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Third Annual Bemis Used Book Silent Auction Starts February 12
The third annual Bemis Library Silent Auction is a two-part, four-week “quiet” sale with 12 very special books and other items on display and open for bidding from February 12-26. Then 12 new items will be set up and open for bidding from February 26-March 12. Bidding on four very special items of greater value will be open for the entire auction. Descriptions and photos of each item are available with the bid sheet at the cashier's desk. Bidders can also ask to have the cases opened for closer inspection of the items.
What will be auctioned off? Auction items are from every genre so there is something for everyone. A partial list includes:
- Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu’s autographed and authenticated memoir No Future Without Forgiveness;
- A pristine three-volume boxed set of the sheet music written and performed by James Taylor over his 50-year career;
- A Dr. Seuss book for adults (did you know there were Seven Godivas?) written in the 1930’s when Theodor Geisel’s career was just beginning;
- Two books written by Denver detective and novelist Ray Humphreys, which bookend his career: one crime noir novel from 1934 and a signed Western novel from 1964;
- A children’s library of Golden Books (8 of the 13 books are first editions);
- The two-volume set, published in 1884 and 1885, of General and President Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs;
- The complete novels of Jane Austen (four volumes) in its own box;
- A 1935 inscribed first edition book of Booth Tarkington’s short stories;
- Four 9“ x 14” reproductions of Western artist O.C. Setzler’s paintings of Reservation Buck, Squaw, Cattle Rustler and L’Voyageur, framed in 1971 at Thomas Gilcrease Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma.