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Sierra Madre Library Friends auctions rare books from Leibovitz to Thackeray

Friends of the Sierra Madre library offer rare books and first editions at silent auction in May.
Friends of the Sierra Madre library offer rare books and first editions at silent auction in May.

Looking to purchase a hard-to-find antique tome or a signed first edition? The Sierra Madre Library may be just the place to go. The book sale committee of the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library has received some significant gifts recently, and is presenting them at silent auction from May 7 through June 3, 2013.

Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Sierra Madre Library’s programs, services, and acquisitions. The Friends can be reached online or phone at (626) 355-7186.

The books, listed below, will be on display at the library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre in the main room and available for closer inspection on Saturdays, May 11, May 18, May 25 and June 1 from 1-2 p.m. when a member of the book sale committee will be on hand to assist.

Bidding sheets and rules will be available in a notebook located on the library’s checkout counter. Each of the 15 books will be numbered and have a corresponding numbered bid sheet in the notebook. Bidding must begin with the stated opening bid posted on the sheet and increases must abide by the posted increase. Bidding closes promptly at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 3. If not present at that time, winning bidders will be notified by telephone the next day to pick up their books at the library.

Complete list of books to be auctioned

A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005 by Annie Leibovitz, Random House 2006
Everything to Gain-Making the Most of the rest of Your Life by Jimmy and Roslyn Carter (signed, first edition) Random House 1987
History of Pasadena and the SG Valley, CA by Harold D. Carew (Sierra Madre resident – forward written from Pulpit Lodge, S.M.) S.J. Clark Publishing Co. 1930 (only 1 of 3 volumes)
Jungle Jest by Talbot Mundy, The Century Co. 1932 (first printing)
Lalla Rookh, An Oriental Romance by Thomas Moore, London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans 1854
Paintings in the Hermitage by Colin, Eisler, Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1990 (first edition)
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie/illustrator Arthur Rackham Weathervane Bks. (first edition) 1975
Rod McKuen’s Book of Days and a Month of Sundays by Rod McKuen, Cheval Books/Harper and Row 1981 (first printing, inscribed, also signed postcard found inside the book)
Silas Marner by George Eliot, illustrator C.E. Brach, J.M. Dent and Co. 1905
Sincerely, Andy Rooney by Andy Rooney, Public Affairs 1999 (signed first edition)
The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds by John K. Terres, Alfred A. Knopf 1980
The Presidency by Stefan Lorant, MacMillan 1951 (first edition) bookplate from library of Jean Hersholt donated to Motion Picture Country Home
The Stories of O. Henry, illustrator John Groth, Easton Press 1965
The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray by William Makepeace Thackeray, Smith, Elder and Co. (24 volumes) 1869, 1880 (leather-bound and appraised at $1,200-$1,500)
Treasures of the World (16 volumes), Stonehenge Press 1982, 1983

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