Auctions | December 15, 2010

Roosevelt and Emerson at Auction in Ithaca

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will feature a number of important vintage and antique first editions and a large collection dedicated to the history of the New England States. A unique collection of handwritten documents from the collection of William Howland highlighted by correspondence from Theodore Roosevelt and Susan B. Anthony, alongside several early volumes on the history of golf and a signed 1930 copy of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” will also be offered during the January 9th auction.

1632 William Shakespeare’s “The Life & Death of King John” also featured Sunday, January 9th.
 
First editions highlighting this auction include: John Wesley Powell’s “Canyons of the Colorado” (1895); Harry Houdini’s “A Magician Among the Spirits” (with rare dust jacket); J. D. Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey” (1945); an author-signed copy of James Patterson’s “The Thomas Berryman Number” (1976); and an author-signed, limited-edition copy of Bertha Corbett’s “The Sun-Bonnet Babies” (1900).
 
New England- related material includes hundreds of 19th century volumes on the histories of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Featured among this collection are two early works from authors Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.  “A Historical Discourse, Delivered Before the Citizens of Concord, 12th September, 1835. On the Second Centennial Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town,” printed in 1835, is Emerson's first separately published substantial publication.
 
Four pieces of handwritten correspondence from Theodore Roosevelt and one from Susan B. Anthony, are among the featured items from the collection of the Howland family of Central New York.  The Howlands, a Quaker family, arrived in Central New York in the late 1790s and became an important influence in the history of Cayuga County, with William serving as a representative in the government and as a judge, among other key roles.  Howland’s sister, Emily Howland, was active in the suffrage and the abolitionist movements.
 
This first-of-the-year catalog includes a number of important antique and vintage volumes on the history of golf.  Among the volumes, are a 1960 first edition of Richard Tufts’ “The Principles Behind the Rules of Golf” and an author-signed copy of Charles Blair Macdonald’s “Scotland's Gift - Golf.”
 
National Book Auctions is a targeted auction service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. National Book Auctions has scheduled two live auctions per month over the next year featuring collectible books, art, currency and ephemera. For more information, please contact David Hall at 607-269-0101 or email [email protected]