Charles Dickens and Madonna lead New York auction

National Book Auctions is having another sale early next month following its Civil War-themed auction on August 29 which included Maurice Sendak signed books, artwork and posters.

This auction features a collection of antique history volumes on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, early aviation material and an assortment of signed volumes and classic first editions.

Featured in this catalogue is a collection of material providing an in-depth history of the State of Massachusetts, from the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock through the early twentieth century.

The volumes in this group include a number of large county histories, providing biographical sketches of important figures within the counties. Also included are volumes outlining the history of large cities, such as Boston, Cambridge, and Gloucester, as well as the small, early towns throughout the state.

The antique aviation material available in this auction includes many pieces from the early days of flight. The collection features many classic magazines with brightly coloured covers, original pilot logs from the 1920's with handwritten notes, photographs, posters, and much more.

Included in this catalogue is a collection of signed material from classic and modern authors and political figures. Featured is a two-volume set of "The Alhambra" from 1832, with each volume signed by the author, Washington Irving (Geoffrey Crayon).

Also included are signed letters and books by and about Josephine Lazarus, a Jewish American essayist, and sister of poet Emma Lazarus, whose words appear on the Statute of Liberty. Among the other signed material are volumes autographed by Stephen King and Madonna, as well as Vincent Bugliosi's "Helter Skelter" and Tim O'Brien's 1973 volume on Vietnam.

This collection also includes a number of books signed by political figures, featuring a program signed by John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Also offered are two tomes signed by John Kerry, including his Vietnam protest piece from 1971 "The New Soldier," and signed volumes by Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, as well as Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

This catalogue also features several classic first editions, including three by Charles Dickens - "David Copperfield," "Dombey and Son" and "Oliver Twist." The sale takes place on October 3.


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