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National Book Auctions - Books and Ephemera - Americana, Incunabulum, Dante, etc.

decoration12 June 2011

Featured in this catalog are fine collections of antique and art reference titles and early United States history volumes, as well as a scholarly personal library of academic works from a pair of notable, published Dante historians. Important children’s books, including a first edition “Raggedy Ann Stories” in the original box, a decorative collection of Irish titles, black Americana ephemera, a collection of handsome, author-signed, leather–bound limited edition volumes and a fine assortment of Wallace Nutting hand-tinted photographs will be offered. Highlighted is a collection of scholarly works from the holdings of notable Dante historians Anne and Henry Paolucci. Featured is an incunabulum piece, the 1493 printing of “Seneca’s Tragedies,” featuring a collection of the Roman philosopher’s tragedies, printed on  July 18, 1493.  Also included is a two-volume 1760 printing of  “Ecclesiasticae Historiae Breviarium Pars Prima Quae Complectitur,” an 1831 printing of ”Aristoteles Graece” and an 1838 printing of “ Il Petrarcha Con L'espositione d'Alessandro Vellutello.”  Naturally, this fine collection also features many rare titles covering Dante and his works.

An antique and art reference collection covering a wide variety of topics, from antique furniture and pottery to the history of artwork in Europe and America will be sold.  Featured among the works are a signed copy of Douglas Bennett’s “Irish Georgian Silver” and an original printing of the Girl Scouts Loan exhibition catalog.  The exhibit was a milestone, being the first extensive public display of early American art, raising nearly $500,000 for the Girl Scouts organization in 1929.   Also featured is an impressive three-volume 1893 set on the World’s Columbian Exposition and the vintage three-volume catalogue raisonne of Chagall’s lithographs.  Among these highlighted items are hundreds of exhibition catalogs from the mid-late twentieth century and many art magazines. An important collection of American history titles will be offered.  Among them is an 1819 first edition of “Constitutional Law,” the first published work compiling the state constitutions of the time.  Also included are the 1787 first American edition work on the Quakers of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, an 1800 printing of ” Constitutions of the United States,” and the 1825 printing of ”Monument of Patriotism,” providing biographies of the Founding Fathers.

The dedicated and expert staff of National Book Auctions draw upon decades of experience in the worlds of collectible books and ephemera. Since the company started in the early 1990s, National Book Auctions has sold hundreds of thousands of volumes through live auction and online markets. The methods used by National Book Auctions today to market collectible books and ephemera are effective because they are highly evolved and embrace the most current trends in values and collecting patterns.


12 June 2011
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Ithaca, NY
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