Fine Books & Manuscripts
Our fall book sale will be a major high spot for the department this year. We are offering several items that are only found institutionally including a presentation copy of the Bodley Head Ulysses signed by Joyce and a book owned by Ernest Shackleton that was taken by him on the Nimrod Expedition. Other major works include Audubon's Birds of America complete in octavo, a complete set of Cook's voyage with the elusive atlas, a presentation copy of Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol to Oscar Browning, Aldine's printing of Aristotle's Opera, a massive collection of fore–edge paintings, and several choice bindings.
Salon De Magie • The Collection of Ken Klosterman Part III
The third sale from this legendary collection of magicana will bring to the auction block a unique array of treasures from the legendary "museum down the mineshaft." Among the featured lots are a unique three-sheet Alexander/Adelaide Herrmann lithograph, Houdini's mechanical Blooming Rosebush (constructed by the enigmatic Rudolph Schlosser), Karl Germain's Spirit Cabinet (with original packing trunk), Harry Kellar's Vanishing Lamp, and a host of objects with significant historical association. Unusual devices of wonder from the workshops of Okito, Thayer, and Martin will be offered along with a strong selection of seance room equipment, spook show posters, and rare books and ephemera related to spiritualism, the afterlife, and the apparent abilities of mediums of yesteryear to communicate with the "great beyond." Hardbound catalogs are now available for pre-order - in limited quantities - for $55. Catalogs ship in late September.
Historical Memorabilia & Americana
Our November sale features historical memorabilia and Americana in a diverse range of categories. Highlights include rare relics of the suffrage movement, civil rights ephemera and posters, early cased photographic images, and civil war relics.