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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Egypt, Maps, Books-on-Books at National Book Auctions - In The News

Egypt, Maps, Books-on-Books at National Book Auctions

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

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork. We will offer another session from the holdings of Archaeologia Books and Prints and will continue with multiple sessions from this fine inventory over the coming months.  The ephemera lots are led by an array of antique magazines including bound compilations.       

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles. Among the earliest examples are the 1847 printing of "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave," numerous volumes from the exhaustive work, "Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad From the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean," produced during the years 1855 to 1860, and "A Declaration of the Lords and Commons of the Parliament of England," printed in 1642.  Other scarce titles include an author-signed copy of the 1953 first American edition of Wernher Von Braun's "The Mars Project," Goursat's "Sem Renault Caricature Book," and an author-inscribed 1845 first edition of Sumner's "The True Grandeur of Nations."               

Several pleasing collections will also be showcased. Highlighted is this next session from the holdings of Archaeologia which is led by specimens such as the 1851 first edition of Penrose's "Investigation of the Principles of Athenian Architecture," with an autographed letter laid-in, Hassan and Boghdady's "Excavations at Giza," produced in 1932, and the first edition of Blegen, Rawson and Lang's "The Palace of Nestor at Pylos in Western Messenia," produced in four volumes over the years 1966 to 1973.  Additional lots include scarce titles from categories such as slavery debate, Egyptology, archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, decorative antique bindings, children's, books-on-books, printing history and much more. 

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of art and ephemera. A fine selection of antique maps and atlases will be offered including several examples produced during the Civil War and large wall maps. Antique ephemera lots include travel-related, original correspondence, early American newspapers, magazines, engravings, lithographs, Victorian chromolithographs, photographs, stereoviews, 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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