A Look Inside the Catalogue
Signed first editions abound in our fall sale of 19th & 20th century Literature. Early twentieth century titles shine, including a first edition of Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim, inscribed by the author to his friend R.B. Cunninghame-Graham in 1900. Available in its original dust jacket is a signed first edition of Ralph 124C 41+. A Romance of the Year 2660 by Hugo Gernsback. The book is one of the foundational texts in the science-fiction pantheon. Additional signed first editions include titles by authors Samuel Beckett and Ezra Pound.
Left, Lot 68: Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, first edition inscribed to R.B. Cunninghame Graham, London, 1900. Sold for $16,250.
Left, Lot 40: Frank L. Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, first edition, first issue, Chicago & New York, 1900. Sold for $23,750.
Right, Lot 132: Hugo Gernsback, Ralph 124C 41+, A Romance of the Year 2660, signed first edition in unrestored jacket,
Boston, 1925. Sold for $8,125.
Making its auction debut is a first American edition of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera, 1911, in what is likely a unique surviving first issue dust jacket. Another unusual offering is a first edition of Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell’s landmark 1936 text that inspired the movie of the same name. The present edition is signed by eleven members of the supporting cast of the film, with several adding the name of the character they played.
The selection of children's literature includes a signed copy of the first limited edition of Le Petit Prince, 1943, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and a complete set of the first editions of the Christopher Robin series by A.A. Milne, the series which introduced the world to Winnie the Pooh. The four volumes were published serially through the 1920s. From the nineteenth century come beloved classics such as a first edition of A Christmas Carol, 1843, by Charles Dickens, and a fine run of works by H. G. Wells, including a signed first edition of The Invisible Man, 1897. Fine examples from Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Mark Twain and Jules Verne round out the sale.
Right, Lot 283: H.G. Wells, The Invisible Man, first edition presentation copy inscribed to W.E. Henley, London, 1897. Sold for $7,500.
Left, Lot 233: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince, limited first edition signed in French,
New York, 1943. Sold for $9,750.
Right, Lot 74: Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, superlative copy of the first edition, London, 1843. Sold for $7,500.
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