Records & Results: 19th & 20th Century Literature

Swann Galleries’ June 17 auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature saw quite a few pleasant surprises. Among the books that soared well above their estimates, top lot and Wall Street influencer Security Analysis nearly quadrupled its pre-sale estimate for an auction record of $23,750. 

Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd, Security Analysis, first edition, signed by Dodd, 
New York, 1934. Sold June 17, 2015 for $23,750.
Louisa May Alcott’s seminal novel Little Women fetched $15,600, bringing a bit of feminine flair to the top lots. An excellent association copy of Gertrude Stein’s Portrait of Mabel Dodge at the Villa Curonia, inscribed by the author to American art collector, philanthropist and socialite Emily Crane, likewise exceeded its pre-sale estimate at $8,125.
 
 
Left: Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, in two parts, first edition, first issue, Boston, 1868-69. 
Sold June 17, 2015 for $15,600.
Right: Gertrude Stein, Portrait of Mabel Dodge at the Villa Curonia, first edition, signed,
Florence, 1912. Sold June 17, 2015 for $8,125.
 
Agatha Christie, Murder in Mesopotamia, first edition, London, 1936.
Sold June 17, 2015 for $7,250.
In its auction debut, a first American edition of Dostoyevsky’s classic Crime and Punishment brought in $7,020, while a first edition of Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie landed an auction record with $7,250. 
 
Feodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment, first American edition, New York, circa 1885. 
Sold June 17, 2015 for $7,020.
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