Bloomsbury New York Bibliophile Sale

Bloomsbury Auctions New York announces the opening sale of its 2008 fall season. The largest sale to date, this two-day Bibliophile sale will consist of Americana, Maps, Literature , Fine Bindings, Original Art and Art Books, and the remarkable Fred M. Meyer Collection of L. Frank Baum and Related Oziana.

The sale will commence on September 17th with the Fred M. Meyer Collection. As Executive Secretary of The International Wizard of Oz Club, Inc. for nearly forty years, Mr. Meyer amassed a wealth of first editions, manuscripts, printer’s proofs, rare toys and games, and drawings by W. W. Denslow, John R. Neill and others. The day will continue with a fine group of original artworks and art related books. Highlights from this section include a rare, full series of La Gazette du Bon Ton in original wrappers (Estimate $50,000-$70,000). This groundbreaking Parisian fashion periodical contains hundreds of pochoir plates by George Barbier, Raul Dufy, George Lepape, Umberto Brunelleschi, A. E. Marty, Paul Iribe and many other masters of the art-deco age of elegance. The first day of the sale will conclude with the sale of Literature and Fine Bindings.

The second day of the sale highlights Americana, Maps and Travel Literature. Included in this offering is the first American edition of Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, printed by Prichard and Hall in 1788, estimated at $3,000-$4,000, as well as Johannes Jansson’s major atlas Le Nouvel Atlas ou Theatre de Monde, auquel represente la Grande Bretagne. Tome Quatriesme , estimated at $5,000-$8,000.

James Cummins, a Bibliophile specialist, remarked, “We are excited to open this season with the Bibliophile sale. The Bibliophile sale is our chance to offer a full gamut of fine books allowing collectors of all levels to participate.”

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