Winter Magic Auction
Our December sale features the collection of Bob Rossi. While Mr. Rossi was an ardent collector of books and manuscripts, his main focus was memorabilia from the career of Joseph Dunninger, the "master mind of modern mystery." Rossi's collection includes extra-illustrated books from Dunninger's library, along with association copies of his own books, a range of works on spiritualism, witchcraft, and conjuring, as well as large archives of ephemera and memorabilia from Dunninger's own files, as well as his career. Among the highlights are the Houdini forcing bible, inscribed by Houdini to Dunninger. A strong offering of posters, apparatus, and associated ephemera will round out the auction.
Potter & Potter is excited to begin the year with an expansive vintage poster auction consisting of hundreds of travel, war and propaganda, theatrical, advertising, concert, winter sports, and pictorial map posters. The sale includes a trove of early advertising and World War I posters from the company archives of the Western Litho. Co. of Los Angeles, and works by notable designers and masters of the form such as Hohlwein, Cappiello, Steinlen, David Klein, James Montgomery Flagg, Jo Mora, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Norman Rockwell, Austin Cooper, and Paul George Lawler.
Fine Books & Manuscripts
Our first book sale of the year will offer an array of items not seen on the market in over a century. Our Americana section will feature one of the rarest and important Revolutionary War narratives being Ethan Allen’s account of his captivity in British prisons printed in 1779. This section will also highlight several scarce cartographic items related to the Great Lakes region including the earliest obtainable map of the area by Coronelli. The sale will also feature a choice selection of travel and exploration works including a second edition of Hakluyt’s voyages. Other items in the sale include The Arabian Nights’ Entertainment translated by Lane in its original monthly parts with the only other known copy being in the Pierpont Morgan Library, a pristine copy of Huckleberry Finn, and an Einstein letter critiquing a set of equations. We will round out the sale by offering an expansive fine press section that will include titles from the Kelmscott Press, Doves Press, Limited Editions Club and several works printed on vellum.