PBA to auction rare books, manuscripts, ephemera on Aug. 31

1968 Jimi Hendrix poster

Early 1968 Jimi Hendrix Experience concert poster with Rick Griffith ‘Flying Eyeball’ design. Est. $5,000-$8,000


SAN FRANCISCO – PBA Galleries’ August 31 Fine Books in All Fields Auction will feature over 450 lots of interesting, unusual and valuable material in a broad range of subject areas, from early printed books and finely bound sets to scarce items from Japan and China. Included are books, manuscripts, rare ephemera, photographs, colored botanical plates, original comic and illustration art, vintage rock posters, and much more. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

A rare Jimi Hendrix Experience rock poster from early 1968 (shown at top) is a highlight of the sale. One of the most desirable posters of the genre, it features the iconic “Flying Eyeball” design of Rick Griffin, influenced by the 1950s auto detailing art of Von Dutch, and advertised the February 1 and 4 concerts at the Fillmore and the February 2 ad 3 concerts at Winterland, which also saw John Mayall and the Blues Breakers and Albert King performing. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000.


1968 Jimi Hendrix poster

Caricatures by W.R. Sculthorpe, 1867, 61 (of once 66) original watercolor drawings, est. $3,000-$5,000


A unique collection of 61 original watercolor caricature drawings by W.R. Sculthorpe (above), humorously depict various aspects of English life and society in the latter half of the 19th century. Executed in the 1860s, some are redrawings of earlier works dating as early as the 1830s. Five illustrations lacking from the original album were sold at a 1998 auction at Christie’s. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.

The editio princeps of Appian of Alexandria’s Romanarum Historiarum, the history of the wars of the ancient Roman Empire dates from 1551. This work is often cited as the supreme example of the use of the Royal Greek Types. The title page in is Greek and Latin, with the remaining text in Greek. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.


1968 Jimi Hendrix poster

Appian of Alexandria, Romanarum Historiarum, first edition published 1551 in Lutetiae (Paris), est. $2,000-$3,000


An exceptional commercially produced photograph album of China in the 1920s has some 165 original photographs, with printed descriptive text in Chinese. The superb selection of views presents the country from Shanghai to Manchuria, the China Sea to the western deserts. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500


1968 Jimi Hendrix poster

Circa-1920s album containing approximately 165 original photographs of China, est. $1,500-$2,500


The scarce first American edition of Mary Shelley’s Lodore, her largely autobiographical novel of 1835, focuses on political and ideological issues, particularly the education and social role of women. This copy is bound with Frederick Marryat’s The Naval Officer, apparently as issued. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500.

Other lots featured in the sale include: the scarce Arthur Rackham illustrated A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (shown below) in the original full vellum, estimate $1,000-$1,500; a rare true first edition of Beatrix Pottter’s Peter Rabbit, estimate $4,000-$6,000; the complete play, The Merry Wives of Windsor, from the second folio edition of Shakespeare’s works from 1632, estimate: $6,000-$9,000; and Bengal Story: Tales from Orissa, Bengal & Sikkim, a striking artist’s book by Susan Allix with five etchings and five linocuts, one of 10 special copies on hand-made paper, estimate: $1,500-$2,500.

1968 Jimi Hendrix poster

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, published 1915, illustrations by Arthur Rackham, including 12 tipped-in color plates on brown paper mounts. No. 473 of 525 copies. Est. $1,000-$1,500


The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. For more information on any item in the auction call 415-989-2665 or email pba@pbagalleries.com.