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Fine Press Books:
The Collection of the late Marjorie Stern, sold for the benefit of the Special Collections of the San Francisco Public Library

Fine Bindings & Sets

Section I: Fine Press Books: Collection of the Late Marjorie Stern, with additions, Lots 1-212
Section II: Fine Bindings and Sets, Lots 213-272

Section III: Lots sold without reserve, Lots 273-301


300 lots of finely printed books, broadsides and finely bound books and sets. The fine press portion of the auction features the collection of the late Marjorie Stern, being offered here for the benefit of the Special Collections of the San Francisco Public Library. Many fine volumes from the fine presses of the Bay Area and beyond are offered, including works from the Allen Press, Grabhorn Press, Arion Press, Yolla Bolly Press, Limited Editions Club, John Henry Nash, Perishable Press, and many others. The second section of the auction comprises 60 lots of sets and finely bound books. Classic works by some of the great names of Western literature including Robert Burns, Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens, Edward Gibbon, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Francis Parkman, William Shakespeare, and many others.

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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.

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Shipping estimates can be obtained  by contacting Brandon Olsen prior to the auction.


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