Antique, West, Mao, Magazines at National Book Auctions

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

26b7b912-d219-4702-8066-899aec529f35.jpgThis catalog presents rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera, artwork and collectibles.  Prominent in this sale is an array of early Americana titles including western exploration and Native American Indian history.  Titles relating to the history of Manhattan will be offered, including large atlases.  A group of important printings of the "Little Red Book" from the Chinese Cultural Revolution will be offered along with antique ephemera lots.     

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are the 1733 printing of Gordon's "Geography Anatomiz'd or the Geographical Grammar," produced with fold-out engraved maps, a 1799 first edition of the landmark work by Knox, "An Essay on the Best System of Liberal Education," and a Bible from the Henry Van Lennep estate, printed in 1698 and owned by Isaac Bird.  Other scarce titles include the 1843 first edition of Shaw's "Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages," published in two volumes with engravings, the 1801 three-volume printing of Edwards' "The History Civil and Commercial of the British Colonies in the West Indies" featuring fold-out plates and maps, and the deluxe decorative leather, four-volume 1870's production of Lacroix's "The Middle Ages and Renaissance."           

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased.  Highlighted is a broad selection of desirable early titles chronicling the history of the opening of the American West.  Headline pieces from this group include the 1883 printing of Farmer's "Resources of the Rocky Mountains," an original copy of Parker's "Kansas and Nebraska Handbook for 1857-8," retaining the original fold-out map, and the 1875 "War Department Report of a Reconnaissance from Carroll Montana Territory on the Upper Missouri," including Yellowstone content and fold-out maps.  Additional lots will include scarce titles from categories such as New York City, Native American Indians, history of the Orient, Civil War, travel & exploration (middle east, arctic, etc.), Communist China, multi-volume sets, military history, railroad, botany, horticulture, agriculture, and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of ephemera, artwork and collectibles.  Antique ephemera lots include antique engravings, Americana, periodicals, magazines (bound and loose), cartography, vintage and antique pulp, postcards, railroad, travel, original correspondence, photographs, billheads, 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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