Genealogy, Ephemera, Illustrator Harry Kane at National Book Auctions

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog. 

Book, Art and Ephemera Auction - Genealogy, Ephemera, Kane, etc.  

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork.  Interesting collections include a large library of American genealogical reference works and a private collection of modern first editions with many important author signatures.  Another estate delivered a sizable collection of ephemera including lithographs and engravings dating back to the 18th century.   Also offered will be a private collection of original artwork and signed proofs created by legendary illustrator and graphic designer, Harry Kane.

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are Ford's "Handbook for Travellers in Spain," produced in two volumes in 1869 with fold-out maps, the scarce 1877 first American edition of Dickens' "Is She a Wife?," and the 1884 deluxe edition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," illustrated by Gustave Dore.  Other scarce titles include the 1863 Civil War printing of "U. S. Infantry and Rifle Tactics," including fold-out plates, Sir Wilkinson's "Popular Account of the Ancient Egyptians," printed in two volumes in 1854 with a fold-out map, and an author-signed copy of the 1928 first edition of Casey's "Baghdad and Points East" with photographic plates and cased in a decorative binding.    

Several pleasing collections will also be featured.  Included is a large private library of approximately 950 genealogical titles relating to the northeast United States including subjects such as colonies, Mayflower ancestry and much more.  Another estate library being offered includes a quantity of modern first editions, many featuring important author signatures.  This collection belonged to Leroy Truman Goble who was a minor figure in the Chicago literary renaissance of the 1920's, and was well acquainted with the likes of Sherwood Anderson and Ben Hecht. Additional collections feature bullfighting history, decorative antique bindings, bound magazine compilations (including Civil War year issues), travel & exploration, Masonic, railroad, early Americana, cartography, art history, and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of collectibles, artwork and ephemera.  The ephemera lots offer a large selection of prints and artwork as well as antique engravings and lithographs, many of which are hand-tinted, and original Victorian chromolithographs.  Other ephemera offerings include early maps, railroad-related, antique magazines, valentines, sheet music, travel, original antique correspondence, antique photographs, and other genres.

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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