Rare Book Monthly

Articles - December - 2011 Issue

Collecting Pop-Up Books & Movables: An Old Field with New Fans

Bug in burger

David Pelhams' SENSATIONAL SAMBURGER, complete with critters.

And last but not least, a really fun title to be enjoyed with (but not touched by) children and/or grandchildren is DR. SEUSS POPS UP! a celebration of seven Seuss classics, Random House 2005. This is a vivid, delightful & complex book -- it pops, it rolls, it has all manner of pull tabs and considering the complexity it’s easy to find and relatively inexpensive. Look for it on eBay or any of the book data bases.  For collecting purposes you’ll want a copy that is a stated FIRST EDITION and has a number line that reads 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.

Remember a taste for pop ups, once acquired, is an addictive pursuit and it’s easy to get hooked. Keep them clean, keep them cool, and keep those little fingers off the moving parts and you’ll have a collection that will bring many years of enjoyment that can’t be replicated on a Kindle or iPad.

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Reach Ellen GK Rubin, also known as the Pop Up Lady, at popups@popuplady.com

Reach AE writer Susan Halas at wailukusue@gmail.com

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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