For book collectors across the globe, having the opportunity to own what is considered to be the largest Bible ever printed in English would be more than just an exquisite addition to their collection, it would mean owning a piece of Christianity history. On Nov. 15-16, at the Ashmore Inn & Suites in Amarillo, Texas, Kruse International will present the Early Oil Baron and Prominent Cattlemen Estate Auction where rare first edition books and many other prestigious museum quality antiques and artifacts will be up for auction.
The Macklin Bible
Lot 737 is what Dean V. Kruse, President of Kruse International calls “the most significant and valuable item in the Oil Baron auction.” The Macklin Bible has seven volumes and was printed in London in 1800. Its folio printed size measures 18 by 15 inches and was dedicated to the King, Queen, Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Princess Augusta and Princess Elizabeth. Thomas Macklin, famous publisher of the Poet’s Gallery commercial venture during the late 1700s, took on the project to publish a multi-volume illustrated folio Bible to highlight “the glory of the English school of painting and engraving” by commissioning several artists which included Philippe James de Loutherbourg, an accomplished French painter. The final published Bible contains 71 full-page illustrations and many small vignettes.
William Thackeray and Victor Hugo
William Thackeray was an English novelist and journalist born in Calcutta, India. He published several very successful books including Catherine (1819), The Luck of Barry Lyndon (1844) and Notes of a Journey to Cornhill to Grand Cairo (1846). Vanity Fair (1847-1848) was Thackeray’s most famous novel, bringing him prosperity and setting him apart as an accomplished author in Europe and the United States. Lot 775 at the Oil Baron Estate Auction is a first edition book set of twenty volumes entitled “Works of William Thackeray” in which the covers are signed by the author. The books are attractively bound in burgundy leather.
Lot 845 is a leatherback book set of fifteen volumes published in 1881 entitled “Victor Hugo’s Works.” The author of the acclaimed classic novel Les Misérables (1862) was one of the most important French romantic writers of the 1800s. Victor Hugo, a dramatist, novelist and poet gained fame with his many historical works, which included The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831) and Les Chatimets (1853).
Antique Furniture, Silverware & Other Collectible Items
The Early Oil Baron and Prominent Cattlemen Auction will also feature vintage furniture and silverware circa 1800s and 1900s that will be up for auction at no reserve. Among the prestigious antiques are a William & Mary style server, a Louis XV style curio mounted on mahogany, a Venetian style chest with pink marble top, a pair of George I style lacquered cabinets decorated by mums and pheasants, a Jacobean style piano signed Wurlitzer, and a set of six Chippendale style chairs and dinning table adorned with gadroon edge, leaf carved claw and ball feet.
Available for purchase will also be an ornate silver frame chandelier with three layers of prisms, champagne coolers, coffee pots, chalices, serving trays, and hundreds of other silverware items. In addition, rare silk rugs, oil paintings, glassware, urns, dishes, and hand painted items will share the auction block throughout the weekend.
Along with the fine antiques, bidders will have the chance to purchase a beautiful all brick home that sit on a breathtaking professionally landscaped lot. With over 3,589 square feet this home has three bedrooms, two full baths plus two half baths, 8-foot ceilings, two Carrier heating and air conditioner, washer and dryer, cedar lined closets, separate office rooms, huge closets, silverware closet, wood shake roof, and all windows and doors have wrought iron for protection. The house features a hand-laid brick patio, as well as front and backyard sprinkler systems, security system, concrete driveway, nice backyard trimmed in brick with security fence and wood parquet floors.
The Real Estate auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. also at the Ashmore Inn & Suites in Amarillo. Showing of the property is by appointment only. Call Diane Mason at 806-674-3208 of Prudential ADA Realtors to schedule a visit. Home auction by court order and must be approved by the court. Purchase agreement submitted to the court. $10,000 down is required on day of sale as earnest money. Balance is due at closing in 30 days. Possession occurs at closing. There will be a 5% buyer’s premium charged to new owner on the sale of this home.
The Bidding Process
Kruse International would like to encourage prospect bidders to pre-register for free with our office a few days before the event takes place. However, antique enthusiasts do no have to be present in Amarillo to place bids on the items they want to take home. Online registered bidders can place bids from the comfort of their homes. Simply log on to www.kruse.com.
The Early Oil Baron and Prominent Cattlemen Estate Auction will take place at the beautiful Ashmore Inn and Suites in Amarillo on Nov. 15-16, starting at 10 a.m. daily. 100% financing is available through Bank of America for every item in the sale. For more information, directions, or register to bid call Kruse International at 800-968-4444 or visit our website (www.kruse.com).