MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Vintage auction catalogs, despite competition from growing online databases, still sell by the tens of thousands a year from the offices here of the specialist dealer Jeffrey Eger. Well, not quite offices.
TO the roar of the mechanized world in the late 19th century, the designer William Morris brought the satisfying thwack of handcrafted antiquity.
|The Bay Psalm Book|
|The auction of one of only 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book – the first book printed in what is now the United States of America – set a new world auction record for any printed book when it sold for $14.2 million. This price is well in excess of the previous auction record for a printed book, established in December 2010 at Sotheby’s London when a copy of John James Audubon’sBirds of America sold for $11.5 million.|
An original copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems, sold for $662,500 US ($696,750 Cdn) in New York on Friday, smashing the previous record price for American literature.