3 lots from Belt library achieve $30,000 at PBA Galleries auction
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3 lots from Belt library achieve $30,000 at PBA Galleries auction

3 lots from Belt library achieve $30,000 at PBA Galleries auction
The globally renowned PBA galleries recently conducted an auction on 22nd May 2014 of some of the finest, rarest books hailing from the library of Dr. Elmer Belt. Dr. Belt is a noted bibliophile and a well-known surgeon whose fame extends all around the world.  The good doctor was even an early member of the Southern California's bibliophile society. It is a well known fact that the physician is an avid book collector, a fact that was quite evident going by the offerings at the special sale.

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s "The Blessed Damozel"

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Robert Fitzroy's "The Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle"

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William Gilbert’s De Magnete 

The major source of attraction which was on display at the auction were the three lots from the Belts library which went under the hammer fetching nearly $30,000 each.  Two of the titles of the books which were sold off in the sale were "The fine illuminated manuscript of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Blessed Damozel from the calligraphic master Albert Sangorski" and "The  Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle in three volumes, inscribed by Robert Fitzroy, captain of the Beagle, to the English philanthropist and astronomer John Lee". The last one included the first edition of William Gilbert’s De Magnete ,a book considered as one of the greatest first major English scientific works based on experimental methods of research. Media reports even suggest that the auction house even conducts the sales of fine and rare collectable books once every fortnight.
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