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Section I: Roycroft Press Collection of Clifford J. Awald, Lots 1-71


Section II: Books Bound by John F. Grabau, Lots 72-109


Section III: Finely Bound Books and Sets, Lots 110-159

Section IV: Illustrated & Children’s Books, Lots 160-341


Section V: Fine Books in All Fields, Lots 342-498


Section VI: Books, Art, & Shelf Lots sold without reserve - following Lot 498


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Over 500 lots of beautiful and rare books and other items, including a fine collection of books from Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft Press, the property of the late Clifford J. Awald of Buffalo, NY, many finely bound and in striking full morocco bindings with hand illuminations.  There is also a fine selection of additional, non-Roycroft books finely bound by master binder John F. Grabau, who managed the Roycroft bindery.  Also included in the auction are other finely bound books and sets; a host of illustrated books by Aubrey Beardsley, Edmund Dulac, Rockwell Kent, Arthur Rackham and others; children’s books by Ludwig Bemelmans, L. Frank Baum, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, Florence K. Upton, and their peers. Plus fine press books, early printed books, literary oddities, and much more.


PBA Dynamic Bidding

When you place an absentee bid online, PBA's Dynamic Bidding will calculate your absentee bid against competing absentee bids and determine the current high bid amount.  So, for example, if you place an absentee bid of $200 on an item with a minimum bid of $100, you will be notified that you are the high bidder and the bid is at $100.  If a second bidder then places a bid of $150, your bid will be incremented up to $160.   The under bidder will also be notified by email that their bid was outbid with a link to the item to enter a higher bid if desired. The current high bid will be the starting bid when the lot comes up in the live auction itself. In addition to providing full transparency, Dynamic Bidding will allow you to make more informed decisions.

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Shipping info:

We have a full service shipping department to ensure proper packing and safe delivery of purchases at reasonable cost. We are specialists at packing and shipping books and works on paper.   All lots purchased by the same client are combined for shipping in order to keep the cost as economical as possible.  Our preferred method for domestic shipments is UPS Ground but we can also ship via FedEx or USPS.  For international orders we select the most appropriate carrier depending on the value and weight of the items purchased.  We are happy to accommodate special arrangements by request.

Invoices are sent out the day following the auction and include a $10 handling fee plus actual shipping and insurance charges.

Shipping estimates can be obtained by contacting William Taylor prior to the auction.


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All accepted bids are contracts and are considered final and non withdrawable.


A buyer's premium of 20% will be applied to all purchases.


The person posting the bids online has to be the person who has registered for the auction.

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