Antiquarian, Illustrated and Fine Press Books at PBA Galleries

Berkeley, CA – PBA Galleries announces an auction of Antique books with fine press and fine bindings as well as illustrated books with prominent paintings, June 16, 2022. The sale will offer more than 450 lots of fine press works, finely bound works and a wide choice of avant-garde paintings; with rare and old books, illustrated and children’s books and fine examples of graphic design.

Collections on display include selected press works by Victor Hammer, Kenmore Press books and manuscripts by Steven and Meryl Chayt, signed posters by David Lance Goines, works from the golden age of illustration , a sample of Art Deco illustrations, including original and stencil artwork, and much more. The individual lots featured span the centuries, from John Webster’s The Display of Supposed Witchcraft, to a naughty nun painting to Robbie Burns’ poems, to cooking in the British Raj, to MC5 at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom.

As mentioned earlier, the main lots include The display of supposed witchcraft: in which it is asserted that there are many kinds of deceivers and imposters…by John Webster. A 17th century text in which witchcraft is “completely denied and refuted”, including the claim that witches can shapeshift into cats (Estimate: $3,000/5,000). Also offered is The New Testament: The Gospels of S. Mathew, S. Marke, S. Luke and S. John published by Anvil Press. This work represents Victor Hammer’s contribution to the fine press tradition of Bible printing; a masterpiece.

Some bundles of special interest also come out slightly from the book section. A complete set of 12 postcards [with] Bakst [Inedited Works of Bakst] by Léon Bakst will be offered at the sale (Estimate: $5,000 – $8,000). This is a rare set of Feya Kukol (The Fairy Doll) postcards created for the benefit of the Sainte-Eugénie Red Cross Society in 1904. The images are taken from Bakst’s costumes for Feya Kukol, a ballet produced at the Hermitage Theater in February 1903 for the Tsar’s family.

The youth section, with nearly 60 lots, is also very important. You will find a signed copy of The tree that gives by Shell Silverstein. The gifted copy is signed by the author with the most excellent inscription “The Johnson family owns this copy of the very fine book entitled…The Giving Tree – by Shel Silverstein.” (Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000).

Other highlights of the sale include Poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson, published by Edward Moxon in 1845, a fine example of Doves binding (Estimate: $1,500-2,500). You can also find The English version of the Polyglot Bible; Containing the Old and New Testaments: with a copious and original selection of references to parallel and illustrative passages… Printed for Samuel Bagster, with a double painting of Noah’s Ark and the Burning Bush (Estimate: $700-$1,000).

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