National Book Auctions February Catalogue

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 art, ephemera, and collectibles. Highlighted is another session from the estate of Norman Kane, including several single-author collections. Additionally, this catalog includes an array of modern first editions as well as select offerings of prints and artwork such as an original oil-on-canvas painting by Charles Wilson Knapp.

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the first authorized collected edition of works of Goethe, published in four volumes over the years 1787 to 1791, the 1760 printing of Johnson's "Dictionary of the English Language," published in two volumes, and Rollin's "Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians....," published in seven volumes in 1768 with fold-out plates and maps. Other scarce titles include 34 volumes of "Bentley's Miscellany" printed from 1837 to 1854 with important content such as first issues by Charles Dickens ("Oliver Twist") and Edgar Allen Poe along with Cruikshank plates; Mitchell atlases from the 1850's; and the 24-volume "Complete Psychological Works Of Sigmund Freud," in excellent condition with the original dust jackets. Other antique and collectible titles relate to the history of India, architecture, music, art history, antique automotive, philosophy and other scholarly studies.

Pleasing collections will be featured. Several single-author collections featuring Christopher Morley, Cornelius Weygandt, Albion Tourgee, James Hanley, Theodore Dreiser and Charles Leland will be offered, including important printings, signatures and rare items such as personal papers and manuscripts. Another collection offers numerous first printings of modern works such as "The Big Sleep" by Raymond Chandler, "A Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley, and "Little Wars" by H. G. Wells, to name a few.

Found throughout this catalog are offerings of artwork, ephemera, and other collectibles. The artwork includes an original painting by Philadelphia artist, Charles Wilson Knapp, featuring a pastoral scene of the Susquehanna Valley. Among the ephemera lots are a collection of original 1860's letters relating to cholera outbreak, with a Cuban link and a group of vintage pop culture pulp and ephemera with original Timothy Leary vinyl albums. Other collectibles include a collection of African tribal and folk art collected during a mid-19th century journey to Africa by an America teacher.

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

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