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More than 500 lots of fine books, ephemera, and other material including early printed books, color plate books, Fine Press books, and many scientific and medical works. Highlights of the sale include Gallessio’s Pomona Italiana and Knorr’s Conchology, both with many stunning colored plates; a large collection of finely printed works from Walter Hamady’s Perishable Press, including a complete set of all 8 Gabberjabb books and many other of the rarest books of the press; early editions or Erasmus, La Fontaine, La Rochefoucauld, Voltaire, and other classics; the remarkable DNA collection assembled by bookseller Samuel Hessel; and a large selection of scientific and medical writings from the inventory of Edwin V. Glaser. Following the cataloged lots will be more than 200 lots offered without reserve.

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 Priority Mail.  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 minimum $10 handling fee plus actual shipping and insurance charges.

Shipping estimates can be obtained  by contacting [email protected] 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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