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National Book Auctions Presents Books and Ephemera Auction

Artfact is pleased to announce the National Book Auctions’ Books and Ephemera Auction on February 28 is available for online bidding exclusively through Artfact Live! The auction offers over 450 lots including: an uncommon collection of Maurice Sendak material, signed and unsigned modern firsts by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, scarce nineteenth-century works, and rare antique books dating back to the 16th century. If you can’t join the live auction action in Ithaca, New York, visit, or its sister site in the UK,, to login or register free to bid live online at this exceptional auction. If you’re not ready to bid, simply watch the activity live from the auction floor using the Artfact Live! console.

Highlights of the sale include:

The top lot of the sale is Lot 7411, a Maurice Sendak original signed pencil sketch from 1974 featuring Rosie, Kathy, Johnny and Alligator from “Really Rosie.” This drawing served as a study for the animators who worked on Sendak’s “Really Rosie” (1975) a video musical cartoon based on the Nutshell Library with music by Carole King. Bidding for this lot begins at $1,200.

Lot 7454 is a 1939, first edition of “The Grapes of Wrath”, by John Steinbeck. The book comes in a remarkably well-preserved pictorial dustjacket with illustration by Elmer Hader inside of a mylar cover. It also features pictorial endpapers with reproduction of sheet music for “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Bidding for this piece begins at $110.

Lot 7261 is another work by Maurice Sendak, this time it is a boxed set of “The Nutshell Library” books. This 1962, author-signed, first edition set includes: “Pierre,” “Alligators All Around,” “Chicken Soup Rice,” and “One Was Johnny.” Bidding for this lot opens at $40.

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