The Tuesday May 21st “pick” auction features four tables of the books of Steven Stevens. Proceeds from the sale of his collection will benefit the charity Oxfam as requested in his will. In addition, we have books on science, technology, history, medicine, and children’s literature. There will be art books, history, fiction (some signed), biography, travel, adventure, poetry, and ephemera (Paper, magazines, etc). Check the website for photos.
From the Stevens collection: A. A. Milne (1929, SIGNED) By Way of Introduction; Ian Fleming (1962) The Spy Who Loved Me; Stephen King (1975, 2nd issue dj) Salem’s Lot; Rudyard Kipling 1894 & 1925) The Jungle Book and The Two Jungle Books; Edward Norris Wentworth (1948, Signed) America’s Sheep Trails; James Joyce (1936, Limited) Collected Poems of James Joyce; Rev. Robert Taylor (1829) The Diegesis Being a Discovery of Origin, Evidences, and Early History of Christianity; Marc Chagall (1962, with the 2 original lithographs) The Jerusalem Windows; Royal International Gold Collection (1979 – 1982) ten stamp sheets with reproduction gold stamps; and from other consignors M.B.H. De Constant (1815, pamphlet) On the Liberty of the Press; Michael Bakunin (1917 [?] 1st American edition) God and the State; much much more.
This is just a sampling of the material to be found in 160 boxes of books filling nine tables, and 2 tables of ephemera that will be unpacked the day of the auction. We are accepting consignments for “pick” book auctions in 2014. Call Tom at 1-860-908-8067 to discuss your books or visit our website: cfabookauction.com to learn more about CFA Book Auctions.
Steve was an avid picker and collector. He knew books of value when he saw them, but obviously did not limit his near-obsession with acquiring books to those of higher value.
His appetite for books crossed almost all lines, as you can obviously see, although he seemed to have a penchant for kids books, books with nice illustrations, and for some inexplicable reason, books about/featuring donkeys! (We had several of them in his collection in the UK, where he became very infatuated in Oxfam’s humanitarian mission, through patronizing their used books stores scattered all around England. His Penzance cottage had around 60 boxes of old books, many acquired from Oxfam stores. When these books were eventually delivered back to Oxfam for liquidation, they found many old books of mixed value, among them a single turn-of-the 20th century book on billiards, which they sold immediately online for something like 500 quid, as I recall.
His book shop was Dooryard Books, in Camden, Maine, which closed in the mid to late 1990s. He had thousands of books from his shop stored in his small home in Newcastle, ME, and many more in his later-acquired small cottage in rural W. Rupert, VT.
Our next auction will be held on Monday, June 10th. This auction features roughly 2,000 books devoted to trout and fly fishing with a large number of Derrydale and Premier Press volumes.
Auction Preview 1:30-6:00PM
Auction begins at 6:00PM