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Section I: Americana Books, Manuscripts, Ephemeral Material, Lots 1-254
Section II: Directories of the various United States, Lots 255-325

Section III: African & Asian Americana, Lots 326-371

Section IV: Travel & Exploration, Lots 372-520

Section V:  Cartography, Lots 521-632

Section VI: Books & Shelf Lots sold without reserve, Lots 633-701


Over 700 lots of rare, unusual, significant, and often captivating items ranging from important historical works to scarce ephemeral and manuscript items, with photographs, maps, and more. The Americana section includes material relating to Aviation, the American Civil War, California, Colorado, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, and many others. There are some eighty directories of U.S. states and cities, many quite scarce. Rare African-American and Asian-American history and culture spans early manuscripts to modern pop culture. Travels of the world abound, with many on the Middle East and Central Asia. And there are maps of Europe, Asia, the Americas and beyond, by Ortelius, Hondius, Blaeu, Bowen and other leading cartographers.


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.


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 Scott Lenarsky 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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