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National Book Auctions - Books and Ephemera - Decorative, Signed, MacK-Childs, etc.

decoration17 April 2011

Featured among the nearly 500 lots in this catalog is a fine selection of first edition writings, a handsome collection of decoratively bound, antique multi-volume sets , and a fine selection of artwork.  We will also offer the balance of a gorgeous collection of MacKenzie-Childs pottery and other signature porcelain manufacturers.

Among the first edition volumes in this catalog is an important 1772 first edition of Defoe’s “Journal of the Plague Year,” set in London, as originally written, without crediting the celebrated author.  A signed copy of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s third musical, “Allegro” is one of several signed volumes in this auction.  This piece is a scarce find as it is signed by both members of the musical pair. 

Featured throughout this catalog is a collection of decorative sets, many of which contain important literary printings and limited edition works.  Most of these sets are bound in leather, decorated with fancy gilt tooling, gilded page edges and other desirable features.   Highlighted among these is a two-volume first edition set of the  “Memoirs of Samuel Pepys,” printed in 1825 and a collection of Cervantes’ works featuring the important 1798, five-volume printing of “Don Quixote.”  Additionally offered are signed collections from Anatole France and Joseph Conrad.  Other collections of writings come from icons such as Alphonse Daudet, Sir Walter Scott and George Eliot.

This catalog completes the sale of the collection of MacKenzie-Childs pottery which began with our March 20th catalog.  This impressive collection ranges from tableware to glassware and tuffets and is being sold as part of the estate of a former MacKenzie-Childs staff member.  The group profiles many of the early, now out-of-production designs created by Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs.  In addition, we will offer a fine collection of Royal Copenhagen porcelain featuring the “Golden Basket” design and a gorgeous collection of blue Jasper Ware Wedgwood pottery with a cherub motif.

A fine collection of professionally framed artwork is sprinkled throughout this catalog, featuring a large signed, limited edition piece by Salvador Dali entitled “Pegasus.”  Also included is a signed artist’s proof by Joe Jones titled “Head Lights and Tail Lights” and an original Camille Pissaro etching “Faneuses d' Eragny" or "Haymkers at Eragny,” from his time in the French commune of Eragny, among other original artwork.

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.


17 April 2011
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