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National Book Auctions - Books and Ephemera

decoration11 Sept. 2011
This catalog features important books, artwork and ephemera. Included are noted early Americana history titles, a collection of rare antique atlases, numerous decorative multiple-volume sets and a variety of other important first and early editions. This catalog also contains several Civil War-related items, an assortment of ephemera and magazines, Victorian lithographs, antique advertisements and original correspondence. 

Among the notable early Americana titles is the 1793 printing of “The Private Life of Benjamin Franklin,” the first edition printed in English of what is considered the greatest autobiography produced in colonial America. Also offered are a scarce first American edition and the first English translation of Charles Botta’s three-volume “History of the War of Independence of the United States of America” and the three-volume “Works of Alexander Hamilton” printed in 1810.

The antique atlases include important mid-to-late Nineteenth Century titles from prestigious publishers and include hand-colored maps of the United States and the world. Featured is the 1876 printing of “Mitchell's New General Atlas” and the 1864 printing of “Johnson's New Illustrated Family Atlas.”

Among the handsome, decorative sets is the Memorial Edition of “The Writings of Mark Twain,” published in 1929 and containing an original, handwritten manuscript page from the estate of Samuel Clemens. Also included are decorative volumes of the writings of Thomas Hardy, Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry, Henry Fielding and other prominent authors.

Other important first and early editions span a variety of subjects, from travel and exploration to children’s books. Early-to-mid-nineteenth century exploration titles include important works Africa, the Orient and the Sandwich Islands. Also featured is a first printing of “The Cat In The Hat” by Dr. Seuss, in the original un-clipped dust jacket.

Civil War offerings include an original oil on canvas painting of Elmer Ellsworth, the first Union soldier killed in the Civil War. Ellsworth was an important figure in the creation of the 11th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment (the “Fire Zouaves”), raised from New York City’s volunteer firefighting companies, and a close confidant of Abraham Lincoln. Ellsworth was killed while retrieving a Confederate flag flying over Alexandria, Virginia. Other lots feature several original, handwritten letters from Civil War soldiers and a collection of “Harper’s Weekly” engravings.

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.


11 Sept. 2011
1429 Danby Road (Route 96B)
Ithaca, NY
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