Fine Books: A Biblio-Medley for All Tastes

On Thursday, March 7th, PBA Galleries will offer a sale of Fine Books: A Biblio-Medley for All Tastes. On the auction block will be over 500 lots of books and other materials in all subject matters and all fields, from 15th century works on religion to modern illustrated books, with finely bound books, finely printed books, literature, history, Americana, travel, and much more.

First American edition of Johanna Spyri’s classic Heidi

First American edition of Johanna Spyri’s classic Heidi.

Highlights of the sale include rare materials from international print history. The section includes The Sermon on Saint Stephen by Ludovicus Imolensis, a scarce incunable printed by the renowned Stephan Plannck in Rome c.1488-1490 ($1,000-$5,000). Specimen Pages of Korean Moveable Types from Dawson’s Bookshop highlights the Korean invention of moveable metal type two hundred years before Gutenberg (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500). The Printed Quran displays stunning hand-illuminations heightened in gold and printed marginal notes ($4,000-$6,000).

In book arts, we have one of the greatest 19th century English color plates books: Picturesque Tour of the Seine by Jean Baptiste Balthazar Sauvan has 24 hand-colored aquatint plates and is one of only fifty large paper copies of the first edition ($4,000-$6,000).

Zane Grey’s Tales of the Angler’s Eldorado New Zealand, inscribed first edition

Zane Grey’s Tales of the Angler’s Eldorado New Zealand, inscribed first edition

Children’s and adolescent literature will be in the sale. The first American edition of Johanna Spyri’s classic Heidi, published in Boston in 1885, is virtually the earliest obtainable edition in the English language, due to the extreme rarity of the London edition ($1,000-$5,000). Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Waddle Book, published by Blue Ribbon Books in 1934, is complete with the four Waddle plates intact and bound in as issued, the brass pieces, the runway down which the characters waddle, the dust jacket, and the wrap-around band ($3,000-$5,000).

PBA Galleries has John Ashbery’s Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, created at the Arion Press in an edition of 175 copies, with lithographs, etchings and additional artwork by Richard Avedon, Jim Dine and others, all housed in a brushed stainless steel movie canister ($4,000-$6,000).

Printed Quran with hand-illuminations

Printed Quran with hand-illuminations

Other featured lots include: a first edition and family presentation copy of Zane Grey’s Tales of the Angler’s Eldorado New Zealand, inscribed by the author to his wife Dolly ($1,000-$1,500); and a rare copy of An American Genius: The Life of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, signed by over 40 scientists, veterans of the Manhattan Project, laboratory staff, and others, ten of them Nobel Laureates, in 1968 ($8,000-$12,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5th and 6th, 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, March 7th, 9-11 am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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Early Anti-Mormon article in February 21st Americana sale

Millenial Harbinger – Early printed article in book form challenging Mormonism

Millenial Harbinger – Early printed article in book form challenging Mormonism

On Thursday, February 21st, PBA Galleries will offer a sale of Rare Americana, Travel & Exploration, Hawaiiana, World History and Cartography. On the auction block will be over 400 lots of rare, significant, and captivating material revealing the exploration, history, culture, ethnology, and geographic knowledge of the world, from the unknown western reaches of North America to the vast plains of central Asia, with a little bit of paradise in the South Sea. Includes are books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscript material, ephemera, and more.

The rare first two volumes of the Millennial Harbinger from Alexander Campbell’s Restoration Movement, which sought “the unification of all Christians in a single body patterned after the church of the New Testament.” The movement blossomed concurrently with, and competed with, Mormonism and many Campbellites leaving the fold to join the Mormons. In the second volume Campbell published his notable challenge to the tenets of Mormonism, called “Delusions” (pp. 85-97), which was issued separately in pamphlet form in 1832. Delusions is the important first printed article on Mormonism in book form. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.

History of Virginia – One of the earliest imprints of domestic history printed in America

History of Virginia – One of the earliest imprints of domestic history printed in America

A third edition of one of the earliest imprints of a domestic history printed in America, William Stith’s History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia, covers the history of the colony up to 1624. Printed in 1753 by William Parks in Williamsburg, the copy on offer bears the armorial bookplate of George Grenville, the “father of the Stamp Act,” so regarded for his institution of taxation of the American colonies when Prime Minister of Great Britain, causing widespread opposition. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000.

Two maps are featured in the sale. L’Europe divisée selon l’etendue de ses principales parties…, a spectacular 1761 hand-colored copper-engraved map of Europe is especially notable for its surrounding pictorial vignettes which include whaling in Nova Zemlya; bullfighting in Madrid; pillaging by Tartars; swordplay by Hungarians; and cockfighting by the English (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000).  A rare hand-drawn Civil War era map, likely of Confederate origin, depicts portions of Western Tennessee, Northern Alabama and Mississippi.  This was a key area of the western theater of the war, where the Battle of Shiloh was fought, bisected by the Tennessee River, crossed by several railroads. Identified are roads, rivers, river towns, railroad lines, rail stations, and cities (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Autobiography of first African American major leaguer with long inscription

Autobiography of first African American major leaguer with long inscription

A number of lots relating to African-American history will be offered. Of particular interest in this section is the third cookbook by an African-American woman, Pauline’s Practical Book of the Culinary Art for Clubs, Home or Hotels. This very rare first edition contains an eclectic mix of 700 recipes and one hand-written recipe for Prince of Wales cake (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).  Jackie Robinson’s autobiography Wait Till Next Year, has a full-page presentation inscription from Robinson to David Wallerstein, and additionally inscribed by co-author Carl Rowan. Wallerstein was a theater executive and a member of the board of directors at McDonald’s Corp., where he invented the fast food chain’s large size fries (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Other featured lots include:  a first edition of the official account of James Cook’s third and final voyage to the Pacific Ocean (Estimate: $$3,000-$5,000); Girolamo Benzoni’s history of the New World, Novae novi orbis historiae, 1578, revealing Spanish atrocities against the indigenous peoples of the West Indies, as well as against French settlers in Florida (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); and the 1886 first issue of J.M. Hutchings’ In the Heart of the Sierras, in a rare full morocco binding with gilt-lettered presentation from the author to the Board of Commissioners managing the Yosemite Valley (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Tuesday and Wednesday, February 19th and 20th, 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, February 21st, 9-11 am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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Vladimir Nabokov Lepidopterology Archive Highlights the Book Fair Sale

Nabokov Archive

Nabokov Archive

On Thursday, February 7th, PBA Galleries will offer a very select assemblage of rare and collectible books, manuscripts, photographs, prints, and other items, ranging from the 16th to 21st centuries, and spanning a broad range of subject matter. The sale will be a prelude to the 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair with the sale at the venue of the fair.

The first seventy-five lots in the auction are donated by members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and are sold for the benefit of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Benevolent Fund. The final one hundred lots comprise material consigned to PBA Galleries, ranging from antiquarian rarities by Aristotle and Thomas Hobbes to hard-boiled detection by Dashiell Hammett.

A highlight of the sale is a significant archive on novelist Vladimir Nabokov’s research into butterflies, which both pre-dated and was contiguous with his literary endeavors. He was successful in both fields – Nabokov’s importance as a lepidopterist is considered by many to equal that of his importance as a literary figure. Certainly, his literary works are vastly infused with passages and imagery of butterflies. The archive relates to Nabokov’s research on butterflies, particularly the Lepidoptera Lycaenidae, and includes a lengthy handwritten letter to a noted lepidopterist; inscribed reprints of articles by Nabokov; original sketches; and more. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.

Aristotle's Politiques or Discourses of Government

Aristotle’s Politiques or Discourses of Government

Two early political works are featured in the sale. The first edition in English of Aristotle’s Politiques, or, Discourses of Government, from 1598, is the earliest obtainable English language printing of Aristotle. One of the foundational texts of political theory, Aristotle analyzes the idea and possible forms of polity using his four causes and determines constitutional government to be the preferred form (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000). Fifty years later, the first edition of Thomas Hobbes’ seminal work on political philosophy, Leviathan, published in 1651, espouses the pessimistic view that man is a purely selfish creature (Estimate: $15,000-$25,000).

Literature highlights in the sale include: Dashiell Hammett’s first book, Red Harvest, inscribed and signed by Hammett with the advice, “keep a notebook and pencil – the story of the other fellows’ crime pays” (Estimate: $15,000-$25,000); the first edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, 1928, privately printed in Florence, Italy, one of 1000 copies signed by D.H. Lawrence (Estimate: $6,000-$9,000); and the first complete edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Kinder- und Haus-Märchen, consisting of the second edition of volumes 1 & 2, and the first edition of volume 3, 1819-1822 (Estimate: $12,000-$18,000).

First complete edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales

First complete edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Other featured lots in the sale are: a copy of the massive and spectacularly illustrated Voyage pittoresque de la Grece by the Comte de Choiseul-Gouffier, 3 volumes in 2, 1782-1822, with hundreds of fine engraved plates (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000); an exceptionally fine copy of the third edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, considered the most important biological book ever written, in bright original cloth (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000); and Following Abraham Lincoln by Bernhardt Wall, illustrated throughout with some 960 etchings printed in colored inks, a superb set in the original 85 volumes, hand-bound in boards by Wall, with dust wrappers, one of 100 copies (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000).

The sale will begin at 10:00 am Pacific Time, an hour earlier than PBA’s usual sale start time. The public may preview the auction Monday, February 4th, 1-5pm, Tuesday February 5th, 9am-5pm and on Wednesday, February 6th, 9am – noon at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. The sale and an additional preview on Thursday, February 7th, 8-10am will be held at the Oakland Marriott Civic Center Junior Ballroom, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, California. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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Interesting and Uncommon Material on the History, Exploration, Cartography, and Culture of the Four Corners of the Globe

Original photos of sailing ships

Original photos of sailing ships

On Thursday, December 13th, PBA Galleries will host an Americana – Travel & Exploration – Hunting & Sporting – World History – Cartography Sale. Up for auction will be over 550 lots of rare, interesting and uncommon material on the history, exploration, cartography, and culture of the four corners of the globe, ranging from travels into the Ottoman Empire and the Levant to cattle drives in the American west. Included are books, manuscripts, photographs, ephemeral material, graphic items, and a wide range of maps. There is a special section of hunting and sporting books, many from the Derrydale Press.

Highlighted in this sale are some San Francisco related works such as, original photos of sailing ships, from the R.J. Waters Company of San Francisco, with some over 430 gelatin silver prints ($3,000-$5,000). A scarce Merry-makers Map of San Francisco, 1940, showing all the night clubs, saloons, fine restaurants, and other entertainment venues of “Baghdad by the Bay,” the streets crosded by men in suits and hates, and women in nothing at all ($1,200-$1,800).

Kaempfer's History of Japan, 1728

Kaempfer’s History of Japan, 1728

PBA will be offering a variety of world history material: a 4th century sculpture of the head of the world-conqueror Alexander the Great, this was from the ancient Gandhara civilization in present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan ($10,000-$15,000). Nicolas de Nicolay’s popular illustrated work on the Ottoman Empire, Les navigations peregrinations et boyages, faicts en la Turquie, 1576, with depictions of the various peoples under Turkish suzerainty ($5,000-$8,000). The History of Japan, by Engelbert Kaempfer, 2 volumes, 1728, with 45 engraved maps and plates, most folding or double page, a key work in shaping western perceptions of Japan ($5,000-$8,000).

The Americana section includes rare Civil War broadside advertising a concert organized by “The Ladies of Charleston” (South Carolina) to raise money for the construction of a gunboat for the Confederate Navy, which was to become the ironclad ram CSS Palmetto State ($2,000-$3,000). Helen H Taft’s memoirs, Recollections of Full Years, 1914, signed by her and her husband, President William Howard Taft, in a rare dual signing ($2,000-$3,000). Also an autographed note of love an affection from American patriot John Hancock to his wife in 1971 ($3,000-$5,000).

Lastly, to be featured is a hunting/sporting piece, a rare issue bound in full ion skin, of Rowland Ward’s Record of Big Game XIth Edition, 1962, one of an estimated 35 to 70 copies so bound ($1,000-$1,500).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, December 10th, 1 – 5 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 11th and 12th, 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, December 13th, 9-11 am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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The Wonderful World of Oz and More

The Patchwork Girl of Oz - first edition

The Patchwork Girl of Oz – first edition

On Thursday, November 29th, PBA Galleries will host The Craig Noble Collection of L. Frank Baum & the Wizard of Oz. Up for auction will be over 250 lots revolving around the world created by L. Frank Baum, from the marvels of Oz to his pseudonymous books for young people, and all that is related. The successors to Baum as chroniclers of Oz are well represented, with Oz and non-Oz books by Ruth Plumly Thompson, John R. Neill, Jack Snow, and others, plus Oz illustrators such as W.W. Denslow and Dick Martin. Included are many books in rare dust jackets, inscribed books, ephemeral items, and more. Gathered over span of four decades by Craig Noble, seldom does a collection of this scope come on the market in a single auction.

Craig Noble began collecting Oz and Baum books when he received the “white edition” of The Wizard of Oz for his fourth birthday. Today’s collection represents the culmination of a lifelong passion. One of the highlights in this upcoming sale is the first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that began the journey with Dorothy, Toto and their new friends ($2,000-$3,000). The Patchwork Girl of Oz, is the seventh of the Oz books by Baum. This is a first edition, first state, and first binding in the rare first printing color pictorial dust jacket ($4,000-$6,000). The first edition of The Giant Horse of Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson is also going to be auctioned in our great Oz Sale ($1,000-$1,500).

First edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

First edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Some other work by L. Frank Baum will be in the sale. Sam Steele’s Adventures in Panama, was written by Baum under the pseudonym of Hugh Fitzgerald. This version is inscribed by Baum to his brother and signed as Fitzgerald ($8,000-$12,000). By the Candelabra’s Glare, privately printed and bound by Maum in a signed and numbered edition and illustrated by W.W. Denslow. This was their first collaboration ($6,000-$9,000).

We have a rarity signed by Baum’s wife, Maud Gage Baum, the presentation copy of In Other Lands Than Ours. The first and only printing of Maud Baum’s letters from Europe issued for private circulation ($4,000-$6,000). The rest of the highlights for the sale are as follows: W.W. Denslow’s The Pearl and the Pumpkin, the first 1904 first edition with 16 color plates, a presentation copy inscribed by the artist ($4,000-$6,000). The Wonder City of Oz, first edition inscribed and signed by the author and illustrator, John R. Neill ($2,000-$3,000). Lastly, two original oil paintings by Michael Herring used for the cover of the Del Ray paperback edition of The Giant Horse of Oz ($1,500-$2,500).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, November 26th, 1 – 5 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 27th and 28th, 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, November 29th, 9-11 am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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Craig Noble, Passionate Oz Collector

Picture1Craig Noble began collecting Oz and Baum books when he received the “white edition” of The Wizard of Oz for his fourth birthday. Oz is a family tradition, so it was only natural that the Oz stories would be among the first that his mother read to him as a child. After finishing the fourteen original Oz books by L. Frank Baum, Craig was eager to read the remaining Oz books in the official canon, the “Famous Forty.” The only problem was they were out-of-print. That’s when Craig’s uncle told him about the International Wizard of Oz Club. In that pre-Internet age, the club’s “Oz Trading Post” was the best way to find others who wanted to buy, trade, or sell books or other Oz collectibles.

Craig took a break from collecting in his teens and twenties and returned to the Oz project in his thirties, coinciding with the birth of his first child. At an antique shop in Maryland, he picked up Oz books by John R. Neill, Jack Snow, and Rachel Cosgrove. Around this time, he purchased first printings of The Emerald City of Oz and The Road to Oz at an auction. As a member of the International Wizard of Oz Club, he subscribed to its tri-annual journal, The Baum Bugle. From 2013 to 2016 he volunteered as the journal’s editor-in-chief.

Picture2The collection represents the culmination of a lifelong passion. The books offered include: first printings of virtually every Oz and Baum book, many in first printing dust jackets; an incredible variety of variants and later printings; a copy of the scarce Sam Steele’s Adventures in Panama with an even scarcer inscription to Baum’s brother Harry using his pseudonym Hugh Fitzgerald; a first edition of The Art of Decorating Dry Goods Windows and Interiors, which is Baum’s scarcest book after The Book of  Hamburgs.

Though his collection was among his most prized possessions, Craig feels his two college-aged children are his greatest achievements. His son and daughter are simply priceless.

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Ancient Sculptures from Gandhara

Alexander the Great - 4th Century Terracotta Sculpture

Alexander the Great – 4th Century Terracotta Sculpture

On Thursday, November 15th, PBA Galleries  will host a Fine & Rare Books with three important ancient sculptures from Gandhara. Up for auction will be over 200 lots of rare and significant material, ranging from second century sculptures from the Gandhara civilization to rarities of modern science fiction, important natural history works to original artwork for classic children’s books, and much in between. There are numerous early works on religion focusing on Catholicism, books and sets in fine bindings, color plate books, Asian erotica, illustrated books, medical book, literary landmarks, and much more.

Highlighted in this sale is the terracotta sculpture of Alexander the Great from Gandhara in the 4th century. His conquest of much of eastern and central Asia exerted great artistic influence on the Gandhara civilization, as well as social, cultural and military influences (Estimate: $25,000-$35,000). A sculpture of the head of Buddha from the Gandhara civilization in what is now Pakistan is being offered in this auction as well. The head was carved from gray schist, circa 2nd -3rd century (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000). These were both gifts from H.R.H. Muhammad Mohabbat Khanjee, the last reigning Nawab of Junagadh State in India, to Noor Mohammad Charlie, late husband of the current owner. With a copy of the letter of provenance by H.R.H. Jehangir Khanjee, grandson of Muhammad Mohabbat Khanjee, and Nawab of Junagadh in exile, dated Karachi, Pakistan, December 12, 1999.

Following Abraham Lincoln by Bernhardt Wall will also be up for auction. This set is completed with the original 85 volumes, is illustrated throughout with some 960 etchings printed in colored inks,  hand-bound in boards with dust wrappers. This is just one of one-hundred copies. created over a span of twelve years, with original etchings which chronologically follow Lincoln’s life and depict his boyhood homes and places of interest throughout his career (Estimated: $8,000-$12,000).

 Sculpture of the head of Buddha


Sculpture of the head of Buddha

Les Oiseaux by Édouard Traviès, 1857, an exquisite series of bird portraits in their natural habitats, with 54 folio color lithographed plates, finished by hand and heightened with gum Arabic. Édouard Traviès was one of the best known natural history illustrators of 19th century France (Estimated: $20,000-$30,000). We will also be auctioning Let Us Compare Mythologies, the first book by revered poet/singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, an early presentation copy inscribed by Cohen the year of publication, with the original dust jacket. This is one of the four-hundred copies printed (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000).

Other featured lots in the sale include: Folio Aldine Press printing of Orationes horum rhetorum, in Greek, 1513, featuring writings by Aeschinis, Lysiae, Alcidamantis and others, a fine example if Aldine Manutius’ Greek printing (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000). Persian manuscript of the collected works of the 14th century poet Hafez, whose writings are regarded as a pinnacle of Persian literature, steeped in mysticism but also the joys of love and wine, executed in the 17th or 18th century (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000). Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, where firemen ignite fires to burn books, one of 200 copies bound in special Johns-Manville Quinterra white asbestos, signed by the author (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, November 12th, 1 – 5 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13th and 14th, 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, November 15th, 9-11 am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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Why collect cookbooks?

Celia of Omnivore Books

Celia of Omnivore Books

As the owner of one of the country’s few cookbook stores, it’s a question I get asked a lot. A simple answer would be that I love to cook. But a deeper response would be that, more than any other genre, cookbooks tell us everything about a culture, a time, a place, a people. Witness the lot in this sale on auto-camping, when cars were new to America’s roads and an entire subculture of eating out was born. Or the early African American cookbooks herein that guide us from the authors’ journeys from slavery to freedom, and on to entrepreneurial pursuits in the world of cooking – they bring us simple, hunger-satisfying recipes from their upbringings, as well as more sophisticated techniques they learned along the way in their careers into full citizenship.

First Creole Cookbook, 1885

First Creole Cookbook, 1885

Antebellum Southern cookbooks show us what foods were native to the Southeast, and how they were cooked at a time before the stereotype of fried foods and sweet tea overwhelmed the true soul of that cuisine. Oh, for a slurp of terrapin soup with delicate cream right now. Witness the game and preserving chapters in the 19th century community cookbooks from across the country, and you’ll understand what was growing in different states, and which migration routes wild fowl were following (before they got shot out of the sky and fried up in lard over the hearth).

Prohibition-era cocktail books divulge the secrets of how enterprising adults in need of a drink were able to procure one, and pre-Prohibition ones present the first appearances of many of the drinks we order today. This auction contains the first two Creole cookbooks printed, both published in 1885, which expanded the understanding of the foods that had evolved from the French Acadians, who moved South to become Cajuns. Lastly, let’s not ignore within these pages the 1541 edition of Apicius, the first cookbook ever printed, with its in-depth descriptions of spices and herbs used in the cookery of Ancient Rome. It sounds sappy, but as I catalogued that volume, I held the cool vellum binding to my cheek and closed my eyes, imagining the 450 years that had passed between its printing and my hands, and I swooned.

I hope you will, too, in reading this catalogue. Researching and cataloging these books was both an honor and a thrill for me, and I’m pleased as pre-Prohibition era punch to present it to you,

Celia Sack
Omnivore Books on Food

Join us November 8th at 11AM Pacific Time for our first Food & Drink Auction.

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PBA Galleries’ Food and Drink Premiere

Apicius – First edition of the First Cookbook

Apicius

On Thursday, November 8th, PBA Galleries will host their first sale devoted exclusively to books about Food & Drink. Up for auction will be over 350 lots of rare and collectible works on the culinary and gastronomical arts, with fine wines and cocktails, recipe books, housekeeping manuals, and others. Included are early African American and Creole cookbooks, Southern Cookery, classic 20th century cookbooks, early California cuisine, charity cookbooks, nutrition, medicinal plants, and much more.

Commonly considered the first cookbook, Apicius’ summi adulatricis medicinae artificis, De re culinaria libri decem. B. Platinae Cremonensis De tuenda ualetudine, natura rerum, & popinae scientia libri X from 1541, is thought to have been originally written in manuscript form in the 4th and 5th centuries. The foods described give an idea of the dietary habits of the ancient world around the Mediterranean, but the recipes are geared for the wealthiest classes, and a few contain what were exotic ingredients at that time (e.g., flamingo). The descriptions of herbs and spices not only show what was being used in cooking at the time, but also gives a picture of what was being grown and traded at the time. (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000)

The Joy of Cooking – 1/3000 copies of the First Edition of this American Classic still in print today

The Joy of Cooking

Two first editions by African Americans figure prominently in the sale. Published in 1881, What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking… by Abby Fisher was the second book by an African—Americana woman published in the U. S. Fisher, born a slave in Mobile, Alabama, moved to San Francisco after the Civil War and became a successful caterer winning numerous awards for her preserves at county fairs. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed many copies of this book making extant copies quite rare (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000). The Lone Star Cook Book and Meat Special, was the first cookbook written by a black hotel chef. Published in 1929 in Nashville, Tennessee, this copy is inscribed by author Artaway Fillmore to his mother and father, who was also a renowned chef (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000).

The Settlement – The Way to a Man’s Heart, one of the most successful cookbooks of the 20th century

The Settlement – The Way to a Man’s Heart

From the drinks section of the sale, Études sur le Vin, 1866, is a first edition of Louis Pasteur’s seminal work on fermentation in wine Illustrated with wood engravings and 32 color lithograph plates depicting fermentation, the work explains Pasteur’s work that demonstrated fermentation was the result of minute living organisms and the heating process recommended was the earliest description of “Pasteurization” (Estimate: $800-$1200).
A rarity from the 20th century is a first edition of The Joy of Cooking. One of only 3,000 copies, author Irma Rombauer published it in 1931, at the height of the Great Depression, her own expense to help her recovery from her husband’s suicide. An American classic, the book remains in print today. (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000)

Fisher – Second cookbook published by an African-American woman

Mrs. Fisher’s Southern Cooking

Other featured lots in the sale include: The Creole Cookery Book, 1885, the first cookbook of Creole cookery, and the first New Orleans recipe collection (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000); The Way to a Man’s Heart, the first edition of “The Settlement” cook book, published in Milwaukee in 1901 (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); Alexandre Dumas’ posthumous culinary masterpiece, Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine, 1873, the author of swashbuckling adventures taking on the marvels of gastronomy (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and The Carolina Housewife, by Sarah Rutledge, published in Charleston, South Carolina in 1851, the second edition of the classic Southern cookbook (Estimate: $1,200-$1,800).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, November 5th, 1 – 5 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 6th and 7th, 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, November 8th, 9-ll am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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Antelope, Bison, Cougar: A National Park Wildlife Alphabet Book, Part of a Collection of Original Illustration Art and Illustrated Books

Turtle and the Moon

Turtle and the Moon

Most everyone remembers their favorite book as a child, a book with few words but vivid illustrations that transported the reader to new places and adventures. Collectors often start their collection with one of these books from their childhood but few have the opportunity to collect the original piece of art used to illustrate their favorite book. On Thursday, November 1st, PBA Galleries will offer a collection of original illustration art for children’s books.

Many West Coast contemporary illustrators of children’s books are represented in the collection with significant offerings by Jamichael Henterly (Arthur on Horseback), Elisa Kleven (The Puddle Pail), Melissa Mathis (Turtle and the Moon), Stacey Schuett (Outside the Window) and Daniel San Souci (Antelope, Bison, Cougar: A National Park Wildlife Alphabet Book). Many of the illustrations will be offered with a copy of the book where the art appears.
A highlight of the sale is an original watercolor by Daniel San Souci for Steven P. Medley’s Antelope, Bison, Cougar: A National Park Wildlife Alphabet Book. The illustration for B is for Bison, show a group of four American buffalo relaxing on the grasslands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Included is a signed and numbered limited edition of the book. The colophon is an additional page featuring the Florida panther in the Everglades National Park. Also, included in the books is a numbered lithograph of a drawing used on the G is for Grizzly page and a separate color print of the Florida panther.

B is for Bison

B is for Bison

Steven P. Medley has written about Yosemite National Park many times, but Antelope, Bison, Cougar: A National Park Wildlife Alphabet Book was his first children’s book. Dan San Souci has illustrated around fifty books for young readers and was the author for several of them. Both author and illustrator are Northern California natives with a passion for wildlife and national parks, as well as sharing the beauty with others. Daniel San Souci called this alphabet book the achievement of a lifelong dream, using his art to show the importance of wildlife in our national parks.

The Puddle Pail

The Puddle Pail

This auction is for new and seasoned collectors alike. Whether it is for a memory from childhood or for the love of collecting original illustrations, this sale will capture the eyes of many for all of the vivid images. Ranging from bedtime stories, to ABC books, to just plain fiction. Celebrate the art of illustration that captures the eyes of those who look at it.

The catalogue for the November 1st sale will be posted 2-3 weeks before the auction at www.pbagalleries.com. The sale will begin at 11:00am Pacific Time. The public may preview the auction Monday, October 29th, 1 – 5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 30th and 31st, 9am – 5pm; and Thursday, November 1st, 9-11am or by appointment at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. PBA accepts absentee bids by phone, fax or email or bids may be placed during the sale in person or online. For more information, please contact PBA at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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