Our winter sale will feature the library of Burton S. Sperber of Malibu, California. Mr. Sperber amassed an astounding collection of antiquarian books, souvenir tokens, trade cards, "wee" books, advertising mirrors (known in the filed as mirror cards), and associated ephemera - all on the subject of conjuring.
The strength of the Sperber collection was, unquestionably, printed material. Among the best-known works in Sperber's library were a first edition of Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft (London, 1584), a first edition of Henry Dean's seminal Hocus Pocus (London, 1722), and dozens of other rarities, dating from the 17th century to modern times.
Catalogs will be available for download approximately one month prior to the auction. For more information, contact us.
Potter & Potter’s May auction will feature a remarkable collection of rare & unusual playing cards and gambling-themed collectibles, including:
Playing cards: Transformation decks, hand-painted cards (including early European and Apache Indian examples), Faro decks, souvenir and advertising packs, secondary use cards, and more.
Porcelain: A lifetime collection of Royal Bayreuth Devil & Cards, clown, animal and other RB figurals; plus hand-painted tiles, china and other ceramics with a gaming/playing card motif.
Gambling Memorabilia: Cheating devices, dice, gaming equipment, and poker chips; a lifetime collection of gambling, cheating and playing card literature; and gambling supply house catalogs.
Artwork, Advertising & Graphics: Including calendars, paintings, folk art, and much more, all with a gambling/playing card theme.
Consignments are still being accepted for what is already going to be a strong sale. Contact us today if you would like to consign.
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