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National Book Auctions - Books and Ephemera: Champney, Modern 1st’s, Nautical, etc.

decoration03 June 2012
This auction features a broad range of rare antique books, as well as a quantity of posters and ephemera.  Featured is a large collection of modern first editions, the majority of which retain their original dust jackets.  We will also offer another session from the large nautical collection we are bringing to market over a series of auctions this year. Ephemera lots include magazines, advertising and various other genres.

Featured among the rare and collectible books to be sold are many modern first editions, including a number of author-signed copies, a copy of “A Set of Six,” inscribed by author Joseph Conrad to colleague John Charles Tarver as well as dozens of signed first editions by prominent writers such as Ed McBain, Michael Connelly and Jesse Kellerman.  Also featured is the 1862 first American edition of Victor Hugo’s classic, “Les Miserables,” published in five volumes.  A number of desirable antique children’s books will be sold, including pleasing volumes filled with color chromo-lithographic plates.

Found throughout this catalogue are pleasing groups of ephemera along with vintage and antique posters and broadsides and a unique 1885 sketchbook which includes 12 original works of art.  The sketchbook was circulated by a prominent lady of Victorian society who presented the book to several artists, principally in Boston in 1885 and invited them to create an original drawing within.  Included are two drawings and a letter, executed by and belonging to celebrated White Mountains artist, Benjamin Champney. Many vintage and antique posters will be offered, ranging from an important 1876 broadside to various twentieth century examples featuring the work of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Jean Cocteau.


03 June 2012
1429 Danby Road (Route 96B)
Ithaca, NY
National Book Auctions
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