pulp, West, Nautical, Egypt at National Book Auctions


[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 artwork and ephemera. We will offer an array of early works dating back to 1566, along with antique chronicles of the opening of the American West. Another antique collection includes desirable early printings relating to travel and exploration, along with nautically-themed works.          

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1566 printing of the occult sciences work, "Chiromanci, War und Weissagungen," with engraved plates, the Visschers' Zinne-Poppen alle Verciert met Rijmen," produced c1620 with engraved plates and bound in vellum, and the 1685 printing of Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" containing engraved maps. Other scarce titles include four landmark nautical titles by David Steel, all published around the year 1800, an author-signed copy of the 1896 first edition of Booker T. Washington's "Daily Resolves," and Rowlandson and Combe's "The English Dance of Death," published in 1815 with hand-colored plates.                    

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted are additional early theological works from the 16th through 18th centuries and other rare nautical works such as Hedderwick's "Treatise on Marine Architecture," produced in 1830 with a separate textual volume to accompany the folio of engraved plates, and the 1805 two-volume edition of McArthur's "Principles and Practice of Naval and Military Courts Martial." Landmark travel and exploration titles are led by the first edition of Mavor's "Historical Account Of The Most Celebrated Voyages Travels And Discoveries," published in the years 1796 and 1797 and complete in twenty volumes. Period works relating to the opening of the American West and other areas of North America feature titles such as the 1800 printing of Weld's "Travels through the States of North America and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada," housing engraved plates and folding maps. A collection of vintage pulp including mysteries, westerns, romance and more, and displaying lurid and dramatic art covers will also be sold. 

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera. Highlighted are several antique albums housing photographs ranging from tintypes through cartes-de-visite. Cataloged individually is a carte-de-visite featuring Abraham Lincoln and his son, Tad, taken at the Brady studio in Washington in 1864. Other ephemera lots present items from categories such as railroad, agriculture, erotica, medical, maps, magazines, photography and 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 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