From the Last Testament to The Vampyre, A Tale of Paris, Rare Books and Incunabula Now Open for Bidding on iGavel Auctions

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New Braunfels TX: iGavel Auctions has announced that its online sale of rare books and incunabula is now open for bidding through October 12th on  https://www.igavelauctions.com/auctions/antiquarian-and-other-books

 “We are delighted to present another important sale of rare books and incunabula, from extremely rare 15th century texts to 20thth century literature,” says Lark Mason, Jr.  “There is a wide range of material for bibliophiles who cherish the history of the written word.”

Athanasius. Illustrium Virorum Opuscula, Paris, 1500 (Estimate: $4,000-6,000)
Athanasius. Illustrium Virorum Opuscula, Paris, 1500 (Estimate: $4,000-6,000)

The topics are varied and include religious and historic texts. Among them are: eight incunabula, or books printed prior to 1500 including Athanasius. Illustrium Virorum Opuscula, Paris, 1500 (Estimate: $4,000-6,000) and Scotus, Duns. Quaestiones in Quattuor Libros Sententiarum, 1476-1477 (Estimate: $2,000-4,000). These are some of the first books ever to be printed on a press that used moveable type. Prior to this, the block printing method was used.

From the 16th century are The New Testament of Jesus Christ, translated faithfully into English, Rheims, by John Fogny, 1582, (Estimate: $3,000-5,000) and The Works of Geffrey Chaucer, newly printed, with diverse additions, 1561, (Estimate:  $1,500-2,500).

The 19th century is represented by a handful of iconic texts including a first edition of The Vampyre, A Tale of Paris, by John Polidori, 1819, (Estimate: $1,000-2,000) and Mark Twain’s beloved The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1877 and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1885, (Estimate: $2,000-3,000).

Along with an array of books on religion and exploration, 20th century writers such as John Steinbeck, H.G. Wells and Thornton Wilder round out the sale.

⁠⁠All the books are on view at Lark Mason Associations, at 210 West Mill Street, New Braunfels, TX.  The exhibition is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, now through October 12.  For more information visit: www.igavelauctions.com

About Lark Mason

With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as an expert at Sotheby’s New York.

Mason served as a General Appraiser from 1979 until 1985, and as a Senior Vice President and specialist in Chinese art with Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Department from 1985-2003. From 2000-2003 he concurrently was a Director of Online Auctions for Sothebys.com. He also served as a consulting curator at the Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas from 2003-2009. He is a generalist in American and European works of art and paintings, as well as an expert in the field of Chinese art and has valued and advised many private collectors and institutions.

Lark Mason Associates regularly hosts auctions on the iGavel Auctions platform and has an established history of record sales of Chinese and other works of art and holds the record for the highest price achieved for any work of art in an online sale, for a painting sold in May 2014 that realized close to $4.2m. Mason, the owner and CEO of iGavel Auctions, is noted for his regular appearances on “The Antiques Road Show.”

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