Rare Book Monthly

Articles - November - 2008 Issue

Rosemary Sullivan Rare Books to Disperse at Auction


Patrick Gass, A Pennsylvania local

The Three Rivers Auction Company is pleased to offer from the collection of Rosemary Sullivan, a rare and out-of-print book dealer, and her late husband Bob "Sully" Sullivan, 1000's of fine and collectible books. This important collection has been assembled over a lifetime, many purchased directly from prominent collectors, individuals, and families. The Sullivans' personal collections included titles on history, glass, antiques, jewelry, photography, flowers, architecture and much more. Mr. Sullivan's knowledge as a gardener, a jewelry maker and a glass enthusiast, is represented in this collection.

Cataloged Books: Featuring fine first editions in many categories as well as history (Pennsylvania and local regions), Americana, military, glass, antiques, photography, flowers, Nazi Germany, RR, sportsman and autographed books from the Gov. Martin library. Books were purchased from the Gov. Edward Martin estate, local historians Albert Miller (founder of Meadowcroft), A. D. White, Noah Thompson, Ray Knestrick, Earle Forrest plus many other notable families.

Box Lots to be Sold After Cataloged Auction. For those who are interested in bidding on box lots, we will be posting those lots with photos on our website one week prior to the auction which will be available for absentee bidding at that time. Many box lots of books on literature, humor, guns, military, history, art and various other subjects will be available.

The book business goes on in its ever changing ways. These books, that have been part of many lives and most recently part of Mrs. Sullivan and her husband's collecting and reselling, will now, in the complex ways that material is purchased be dispersed in a thousand directions. All the evidence suggests they'll be freighted with good karma.

[1] Link to Three Rivers Auction via AE Auction Pages.

[2] Direct link to Three Rivers Auction Company.

[3] Link to Proxi-Bid for this sale.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Adam Smith, <i>Wealth of Nations,</i> first edition, descended from William Alexander, London, 1776. $70,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> George Gershwin, photograph signed & inscribed with autograph musical quotation, <i>An American in Paris,</i> 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Friedrich Engels, <i>The Condition of the Working Class in England,</i> first edition, NY, 1887. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> <i>Bury St. Edmunds Witch Trials,</i> first edition, London, 1682. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Robert Rey, <i>Estampes,</i> complete portfolio of 12 wood engravings, Paris, 1950. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Archive of 47 letters by Enrico Caruso to a lady friend, 1906-20. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Books of Hours in Flemish, Netherlands, 15th century. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Doctor Sax,</i> deluxe limited edition, signed, NY, 1959. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Walt Disney, signature on title-page of Ward Greene’s <i>Lady and the Tramp,</i> first edition, first printing. $3,000 to $4,000.

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