BERKELEY, Calif. – On Thursday, November 3, PBA Galleries will host an auction with nearly 450 lots of illustrated books, children’s books, posters and works of graphic design, books on food and drink, and a wide selection of golf titles. Featured are examples from the golden age of illustration; posters from the 1890s to the 1960s, with more recent work by David Lance Goines; a large selection of cocktail manuals; and for those who take their potations at the 19th hole, golf. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
A highlight of the children’s books in the auction is a first edition of Curious George by H.A. Rey, illustrated in color by the author. A classic, it was first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1941 after the author and his wife fled to the United States when the Nazis captured Paris. Its estimate is $1,500-$2,500.
From the food and drink selections comes The Bar-Tender’s Guide or How to Mix All Kinds of Plain and Fancy Drinks… by Jerry Thomas. Published in 1887, it is the first drink book ever published in the United States and represents the codification of what was then an oral tradition of recipes. The Brandy Daisy, Fizz, Flip, and variations of Punch are just a small taste of some of the recipes offered. A more recent collection of drink recipes is The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David A. Embury, dating to 1958. Called “the Escoffier of cocktail books” by its publisher, the book contains hundreds of recipes as well as sections on glassware, bar equipment and a discussion on bitters. It has an estimate of $1,200-$1,800.
A notable offering in the golf section is Scotland’s Gift: Golf by Charles Blair Macdonald. One of 260 copies and signed by the author, it includes the scarce publisher’s slipcase. Macdonald was a pioneer of golf in America, laying out the courses at the Chicago Golf Club, the National on Long Island and Mid-Ocean at Bermuda. This edition contains six color plates, three more than what appears in the first trade edition. It is estimated at $6,000-$9,000.
Featured in the poster section is Chez Panisse Tenth Birthday by David Lance Goines, a beautiful four-color offset-printed and signed poster celebrating the 10th anniversary of Alice Waters’ famed restaurant. This is one of more than 20 lots in the sale by the Berkeley-based graphic design artist, and it has an estimate of $300-$500. Another standout in the poster category is Don’t Buy Grapes or Gallo Wine: The Farmworkers Need You Now, created during the 1970s grape boycotts and the farmworkers’ rights movement in which Cesar Chavez was a key figure. Its estimate is $500-$800.
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