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Section I:  Rare Books & Manuscripts, Lots 1-198

Section II: The Paulette & Stephen Modiano Roycroft Collection, Lots 199-289

A select catalogue of just under 300 lots of rare books, manuscripts, photographs and related materials. The sale includes the superb collection of fine books printed and bound by the Roycrofters of East Aurora, New York, gathered over several decades by Paulette and Stephen Modiano, one of the finest Roycroft collections in private hands. The offering ranges from early printed monuments such as the Nuremberg Chronicle of Hartmann Schedel, 1493, to a book by John Lennon signed by all four Beatles, with early historical works, fine bindings, illuminated manuscripts, color plate books, landmarks of science, alchemical and occult works, important literature, travel, Americana, 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.


Terms and conditions


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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