Silent Auction of Collectible Books

The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library announce that a Silent Auction of Collectible Books will take place from November 1 – November 28 at the Library.  Featured are many interesting and collectible books, including some SIGNED, FIRST and LIMITED EDITIONS.

The 17 books will be in the Display Case in the main room of the Library and will be available for inspection from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturdays, November 5, 12, 19, and Monday, November 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Bids may be entered in the notebook found on the service counter.  The highest bidder at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 28 will be the winner.

A Masque of Mercy – Robert Frost (SIGNED, LIMITED EDITION) Henry Holt and Co., 1947

A departure from his previous works, Frost’s blank verse play grapples with issues of the human condition, fear, and redemption.

BORN FOR THE MAT:  A Kodokan Kata Textbook for Women – Keiko Fukuda

(SIGNED FIRST EDITION) Kodokan Judo Institute, 1973

This rare book describes the movements, feelings, and philosophy of joshi judo written expressly for women by the renowned pioneer of women’s judo.


Timothy L. Hansen (SIGNED LIMITED EDITION) Clinker Press, 2015

A brief overview of Arts and Crafts style and furniture with examples of the past and applications for the future.

Maynooth and Georgian Ireland – Jeremiah Newman (SIGNED FIRST EDITION) Kenny’s Bookshop and Art Galleries Ltd., 1979

This beautiful book features the history and philosophy of Maynooth College, Ireland, now called St. Patrick’s College, as it was influenced by Irish history and politics.

Traditions of De-coo-dah and Antiquarian Researches Comprising Extensive Explorations, Surveys,and Excavations of the Wonderful and Mysterious Earthen Remains of the Mound Builders in America – William Pidgeon (Horace Thayer, 1858)

During the 19th century, many accounts of the Native American mounds of the Midwest were based on folklore and exaggeration.  The author, a traveler and trader, presented largely fictional tales about “De-coo-dah”, the last of the extinct “Elk Nation.”


Three wise and learned sons were sent by their father, the king, to find the secret formula that would rid the seas of the great dragons around their homeland, Serendip.  An old fable from Ceylon is recreated in this rare book.

The Handy-Volume Shakspeare set (13 volumes) George Routledge and Sons, 1885?

Thirteen volume complete set of Shakespeare’s plays.

SUCCULENTS – A.J. Van Laren (LIMITED EDITION) Abbey San Encino Press, 1935

Van Laren, the Curator of Botanical Gardens of the University of Amsterdam in Holland, wrote several garden books.  This one, translated and published in the U.S., featured paste-in plates as illustrations.


(FIRST EDITION)  Galerie Georges-Philippe, 2007

This art installation was presented in Paris in 2007 by artist Richard Jackson.

CILE – Dorde Kadijevic (SIGNED, INSCRIBED TO THE U.S. AMBASSADOR) Svetlostko Merc, 1996

Featuring the colorful art of Serbian artist Milan Marinkovic Cile, this book was inscribed to the American ambassador in 2009.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: A LIFE (Vol. I and II) – Michael Burlingame (Johns Hopkins, 2008)

Named one of the “Top 10 Lincoln Books,” this prize-winning Lincoln biography was written by the Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield.

JANE AUSTEN set (7 volumes) (Folio Society, 1996)

A beautifully bound set of Austen’s books.

THE ART OF WEALTH: THE HUNTINGTONS IN THE GILDED AGE – Shelley M. Bennett (Huntington Library Press, 2013)

The author focuses on four remarkable individuals:  Collis Huntington; his second wife, Arabella; her son, Archer; and Collis’s nephew, Henry, who used their wealth and contacts to build up an extraordinary collection.

A PHOTOGRAPHER’S LIFE: 1990-2005 – Annie Leibovitz (SIGNED FIRST EDITION) Random House, 2005

“I don’t have two lives,” Leibovitz writes in the introduction. “The personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it.”  Portraits of well-known figures appear alongside of pictures of her family and friends, the siege of Sarajevo, and landscapes.

PANCHA TANTRA – Walton Ford (Taschen, 2009)

At first glance, Ford’s large-scale, highly-detailed watercolors of animals may recall painters such as Audubon.  But a closer look reveals a complex and disturbing universe, full of symbols, sly jokes, and details not immediately seen.

TWENTIETH CENTURY WATERCOLORS – Christopher Finch (FIRST EDITION) Abbeville Press, 1988

Almost every major American watercolor artist of the last century is represented in this lavish book.

The Art of Kung Fu Panda 2 – Tracey Miller-Zarneke (SIGNED by Director Jen Yuh Nelson DreamWorks Animation) Insight Editions, 2011

A visual delight, this book features concept illustrations, behind-the-scenes commentary and production notes from the popular film.