National Book Auctions' mid-April auction in New York State featured a wide assortment of collectible books and ephemera including a 1722 first printing of Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year, which sold for $2,520.
A 24-volume set of The Works of George Eliot also found favour with collectors and investors, achieving $1,560. Bound in marbled paper with three-quarter crimson leather, raised spine bands and bright gilt embossing, the antique set is the limited Arbury Edition, numbered 302 of 1,000.
An impressive assortment of other decorative sets were featured at the five-hour auction including a 12-volume collection of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote De la Mancha (1798) which realised $1,380 and included many engraved illustrations with tissue-paper guard sheets.
A single copy of Publius' The Federalist (1802) sold for $1,700 and was among numerous other important single books profiled at the event.