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Section I - Literature, Lots 1-135

Section II - Oziana by L. Frank Baum & Others, Lots 136-229

Section III - Non-Oz books by Oz Authors, 230-254

Section IV - Illustrated & Children's Books, Lots 255-341

Section V - Fine Books in All Fields, Lots 342-418

Section VI - Catalogued Books sold without reserve, Lots 419-442

Section VII - Shelf lots sold without reserve, following lot 442


Over 400 lots of fine books and related material of literary, illustrative, decorative, artistic and intellectual interest. Of particular note is an important group of books, letters, and original watercolor paintings by Hermann Hesse, all from a private collection, a gift from the Hesse family. These are accompanied by significant German Expressionist publications from between the wars, including a number of works illustrated by Georg Grosz. Also in the sale are fine bindings and sets, striking illustrated books, literary highspots, imaginative children’s books, and the wonderland of Oz. 

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


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